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Onion Love

I miss many things from Scotland. My craving for Ploughman’s and Cheese and Onion sandwiches just will not go away! A Ploughman’s sandwich is usually a thick slice of cheddar or cold cut with lettuce, tomato, and “pickle,” which is a sweet, oniony relish. I’ve been meaning to get off my butt and make some Scotch-style pickle, but I am still hunting for the perfect recipe. I think what I’m craving is a Branston pickle, which is apparently some complicated relish that involves rutabagas, allspice, and lots of stewing. Highly inappropriate for the collegiate kitchen.

If I manage to hammer out a simple version of the real thing, you can be sure I’ll post it here!┬áIn the meantime, I think I’ll give this Onion Jam a go.

Next on the list: cheese and onion filling.



Scottish Bellywarmer

I have never been a great fan of the baked potato. I always found them heavy and uninspired.

Enter Great Britain, where baked potatoes are as ubiquitous as sandwiches and have the same wild variety of fillings. Salmon salad? Sure. Vegan chili or curry chicken? Whatever.

Still, my favorite remains the staunchly British classic of baked beans and cheese.

Take-Away from the simply named vegetarian Baked Potato Shop

These are really too easy to warrant a recipe, but I’m giving mine anyway. Try one when you are feeling cold, sick, or generally down in the dumps.

1 potato, large or small according to your hunger

1 small (220 g) tin baked beans

handful of grated cheese, preferably some kind of cheddar

salt, pepper, and butter, to taste

Preheat oven to approximately 400 F or 200 C. Wrap your potato in tin foil, then stab it multiple times with a fork or knife to let steam escape. Place wrapped potato on middle rack of oven. Bake for about 1 hour.

After an hour, head to kitchen. Test potato for done-ness by stabbing with a fork. If fork goes in easily, potato is cooked. If not, return to oven for another 20 minutes. When cooked, unwrap potato and return to oven (to keep warm and get a little crispy) while you prepare filling.

Put beans in a microwave safe dish. Add dash of onion powder. Nuke for 1-2 minutes, stir, nuke another minute or until hot.

Remove potato from oven and place in a small bowl. Cut an X in your potato and split it open. Add butter, salt, and pepper and smash lightly. Sprinkle on half of the cheese, pour on the beans, top with remaining cheese.