Santa brought me a Tefal Actifry for Christmas, a kitchen gadget which claims to cook 1kg of chips in just 1 spoon of oil.
I gave it its first test run yesterday and cooked a full kilo of peeled and chipped potatoes with the regulation 14ml of oil. It took quite a long time (40 mins, less time if you cook smaller amounts) but required no attention until the moment it beeped that they were ready to serve. Between four of us it worked out at 1.5 syns per portion, and as you can see from the picture they were crisp and tasty. I think the syn cost is worth it, considering the low effort required in making them and the finished result.
I made a second batch for lunch today, this time leaving the skins on and I have to say that I prefer them that way - even less effort needed!
The Actifry comes with a recipe book with a variety of things you can make - it's not just for chips. I think that it will do a good job of roasting veg with some garlic and herbs so that's next on my list of things to try.
All in all, a useful gadget that's easy to use and creates tasty chips, although it's not cheap - I'm not sure I'd rush out to buy one myself if it wasn't a gift!