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Menolishables...for snackoholics

I was doing a regular once a month recipe (see MenU label), but have given that a rest for a while. Now, however, I was faced with scheduling the bloggy up for 10 days ahead and in finding myself at Friday, I was a bit tapped out of ideas. Do a poem? Always a good backup. Pick at the sores of the world? There are plenty of them...

No. For some reason my mind turned to the tattie book. It was mentioned briefly when I wrote of my time at the College of Agriculture in Edinburgh. Last century. (Don't you just love saying that?) I was involved in proof-reading it. Printed in 1982, it was produced to try and bolster sales of native varieties of potato, raging against the onset of imported items from Europe. Over a hundred recipes are there, though it must be admitted that one or two are so basic as to almost little more than a statement of 'take one potato'.....

I am very fond of rice and use it as a staple. However, there is no denying that the humble tattie rates equally highly and there are occasions where only that will do. Particularly is one is feeling snackish. Are we not all prone to the occasional potato chip (crisps), hot chips ('fries') or, for more substance, a softly baked one with crispy skin?

Therefore, I propose to give you here a several of these delights! It may not be every Friday, some may not be all that diet-friendly, yet may prompt ideas that are - and, I am not going to be prejudiced, so will include some of the meat-based recipes too. I cannot, of course, vouch for them in terms of tastiness, but perhaps, if you try them, you might give feedback!  As the booklet is very visually friendly, I experimented and what you see is taken directly into YAMspetoo (Y2 - my Asus tablet).
Let us begin with a very favourite Scottish staple...

THE TATTIE SCONE!!!  Eat hot with lashings of butter. Or eat with cottage cheese and tomato as an alternative to crispbreads...

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  1. I have granddaughters who will be trying these for sure.

  2. Oh tattie scones are very yummy…we have them at my favourite fish restaurant when we go fur the 'Full Scottish Breakfast' I do get to taste them but only if Dad hasn't been piggy and eaten them all 'cos they taste so good!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. Yum -. Raised by my adopted Scandinavian Mom I know a number of her recipes (many of which are probably classified by the Food and Drug Administration as sedatives) but love to learn to make new things. But I AM Scot by blood, so I'll have to try this out.

  4. I will stop over and try one out! OK, in our dreams . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. Crikey ..... Mum's mouth's watering so bad she's slobbering all over me. She LOVES potatoes in all forms but tries not to eat too many of the fried variety.

  6. Ah the tattie scone. One of the high points of Scottish cuisine!

  7. I think we may be trying these out too!!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo


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