Unconventional cooking

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Are you an adventurous cook?

Now you can approach this from the Ray Mears survivalist angle, or it could be that you’re simply curious or adventurous — but how about trying some unconventional cooking?

Yes — cause a scene, raise an eyebrow or simply try something new for dinner. Let’s face it, one day you might be forced to get unconventional with your cooking anyway. Best get ahead of the game then …

Car bonnet omelette

fry eggs car
Meals on wheels
Source: UAE & Me

For this dish you’ll need one car bonnet — preferably very hot from a long drive, a pan and the usual eggs, oil and mushrooms. Simply place the ingredients in the pan and place on the bonnet.

Be careful not to take the paint off your bonnet and watch out for seagulls if you’re near the coast. Give it a while and hey presto — omelette de la voiture!

Wood burner spuds

Rooms with wood burners are usually so comfortable that they breed laziness. Laziness that results in walks to the kitchen seeming like a trek through the Himalayas — so good job you had a sack of spuds to hand.

Simply throw some big spuds into the wood burner and carry on with your lazy afternoon — give it an hour and you’ll have some wood smoked crispy-skinned jacket potatoes. Beat that Heston!

Halogen oven Sunday roast

Clifford James halogen oven
It’s roasting Jim, but not as we know it
Source: Clifford James

If Star Trek endorsed ovens … they would be something like halogen ovens. Converting electrical energy into intense heat, halogen ovens are not only small enough to sit on your table top, but about ten times cheaper when compared to conventional ovens.

Made of glass and resembling food mixers, they don’t mess about when it’s time for lunch. You’ll be able to cook a tasty roast dinner in about 30 minutes. And watch it too.

Laser grilled popcorn

Lasers are long, narrow concentrated beams of light that get so hot they could cut through steel — impressive. But can you cook with a laser? Of course you can!

The trick is to choose food items that are small, as the laser beam cannot cover a large area. Popcorn is the perfect candidate for laser cuisine and has already proved a success in past experiments. Although this isn’t one you should try at home just yet. Keep an eye on the future though as lasers could well be in the kitchen soon.

Skyscraper frazzled bacon and eggs

London’s skyline has a new 37-storey addition known infamously as the death ray or fryscraper. These names are due to its mirrored walls creating astonishingly hot solar flares that have been reported hot enough to burn the paint off parked cars and also the hair off some heads!

So it’s a good place to go if your cooker has retired. Simply place your breakfast in a pan making sure it’s under the heat of a reflected solar beam and you’ll be enjoying sun-kissed delights in no time. Just find somewhere safe to eat it!

What potato peeler is the best?

The colder months are upon us which means a change in the menu. It’s out with the salads and in with stews, roasts and shepherd’s pie. But while the thought of winter stodge might get your stomach rumbling, peeling all those potatoes can prove time consuming.

So let’s see if we can make light work of scraping the spuds. Here’s our guide to peelers – which potato peeler is the best?

Knife

peeling potato with a knife
Watch those fingers
Source: My Home Cooking
The manly man’s choice for peeling spuds, and also the simplest. But with simplicity comes a lack of sophistication.

Unless the user is incredibly skilled, expect a lot of potato loss, and wasted time. If the user isn’t skilled, then get the first aid kit ready as a dull knife or a slip could result in injury.

Fixed handle blade

peelingpotatoes
Spuds ready for the pot
Source: Canning Basics
Also known as the Lancashire peeler, this type of peeler, resembles a knife but is much safer because the sharp edge is hidden behind a guard. The French version, the ‘économe’, has two sharp edges, one that peels the skin, and one that’s angled to regulate depth.

Swiss designed swivel peelers have a fixed handle with a moveable blade. This enables the peeler blade to follow the surface of the vegetable or fruit.

Swivel and fixed blade peelers are great for carrots and parsnips, but for potatoes they can be time consuming as they don’t cover a huge area.

Y-shaped peeler

Y peeler portrait
Make haste with those spuds
Source: Journey Kitchen
Also known as a speed peeler and resembling a razor, the Y-shaped peeler variants make quick work of potato skin, and are very good for carrots and parsnips.

Most Y-shaped peelers have an ergonomic handle which is good news for stiff fingers. They also have a handy blade or loop on the edge for getting rid of unwanted potato eyes.

Speed peelers are safe and make quick work of potatoes and other veg. But if you have lots of spuds to peel, you may want to think bigger.

