Food In Scotland
A Full Scottish Breakfast
A Scottish breakfast usually consists of a link sausage, bacon, eggs, potato scone, fried mushrooms, grilled tomato’s, baked beans, buttered toast and the Scottish favourite – black pudding. A Scottish breakfast will leave you feeling rather full, typically served at breakfast time but is also a common feature on menus as an all day dish.
You might come across some strong flavoured kippers served for breakfast. Once upon a time, kippers were the ideal British breakfast food in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, now kippers seem to be benefiting from a revival. Kippers are traditionally split from tail to head, then salted in brine and smoked over blazing woodchips.
Black pudding is a mixture of suet, oats, blood, barley and a blend of spices stuffed in a length of protein casing. You will often find black pudding in a Scottish breakfast served in many B&B’s up and down the country.
Haggis is Scotland’s national dish which is a type of savoury pudding immortalised by Robert Burns famous poem ‘Address to a Haggis’. Similar to Black Pudding, the main ingredients consist of minced offal of a sheep, pig or cow mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, spices and seasoning.
A traditional Scottish sweet is tablet, which is made from sugar, butter and condensed milk. This confectionary is similar to fudge but with a harder, grainy texture. It is often flavoured with vanilla and sometimes has nuts in.
Scottish shortbread is a luxurious biscuit that melts in your mouth. It is made using generous amounts of butter which is what gives it the crumbly texture. Shortbread is traditionally baked into a round shape, pricked with a fork and dusted with caster sugar.