Corner View - Menu al Dia!
This week's Corner View theme is Menu al Dia - what would be on the menu in your local restaurants.....well here in Scotland, traditional food would be fish and chips, steak pie or mince and tatties......
Whilst in Dundee, traditional food would be (Dundee vernacular coming up): "
Now, you may well ask what on earth would you be eating......2 pies (Scotch pies - hard water pastry with mutton filling), 2 plain bridies (think pastry filled with beef mince/onion) and an onion one as well......would be the answer to that question!
Or slightly further afield (13 or so miles) is Arbroath, home to the Arbroath smokie - locally caught, smoked haddock - in 2004 the Arbroath Smokie received Protected Geographic Indications status, much like Champagne or Parma ham, which means that the name "Arbroath Smokie" can only be used to describe the genuine article - it can only be used to describe haddock smoked in the traditional manner within an 8km radius of Arbroath. The traditional method of smoking is to tie the tails of 2 fish together and to hang them over a stick, smoking them for between 45 to 90 minutes, under a hessian cloth which allows the fish to "breathe in" the smoke until they turn a beautiful golden colour!
Of course, nowadays you're just as likely to be eating a Thai green curry or a Chow Mein or a Pizza as some onion bridies!
If you enjoy reading about food, go and check out all the other "Menus al Dia" on Jane's blog - or check back in later in the week, I've just been to Paris and as usual managed to spend much of my time taking photos of food!!