Electric potato peeler

Electric potato peeler
Super clean spuds
Why bother peeling by hand when a machine can do it for you? Throw the potatoes in the barrel, add a little water, and the rotating scourers will do the rest.

An electric potato peeler is great for those cooking large meals, and can often be found in professional kitchens.

The labour saving design of the automatic potato peeler, makes it the perfect choice for those with limited movement, a hungry horde to feed, or those who simply don’t have the time to peel by hand.

Mechanical peeler

mechanical peeler
Inspector Gadget’s potato peeler?
Source: Rain Coast Culture
Funky kitchen gadgets are becoming more and more popular, and the crank operated peeler is no exception.

The user turns the crank, and the fruit or vegetable, which is held in a vice, is pushed along a blade and the skin is peeled.

As they are designed primarily for apples, this type of peeler may not work so well on potatoes. But there is no doubting the funkiness of the device. Unfortunately it can only peel one spud at a time, and let’s face it, who wants to wait longer than necessary to tuck into that bowl of warming stew?

How dehumidifiers work

Fresh and airy atmospheres are a summer luxury. In winter, increased moisture and colder temperatures mean greater risk of health problems.

Dehumidifiers help fend off the mold, moisture and nasty molecules from damp air. How do they work their magic and what ones work best?

Crystal based dehumidifiers

Cordless and Reusable Compact Dehumidifier
It may be small but it packs a punch
Crystals in the device absorb moisture from the air, and then change colour from blue to red. The weight of the device also increases by around 120g; proving that moisture has been absorbed. When this happens, the device is plugged in and a small heater drys out the crystals, turning them blue and allowing you to use the dehumidifier again.

This type of humidifier is silent, easy to use and inexpensive. It is also non toxic and 100% renewable.

Because crystal based dehumidifiers are compact,cordless and don’t require batteries, they can be used almost anywhere; whether hung from garage roofs or on a caravan windowsill.

Compressor dehumidifiers

Advanced Slimline Dehumidifier
Practical decor
A powerful motor inside the dehumidifier sucks in moisture from the air. This moisture then sits in a reservoir, and a light lets you know when its full. To aid the drying process, heat is blown out by a fan.

Compressor dehumidifiers are attractive and blend in with most house’s decor, they’re also compact and unobtrusive.

The majority of these devices can regulate the humidity of a room to an exact level. Meaning you regulate the atmosphere to your liking. Simple programmes allow you to manage the speed and duration of the dehumidifier too.

Peltier dehumidifiers

peltier-dehumidifier-AquaDri.
The silent assassin of mould
Otherwise known as thermoelectric dehumidifiers and probably the smartest of the lot. Electrical currents create a cool surface which draws air through the dehumidifier.This allows water vapor to be condensed, and collected in a reservoir.

The risk of malfunction is minimised as moisture is absorbed with no moving parts. The clever thermoelectric technology also means that the device is silent. There are no chemicals used, no expensive refills and they are very easy to use. Simply plug in and go.

These compact dehumidifiers can be easily stored and can be moved from room to room. Like the compressor dehumidifiers, they also feature an in built fan which blows out warm air, speeding up the process.

Dehumidifiers make your environment cleaner and drier. Without the harmful mould and damp of winter, you and your home will be happier. So the question shouldn’t be “should I get a dehumidifier?” but “which one should I get?”

What size log splitter do I need?

For cosiness, nothing beats the warmth of a winter fire. But before you relax, you need to prepare your firewood.

There are several ways to do this, and one of the most popular is with a log splitter. There are hydraulic log splitters, foot operated log splitters and of course, the simple axe/maul. Remember, size matters, but which size is for you?

Maul/Axe

Maul on wood
A lumberjack’s best friend
Source: The Department of Style
Mauls look like a sledgehammer with the face of an axe which widens quickly. As you drive through the wood, the wider face forces the wood to split.

Axes and mauls are without doubt the simplest way to split logs into manageable pieces. So if you have a small wood pile then a maul may be for you. They are extremely portable, relatively inexpensive and make you feel like a lumberjack.

Those with bad backs might struggle to use a maul, and if you find a knot in a log, then it will be almost impossible to split. Axes and mauls are dangerous tools and injuries can happen. People with children, pets or unsteady hands should exercise caution.

Foot powered log splitter

D3953 Foot Operated Logsplitter Cj
The wood is at your feet
Foot powered log splitters are essentially a jack with a piston that pushes the log onto a splitting wedge. Each pump on the foot lever results in around 1.2 tonnes of force, effortlessly splitting logs.

