Just so you know, the last entry was intended as a Harmless Bit of Fun. It was not a malicious attack on Scotland and/or the Scottish way of life, as my anonymous correspondents seem to believe. Crikey, people! Nowhere do I suggest that this is the only food available in Scottish supermarkets. Nor am I saying Scotland has the Worst Food In The World. Every country has its share of crap food, it’s just that Scotland’s crap food is the most endearingly entertaining I’ve ever encountered.
Let me reassure any would-be tourists, we actually have plenty of tasty things for you to eat. I have sung the praises of Scottish cuisine in previous entries. There’s an abundance of brilliant tucker in this country. Where to begin? The haggis, the oatcakes, the Cream o Galloway Ice Cream, the fish, the cheese, the Tea Cakes, the liquid goodies from Demijohn, the summer berries, phwoaaaaaaaar!
However this is not a food blog and people don’t come here for gourmet news. They want deep-fried gristle, guts and gore! Here’s one comment:
“I think your opening sentence is misleading, it suggests that all Scottish supermarkets sell the poor excuse for food that you’ve listed which simply isn’t true. If you insist on shopping in Asda then of course you’re going to find low quality food, they cater for low quality people and low quality taste.”
I could edit the first sentence to say, “Today we explore some of the dazzling delights on offer in the vast majority of Scottish supermarkets”, but that sounds a bit clunky. Besides, pies in tins and Heinz Filler are not exclusive to Asda. I’ve seen ’em in Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Somerfield and even the wee Co-Op down the street. The only place you won’t find them would perhaps be Waitrose or Marks & Spencer, the domain of more discerning High Quality People with High Quality Taste. (For the record, we buy our groceries online at Tesco, then top up at Somerfield or M&S. I guess that makes us a bewildering mix of High-Medium-Low.)