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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#AtoZChallenge ~ Y~ #Gaelic

I'm straying from the alphabet again to tell you about a couple Scots foods -

Scotland is also known for its national dish called Haggis. It is made from finely chopped sheep’s heart, lungs, and liver mixed with spices, oatmeal and onions. Traditionally, the ingredients were stuffed in sheep’s stomach and left to simmer for three hours. The more modern version of haggis is sold in a casing.
Although haggis is popularly known to be traditional Scottish dish, there is actually a lack of evidence as to where this dish originated. It is thought to have been brought to Scotland from Scandinavia. Some claim that the dish was invented as a way to preserve the parts of the hunt that spoil quickly. In Scotland, haggis is usually served on January 25 when celebrating Burns Night to commemorate the Scottish poet Robert Burns who immortalized the dish in his poem, ‘Address to a Haggis.’  On this occasion, it is served with Scottish whisky.
Haggis can be found in restaurants where it is served deep fried with chips or in the form of a burger patty. At times it is also used as an alternative for minced beef.
Deep Fried Mars Bars
Contrary to common belief, the deep frying of Mars chocolate bars in Scotland is actually not a myth. This practice allegedly originated in a chip shop in Stonehaven, Scotland in the mid-90s. The regular Mars bar is chilled first in the refrigerator to keep it from melting. Then the chilled chocolate bar is coated with batter, just like that used for coating fish, sausages or anything that is battered before deep-frying. It is claimed that it was first distributed as a treat for local children. It steadily grew in popularity after local newspapers ran a story that included a commentary from a spokesperson from Mars. The spokesperson indicated that they have never encountered the practice of deep frying their product before. In just a few days, what started as a quirk between a local Highland chip shop and some children became a worldwide phenomenon.
In the 2000s, many shops across Scotland include deep fried Mars bars in their menus.

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