'Chips' as a unit of measurement, or a style of cut?

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Hi foodies,

I have a recipe book (The French Café Cookbook) and am attempting one of the dessert recipes. It refers to a recipe for Confit Strawberries as requiring '1 Chip Strawberries'. Several of the other recipes refer to a chip.

I have googled extensively, and don't know whether a chip is a unit of measurement (if so, what?) or a style of cut (which would, certainly for the recipe in question, appear to be a dice), so am looking for advice?

Thanks!
 
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That's a book from New Zealand right? A chip of strawberry in New Zealand is a small basket of strawberries: 

In the late 60s/early 70s, the northern equivalent of "pottle" (container like a large cardboard cup) was "carton", a term also used in a quite different sense for a cardboard box. "Punnet" of strawberries I've heard only in the south, the northern equivalent being "chip" of strawberries. I think this term may have disappeared, along with the object it described. It was a small container, shaped like a mini-basket and made of strips of thin wood. This was replaced by a similarly shaped aluminium container. As far as I can recall, these remained punnets in the south, I don't know whether they were still called chips in the north. Possibly "punnet" was replaced by "pottle" in the deep south (Otago/Southland), but remained in place in Canterbury. I doubt that it's ever been used in the North Island. I haven't heard either "punnet" or "chip" for some time now.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:New_Zealand_English#Southland_Burr
 
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Perfect, thanks!

It's a british book, but that makes sense.

A non specific measurement, I used my judgement ;-)
 

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