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Ok now, let’s get right down into it and lick our fingers clean.  I am talking about food here; the food that I enjoyed greatly while on my UK Adventure of 2009.

I did not gain any weight and I did try many new tasty treats and combinations.  I would have starved to death if I had not eaten potatoes as my doctor ordered, but I did partake in moderation.   We did a great deal of walking by choice to counterbalance the long bus rides.

The title of this piece is not only how my stomach sounds on most occasions after eating but is the Scottish name of a side dish of boiled potatoes and boiled turnip, AKA  Bubble and Squeak.  I had this dish in Edinburgh along with a steak at a meal that began with Creamed Clap Shot Soup.  The end course was a Whiskey Snap filled with Perthshire berry mousse served with raspberry and mint syrup – very yummy fare at the dinner theater presentation at Prestonfield Mansion Stables.

scottish beef

scottish pudding

HAGGIS, neeps, and tatties came after a recitation of Robert Burn’s celebration of Haggis and I need to say – I grew up on Haggis, it is very good, my vegetarian promised her Gram she would try it and she did.  It was lovely and tasted like a US hamburger patty with all the grease and fillers and I just don’t know why folks make such a face – yummy high fat food.

haggis

This was nearly our last meal in Scotland but I certainly did some more eating along the way.

In St. Ives I had my first Cornish Pasties and that was pure heaven on a heavy rainy day! Chicken and asparagus filling for me and spicy vegetables and cup of tea for my daughter; good eating out of the pouring rain and out of range for the aggressive sea gulls.

In St. Andrew’s I had the best burger I have ever eaten and it was just a short walk from the famous 18th hole of the golf course.  The 2 inch thick piece of ground meat had no fillers or fat or additives and was made fresh at my request.  It was served on a BAP which is a dinner roll with lettuce and tomato slices.   No interference with sugar, corn syrup, nor was it dripping with fat and half raw.   I added a wee bit of English mustard toned down with a dab of mayonnaise. The chef and I had quite a conversation for my appreciation as he was apprehensive of making a hamburger for an American.

Most mornings we started the day with a full English or Scottish Breakfast.  Sometimes we had a variation and were served a Continental Breakfast when the tour bus with the French speakers was arriving at the same location.  No Porridge was served.

English Breakfast:  eggs, sunny side up, poached, and scrambled, sausage, ham, fruit, cooked tomato half, potatoes, plain yoghurt, corn flakes, cream, toast, butter, pastries, tea, coffee, juice, water, cream and more cream. (I could have ordered Kippers for extra, but that also was served at my home and I did not want to pay for it.)

Scottish Breakfast:  add black pudding, and wild mushrooms to each meal.

Continental:  Croissant, cheese, cold meats, sliced melon and butter and cream with your beverage.

The ISIS breakfast in London was not worth bringing up, unless you only eat chocolate rice krispies or frosted flakes.  I am trying not to think about the huge bowl of canned grapefruit; not an appetizing morsel in sight.

Many suppers we ate in our room and had McVitties Digestive Biscuits, Nutella, apples/bananas, and bottled water.  If the tour was providing supper we had a buffet of chicken, salmon or pasta (vegetarian), vegetables and fruit and rolls and butter.  Most meals began with a vegetable soup of different colors: yellow, orange, green, or dark green – very good and hearty.

On the Isle of Skye we had a bowl of Tomato Soup that was elegant and the buns were warm and tasty.  We topped it off with an ice cream bar that puts US ice cream to shame.  Even the fancy brands are never this rich and fragrant and creamy to the tongue.  The UK knows cream.

Clotted Cream, scones, and strawberry jam with tea was our feast at Strafford-on-Avon.  They melted in your mouth delicious but we had to share our table with about 50 yellow jackets that did not stay put in their sugar water bowl by the lamp post – we did eat and run down to the river to see the sights and Shakespeare’s home.  I think we took no food picture in our haste.

Our 2 extra days in London turned into 5 extra days in London with the cancelling of our original Scotland Walking Tour.  That made for 7 days in London for me and I walked and walked and explored so many sites.  The Tower of London offered up a French Pastry Shop while I waited for my tour and I did indulge in a wonder fruity delight and hot chocolate, but the owner said no to a picture.  He did wrap up a lovely egg sandwich, apple, wee cake and fresh lemonade for me as I left the Tower to return to my hotel in Earl’s Court and that was a real treat – being remembered in those throngs and throngs of tourists.

