Today at lunch we were having a chat with my workmates about weird but fantastic Scottish food inventions. I have made some discoveries about what people here like to eat:
- deep-fried Mars bar must be at the top of the list – it’s the perfectly ordinary chocolate bar dipped in a flour batter (the same batter that is used e.g. for fish) and fried in oil. Tastes sweet and melting-in-the-mouth like a sticky toffee pudding and it’s difficult to finish a whole one.
- chip butty (or a chip roll) is a bread roll cut in half, spread with butter and filled with hot chips. I haven’t had one yet but apparently it’s heavenly as the chips make the butter melt.
- roll with crisps is exactly what it sounds – a bread roll filled with crisps, some say plain Walker’s are best for this purpose. Similarly, a pie roll is a roll cut in half with a piece of meat pie put in it. I have been told a roll with banana and crisps is delicious (however strange it sounds).
- sarnie means a sandwich – two slices of bread with filling in between.
- steak pie and fish supper (another name for fish and chips) are typical dishes you can get for your tea (dinner).
- boiled egg and soldiers was something my workmate from my old job loved having for breakfast as a boy (he still loves it, in fact, especially on Sunday mornings). Soldiers are a piece of toast bread cut into strips that you then dip in your soft-boiled egg yolk. You can’t say this is not delicious!
- a piece with sugar is also something usually kids would eat – a piece of bread with butter and sugar sprinkled on top. Even I was partial to it as a kid!
Aren’t these all quirky but wonderful?
I also got two quick recipes: the first one is a Mars bar sauce to be had with ice-cream (melt a Mars bar, mix with some cream) and the other – a Crunchie dessert (wrap a couple of Crunchie bars in a dish cloth, smash into pieces, mix with double creme, leave for a few hours in the fridge to melt together – ready!).
Do you know any other Scottish/ British favourites that you tried and loved, too?