This is the perfect side dish for mussels and roasted poultry. Mamy absolutely refused to ever use frozen fries. You know what? Me too! If you are able to buy a deep fryer, it is worth the investment just for making fries. If not, there are baskets sold for pots that are cheaper. Either way, homemade fries is the way to go! If you're wondering about the bowl, I was happy to make this recipe while visiting my mom. She has a bowl for every single member of her family. When somebody new enters the family (birth or marriage), she gets another bowl. They are made in France and I look forward to seeing a new one for my son. If you look at the mussels recipe you will see a blue bowl. That one is my husbands.