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Tricky Deep Fried Potato Peelings

Updated on September 7, 2014

Deep Fried Potato Peelings Story with Its Recipe

This is the story of the deep fried potato peelings -- a treat for any fried potato lover.

Just read over till the recipe will show -- or jump the story and get the recipe straight away.

This is my first article. The sudden inspiration got hold of me while reading sample lenses. One was about "being poor", suggesting that we should look at being poor with humor.

It was apparent that the lensemaster is far from being poor anymore, so it was easy to relate to the story with humor and that made me remember of my own being poor periods of life.

That was some time ago, in Eastern Europe, and I never knew then that the day will come when a Scottish man will cook for me this special deep fried peelings of the potatoes he used for another dish. Right now I am recalling that period with some nostalgia, realizing that all was not that bad. One of the reasons would be that I was young, healthy, pretty, wild, hopeful, ignorant. I can qualify those years as personally strangely happy, from the current perspective. Those were the last years of communism, the economy was imploding, collapsing and nothing was available in the shops. people were poor, food was scarce, most of the items were rationalized. Food became the center of all preoccupation, except of course love.

Potatoes (and their peelings) were one of the few items free to buy whenever one was lucky enough to be there on the spot when they were brought into the shops. Or be in the lines waiting for just in case. One could buy small amounts, so that all those in line would also get a share. One could horde up to 3 kg of potatoes with peelings and all, standing in the line several times again, till people got to recognize one's face. We loved the fried potato and made often -- provided we were lucky to have the ingredients

photo of deep fried potato peelings by mismatch

Poor As the House Mouse -- Fried Potato Mostly in Our Dreams

mice don't like fried potato peelings

I was working in a remote village, after graduating University in the capital city, sent by the government, according to a compulsory service plan in a system of free education. We had no coupons in the villages, only the city dwellers had those. In the countryside people were supposed to have their shares from the collective farm production (very small indeed).

But we, the teachers, have been overlooked by the system, we were no city dwellers anymore but no collective farm members either.

Hard as it seems, we managed somehow, pulled together, our parents were sending help, our neighbours helped privately. The neighborly help was mostly in hard alcohol, schnapps, shlibovitza, home brewed, but everything was received with gratitude and joy.

My mom used to send parcels, from 400 km afar, with 2-3 carrots, 4-5 potatoes, a bread , whatever she would spare from her own ratios and black tradings. I used to have a roommate, Nicuta, teacher herself, she also got something from her home.

We threw together whatever we had and laughed a lot. We still manage to laugh when we remember. Fried potato was not often on the menu then.

We also had a mouse, a friendly house mouse. We gave him a name, Mishu, and used to watch him with the long thin tail as it made the rounds looking for the bits of bread that we were leaving on purpose in the middle of the room. Till one hopeless day when we didn't have the bit of bread anymore and Mishu the house mouse came and looked at us with hungry sad eyes and turned away in frustration.

Sure enough he died one day, shortly before I got a parcel again.

We stayed behind only to survive but were poor as a house mouse.

Gypsy music for the poor people

Gypsy music is played or sung for entertainment. It is loved by people for the passion and rhytm they bring to the moment. Gypsies are a free spirited people. Although not comfortable to live in their close neighborhood for a gadjo (non Gypsy), the Gypsy music is accepted by all communities where they settle. People listen to Gypsy music and let the feelings overtake for a short while any miseries that the actual reality would have for them in store.


Nicuta, my friend in difficult times sharing the past of being poor and the future of hopes

old times seem like yesterday -- when being poor was not frightening

Nicuta is an old best friend, still very young

We reminiscence a lot about times gone by of being poor and always find a good reason to laugh, the same as in those difficult days. We look at the old pictures when we were sitting in front of our rented room and never thought too much being poor or about the future. Future seemed to us cast in iron. We never thought, ever, those days, that future will bring such changes.

Yes, those times of being poor would have been sad times indeed if we would not have the ability to laugh. If a good friend is there to share a laugh that would also greatly help in difficult times. If shared, sad moments can turn into good ones -- love and humor are the best ingredients for a happy life.

That is the greatest recipe of it all.


Discovering the World, My Own past and the Secret of the Deep Fried Potato Peelings.

the secret of the fried potato peelings

Later in my life I have learnt a strange lesson.

