They were negotiating over chips.
I tried to return my attention to the medical notes on the desk in front of me but it was too late, my thoughts had drifted to crunchy golden crisps and I had to find out more.
The ward I worked in was staffed by a number of UK nurses; each time one of them visited home they would return with a stash of snacks for their coworkers who were missing the goodies of their childhood.
“You know we have chips here right?” I said in my broadest Aussie accent.
“Oh yes, but they’re not as good as our crisps back home.” replied a lilting Yorkshire brogue.
I had to take her word for it; when the treats arrived they were snaffled home, unopened, to be munched in front of ‘Eastenders.’ 😉
When Tyrrell’s chips arrived in Australian supermarkets I was very pleased- finally a chance to try these famous English chips. I must say, Tyrrell’s chips are terribly good. They are thick and crunchy with good flavour distribution, but not that dusty, caking, flavour powder found in a lot of other brands. They are also gluten-free and don’t contain any MSG or other artificial nasties. As My love said, they are chips that actually taste like they were once a potato. That’s a good thing 🙂
My very first post on this blog described how Champagne and chips are one of the best and simplest food and wine matches. The same goes for sparkling wine and potato chips (or crisps). As we head into New Years celebrations there will be quite a bit of bubbly consumed, so for a bit of fun I have put together a few suggestions of great, affordable Aussie sparklings and matched them up with some Tyrrell’s chips; because entertaining should be simple and delicious.
A classy, subtle chip deserves an elegant wine and the Arras Brut Elite delivers with nutty, brioche, floral and citrus characters with crisp acidity. This is the NV champagne of the Aussie sparkling world.
A touch of heat from the cracked pepper is balanced by this fresh, zesty, easy-drinking prosecco from the gorgeous King Valley.
Sparkling red is iconically Australian and this is a beautifully rich, but not too sweet example that brings out the best in a strong cheddar flavoured chip.
A full-flavoured, generous sparkling to match to a richer style of chip. Also delicious with an actual roast chicken.
There is a fiery little kick to these chips that is best paired with something sweet and fruity like the oh-so-pretty rose petals and strawberries of this local moscato.
I adore salt and vinegar chips and these are especially good with a great fruity tang from the cider vinegar; but a wine match can be a bit challenging. This lovely Yarra Valley apple cider is dry, refreshing and perfect for picnics or sipping and snacking by the seaside.
I also want to thank you for supporting Champagne and Chips these last few months. I am so grateful for your kind words and encouragement and look forward to all the eating and drinking and getting to know you that 2015 will bring 🙂
Happy New Year! What will you be drinking as the clock strikes 12?
Disclosure: I have not been paid for this post. I received Tyrrell’s Chips to sample but all post ideas and opinions are my own.