Today is Special

A BLACKBOARD SIGN OUTSIDE A GASTRO PUB IN GLASGOW CAUGHT MY ATTENTION.

[Picture of Gastopub sign in Glasgow]I just had to take a photograph with my trusty cameraphone. Click on image to enlarge.

It states:

“TODAY’S SPECIALS

CURRIED COCONUT WINGS £3.50
STICKY ANGOSTURA RIBS £4.50
HAGGIS BONBONS £2.95
HAGGIS, NEEPS+ TATTIES £5.00”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have never known a coconut to have wings. In fact these specials are notable for being very special indeed.  Most peculiar indeed.

What made me laugh the most was that the dearest thing on the menu is the most normal and most mundane. Haggis with turnip and mashed potatoes is a standard, basic, Scottish meal.

Bonbons indeed!

Haggis Crisps

[Picture of Haggis and Cracked Black Pepper potato crisps]THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES TO THE POTATO CRISP MARKET IN RECENT YEARS.

Instead of salt and vinegar, we now get sea salt with balsamic vinegar.

The impression I get is that this is a very competitive area, and every crisp maker is vying for your snack business using every means possible.

There are exotic flavours from around the world — as well as the infamous “Builder’s Breakfast” flavour!

The latest addition to the supermarket shelves took me by surprise: haggis and cracked black pepper!

I thought things were bad enough when I saw Haggis Pizzas, but things just got worse! Whatever next?

Roberto Burns Night

[Picture of shelves stacked with Haggis Pizza]BURNS NIGHT USUALLY MEANS HAGGIS, BUT NOT ON A PIZZA!

I was amazed to see Haggis Pizza for Burns Night in my local Sainsbury’s.

What’s next? Haggis kebabs?  Haggis Korma?  Haggis stir fry?

Maybe they will pipe in the pizza in years to come. Things are getting worse when we start toasting the pizza pie at a Burns’s Supper!  Ode to a Pizza anyone?

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