The 6 best dishes that you should try in Scotland
Fasten your seatbelts, we’re flying to – Scotland! There’s an endless list of reasons why anyone should decide to visit Scotland. Actually, it all depends on your personal interests and affinity. If you’re a true nature lover, Scotland is the right choice for you with its impeccable and almost intact natural scenery. On the other hand, there are numerous adventurous paths and trails you can dive into – whisky and golf trails for those who have sophisticated taste, historical and cultural trails for romantic souls eager to time travel into some thrilling pastimes. Finally, in my opinion, Scotland pops up as a great choice for all food lovers as well. But, first of all, let me tell you the truth about cooking and me. Well, that romance started some 10 or even 15 years ago and it’s growing each day. Lol! Honestly, I’m not a chef master when it comes to cooking, but I simply adore experimenting in the kitchen. Till now, all the people who have ever tried my culinary experiments are safe and sound. Now, why Scotland? Because, as I’m a big fan of rustic dishes, I was reading and exploring a lot about various bright culinary examples and finally, I’ve decided to share my exaltation with Scottish national dishes with you. So, here’s the list of the 6 best dishes that you should try in Scotland.
This is possibly one of the best known Scottish dishes and it is also the national dish of Scotland. This homely dish is traditionally served on Burns Night when the whole of Scotland is celebrating the famous Scottish poet – Robert Burns.
There are split thoughts regarding the origin of this dish, including some rumours that haggis was actually invented by Romans. Also, they say the Greeks had something very similar. One thing is sure. Haggis is a kind of a savoury pudding, made of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep or any other animal (but mostly sheep), slowly and elegantly minced with hard fat of beef or mutton, mixed with oatmeal (you’re a bit surprised, aren’t you?) with the final touch of various seasons. This fabulous fusion of meat, seasons and oatmeal is packed into a sheep’s stomach (OMG! Yes, but, believe it or not, it’s extremely tasty) and boiled. The process of making haggis sounds as a fantastic culinary symphony, doesn’t it?
There are many fun facts about this savoury sausage, but the most interesting one says that up to a third of tourists think haggis is a real animal!
Cranachan is another world famous Scottish pudding, but this time, a sweet one. A delicious dessert made of raspberries, honey, whisky, cheese and again – oats. These are the basic and essential ingredients but if you want to impress, be free to add whatever it inspires your culinary imagination. If you’re in favour of nutty flavour, add some nuts. Also, you won’t regret if you add some pistachio, caramel or even a coconut. Just let it go and enjoy your perfect cranachan. This delightful creamy dessert is something very similar to a cheesecake and in my humble opinion, it’s the ultimate summer treat.
Cullen skink soup
This soup comes from the fishing area in the north east. This hearty but easy to prepare soup is made of smoked haddock, onions and potatoes. That’s why this soup is also known as Smoked haddock chowder. Scottish people are very proud of this creamy and full-flavoured soup and consider it the world’s finest fish soup. Well, there’s only one way to check this. Indulge in this exciting blend of the best fishy tastes that Scotland can offer and experience the pure passion.
Porridge is a simple meal made with oats, nicely boiled in water or milk. Just like that! But, don’t be fooled by its simplicity, because porridge is an absolutely perfect breakfast if you need a healthy day starter that works as a pure energy booster. You can experiment with porridge and adapt it up to your own taste. Add honey, fruits, whisky…whatever you have to hand, just jazz it up, be free to improvise, you can’t make a mistake with porridge.
Whisky tablet (fudge)
Whisky tablet (fudge)… If you want to get loads of compliments, think about making whisky tablet. The essential ingredient is, of course, whisky! Choose the one that best defines your taste and satisfies your senses and you’ll get the most exciting sweet that literally melts the moment it gets into your mouth. It resembles a regular fudge, but it’s much more than just a fudge, it’s more challenging due to its crunchy and grainy texture. I really must make a pause here, it’s time to make whisky tablet!
Highland venison with redcurrant sauce
Well, if you haven’t tried this one…I don’t know what to picture it, it’s hard to explain, you must try it yourself. Once you meet your palate with this exquisite dish, it will become one of your top 5 dishes for sure. Venison steak is a perfect meal for all beef-lovers. You need just a few ingredients apart from a nice piece of venison – red wine, redcurrant jelly and lots of patience. The longer it cooks, the better it becomes. It simply wins with its rich and juicy texture and explosion of flavors. It’s a real volcano of tastes, smells and pleasure.
Feeling hungry now? Then, doubt no more, it’s high time you should take on this culinary challenge and try some Scottish cuisine, or you could ask the Spirit Journeys team to take you to one of their extraordinary Epicurean tour!