By using a log splitter, wood can be turned into burnable chunks far quicker than with a maul or axe. Like a maul, a log splitter is easy to transport and store, so it won’t be in the way when not in use. Unlike a maul, a foot operated log splitter is extremely safe.

Because no upper body strength is required, those with bad backs can still enjoy a warming fire. And frugality is assured as it’s foot power rather than electricity that moves the piston.

Splitting green wood? Unseasoned wood is denser and harder to split, so for this task you may need something more powerful than a foot powered log splitter.

Hydraulic log splitter

D3803 Dual Logmaster Logsplitter 2 Cj
Serious log splitting
Up to your neck in logs? Then this is probably the choice for you. Hydraulic log splitters plug into household sockets and pack around 6 tonnes of force.

Without a swinging blade, they are incredibly safe, and labour is minimised because all you need do is load the wood.

Older wood has less moisture content and is easier to split. But with the force of a hydraulic log splitter, even greenwood won’t be a problem. And knots are no match for this sort of power.

How to describe a hydraulic log splitter? Big, powerful and easy to use.

Why buy a halogen oven?

Grills, ovens and hobs are the core appliances in most cook’s kitchens. But have you ever considered the advantages of cooking with a halogen oven?

A halogen oven is smaller, healthier, faster, easier, cheaper and more versatile than traditional cookers. Don’t believe me? Then let me explain.

Space friendly

Halogen Oven
Wine not included
The incredibly compact 12 litre halogen oven is all you need to cook a whole roast dinner. No pots, pans and baking trays required. With a worktop friendly 30cm diameter footprint, it’s the perfect cooker for small flats, caravans and kitchenettes.

Another space saving option is a microwave, which uses radiation to heat up water molecules. But this creates steam, which in turn can make food soggy. Halogen ovens use heat, not waves, and the fan makes sure all parts of the food get cooked. This process makes your food crispier and tastier.

Healthy

Brocoli Crowns
The healthiest food of all?
Source: Nature’s reward
Halogen ovens are designed to drain away fat when cooking. So you get the same Sunday roast taste, but without the unhealthy fat.

Steaming is a great way to cook healthy, and it’s a method well within the capabilities of a halogen oven. Steaming unlike boiling, retains the food’s nutrients rather than washing them away with the boiling water. Now super healthy greens are just a steamer tray away.

Quick

Usain Bolt at Olympics
“No one is near, I can now slow down”
Source: Flickr
Conventional ovens don’t have a hi-tech radiant halogen bulb, but halogen ovens do. Having this bulb, along with an air circulating fan, helps halogen ovens cook up to 40% faster than their conventional counterparts.

Waiting for the conventional oven to preheat is a thing of the past. Halogen ovens heat up in 3 minutes, helping to cut roast dinner cooking times to less than an hour. Conventional ovens cook at a comparative snail’s pace, and need at least 2 hours to cook a good roast.

Versatile

swiss army knife
Maybe not that versatile
Source: Swiss knife shop
Grill, steam, bake, thaw, roast or toast your food. And don’t be limited by the size of the glass bowl, as a lid extender can give you even more cooking capacity.

At a mere 7kg, a halogen oven can be moved around the kitchen freely, allowing you to clean worktops, or put it away for storage. BBQs can even be enhanced with an on hand halogen oven, to roast potatoes or just keep food warm.

Visible cooking

Conventional ovens don’t make it easy for the chef in question to see how their food is doing. With a halogen oven, flapping doors, steamed up glasses and wasted heat are a thing of the past. The space age light given off by the heating element, combined with the glass bowl, make your food easily visible, and keep glasses steam free.

The sight of your food transforming can also be fun for small children, and big kids alike.

Save money

Pink Piggy Bank On Top Of A Pile Of One Dollar Bills
A halogen oven cooks pork perfectly
Source: Senior Living
Save pennies and pounds from the start as a halogen oven is less expensive than a conventional one, but does exactly the same thing, and more.

Frugal folk will also be pleased to hear of further savings. The reduced heating and cooking times, mean that less energy is used than conventional ovens, grills or hobs.

Bonkers men’s slippers

When most of us think of slippers, we think of keeping warm around the fireplace, kindly old grandfathers, and a nice cup of tea.

However, some people like their slippers to make a statement. Here are our favourite slippers for men, women and children who like to keep their feet warm in unusual ways.

