This post was created in partnership with Amano Foods
When this colder weather comes I inevitably turn towards stories, fiction, other worlds to get lost in. I wonder sometimes if this need for the familiar and the fantasy is a lack on my part, that I don't feel comfortable inside my own brain world and so I seek out others. It's almost enticing to believe this, a sense of complete nostalgia and safety will always be there to blanket my mind if I need it, but I don't think it is really true.
I think it's all about learning other brains, new brains, different spaces and lives that exist and can open up a million trillion facets of my own self to get lost in. It is a reminder of how small and how large every human is - not that this is something I ever think I will be able to comprehend, but it plants seeds and little twinkling explosions of thought that reverberate and bump into old, new, and just forming ideas.
Sometimes I like to think about ideas, floating like transient objects through the world that are nudged and prodded until they're picked up and examined. And sometimes I like to think that my thoughts are all my own, which I know they can not possibly be. I don't know!
I am heading to Gatineau in a couple of weeks to take photographs for a final project. I'll talk about it more when I get back, but it is based around a kind of walking meditation and an absence of direction or intentional actions. I am looking to get lost in my own mind while keeping it wide open to the new space around me. We will see how it goes. I'll tell you all about it.
I've been re-listening to Harry Potter on audiobook because it is my forever comfort world to get lost in, and playing Taylor Swift while making batches and batches of no-bake cookies (my fave recipe ever). I feel good, cozy, vibrant, and always a little unsure.
So, I made fries because they are warm and delicious and always a reliable source of goodness.
Another delicious and comforting thing? This creamy miso dipping sauce.
I am really excited to share this today, not only because the fries are so GOOD and everyone should make them, but also because this dipping sauce is now a forever addition to my fries, just amazing!
I've never been a fan of mayo (to be honest I really dislike it) but I've always felt like I was missing out on the creamy french fry dipping option. Don't get me wrong I love ketchup, but it can get a little old, ya know?
This sauce was born out of my partnership with Amano Foods. I've worked with Amano before and loved creating dishes inspired by their amazing products, but I think this dipping sauce is a recipe where Amano's Shiro Miso really takes the stage and shines. The salty umami of the miso gives it a deep, textured undertone while the tahini makes the whole thing come together into a creamy dreamy sauce.
I love the versatility of working with miso, and the unexpected pop it can give to a dish. I always have a container of Amano's miso in my fridge, and most of my sauces seem to incorporate it in some way (I am totally addicted!).
The fries. I almost forgot! Look, if the fact that they were all gone about five minutes after I put my camera down doesn't convince you, then I'll elaborate. They are smokey sweet, just a little salty, popping with bursts of lemon, and crispy as can be. Pure bliss and perfection with every bite (not even exaggerating). I think I finally got it down, this home-baked fry thing, and I am never turning back.
I'd love so much if you gave this recipe a try! You can tag me on instagram @spiceandsprout or send me a message to let me know how it went. Lots of love and hugs and cozy french fry days <3
smokey lemon paprika fries w/ creamy miso dipping sauce
Serves 2 - 3 (honestly Sebastian and I DEVOURED these right after I finished shooting and had no trouble eating them all, but some of you might have a little more self restraint ;) )
I find that the sauce is pretty much perfect for the amount of fries here, so if you make more fries, also double the sauce recipe!
This post is sponsored by Amano Foods. All opinions are my own and I think that their products and company are totally awesome!
Smokey Lemon Paprika Fries
- 2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
- 3 tbsp sunflower oil (or other vegetable oil)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- plus a squeeze of lemon after they are baked
Creamy Miso Dipping Sauce
- 2 tbsp shiro miso (or your favourite miso)
- 2 tbsp tahini
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to 450 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Slice the potatoes into thin (about 1/4 inch) fries. Toss the fries with seasoning and oil in a bowl and then lay them out on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 35 - 45 minutes, flipping halfway through. The baking time really depends on your oven, so check them at the 35 minute mark and take them out once they are golden brown and crispy.
To make the sauce whisk together all of the ingredients until creamy and smooth.
Serve hot. Squeeze some fresh lemon over the fries, sprinkle some smoked paprika, dip a fry into the sauce, and thoroughly enjoy the amazing experience!