Local Heart, Global Soul

December 8, 2017

Oh, And Just A Little Mayonnaise Please…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Any New Zealander will tell you that when you want something to put onto fries, nothing beats good old “Watties” (brand) tomato sauce.

Not just any tomato sauce, it has to be Watties.

You can taste the difference of substitutes a kilometre away, and the absence of it in Europe is the reason I would rather eat fries with just a little salt than anything else.

Ask any born and bred Dutch person though and you will get the answer for their preferred topping in a nano-second: mayonnaise. In fact for many Dutch, anything except mayonnaise is almost unthinkable.

After a busy morning touring Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog, Himself suggested some fries for lunch.

He was hungry, after all all I have to do is sit in the wheelchair and take photographs, he’s the one doing the pushing.

After twenty-three years of marriage I know he’s a big fan of mayonnaise but nothing quite prepared me for the sight that greeted me when he exited the shop with this. I was about to say “this monstrosity” but since we were sharing and I was getting the mayo-free ones from the bottom I thought I better not make too much fuss over how gross I thought this looked. Needless to say ALL of the mayonnaise was for him. Good thing he’s in training for a marathon, you’d need to after a lunch like this.


  1. Fries and ketchup was all I knew growing up in Pennsylvania. When I moved to Rhode Island it was vinegar and salt with fries, something I’ve never embraced. Fries and mayonnaise is something I seriously doubt I’d even be tempted to try! I suppose it’s all in where you grew up. Thank-you, I think!

    Comment by Ellen — December 9, 2017 @ 5:49 am | Reply

    • Ellen,
      It’s definitely related to where you grew up, for me fries with mayo are a monstrosity. Kiwi Daughter takes after her father though and loves the stuff. Little Mr is more of a tomato sauce / ketchup fan. Vinegar to me is distinctly British. Me… I’m a pure thorough and through Watties girl!!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 9, 2017 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  2. I had never had fries with anything other than ketchup (or vinegar then ketchup) until visiting NL … I actually liked the mayo but if I’m going to use mayo now, I prefer to mix a bit of ketchup into it 😊

    Comment by Carrie — December 11, 2017 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • Carrie,
      A mix of the two… hmmm I’m not so sure about that at all… ALL yours!! 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — December 12, 2017 @ 10:28 am | Reply

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