Here I was now, far from that village, in an African country, times were different, and my current room mate was also different. I was living with Bill, a Scottish guy, another ex-pat working in Botswana, who made the surprise deep fried potato peelings for me one evening.

He was smiling and waiting for my reaction. Scottish people are very proud of themselves as being special, clever and having leading innovations in almost everything, like the telephone and banking system, I forgot the rest of it. Recipes are an important field they pride themselves to be traditionally well recognized by some secret part of the world that I don't know about. Bill used to talk a lot about Scotland and the perfect Scottish food, he missed his home country and taught me a lot about Scottish history. That night was about the Scottish superiority in deeling with the deep fried potato peelings.

Well, I admit, I was surprised to see how potato peelings can have a purpose and wondered how worse should have had been our life back then the days of starvation, in order to make us match the Scottish cuisine on creativity and smart approach.

We always just peeled the potatoes and threw the peelings away.

I hardly can wait to go visit my home country and my former room mate to make for her the deep fried potato peelings and watch her face when I will serve them with a smile.

checking the oil
checking the oil

The Recipe for Deep Fried Potato Peelings

you can make deep fried potato peelings anytime you make fried potato


Peelings of the potatoes used for another dish


any of your preferred spices

cooking oil to deep fry


Wash peelings, if not yet clean. Heat cooking oil in a pan. Throw peelings into hot oil. Don't go far as it gets quickly ready if oil is hot enough. Think about life, the greatness of it and the complusive nature of surviving. Be happy for a moment. Keep it there while removing fried potato peelings when they look brisky. Place potato peelings on paper towel in a dish.

Salt them with care, just a bit. Spice them according to your preferences.

Serve them as a surprise to loved ones and watch their faces.

Smile. Let them ask what it is.

You can share here your opinion about the fried potato peelings or the Scottish cuisine at large. No offence taken.

Deep fried potatoes - French fries -- recipes and tricks

Deep frying, if properly done, is a healthier frying option for deep fried potatoes than just frying them in shallow fat. Deep frying means that the potatoes cut into slices will be submerged in the oil only when it's hot enough to seal the surface of the potato cut and prevent the fries from soaking up too much of the fatty medium. It is also important that the oil (or any other type of fat) should be reused with care -- or better not all! Deep fried potatoes are a delicious, nutritious and easy to make food and it is well liked by almost everyone -- make them at home for yourself and your friends or family.

Fried spiral cut Tornado potatoes - Spiral sliced yummi deep fried potato

Fried spiral sliced potatoes are the trend now on the streets. They came from Koreea where the Tornado potatoes are a hugely popular junk food. To spiral cut potatoes, one has to use the special spiral slicer -- that is available in most regions of the world nowadays. Spiral sliced fried potatoes are yummi and decorative. One could not make them every day -- but as a surprise for friends or family, the fried spiral cut potatoes are a real treat! Make Tornado potatoes your next culinary project.

Easy Potato Recipes with Great Results - Recipes for the Potato Lovers

There is an amazing number of recipes based on potatoes. Potatoes are a loved vegetable -- and there is a good reason for that! Potato dishes are easy and quick to prepare -- in simple recipes that are healthy and tasty. Even though potatoes have starch -- they also have health benefits that we should not ignore. Recipes based on potatoes are used by people of all cultures all over the world. Potato recipes are the greatest help for anyone that wants to prepare a balanced meal for the family or a special side dish for guests.

Fried potato recipes - Find your favorite recipe for fried potatoes

There are many ways of making the popular dish of fried potatoes. Fried potatoes can be made in a pan, in the oven in a tray, in a cast iron pot or even on a piece of flat iron. Potatoes can be fried in lard, butter or oil -- but which kind of oil? Olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil or some other type of oil you never thought about using? Check below a selection of fried potato recipes and let e simple and delicious dish make you forget for once about diet concerns. Eat tonight a good serving of your favorite fried potatoes -- and balance this indulgence tomorrow with some physical exercise.

Fried potato cakes recipes - Potatoes are fried in many ways with the same result: yummi!

Fried potato cakes are a delicious side dish -- for some they are even the main! I can always give up on anything else would be on the table provided I could eat all the potato cakes. Fried Potato cakes are made of boiled and mashed or raw, grated potatoes -- spiced with any spice you favor. One can add cheese to the potato cake composition or finely chopped onions, parsley, rosemary or other herbs for flavor. Check the recipes below and find you favorite fried potato cake!

