Shortbread is generally associated with and originated in Scotland, but due to its popularity it is also made in the remainder of the United Kingdom, and similar biscuits are also made in e.g. Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. The Scottish version is the best-known, and Walkers Shortbread Ltd is Scotland’s largest food exporter.
Shortbread was chosen as the United Kingdom’s representative for Café Europe during the 2006 Austrian presidency of the European Union.
Scottish chef John Quigley, of Glasgow’s Red Onion, describes shortbread as “the jewel in the crown” of Scottish baking.
Shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert that consists of the three basic ingredients which are still commonly used today: flour, sugar, and butter. This dessert resulted from medieval biscuit bread, which was a twice-baked, enriched bread roll-dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a hard, dry, sweetened biscuit called a rusk. Eventually, yeast from the original rusk recipe was replaced by butter, which was becoming more of a staple in Britain and Ireland.
Although shortbread was prepared during much of the 12th century, the refinement of shortbread is credited to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. The name of one of the most famous and most traditional forms of shortbread, petticoat tails, may have been named by Queen Mary. This type of shortbread was baked, cut into triangular wedges, and flavoured with caraway seeds.
Shortbread was expensive and reserved as a luxury for special occasions such as Christmas, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve), and weddings. In Shetland, it is traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the entrance of her new house.
…think I’ll just snuggle with my bear 😉
Synopsis for To Kill a Mockingbird:
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel–a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humour and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice–but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. One of the best-loved classics of all time, “To Kill a Mockingbird” has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular film. It was also named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (“Library Journal”).
Tonight’s dinner; nice and simple… 😉
Originally the word ‘bacon’ was used for any type of pork.
Bacon is cured and smoked pork. In the U.S. pork bellies are used, Canadian bacon is made from the rib eye of boneless pork loin, and most European countries use the ham (thigh) or shoulder to make bacon.
There are 24,872 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Bacon’
(Mark Morton, ‘Gastronomica’, Fall 2010)
More than 2 billion pounds of bacon is produced in the U.S. each year.
Regular sliced bacon is .062 inches thick (1/16 inch) 16 – 20 slices per pound. Thin sliced bacon is .031 inches thick (1/32 inch) 28 – 32 slices per pound, and thick sliced bacon is .111 inches thick (1/8 inch) 10 – 14 slices per pound.
The BLT, (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich) became popular when fresh lettuce and tomatoes became available year round with the rapid expansion of supermarkets after World War II.
Truer words have never been spoken 😉
A nice low calorie, low fat AND low sugar snack with my coffee while I read my book…
Out of this world delicious!
After a hard day of ‘paper-running’, I gave myself a treat! It was very creamy, very yummy and seemed very naughty…but it was not. Just 122 calories per Skinny Cow and I was still under my calorie limit (and in heaven!) I even had a Donar Kebab today! 😉
Folding, packing, throwing 😉
We’re doing the local paper run! And boy what a full-on three day job THAT is! But it brings in some extra cash, so why not, right?
Tonight’s yummy meal 🙂
This was our dinner tonight. It was meant to be served with brown rice, but I was in a hurry and didn’t think to soak the rice so when the rice cooker told me it was ready, it actually wasn’t. So while the vegetables were steaming I improvised and threw some soba noodles in the boiling water of the vegetables and when they were done added a little Japanese sauce and Mirin sauce and voilá! 🙂