True to myself, I've written a few articles about food in the city and I've been trying to remember to take pictures of some of the food I've been eating. Most people know Scotland for haggis, a savory mixture of minced sheep parts (liver, heart, and lungs), onion, oatmeal, and spices that's then encased in the sheep's stomach or in sausage casing before then being removed and served (sounds gross, but it's actually quite tasty). Scottish food is so much more than that though, and I'm really enjoying the chance to try so many new foods. I've discovered creamy porridge and sugary sweet tablet (a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth sweet made with sweetened condensed milk, butter, and sugar). I've snacked on Scotch pies (meat pies) with mash (mashed potatoes) and gravy. I've tried a variety of Scottish cheeses and I'm looking forward to trying black (blood) pudding and maybe a salmon or venison dish. There's definitely a sense that Scottish food is a bit heavier and heartier, but anyone who says food in the U.K. is bad or bland should be shot. The meat pies are meaty, salty, and some are even a wee bit Christmasy (like the traditional Scotch pie, made with minced lamb/mutton and spices like mace and black pepper). The cheeses are absolutely wonderful—Caboc is like the love child of sour cream and cream cheese (creamy and thick with a rich, slightly sour flavor) and the blue cheeses are lovely. I've tried the so-called "national" drink, Irn Bru (pronounced "iron brew")—it's a soda with a bubble gum-gummy bear-cream soda taste that you'll either love or hate, and it'll get you on a crazy sugar high after just a few sips. I've been to the Edinburgh Farmer's Market and I've popped into countless little pubs (I'm absolutely loving cider—Strongbow is particularly popular here) and cafes (love getting soup, sandwich, and tea). It's also great to be in the land of Cadbury, where I can enjoy Twirls, Crunchies, and Flakes.
|English cheddar sandwich with tomato chutney|
|Sausage pie with gravy and mash|
|Porridge with white chocolate, hazelnut, and tablet|
|Scottish Cream Tea: Scottish Breakfast tea and a scone with clotted cream and raspberry jam|
It's absolutely amazing living (and eating!) here and I'm already dreading my return home (though having my own bed and my cats will be wonderful). This has been an amazing experience so far, and I'm truly looking forward to the next few weeks. Hopefully I'll get one or two more posts up during my stay, and I'll certainly post a few more photos, so be on the lookout.