The Scots Have Stocked Abundant Aisles

……and I would walk 500 miles……..
Food and its preparation is unquestionably a matter of skill and taste. Our home was always a place where simple, wholesome, yet very tasty recipes would come together quite beautifully under the control of the best chef in the world (a personal opinion you understand), my mum. This was a woman that, like her mother and most of her generation, could cook three meals for six hungry mouths on a daily basis without the need of a fridge, fan assisted oven, freezer or a microwave. We didn’t even have an electric can opener. Given the circumstances our food was fresh, the ingredients of which would be bought daily from a little row of shops on Studfall Avenue or Occupation Road. Many of my mums cooking techniques had been inherited from her own mother, who’d brought them with her when she moved her entire family south of the border from Scotland. Something happened last week which made me wonder about the perception that others might have about the other countries within our United Kingdom, perhaps highlighted even more since the referendum vote. We would eat ‘Scotch bread’ and ‘Scotch pies’, two thing incidentally that I still enjoy, but have never considered them as a ‘foreign’ food, unlike Pizza, poppadoms, sauerkraut or sweet and sour chicken. Scottish polisAs we perused the aisles of a major supermarket I found myself confronted by a sign that certainly suggested to me that Haggis was considered to be as foreign as Łazanki z kapustą i grzybami or Kotlet schabowy. The overhead sign simply stated ‘Scottish – Polish’. Strangely, the ‘Scotch bread’ and ‘Scotch pies’ were not on this set-aside foreign arrangement. Perhaps this is a pointer to the future. Maybe we will soon see Welsh specialities alongside Czech cuisine, or mouth watering Northern Irish ingredients and foods next to the latest tasty bites from Hungary. The use of the sign and the separation of British foods were certainly confusing, and also had the ability to make me laugh.

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