French Fry Tragedy

French Fried Potatoes also know as Pommes Frites in France, Chips in England, and simply Fries at McDonalds, are one of the most universal foods. The French dip the fries in Mayonnaise, the Brits use Vinegar & Salt and in most of North America, it’s Ketchup and some people even put  gravy on the morsels or carbohydrate goodness. 

In France they accompany Steak and Moules (mussels for  Michigan fans), in the UK it’s with deep fried Haddock but in over here in the new world fries go with BURGERS. Other stuff too but especially Burgers. 

The French and the Belgians are still fighting over who first created deep fried potatoes and the origins go back to the 1600’s. Some fry historians think that St Teresa of Avila in Spain made the very first ones. Whomever is responsible doesn’t really matter. What matters is that they did. And millions of people enjoy them every day despite the fact that large fries at Ronald McDonalds joint hit your body with 350 calories and 260 grams of Sodium. Yikes. 

Canadian Company McCains is the largest producer of frozen French Fries in the world. But McDonalds restaurants is the largest retailer of fries in the world. They own entire potato farms in Idaho to secure their supply. But recently they failed us. 

Last weekend, right here in PARKSVILLE, my sister in law ordered a McChicken Combo at the local drive thru.  Sorry! No Combos today! We are OUT OF FRIES!  can you imagine? McDonalds out of fries!  What we have here folks is

 FRENCH FRY ARMAGEDDON, 

Tragic beyond words. A culinary disgrace. An assault on the middle class. We may need a Royal Commission to get to the bottom of this. 

McDonalds out of fries, indeed.

Just saying…

5 thoughts on “French Fry Tragedy

  1. Good one Murph.
    A friend of mine was involved with Expo ’86. One day there was
    a police car with flashing lites leading a truck onto the grounds.
    McDonalds was out of buns.

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  2. I was at the Ginza in Tokyo when the first McDonald open in 1971. The familiar menu was on display in-Japanese language and English, however the staff didnt know what was going on and when I attempted to order, everyone looked like a big question mark, finally the manager after many apologies and bowing, repeated my order with a big smile: AHHH SOOOO HAMBUER FLENCH FLIES, Domo Arigato..
    Funny thing was that the shop was only a street front hole in the wall at the Kikuya Department store,. Japanese people unfamiliar with street food would order Hambuer, wave down a taxi and drive around the block while consuming the Big Macco, because it was not polite to eat with your hands in public however once out of the taxi people would relieve them self in the open, as sanitary condition was still non existent, even many years after the war ended.

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  3. Nobody describes food better than you Mr Murphy or should I say Chef Murphy. If I can’t have fries with my order can I just get fries?? B

    On Wed., Nov. 24, 2021, 9:59 a.m. MURPH..Just Saying., wrote:

    > murphjustsaying posted: ” French Fried Potatoes also know as Pommes Frites > in France, Chips in England, and simply Fries at McDonalds, are one of the > most universal foods. The French dip the fries in Mayonnaise, the Brits use > Vinegar & Salt and in most of North America, it’s ” >

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  4. I have never heard of that before….wow…talk about an extreme supply shortage…NO FRIES! Yikes.

    I love fries…..also yam fries.

    There is a really greasy spoon French fry place in Esquimalt….they are famous but I forget the name.

    We found the place pretty disgusting when we went…but hopefully they have improved!

    Thankfully, the fries were as promised!

    Just curious….did you receive the Alzheimer’s donation notice earlier? They gave me a tracking number but I was unable to locate it. I will try calling them if you did not receive it.

    Big hug Terry!

    Carol

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