When the summer hits, we think about picnics and trips to the beach. While I may not be able to indulge in such outings very often anymore due to the Meniere’s Disease, I decided to have a go at making my own Scotch Eggs for when the occasion does arise!
It’s a bonus to living where we do that the sea is so close to us – we can see it, albeit at a distance, from our kitchen window! Like a lot of people, I have a deep love for the sea and water in general – it’s so beautiful and yet capable of being so powerfully destructive, and therefore seems to command respect and almost worship. I’m convinced that I have an internal gauge which slowly drops down throughout the winter when it’s too cold to go to the seaside and needs replenishing during the summer. A vitamin “sea” gauge maybe…?
Scotch eggs are a snack favourite of mine but it seems the older I get the more tasteless, disappointing and expensive the shop—bought versions get. This, plus all the different financial constraints that are squeezing all of our purse strings tighter at the moment seemed another good reason to get experimenting ASAP.
It’s taken a while, a couple of mistakes and, to quote Mr. Spock, quite a few “colourful metaphors” to get this recipe right but I am over the moon with how good they are. They have so much flavour and are quite a bit cheaper to make yourself than to buying ready-made!
I won’t lie to you – they are not the easiest things in the world to make. Many of the “colourful metaphors” used came during the part of the process that has you wrapping the eggs up in sausage-meat (grrrrr!). It’s not impossible, just fairly frustrating for the first couple and then it does get easier. By the time you’ve done a few you’ll be a pro, trust me and it’s well worth the effort.
Serving suggestions? A cool box stuffed with picnic goodies like my Mediterranean vegetable crustless quiche, a sunny day and a beach – job done! Enjoy DDx.Print