A New Toy and Lotus Chips

First, it was making my own lard. Now, I’ve gone and bought myself a deep fryer! What’s next? I’m pretty sure it’s moon pies and Dr. Pepper.

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Anyway, the deep fryer arrived this afternoon and I happen to have a lotus root that I had been hoping to make into chips. A few minutes later, after the gallons of oil I had to use got hot, I had super crispy chips, warm and not even a little greasy. The good news is that once the oil cools down, it can be reused a few times. Chips, fries, sopapillas, tempura… oh, my list of things to make is growing and growing. I really don’t have a recipe today… just had to share a little deep-fry love with you. Yes, I am that much of a food geek.


  • http://www.mattbites.com matt

    As the owner of three fryers (sssssssh please don’t repeat that!) I know you will thoroughly enjoy frying on a whole new level. It’s amazing the things you’ll be able to do. I can’t wait to read about it!

  • http://gundammit.blogspot.com Nat

    $50 for a deep fryer? I’d like to hear how that works out for you (or any other readers). Pro and Cons. How long can you use the oil for? When does the used oil flavor start creeping in? Cleaning and disposal? Is 3 liters really as big as it sounds? You could deep fry a cornish hen in there!

  • http://www.cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com Aran

    Oh my goodness, these look fantastic and I love that photo composition! You look so cute! I have to admit I have never used a deep fryer so I’m curious to see what you are going to make with it. Great things I’m sure. Keep us posted!

  • http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com Kalyn

    Love that photo of you with the lotus chips over your eyes! You’re getting pretty good at these self-portraits.

  • http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com peabody

    A deep fryer is a beautiful thing!

  • http://DaMinhaCozinha Suzie

    You crack me up! I don’t know if you can get these up there, but we fry a lot of inhame, parsnips (batabta baroa), and mandioca in all shapes and sizes here in Brazil. They’re absolutely delicious. Congratulations on the new fryer.

  • http://www.nordljus.co.uk/ keiko

    Hi Lara – you look super cute and the lotus chips look fabulous! (and I’ve got a serious deep fryer too ;)) Hope you’re well. kxx

  • http://thedalaimama.blogspot.com liz

    Mmm, lotus chips.

    Although I have to point out that you should only drink RC cola with your Moon pies.

  • http://charcuterista.wordpress.com Charcuterista

    maybe you could batter and deep fry the Moon Pies…and I’m seconding Liz on the RC cola (if they still make it though?)

  • http://www.mattikaarts.com/blog matt wright

    deep fry a candy bar. go on. A local fish and chip shop near my old place used to deep fry almost anything that you would bring in…. Apparently he did a roaring trade deep frying candy bars. Eww.

  • http://caseyellis.blogspot.com Casey

    Today’s photos: pure delight.
    My husband recently brought home a small deep-fryer and I have yet to inaugurate it. You’ve inspired me…if not to fry then at least to buy tulips and arrange them in a colorful container.

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Liz – LOL… you are right. It really should have been RC!

    Nat – well, it’s not huge but that’s a good thing for me. It still takes a heck of a lot of oil to fill to the min line though. If you need something a bit bigger, there is a 5 litre one that is just a little bit more also by Aroma. As for the rest of your questions, I’ll see how it goes!

  • http://artisansweets.wordpress.com Ashley

    I am quite jealous. Everything is better fried!!

  • http://www.mevrouwcupcake.com mari

    Oh I’m so jealous! I am working my way up to a deep-fryer, cause I’m afraid that it will mean the permanent departure of my all ready fluctuating waistline. Are you going to use some of your self-rendered lard for frying? My mouth waters at the thought!

  • http://blog.kimvallee.com/ At Home with Kim Vallee

    With your new deep-fryer, try to make rutabaga chips. It is delicious. Slice small to medium size rutabagas. It takes about 8 minutes of frying in small batches. I turn then after 5 minutes for best results.

    Your pictures are superb. Congrats!

  • Malena Lin

    Love the idea to fry lotus roots. Your recipe is innovative which I love better than the traditional recipe (I usually make soup with lotus roots and some pork and peanuts). Thanks for sharing good information! http://newsuperhuman.com