We've heard of 'loaf-ers', but these bread slippers are just what you knead
The original ‘loaf-ers’? We think these bread slippers are just what you knead
Source: Transition Edinburgh Uni
Panzer tank slippers
Image source: Paint Crochet
Slippers for the aspiring Panzer tank driver
Slippers you can drive?
Slippers you can drive?
Source: Tesla motors blog
Cute animal slippers are common. Not many people choose earthworms...
Cute animal slippers are common. Not many people choose earthworms…
Source: Etsy
Clean the floor with these mop slippers
Clean the floor with these mop slippers
Source: Allee Willis
Rasta man slippers
Rasta man slippers
Source: Ebay
LED light slippers
LED light slippers
Source: Toxel
These are supposed to look like sushi, what do you think?
These are supposed to look like sushi, what do you think?
Source: Sushi Booties
Split windscreen VW campervan slippers
Split windscreen VW campervan slippers
Source: Wikipedia
Fold your own: origami slippers
Fold your own: origami slippers
Source: Project X
Homer Simpson slippers
Homer Simpson slippers
Source: Flickr
Take your lawn to the beach
Take your lawn to the beach
Source: TechJi

OK, we know these are technically flip-flops, but in Hawaii flip-flops are called ‘slippers’. That’s good enough for us. Aloha.

Extreme needs for thermal trousers

It was Alfred Wainwright who said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

While this may be true for most situations, there are places where the weather is so severe that no matter what you wear, the elements are bound to come out on top.

Pack your sandals, shorts, thermal trousers and perhaps even a windproof umbrella – as we embark on an extreme weather tour of the world.

Coldest

Oymyakon
It’s cold up north
Source: Sometimes Interesting
Slip your feet into ice skates, or strap on your snowshoes – you’ll need them in the coldest inhabited place on earth. The isolated Russian village of Oymyakon has a population of just 472 – not surprising given its shiver inducing, monthly mean temperature of -46°C.

It’s not just the villagers of Oymyakon, who have it tough. Inhabitants of the Canadian research facility ‘Eureka’ spend the whole year dressed in thermal trousers and super warm coats. With the world’s lowest annual mean temperature of -19.7°C, stepping outside in your jeans and sweater can be fatal.

For a more accessible chilly city, try Winnipeg. The Manitoban capital is dubbed “Winter-peg”, as temperatures rarely reach double figures even in the summer. Once in 1879 the thermometer fell to a bone chilling -47.8°C!

Hottest

Dallol, Ethiopia
Not your usual tourist trap
Source: Atlas Obscura
Many of us like to escape the gloom of the British winter. So if you like to wear your shorts and t-shirt in winter, how about a holiday to Dallol in Ethiopia? The town is a little short on tourist facilities, but it’s consistently sunny. Between 1960 and 1966, the mean daily temperature was 41.1°C, making it on average, the hottest town on earth.

Even the most dedicated sun worshiper would think twice about rolling out their towel in Death Valley. The record temperature there is 56.7°C, which in a place where people run marathons and visit for tourism, is really something.

Unlike Dallol and Death valley, no one has ever lived in the Lut desert of Iran. This is hardly surprising given the temperature there has reached 71°C – the highest ever recorded.

Windiest

Wellington wind
It’s windy down south
Source: Expat Forum
Chicago is called the “windy city” but it’s nothing compared to Wellington. The New Zealand capital once recorded a wind speed of 248km/h. Certainly not weather for a sun hat.

Wellington is built on the edge of the Cook Strait. There, a gap in the mountain range running the length of the North and South islands creates a wind funnel that accelerates the air blowing through it. The effect is strongest on the Wellington side, making this one of the most windy cities on earth.

Wellingtonians must be very fond of windy weather – the shape of the capital’s Westpac Stadium, aka the Cake Tin, creates a vortex – was that by accident or design? So if you go and watch the All Blacks play, you may wish to take a windproof umbrella.

Wettest

Bathing in the rain
Bathing in the rain
Source: Asfayara
Here in Britain we get out and about despite the rain – donning our waxed jackets and rubber wellingtons to fend off precipitation. But in some places, you may just want to stay inside.

Separated by just 10 miles, inhabitants of the Indian towns of Cherrapunj and Mawsnyram must fight over the title for wettest place on earth. In June and July you can expect 120 inches of rain there, more than double the UK annual average of 45 inches.

Driest

San Pedro de Atacama
Not a hose in sight
Source: Leave Your Daily Hell
Jump into moon boots and visit the Mars coloured sand of San Pedro de Atacama. Chile’s Atacama desert is the driest place on earth, but that doesn’t stop flip-flop wearing backpackers from visiting.

