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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Seaside snacks, Terrigal

There must be some kind of psychosomatic link between feeling the refreshing tingle of salt spray on the skin, and an irrepressible urge to get salt under the skin. Fish and chips aside (and yes, even those artery-clogging deep-fried Mars bars), nothing screams Aussie seaside satiation like the beloved potato scallop and the pineapple fritter.

The potato scallop is but the transportable clutchable heartwarming carbohydrate. Take a 5mm disc of potato, dust gracefully with flour, coat with a light batter and deep fry until golden. Sprinkle generously with salt and then crunch your way through its crisp overcoat to reveal its soft but firm starchy interior.

You'd be needing something sweet after that mate, to give your stomach a bit of closure, you know. How's about a pineapple fritter. Tinned pineapple ring deep-fried in breadcrumbs, icing sugar optional. Sweet.

I couldn't resist either of these sudden cravings on a recent weekender to Terrigal, a popular beachside town about 90km north of Sydney. From a city increasingly plagued by bland and predictable franchises, it felt horrifically refreshing to see traditional fish-and-chip shops and local takeaways in Terrigal. Even here though, a number of franchises are already rearing their ugly heads.

The scallop and fritter both brought back reminiscent flashbacks of childhood; when scallops only cost 15 cents, and you'd wolf them down in-between frenetic bouts of Double Dragon and Wonder Boy.

These days though, they're best consumed sitting on soft sand, salt spray prickling your skin, wind whipping your hair and the screech of seagulls and crashing waves filling your ears.

Terrigal Beach (click on pics to enlarge)

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posted by Anonymous on 4/09/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 4/10/2005 11:36 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    Those look interesting. I'm not really a scallop fan, but I think I'd eat the pineapple one! Maybe I should try something like this at home....

  • At 4/11/2005 12:23 am, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Yum.. Yum..AG,
    I had almost forgotten about the scallop and pineapple fritter.. ;) i really love those.. ;)

  • At 4/11/2005 2:30 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    wow. nice beach!
    Never had scallop potato or pineapple fritters before. I am a big fan of the greasy fries - the thicker the better! :p And oh dear, you sure brought back memories about Double Dragon. I have long forgotten their existence. I was once caught by my discipline master about the Double Dragon tape I brought to school. *shame*

  • At 4/13/2005 2:35 pm, Blogger Chick Pea said…

    !!! Potato scallops!! I haven't had those in years, and yes a good sprinkling of salt does the trick. Mmm...wouldn't mind one (or four) right now...

    Great site, love your pics. Can't wait to come back to sample some of your recommendations.

  • At 4/13/2005 2:37 pm, Blogger Chick Pea said…

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