Heard bad things about British Food? Worried about what you might be served on your great ancestor hunting dream trip in Scotland? Well, I can tell you from personal experience that there is lots of great food in Great Britain. Atlhough, I must admit to being surprised that mushy peas were supposed to be that way.
Anyway, if you don’t want to take my word for it, then listen to the 15 Aug 2011 episode of The Food Programme. In this episode, Sheila Dillon explores Scotland’s first National Food Policy (here, PDF). This policy hopes to help end the divide in Scottish Food. On the one side are quality food products that are in high demand around the world. On the other is a Scottish population that is amongst the unhealthiest in Europe. There is a reason Scotland exports whisky and not deep-fried pizza.
Join Ms. Dillon as she visits Skye which has several home grown food industries, Shotts where they are trying to improve access to fruit and veg, and finally to Renfrew where she dries deep-fried pizza. She might have liked it better if she’d gotten it battered. Then again, maybe not.
Visit the Food Programme podcast page here or search iTunes.