Deep fryers to make delicious deep fried potatoes - Best chips with a purpose built fryer

Deep fryers are a convenient way to make a big quantity of deep fried potato chips for the whole family -- or when guest are coming. Maybe less convenient when there is a single person at the table, but useful when the fried potatoes are to be served at once -- and enjoyed by a big bunch of fried potato lovers. Amazon is catering for all expectations and for various prices with tested deep fryers -- find reviews on most items and make your best choice. You can order online any of the deep fryers listed and orders for more than USD 25 qualify for free shipping. You could make your deep fried potato chips in a new fryer in just three days!

The potato salads -- one can not go wrong with any of them - potato salads make a great side dish -- or even a main course

Although potatoes are a starchy vegetable, they also have benefits for our health. Potatoes contain a lot of vitamins and calcium too. It all depends on the way of preparing a potato meal -- the best is to bake, boiling is also good but better in their skin as to keep the nutrients from being wasted in the water. Baked potatoes are a tasty and healthy option -- but do them in a conventional oven rather than in a microwave. Boiled potatoes in their skin make wonderful salads -- they can be served cold or warm. Cold salads can be prepared before the meal -- and that is sometimes a convenient detail.

Sweet potato recipes - Sweet potatoes are a healthy alternative to the white potatoes

Nutritionists say that sweet potatoes are a healthier option for eating potatoes. They contain less starch and are very tasty too. Sweet potatoes can be prepared according to the recipes used for the other varieties, fried, boiled, baked, mashed, grilled, cooked with meat or without, with spices or just plain -- or eaten even raw: raw potato juice (with cabbage juice) could solve your digestive problems and stomach ulcer.

Find below some recipes for sweet potatoes -- I selected the healthy ones for you!

Potato soup recipes - Delicious, simple to cook

Potato soups are favored by most people on Earth -- known by all cuisines in all regions and loved by almost everyone. Potato soup recipes come in a great variety -- potatoes only, potatoes mixed with other vegetables, potatoes with meat, various spices or herbs, creamed or chunky -- they all have something in common: are nutritious, easy to prepare, the ingredients easily available and, most of all, at prices that are affordable. Check the potato soups recipes below and try them -- then choose your favorite!

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This Halogen oven is a very good value for money and it is a best selling item on Amazon. You will find preparing food t with it very easy and the food very tasty, besides keeping on the healthy side. The fried potato made in this cooker is tasty and healthier than a deep fried potato made in a pan in a deep oil bath

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Did you know the most important thing about the fried potato?

the most important thing is to have loved ones so you can make them the fried potato peelings dish as a surprise or more on request..

Tricky stories with a potato

Tricks and treats of life

The tricky potato stories make up for the tricky way life treated me all along. My life has changed so much since I was poor and used to throw away the potato peelings -- to the current stage when I eat the potato peelings by choice although I could eat smoked salmon instead. As I look back at those times when I was poor I see a happy person -- if I look at myself now I do not see her anymore. Life is strange and tricky the way I see it -- or it was me that did the tricks?

Tricky moments in people's life

Overcoming tricky ways of life

Life can be tricky for most of us. There are many stories about a difficult and tricky moment or even a trying and tricky period in one's existence that we can read or hear about. The secret counter trick to it that one must keep going no matter what and always have the power to see the better side of life. There is always something or someone that one can get that power -- whether it is a friend, a loved one or just a hope!

If you have a little trick for those who still have to overcome difficult times, please share it here!

Did You Eat Fried Potato Peelings? - Did Someone Smart Introduce You to the Fried Potato Peelings?

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Interesting story with an interesting recipe . It is also a way to recycle

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      5 years ago

      I have never eaten fried potato peelings. I usually keep the skin on my potatoes when I cook them because they have so much nutrition. Even my mashed potatoes have the skin in them. Yum! But I'm just going to have to peel a few potatoes for my next potato dish so I can try this.

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      5 years ago

      @magicgeniewishl: I do exactly the same as you - but this recipe has inspired me not to waste them!

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      Johanna Eisler 

      5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Pardon me, Ladymermaid for this reply which is unrelated to your beautiful comment (with which I heartily agree!) The comment section below will not accept any comments - strange!

      Mismatch, this is the perfect lens for me! My husband loves fried potatoes, but when we go out to eat, he can almost never order French fries or hashed brown potatoes. This is because almost all restaurants use pre-sliced or pre-shredded potatoes treated with sulfites to keep them white. He has a life-threatening reaction to sulfites. Your recipes show me how I can treat him to some of the favorite foods that he has been missing. Thank you so much!

