my friend thinks i'm a fucking weirdo for eating "lightly fried potato chunks with no seasoning", which I must admit is an apt description of this meal. Is he right?
Taste is subjective but at the same time some people have a more advanced idea of what taste is in that they understand subtle nuance and really just have a deeper understanding leading to an appreciation on a deeper level. In this case, however, literal taste is not only unique to the individual but an expression of what you subconsciously know your body needs. So no, you are not a weirdo. But fuck if I don't love me some crispy hashbrowns.
I think of it as a spectrum.
On one side of the spectrum, some people enjoy their food without any seasoning at all. On the other end of the spectrum are people that can't eat food without either covering it in spices or condiments.
>I was always taught that a food's natural flavor is better than any seasoning
Well that's just straight-up bullshit. You could argue like >7050738 that it's subjective, but there's no way good unseasoned food tastes objectively the best, and for something like lightly fried potatoes, I'm sure a preference for unseasoned would put you in a distinct minority, at least among people who have access to seasoning.
i don't like when fried potatoes are good if they have been too long on the stove.
i would maybe have made some sort of sauce, but i would do that with 99% of every kind of food, sauce is just amazing!
I make salt potatoes like once a month in the morning and eat them with a side of thick cut bacon for breakfast. That's almost unseasoned except for the salt and the butter dip. But I guess not the same in any way so yeah.
It's weird in the same way sleeping in the gutter covered in newspaper when you've got a perfectly good house would be weird. Why wouldn't you make even the slightest effort to improve your food beyond technically edible?