Many people love to be let loose in kitchen. Whether you are a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, for most people there is nothing more satisfying in cooking a dish for yourself and others to enjoy. Cooking not only gives people the chance to be imaginative and creative, but it also a great way to get family and friends together. Scottish cuisine is probably one of the most interesting to try, as there are a variety of tastes, smells and textures. This article will explore the most common and popular dishes, that help to make Scotland what it is today; a country rich in culture.
Scotland is best known for its malt whisky and haggis. While most people like malt whisky, it is a different story with haggis, as it has the same reputation as Marmite; you either love or hate it. There are many more traditional dishes that are popular in Scotland and suit a wide range of tastes. This article will explore these, so that the next time you are there you won’t miss out!
Neeps, Tatties and Haggis
Before going into the lesser known dishes, we should really start with the most controversial Scottish dish; Haggis. Haggis is a ‘legendary’ creature that lives in the Highlands, but also a very tasty dish if done properly and you can get past the interesting ingredients. This dish is best served with ‘neeps’ (turnips) and ‘tatties’ (mashed potato).
Clootie Dumpling is great for warming the cockles on those brisk, cold days and evenings. It is made from flour, breadcrumbs, dried fruit, suet, sugar, spice and finally milk to bind the ingredients together. It is then left to simmer in a large pan of boiling water and then dried in front of a fire or inside an oven.
Best served with warm custard, chilled cream or a strong cup of tea, ginger cake is best after a light meal. This cake is made from stemmed ginger, mixed peel, sultanas, oatmeal, eggs golden or treacle syrup.
Traditionally prepared with chicken, onions and stock, ‘cock-a-leekie’ is great as a starter before a large meal or as a main at lunch time. Serve with a crusty roll or croutons and you have a great dish that ticks all the boxes.
A scotch egg is a great accompaniment to any picnic. Simply wrap a hard-boiled egg with sausage meat and breadcrumbs (if you are cooking for a vegetarian or vegan leave the sausage meat out), and fry before serving.
Cullen Skink Soup
As the name suggests this soup comes from Cullen and is most popular on the Northeastern Coast. This traditional soup is prepared using potatoes, onions, haddock and is relatively easy to make.
Aberdeen Angus Beef
For all you meat lovers out there you have to try Aberdeen angus beef! Whether you serve it alongside ‘tatties’ or in a stew, this meat is truly scrumptious! The meat comes from a special breed of cattle, which is reared in Angus and Aberdeen, hence the name.
By Sarah; an article writer interested in topics related to UK travel often exploring foods, things to do and Perthshire hotels