We had a very hard time trying to find licorice in London.  We succeeded when we left the big city and it was fresh and good and we added raw Israel almonds to our menu.

We walked to Harrod’s (and found Allsorts!)

We took the train to Coventry Gardens and we had tea and hot chocolate in elegance in the early morning and I purchased my daughter a designer hair cut to remember her birthday celebration.  We walked on to Piccadilly Circus and then back to our birthday lunch at Carluccio’s – the meal here was elegant and I just had to enjoy each bite and savor it in my mouth.  More fresh lemonade with no corn syrup and we shared a bowl of gelatto.  The restaurant filled with ladies for lunch, working folks and mother and daughter special events. I know we felt like elegant ladies of leisure with no worries or troubles to capture our moment.

covent gardent pasta

covent garden gelatti

Tesco was a grocery store which gave us another round of Digestive Biscuits and nut butter, bottle water, and a great lady bird shopping bag to take home!

We walked all the way back to Earl’s court and the IBIS; truly a day to remember.

At the Embankment Subway Station just about Charring Cross we found another Italian Bistro and I knew I could get a great salad before we left London.  It was not only a great salad it was fabulous and a work of art – just look at the lovely artichoke floweret in the center of my plate.

embankment italian

We did have fish and chips in a pub; my daughter ate this fare at a pub in Edinburgh too.  I did not know it would have bones and skin inside and I could just taste the chips, as potatoes were not on my approved list.  I was consumed for the experience.

Aviemore is a lovely place that we took several day trips.  I asked my new friend Robert from Australia where I should have my Scotch Tasting and he said the bar at Aviemore.  So we took our repast “neat” in the bar after dinner.   I bought myself a glass of 18 year old Scotch that was so smooth and pleasant; I would surely have had another.  My daughter had a glass of 10 year aged Scotch and Robert shared with us a taste of 12 year old aged Scotch.  All of these we can purchase in San Francisco and not need to carry them home.  It was grand indeed and cozy all the way down.  We talked about the Homecoming and our Highland Roots.

I did purchase a bottle of Scotch Liqueur which is only available in Scotland and I did carry that home in my suitcase.

I do hope you are not one of those folks who gain weight reading about food or cookbooks, and I will end here the tour of tastes of my adventure.   Memories are made of tastes and tidbits around a good table and in the company of friends.

old george tea room

What is your favorite traveling food?  Best taste you have ever enjoyed?  Do you carry biscuits, fruit, and nut butter to make it through the journey?  What is your food story?

kensington crepery

kensington crepery

25 Responses to “Rumbledethumps”

  1. Dot Says:

    Now that’s my kind of travelogue! As for the best taste I’ve enjoyed, that’s hard to say because I’ve had so much delicious food. I used to have a friend who seemingly knew every dirt cheap gourmet restaurant in New York City, and my taste buds were ruined for everyday fare for a long time. The most memorable taste in recent times was last year’s canteloupes, which in this area had a spectacularly juicy, flavorful, sweet taste they’ve never had before in my experience with canteloupes. When I used to travel, I carried unsalted cashew nuts and dried or fresh fruit along with water.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    Nice to see you here and all your good information sharing. Oh I have not had a good cantaloupe in years and years, Lucky you.

  3. Mama Zen Says:

    Now, I’m starving!

  4. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    I had to keep my almonds by the computer and a cup of tea while writing this post my stomach was noisily Rumbledethumping the whole editing experience.

  5. J.D. Meier Says:

    > In St. Andrew’s I had the best burger I have ever eaten
    Those are mighty powerful words.

    A friend and I are currently on a burger quest. We’re evaluating the best burgers we can find. It’s a local quest though, so we don’t have plans to hop to St. Andrews.

  6. Patricia Says:

    JD
    Then I take it you do not eat 2 heads of Romaine a day per Dr. Fuhrman’s regime?

    This of course, was just my opinion but I am sure it was grass fed Angus Beef and local – steak….Gayle King from the Oprah show did a quest for the best pizza and the best burger and was out local for one of her top picks – I am sure it is on the website.

    I do not like my burgers dripping with fat and and on air fluff bread. A BAP is like a cross between sour dough and baking soda scones. The tomato tasted just fresh from the garden.

    Good luck and keep me posted because I maybe on a quest in the future but I already had my Romaine for today!

  7. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    Hi Patricia – Yum, yum, yum. I’ve been treated to a recitation of the Burns piece in the original dialect and it’s an experience!

