The days that don’t go exactly as one had hoped or planned can be the best days for putting things into perspective and taking a deep breath; they can also be the days when some comfort food is craved, which is when these tasty seasoned oven fries with smoky chipotle ketchup come to the rescue.
Today is a comfort-food kind of day.
It’s a crispy spiced oven fries-dipped-in-an-amazingly-rich-tangy-sweet-spicy-and-smoky-chipotle-ketchup kind of day, to be a little more specific.
It’s the type of day where you sorta need things to line up in a certain way, as that would be extremely helpful and nice; and then, they don’t.
But hey, that happens every now and again, and it’s alright; certainly not the end of the world, just a cause for a hankering for something comforting and delicious, something crispy, well-seasoned and fresh-from-the-oven to be inserted into the mouth, which is just fine by me.
Sometimes, instead of things lining up nice and neat, they get a little crooked, a little cockamamie, but I suppose that makes life interesting, doesn’t it?
Keeps us on our toes when that happens, keeps those improvisation skills of ours nice and sharp, and that can be a great thing.
Actually, having a misfit day from time to time can be a good thing, because we realize that no amount of planning on our part makes an iota of difference when it happens, and that can be quite refreshing if you think about it.
It helps us to let go and just…be.
It gives us the opportunity to just breathe, and take life one step at a time, and not over-think things so much.
It certainly makes me realize that stressing over something isn’t the answer (as if my investing a lot of time and energy in overextended deep thought about something, trying to figure it out or even prevent it, gains me the ability to fix the situation—it doesn’t. Trust me, I’ve tried.)
Nor is it actually such a big deal when whatever goes a little haywire, goes a little haywire.
It makes me realize that perhaps we put too much importance on certain things that, most likely, probably don’t warrant it, which in turn puts things into better perspective and gets the attention on the things that really do matter.
Like how we treat each other every day.
Like how we listen to one another, how we respond to one another, how we regard one another every day.
Are we kind? Caring? Empathetic? Loving?
Or are we wrapped up in our own superfluous “stuff”, the stuff that we give more priority to than the more important, essential stuff, the stuff that really counts?
Seems to me that, from time to time, we need a crooked day to get things straight.
And also to have a reason to face-plant it into a little plate of Seasoned Oven Fries with Smoky Chipotle Ketchup. 😉
Taste what’s good and pass it on.
Seasoned Oven Fries with Smoky Chipotle Ketchup
by Ingrid Beer
Yield: Serves 2-4
• 4 russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
• Canola oil
• Black pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon granulated onion
• 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, as garnish
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro leaves
• Smoky Chipotle Ketchup (recipe below)
-Preheat the oven to 425°, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper that’s been misted with cooking spray.
-Cut each potato in half, then each half into about 4 wedges; toss the potato wedges in a large bowl with about 4 tablespoons of the canola oil, a few good pinches of the salt and pepper (be kind of generous with the salt), plus the coriander, cumin, paprika, and granulated onion and garlic.
-Turn the seasoned wedges out onto the prepared baking sheet and bake the fried, moving them around gently once or twice while they bake with a spatula for even browning, for about 45-50 minutes, until a deep golden-brown.
-Sprinkle over them the chopped parsley and cilantro, and serve with the Smoky Chipotle Ketchup for dipping.
Smoky Chipotle Ketchup Ingredients:
• ½ cup ketchup
• 1 garlic clove, pressed through garlic press
• 1 chipotle pepper, finely minced (or even mashed up since they’re soft)
• ½ teaspoon adobo sauce (the sauce that the chipotles are packed in)
• ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
• ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
• Pinch salt
• Pinch black pepper
-Add the ketchup, along with the rest of the ingredients, into a small bowl and whisk together; use immediately, or store covered in fridge.