Thursday 21 July 2011

Scottish Food and Phrases

In the run up to our trip away we have had plenty of advice from those who have fled the Highlands for warmer weather down South.

Our favourite Scottish sayings so far (from Avril Mclaren at Dolan Hotels) are:

Auch aye the noo
Ye canny shuv yer granny af a bus
Dinny da that
Awa an bile yer heid
Awa an no blether ye haiver 
Yer glakit

We’re not too sure of the translations of all of them so I’m not sure if we’ll be trying them out just in case. Of course anyone who can give us the translations please let us know in the comments box below.

Another great email was Scottish Food we must try from Gill at Capita. From the list below I’m glad we will be burning several thousand calories walking each day:

If you come across a hotel serving High Tea - go for it. This is a main course like  Mixed Grill - chops, sausages, egg  chips and tomatoes and mushrooms served with toast and butter and tea  followed by cakes and scones and raspberry jam and more tea- traditionally served around . This is a dying species but still available in the smaller "toons"
  • In addition buy a packet of Pandrops to suck whilst walking - they are like mint imperials but better
  • Callard and Bowser Toffees
  • The fish and chip shops are so much better also -ask for White Pudding or Red Pudding it is a cereal based sausage like creature which is deepfried with chips
  • Haggis - obviously
  • Arbroath smokies - which are like kippers but better
  • Mackerel coated in oats ( you can also have this for breakfast)
  • Square sliced Lorne sausage for breakfast
  • Potato scones –breakfast

With further recommendations Because of the softness of the Highland water the following items taste one trillion times better in Scotland”:-
  • Tea
  • Whisky
  • Marmalade
  • Bread
  • Scones
  • Shortbread
  • Tablet - a very sugary fudge like confection.
  • Porridge
  • Butter - (nothing to do with the water but could have, cows have to drink!)

So Scotland here we come! (after a few days in Leeds) The weather forecast is looking a lot better for next week. A little bit rain but at least it’s not as bad as it has been… and at least a bit of rain might help keep the famous Scottish midges away! 

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