    We just blogged about our memorable meal in the context of the Julia Child book/movie. Runner-up was a meal of wild boar enjoyed in Germany, from the barbeque of our hosts. Delicious!

    I also enjoyed a couple of sidewalk cafe lunches in Paris. We deliberately sought the places where working men were eating. Sort of like looking for a truckstop cafe here in the States, no?

    Loved this post! Thank you.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Betsy,
    Sounds yummy and truckstops and working folks – we did try to local the local eateries a long the way.
    Yep the Burns recitation in dialect is truly something else to behold.

    Glad you like the post. Now I am going to see if I can connect on your site – getting an error message this week.?

  9. Andrew Says:

    Patricia,

    My stomach rumbles at the mere sight of those scrumptious looking dishes.

    When I went to Scotland with my sister about eight years ago, we made the crucial error of staying in a motel where the owner (who was a very kind man) demonstrated an extreme passion for vegetarianism – a passion which is most definitely not shared by Australian men such as myself.

    Needless to say, at no stage did I ever give any form of serious entertainment the thought of dining in any of the restaurants which made his recommendation list – though I do not for one second question the quality of the food at any of these restaurants.

    That said, he was an extremely kind man and who went out of his way to look after his guests, and to this day, I have very fond memories of him and of my time in Edinborough.

  10. patricia Says:

    Andrew,
    The Australian men on our trip would have had trouble with vegetarianism also, my daughter is vegetarian and she was indulged with lots of Salmon and pasta.
    I was hoping to meet and make some new Scottish friends so you were very lucky on that score to have met a kind and memorable fellow.
    Everyone I did meet was just lovely and made me wish to return.

    Thank you Andrew for coming on by and making a comment. Welcome, welcome…I am working on another post for Friday not so focused on food – maybe dragons!

  11. Diane Says:

    Hi Patricia!

    Wow…I am hungry even though I am really not now!
    What a scrumptous trip! One of my favorite things to do it is find amazing restaraunts when traveling. When In Hawaii a couple of years ago we found quite a few great ones along our travels! But still which surprised me did not beat some local sea food fare right here in San Diego. Though our first night there my son had prime rib and said it was the best ever in his life! I think Hawaiin cows are the happiest in the world. I tasted it and it was exceptional! When I travel I love to carry nuts…cashews and almonds and also dried apricots. Of course in Hawaii it must be macadamia nuts instead! I so want to travel to Europe I think I will need at least three months! I love traveling in California too!
    Such a rich state in beauty and people and food! Best taste ever…hmmm…that is incredibly hard to answer….I may have to sleep on that one! So much goodness to recall!

    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Diane

  12. Patricia Says:

    Diane,
    Welcome on by…I think when I am home, I know all the specialty places to eat or I wander around and find them – I love to find something new in Seattle.

    I rather stopped eating in Hawaii. I was there for a conference on Architecture 2030 goals – we were told that Hawaii only has 13 days worth of Oil on the islands at any given time and only 12 days of food – they import 98% of everything – only services are provided on island and 1% of their food …they are trying to put hot water solar panels everywhere and get folks back to gardening and growing food…They are totally tourist driven.

    The Prime Rib may have been from Scotland or Chili

    It was fun to write about the food…

  13. Kay Lilland Says:

    My world atlas is open on my desk as I read your tales of traveling! This is a great co-operative experience. Thank you for allowing so many of us to each participate in our own way.

    Twenty years ago, in Germany, I was such pursuing such strict adherence to a limited diet and carried small raw potatoes from the local market stalls for snacks. Finally, roof of my mouth began to ask for softer foods! So many lifetimes ago!
    Anxiously awaiting your tales of dragons!
    Kay

  14. Patricia Says:

    Kay,
    I remember when you were eating so carefully, that must have made it hard to travel. I just ate carefully and stuck as close to protocol as I could, which I will continue doing until the 24th, when I have six weeks of required eating on target ( mostly greens) before the next round of tests.

    It is rather amazing to me, that this protocol is almost exactly what I was eating in 1971 when I had the kidney tumor surgery and then for years I was told that was not the correct diet regime for me – not enough protein. I gave it up when I got pregnant.

    full circle?

  15. Diane Says:

    That’s funny since on the island…the Big Island it is the fourth leading cattle industry in America. That was so surprising to me when I first heard it. I stayed with relatives most of my trip only a few real tourist exotic accomadations for us. I do believe they were Hawaiin I think I remember it on the menu! But yes they do import tons of what they need…I met many organic growers there. Pretty amazing actually. One of my favorites was the organic coffee lady. She said she started with a half of acre for coffee and her husband was surprused when she made money and they bought more and she has been working on getting her coffee known as she is the only coffee grower in that area. She also had organic macadamian nuts too! Loved her! Sweetest lady!