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      5 years ago

      My mouth is watering after reading your instructions for preparing deep fried potato peelings! I rarely peel potatoes, preferring to scrub them and cook them with the skins still on them. However, next time I prepare a meal, I'll peel the potatoes and try your recipe out. I have to admit I rarely fry potatoes these days, cooking oil being expensive and hard to get (I live in Ethiopia). Thank you for telling us about your difficult life in Eastern Europe. I would like to know which country you lived in. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Oh I am so happy to see this article as LOTD. It is a story that crosses cultural bonds and goes straight to the heart. It affects me deeply to read your story.

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      5 years ago

      I have eaten them, however I'm not sure if a smart person introduced me ;-). I loved them and a treat for sure.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      @miaponzo: I have eaten these many times in the past, and mainly as a student! Your comment section would not permit new entries so I am posting this as a reply to an unrelated comment.

      Probably a HQ issue or the module is maxed out?

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      5 years ago

      Guess what? You can make potato peelings in the oven and save the money for the oil too! :) And thank you for sharing this touching story!

    • Meganhere profile image


      5 years ago

      I'm a sucker for any recipe featuring potato! Now I'm hungry.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      This article always makes me feel so very grateful for everything that I have. Bless you.

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      5 years ago

      This lense has got me hungry!

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      Gayle Dowell 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      These sound wonderful. I love french fries and other fried potatoes. Will try these.

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      6 years ago

      years ago there was a restaurant in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada called "Roots". This was a common hang out for high school students and they served the most delicous deep fried potato peels with a mustard dill dip! Restaurant is gone now and so are the peels :(

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      randomthings lm 

      6 years ago

      THAT is amazing! It is a simple idea, yet no one thinks of it. I would very much like to try this, especially if a Scottish man cooked them for me! LOL I like how you sprinkled in words to think about life and be happy and grateful. Excellent page!

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      spiritspeak444 lm 

      6 years ago

      Oh yes! I often eat fried peelings. I get them crispy crispy crispy. Great lens!

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      Lori Green 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      My favorite part of the potato is the peel. This sounds fantastic!!!! Nice and crisp and served with sour cream dipping sauce. Yum. It's a keeper

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens, so i share it on some social sites :)

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing! I'll try it sometime. I just love potatoes!

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      6 years ago

      Potato Peelings!! Wow.. why didn't I think of that? I love the crispiness of potatoes when I fry them with the peel ..but the peel alone..meaning the crunch alone.. Damn..that should be no throwing away any peel incase I just need the flesh! I am gonna try it out.. thanks a lot, mismatch!

    • PropheticBlogge1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wow I like fried things and I like potatoes so I'm sure to like your fried potato peelings yum :)

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      6 years ago

      I've never had them, but I don't know why not, since I've a bit of the Scots in me. Surely, I would like 'em.

      Those good old days you write about were prior to the onslaught of chemical farming, so nowadays the only safe potato is the organic one, but they are easy to come by, and I'd love to try them fixed up like you teach.

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      6 years ago

      I've never tried deep fried potato peelings, but I'm sure I'd love it. I love potatoes, I need to try this the next time I'm peeling them. How wasteful it seems now to trow them away.

    • JoleneBelmain profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never tried deep fried potato peelings, but unlike most deep fried things, I am sure they are very delicious (they look extremely appetizing).

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      6 years ago

      Yes i have and love them.Nice lens a mixture of hope and survival.

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      6 years ago

      Yep and I love them

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      6 years ago

      I love fried potato peels!

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this with us.. I love potato skins.. same thing really :) Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      This was very funny and at times sad-a brilliant lens

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      6 years ago

      Love them; the skin is my favourite part of the potato.

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      6 years ago

      I never heard of it.. It's new to me...

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I never had fried potato peelings. The closest would be the baked potato skins served as appetizers in restaurants with cheese, bacon and sour cream. These sound good. Very interesting stories and a very nice lens

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      6 years ago

      I don't usually peel my potatoes, but will have to try fried potato peelings the next time I make something like mashed potatoes. They look delicious, and I loved hearing your story. "Poor" is such a relative term. I may feel "poor" sometimes, but this story is a great reminder to enjoy all the wonderful, plentiful food around me, rather than lamenting my inability to afford some shiny bauble or gadget. Thank you!

