~Find it in
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"...But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer,
Gie her a Haggis ! "
If your average soul is
asked to name but two items of food and drink from Scotland - guess what the VAST majority reply; there's a hint in
the image above.
But Scotland has much,much more that these, of
its own style and evolution. We are truly blessed with our own natural produce; game birds like the
Partridge, the Pheasant, the Grouse; our Venison living wild in the
Highlands, Prime Beef from our famous herds; a host of treasures from our rivers and seas - Trout
& Salmon, Crab & Lobster, Langoustines, Oysters, Scallops, and a variety of
fresh sea fishes.
And from these treasures has arisen a plethora of Scottish Recipes and Dishes;
distinctive, different, some satisfyingly substantial, some light & airy in texture and taste. The proper
Scottish Breakfast was enjoyed even by Dr Johnson.
Here's a list of some - a very few - Scottish Dishes, just for a wee
idea of the thing; if you want the recipes, they are all easy to find on The Web...
ARBROATH SMOKIES (there's an article on these in the 'FIND IT...' opening
BUTTERSCOTCH (if you have a sweet tooth, this is for you!)
CLAPSHOT (an Orcadian potato and turnip (swede) dish)
CRANACHAN (soft fruit brose)
CULLEN SKINK (a fish & tattie soup)
DRUMLANRIG PUDDING (rhubarb & bread based)
FREE KIRK PUDDING (a variety of steamed pudding)
GLESSIE (a traditional scottish toffee)
HOWTOWDIE (Scottish Roast Chicken)
MELTING MOMENTS (crisp, crunchy biscuits that melt in the mouth)
PARTAN BREE (a Crab & Rice-based soup)
RUMBLEDTHUMPS (a meatless main course that can also be served as a vegetable dish with
SKIRLIE (a form of mealie Pudding, with several uses)
TWEED KETTLE (a method of cooking Salmon)
WHIM WHAM (a quickly- made, delicious trifle)
WHISKY TODDY (one way to keep out the cold, damp Scottish weather)
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Throughout Scotland, you'll find restaurants offering the
Traditional Scottish Dishes; some are excellent - we've been there. Some are adequate, but some are not what we
would hope for, that leave visitors to our small but beautifully-formed land with a bad taste in their
keeping with our website principles, we are looking to tell you of the
better-quality establishments, gleaned from our own experiences, and by word-of-mouth
from what we believe to be reliable sources. AND we ask YOU to tell us of your own experiences - so that we
can pass on the advice to help other readers. We'll again list our findings by geographical area.
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Now, over many
years, Scotland has become host to many races; these have brought tastes of their own cultures,
and cuisines. And not all of you will want uninterrupted Scottish Fare. So, we are going to include any eating-place that meets our criteria. Indeed, our home-based
Scottish readers are likely to want to know of quality Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin-American, Pakistani, Spanish, Thai... to name but a
few... restaurants. And again - PLEASE tell us of good ones, bad ones, different ones - to be passed on for
the aid of others. We need, and value, your input.