Due to the minuscule 15 mm of annual rainfall, there’s a 3 minute shower limit. So you have to wash your hair quickly, or everyone goes thirsty.

If you do decide to visit the Chilean desert, don’t forget to pack something warm to wear. Daytime temperatures maybe scorching, but at night, the mercury can fall to -10°C.

Humid

Singapore Humidity
A muggy night over Singapore
Source: I Super Love
Find yourself a time machine and head back to 1922 Libya. If the statistics recorded at the time are correct, the temperature soared to a scorching 57°C with 100% humidity. Dehumidifiers would do you no good here.

Can’t get your hands on a time machine but still want to get hot and sweaty? With an average annual humidity of 84.2%, you could try Singapore. In Singapore’s popular tourist spots and streets you’re sure to swelter, but if you feel a bit faint, there’s many air-conditioned shops and restaurants in which to retreat.

Do you know of any more extreme weather locations we might have missed?

Pimp my slippers — patents pending

Slippers have been keeping our feet warm and comfy for centuries, but have you ever felt that they could do more? Well you’re not alone…

In this age of modification, even gentlemen’s slippers haven’t escaped the ingenious and sometimes bizarre pimping skills of footwear designers. Take a look at some of the actual patents pending for men’s slippers.

Puppet / slipper combo

Puppet slippers
Image source: Yastremska
You could be the next Rod Hull, thanks to your slippers

There’s a patent pending for a slipper that also functions as a puppet — yes you heard it correctly. If the conversation is boring you or you’re feeling mildly insane, simply put your slippers on your hands and hey presto — you’re the next Rod Hull.

Made with a flexible sole the slipper easily becomes a puppet with a moving mouth. Gimmicks — don’t you just love/hate ‘em!

Lighted slipper

Do you keep bumping into your furniture at night? Do you have problems seeing around your own house when it’s dark? Well just turn on the lights or a lamp — right?

That’s probably why a patent filed in 2001 for a lighted slipper — that’s a slipper with small ambient lights attached — has expired. An invention needs to solve a problem, but in this case light switches and normal slippers are much better than dark rooms and lighted slippers. Doh!

Skull slippers

Skull Slippers
Image source: Maxoidos
Just what you want on your feet

This patent has already been granted so expect to see this design on sale in underground slipper stores around Halloween. The design is simple and consists of the slipper looking like a skull — the mouth of the skull being the place where you insert your feet.

These skull slippers are sure to steal the show at the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival, but could be a bone of contention in most respectable households.

Shoe / slipper combo

This patent was aimed at women, but the concept of the idea isn’t gender specific, so we’ve included it. It’s basically a slipper inside a shoe.

So you’ve been on a long walk around the city in your shoes and now you want to relax beside a roaring fire. Only you forgot your slippers. No you didn’t! They’re inside your shoes. Wow — this is surely a must-have item for those people that transport their car inside their camper van when they’re on holiday.

Heated vibrating slipper

Warm slippers
Image source: oocoskun
This is so early 2000s. Where is the electric motor and heat-emitting wire and battery pack?

The proposer of a patent for a heated, vibrating slipper has been left hanging since 2007. If we were to speculate why then it would probably be because there isn’t really enough room in a slipper to house an electric motor and a heat-emitting wire and battery pack.

We’re pretty sure there would also be some serious health and safety issues with a fur-lined slipper housing a heating mechanism. Though what a flaming great training tool for Olympic sprinters — Water!

Musical Slipper

What could be a better addition to this uneventful world than a musical animal slipper? You’d be the talk of the party with these bad boys on your feet. What’s that noise? Well, it’s my musical slippers that are shaped like puppies.

Actually the 2001 application for a patent hasn’t been granted yet and doesn’t look like it will be either. We’re really sorry about that one, chaps.

Living shoes: the future has sole

Imagine the perfect shoe. It conforms to every ridge and contour of your foot. No blisters, no soreness, no pressure points; light, flexible footwear that breathes.

These perfect shoes mend themselves, adapt to the terrain and offer dynamic, real time support for every part of your foot.

Science fiction? The new science of ‘protocells’, and cutting edge design, mean the footwear of the future are just a step away.

Leap forward

The amoeba surface adapting trainer
The amoeba surface adapting trainer
Source: This is alive

Take some scientists, some of the most cutting edge designers in the world, and what emerges is a shoe unlike any seen before. Enter the Amoeba Surface Adapting Trainer.