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      Joan Hall 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I never peel potatoes, too lazy. Whatever I cook, the peelings stay on. The recipe sounds delicious, though!

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      6 years ago

      Returning to sprinkle a little angel dust over your potato peelings and moving memory of Mishu....

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      Shari O'Leary 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I've never had fried potato peelings, but they don't sound too bad. The story is very good as well.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Yes! Whenever my boyfriend and I peel potatoes to use the potatoes in another recipe, we fry up the peelings in a pan with some butter or oil and salt, sometimes some cayanne pepper too. So tasty! But more importantly than the simple recipe, I LOVE your stories! *Blessed*

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      6 years ago

      I saw this lens spotlighted in the forums, and I can see why. Great lens. What a great start you are off to.

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      6 years ago

      I have had potato peelings made into chips. Fried potato peeling sounds delicious. Thank you for this story. Indeed, we should really count our blessings.

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      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful story, a good reminder that so many of us go around feeling poor when we are not poor at all and simply want more than we need. I'm so glad that lensmaster Ladymermaid wrote about your lens in the Squidu forum, so I could read this and enjoy. *blessed*

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Your story is heartwarming and eye opening. In our era of excess, it is too easy to forget that not everyone's pantry is stocked, and re-fills are readily available at the local grocery store. Fried Potato Peelings is a thoughtful reminder. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this story. Maybe I will take a second look at the peelings next time.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a beautiful lens that says so much about life, food, and the comfort found in simple things.

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      6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      There's so much in this one simple lens - congratulations and I'm delighted to be able to Bless it.

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      6 years ago

      I've never had fried potato peelings but I bet they're really good. I'll have to try it next time I make potato salad. And what a marvelous story! Blessed

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I have been very poor at different times throughout my life. Today I am very blessed to live in a beautiful home with a wonderful husband and to have enough. Your story of fried potato peelings brought out many memories for me. Your written tale is amazing and striking in depth. Thank you for sharing this.

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      7 years ago

      I`ve never tried it before but definitely will soon. It definitely is some easy recipe and sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing it. Blessed.

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      7 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      7 years ago

      uuuu.....seems like a humble dish... but looks yummy enough.... and full of love :):)....

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      7 years ago

      I love potato peelings, but I've never thought about frying thick peelings before. I will be doing that some time when family is coming to eat. I don't usually cook all that much just for myself, but I do. Thanks for the idea.

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      7 years ago

      cand am voie sa fac niste coji de cartofi ca sa-i mananc? prea merge ...

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      7 years ago

      In life and in the world, we tend to throw the best things out and take the superficial things which lay inside! The rind or the peel of any fruit or a veggie, has the best of strength and antioxidants and the nutrients! You deserve a round of Scotch and a deep fried potato peel with a smattering of pepper and salt with it! Three cheers to you and I'm off to the bar now. Much love. :)

      PS: Say hello to the brat Michu! ;)

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      7 years ago

      @Nicuta: Da, mai Nicuto, tare ne-am mai fi umflat noi cu coji de cartofi daca stiam secretul -- le-am fi adunat din tot satul de la cei care nu stiau! Pai, asa-i viata, acum stiu de ei si nu sunt la Ploscuteni sa pacalim lumea de ei.

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      7 years ago

      I am going to try these!

      Nice idea!

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      7 years ago

      @viscri8: Am sa incerc si eu sa prajesc cojile de cartofi sa vad ce gust au.Daca stiam acest truc acum 30 de ani...poate altfel am fi vazut viata.

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      7 years ago

      magicgenie, those you are talking are yummy, I bought once in Johannesburg in a shopping mall. I don't have the tool to cut the curls. Try the peelings too, for some reason their taste is quite different from any other fried potato.

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      7 years ago

      I must admit that I cheat when peeling potatoes, I use the "Back To Basics Apple And Potato Peeler" from amazom. I then make curly fries out of the potato by dipping it in oil. I have never used the peel though, thanks for the idea :)

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      7 years ago from Ozun

      i know about the potato peelings, yes. and i do not want to comment on the scottish cuisine.all over, i am quite sure, James Oliver did not get inspired of it.

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      7 years ago

      wonderful lens, and this lens did introduce me to the potato peelings, indeed.

      thank you and welcome in the Squidoo community.


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