  16. Patricia Says:

    Diane,
    Yes, there are organic farmers and we went on a tour of one and there are some cattle farmers, but the Governor and the Secretary of Commerce both attended the conference and ran work shops about their dire straights and getting folks motivated.

    We ate mostly organic food while there, but in Waikiki we were at the Hilton and that was very touristy.

    Folks are very proud of their coffee too! and we brought home organic macadamia nuts! Very yummy.

    It may be the 4th largest cattle industry in the US…my state no longer has a cattle industry to speak of – driven out by the mega ranchers and farmers.

    I am finding that many folks don’t know about their states resources and the politics and the rhetoric shared in the media.

    I will look into it more and ask some questions of my friends who are working on these issues.

    Hawaii has a good chance of making it on tourism alone – and now maybe art and healing arts, but I don’t think most of the rest of us can rely solely on that as a resource.

    We are all in trouble if we build upon our food supply.

  17. Diane Says:

    Hi Patricia!

    You are so amazing! My nephew I was visiting there is actually going to in Washington State University for organic gardening agriculture! His wife is back in Hawaii teaching as she could not get a job there yet. I was actually amazed at that there was so much open space there that was once sugar cane fields I guess. And as you say there were homes on some of lands now.
    You are right tourism is it. Though the nurseries and organic farms are amazing. I love your spunk!

    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Diane

  18. Patricia Says:

    Diane,
    Quite an amazing state with every climate one can imagine. Sugar Beets, I think not cane. There used to be miles and miles of cattle ranching. WSU is an amazing place, that is where my daughter(photographer) went for her engineering degree and my husband for architecture.
    Yakima used to be full of apple orchards, now it still hosts some orchards and has lots of organic small farms, most of the large orchards have become estates for wealthy folks to develop wineries and grow hops for beer. A place of great equality now has the greatest gang population in the state – high poverty.

    Sometimes I think I am looking at the worst of LA when I look around my state, I try to keep my eyes open for its beauty and it’s zones of hope.

    Love those wind farms!
    My goal is to help folks be the best they can be and that involves not throwing out the best with the bathwater!

    I look to see what makes us different not how we are all getting to be more and more the same.

  19. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. Food never looks that good on my plates! There really is an art to not just preparing these meals, but in how they are presented. My mouth is watering as I look at all these pictures.

  20. Julie Says:

    Patricia, I’m chuckling because my husband and I planned our honeymoon days around our meals and it’s not changed in all these years—we love our food! LOL, he even takes photos, sometimes, too. I have to say, though, my tummy did a little flip at the mention of haggis. Eeuuw! Ick! Just to prove how brave little foodies we are, my girlfriend and I shared an order of haggis from what the locals said was “the real thing” made from scratch by a Scotswoman at a Highland Festival (here, not in Scotland). OMG. O.M.G! Thank goodness we had our pints of Guinness, is all I’m going to say about it! LOL!

  21. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    It tasted lovely too! But having a great photographer on hand was a boon.

    Julie,
    I think sometimes one must grow up on some of these delights? I was so happy they served a shot of whiskey with this round – tho it was delicious and much better than my Mum’s and she never served Whiskey or Guinness to her children!

  22. Talon Says:

    I should have known better than to read this post before I made lunch! Everything sounds so delicious! Now I’ve got a hankering for kippers!

  23. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I am advising folks to eat before they go and see Julie and Julia too…inspired food! The kippers were good also!

  24. Jannie Funster Says:

    Nope, I do not put on weight reading food blogs, but my non-breakfasted tummy is talking to me now. Scottish pudding and Scottish beef would be more than acceptable right now to me.

    Patricia, I hate to tell you but I only eat chocolate rice krispies or frosted flakes for brekkie.

    Just Kidding!

    I will ever rememver the shepherd’s pie at the Frog & Onion pub in Bermuda’s naval Dockyard. Over 12 years ago but it’s stuck with me. It’s succulence could make a crying airplane toddler hush.

  25. Patricia Says:

    Jannie
    Thank you for coming by – the food was very good, but I just read a blog post about a really awful tasting Haggis that someone’s Gran made – it did not sound edible at all

    Get that Shepherd’s pie to every plane in the air – right now!