3D printed biotechnology creates a shoe fashioned from ‘protocells’. A second skin for your foot made of semi-living material; cells that divide and multiply to repair themselves, adding support where needed.

And when you get home, instead of kicking your shoes off inside the front door – you feed them by placing them in a tank of nutrient rich chemicals.

Vital signs

Alive or dead?
Image source: Z I B I
Protocells blur the distinction between alive and not-alive

The distinction between animate and inanimate used to be clear. A cat is alive, a table is not.

But now scientists searching for the origins of life have discovered that the journey from the primordial ooze to the complex organisms and ecosystems of our world, is less clear than previously thought. The result: living shoes.

From a salty soup

Martin Hanczyc created protocells in a laboratory
Martin Hanczyc created protocells in a laboratory
Source: Trans961

It takes three things to make a cell: a body, a metabolism and some inheritable information. Simply mix, add energy and you have the stuff of life.

A single living cell can contain around 1,000,000 molecules – but to create a structure that looks and behaves like a basic cell takes as few as ten.

Scientist, Martin Hanczyc has succeeded in creating synthetic structures called protocells, groups of molecules that self assemble, move, replicate and consume energy to maintain themselves.

The origins of life on earth? Perhaps. Not living entities, but life-like structures that can be programmed to behave in specific ways.

Future shoes

The brain behind the incredible Amoeba shoe is Shamees Aden. She studied Textile Futures at the prestigious Central St Martins College, London.

The course encourages students to engage with cutting edge research to create concepts for the products of the future. Interacting with Martin Hanczyc’s findings, Shamees created a range of footwear that makes leather shoes look positively prehistoric.

And that’s not all. The ability to control DNA means that in future, engineers will be able to control semi-living material in the same way that software engineers write apps today.

Think strawberry plants that grow lace from their roots – even edible solar cells – we’ll be limited only by our imaginations.

If this sounds like pseudoscience, think again. Textiles Futures at St Martins has already worked in collaboration with the Medical Research Council, Nissan and the VF Corporation, owner of brands like North Face, Vans and Wrangler. The future is alive with possibility.

Famous potatoes that escaped the peeler

You fry them, mash them, boil them and bake them, but what about the ones that escaped the potato peeler?

Well some became celebrities. And here is our list of the most famous potato inspired characters of all time.

Mr Potato Head

Mr Potato head with box
The Godfather of Potatoes
Source: Talking Points
D.O.B: 01/05/1952

Type: King Edward Potato

Bio: Since the 1950s, this witty no-nonsense spud has been pulling more shapes than a disco dancing packet of crisps. His role in the Toy Story trilogy turned him into a Hollywood star, but this hasn’t changed him. He still loves Mrs Potato Head and is prone to throwing body parts when annoyed.

Mrs Potato Head

Mrs Potato head on black background
Mr Potato Head’s better half
Source: Puzzle-Games
D.O.B: She won’t tell anyone

Type: Sweet Potato

Bio: Whether she is keeping her husband in check or looking for her lost eye, she has the same short temper as Mr Potato Head. Not quite as old as her hubby, she is perhaps the most well known female potato in the world. And like her husband, has Toy Story to thank for her Hollywood fame.

Spud

Spud from Trainspotting
He looks like a naughty Spud
Source: Ford on Film
D.O.B: Unknown

Type: Beer Battered Chip

Bio: Spud is one of those lovable idiots. With a thick Scottish accent and a rather odd interview technique, this tattie spends his Edinburgh days wasting his life away. Often seen with pals, Renton, Begbie and Sick Boy when not being detained at her majesty’s pleasure.

Mr Chips

Mr Chips from Catchphrase
Say what you see…
Source: Digital Spy
D.O.B: 1986

Type: Unknown

Bio: The talented and instantly recognisable mime potato/robot of classic TV show, Catchphrase. He may have been the sidekick to Roy Walker (and more recently Stephen Mulhern), but Mr. Chips always steals the show with his animated antics. Remember “Say what you see, if you see it, say it!”

Bodger and Badger

Type: N/A

Bio: Not actually a spud, but they make the list for their infamous, and slightly unhealthy love of mash potato. Badger, was a notorious troublemaker, often seen hurling balls of mash at his human co-stars, much to the joy of children of the 90s who see them as cult heroes.

Can you think of famous potatoes or spud based characters we may have neglected?