Home is home because of the comforts, and since coming back to Scotland from my second home in Ireland that means sweet things like tablet.
Tab-what? you ask? Well it’s like fudge only it’s not, and it’s what wee Scottish laddies and lassies get for treats.
I don’t know who taught Daddy’s Little Girl, maybe her English Mum who perhaps asked her Irish mother/in-law.
But she knocked out a tray (I’m claiming that as the collective noun) of tablet this week.
So how did she make it? You want sugar, condensed milk and butter which is boiled to a soft-boil stage and allowed to crystallise.
I recall at home, and my Mum added pink colouring.
Althougb my research tells me you sometimes get whisky too.
And I’ll be letting my Mum know the next time I see her there… what do you mean? They have kitchens at nursing homes, don’t they?
I’m always keen to promote a country’s Travel industry so see www.visitscotland.com.
While Aberdeen rolls are different from what you imagined… Aberdeen – a light in the north.
It’s always nice to have a nibble at sweet things on holiday and you’ll often be surprised at something that reminds you of home.
Such as Tayto crisps in the shop at Tobago’s airport.
Or the Tartan wrapping around the Eet-Sum-Mor biscuiits in South Africa… What’s new pussycat?
Now while Tablet is undeniably Scottish and is first referenced in the Household Book of Lady Grissel Baillie in the 19th century….
The traditional recipe had cream and sugar, and I’m glad that they dropped the cream, I can’t stomach it.
It also has its cousins in other countries:
The Netherlands: And the Dutch love boorstplat so much they eat it around their Christmas festivities Sinterklaas.
Canada: While Quebecois which is sucre a la creme is almost identical to our tablet.
South America: And then there’s tableta de leche, and the clue is in the name.
Back in the day it used to be milk with my tablet but the older Bandanaman prefers a lager or whisky.
EAT YOU ON THE ROAD