"Travel with the White House Chefs"™ to Scotland
Cooking class, Scotch, Castles, Outlander, good food+
After several years of hosting Scottish, Irish and English dinners it became quite evident to us that folks are having a challenging and punishing time finding these foods. We've hardly seen a Scottish or English restaurant in the large cities of the world. Scottish foods have come on stronger than ever in popularity! And we've always adored them. Somehow folks comment, that, "you don't cook the scary stuff, or sickening things we can't bring ourselves to eat, but we've had a number of meals and all of them Scottish and all of them excellent, true, and authentic. How do you do it!"
With research and love. Truth be told, we make our own Haggis and, yes, we put a dram or two in to punch it up!
After all, who doesn't like scones? Starbucks sells them worldwide and by just adding some buttermilk or yogurt with oats - you've got a Bannock! Bannocks are featured in the Scottish television series of Outlander. You'll find them on the table in the 1700's at every meal. And we invite you to our Outlander events filled with fun, eating, cooking class, shooting, swords, scotch tastings, and more!
And who's up for Fish and Chips (fries) with Malt Vinegar? Gorton's?
Everyone enjoys a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Sometimes called Parritch in Scotland, they enjoy making it with milk and butter whereas most Americans simply make it with water.
Scotch and Drambuie are drunk across the sphere and adored and loved with some bagpipe music!
We've yet to find someone who dislikes Walker's Shortbread Cookies that are sold across the planet. These are just a few simple examples of many, many dishes we focus on and love. Chef Marti has his Scone Recipe streaming on the STE Network with STE Originals.
Our typical Scottish dinners, or to celebrate Robert Burns, often include
- Cock-a-leekie or Cullen Skink Soup,
- Scottish Smoked Salmon Salad of Apple, Pear, and Watercress with an American, Southern Style Duke's Mayonnaise based Dill and Scottish Cider Dressing,
- Homemade Haggis,
- Finnan Haddie,
- Roast saddle of Scotch lamb, black pudding and apple stuffing with a hotchpotch of winter vegetables,
- Neeps and Tatties,
- Barley and Mushroom Casserole,
- Grilled Asparagus drizzled with MacKinnon family Drambuie Sauce or an Innis and Gunn Bernais Sauce
- Fish and Chips with Malt Vinegar,
- a dram of Scotch,
- Bannocks (traditionally were out for every meal),
- Tablet to snack on,
- Large Dubloon of Shortbread made by hand
- Winter Berry Trifle with Homemade Honey Shortbread Cookie Crumb Crust
Outlander Themed Meals and Events
Join us here at The Scotch-Irish Victory Center!
When we do Outlander themed meals and events we may do portions of the above and incorporate French cuisine from season two of Creme Brulee (7th video down), Bernaise sauce, Beef vol au Vent and other items. Another popular item is our Fresh Green Herb Encrusted Tenderloin Roast of Beef from the Fraser wedding of Claire and Jamie. Moving into season three involves American foods of the 1700's and events like the British stripping all of the wheat out of the colonies - forcing many from Boston to Augusta to use cornmeal. You'll see that in Steamed Boston Brown Bread recipes from Chef Marti's sixth book and in Corn Pone being served.
Excellent Scottish Cottage Pie!
Several of our events for Outlander are here, (and previous events showcased here) on our Facebook event sites (Facebook membership is not required to view). This will give you a flavor of our schedule and fun events! We have a few rooms open for our October 6, 7, and 8 Battle Victory Weekend in 2017. We are right here by the National Parks of Kings Mountain and Cowpens! Many guests bring bicycles and ride to King's Mountain National Military Park. The thing that sets us aside from the many Scottish games, other choices of B&B's and inn's all over Carolina is that we are RIGHT HERE by the victory sites. THIS IS ACTUALLY WHERE our fellow families and Scots detsroyed the British armies and crushed them, took their cannon and horses and let the world know the most powerful army on earth could be vaporized. Culloden was put behind us forever here, not at some game site. Once we provided nine Scottish Presidents of the United States of America, and our new ideas about governing on earth were proven, we knew we had been right all along.
"Here you will see the ferocity of Scottish ingenuity and war-fighting whip the British Empires arse. As we put bullets through the skull with a one-shot - one kill attack. This is where those who love Outlander come to be proud and to witness the truth, first hand." Martin CJ Mongiello, CSCS (SS/SW), 30-year retired, injured and disabled war veteran of America - a Scot-Irish, English and Prissian DNA proven family member living in Carolina in 1709.
PEARS WITH FENNEL OVER HIGHLAND GREENS and BRAMBLE SAUCE
Serves 4 - this recipe originally appeared in the Scottish Herald of Glasgow by celebrity chef, Martin Wishart, on February 12, 2016. It used maple syrup and a few other items that we removed and replaced.
FOR THE DRESSING:
4 tbsp white vinegar
8 tbsp olive oil or more, depending on how you like it.
Salt and fresh ground, colored pepper to taste
1 tbsp sugar - more or less making a sweet and sour taste
FOR THE SALAD:
1 large fennel bulb - sliced thin
Fennel leaves plucked and tossed in bowl
2 D'anjou (or other) pears, FRESH CUT, cubed into casino dice shapes
Mix your dressing up and then soak the fennel in it. After an hour to a day, drain and arrange your fennel and fresh cubed pears onto wild greens (mesclun or highland forage). Drizzle some dressing onto the salad as well and serve additional dressing for those whom like more. A bannock joined with butter is traditional as bannocks were available at every meal. A wild bramble (blackberry), or bramble sauce can also be drizzled on top or used to decorate with.
EXCELLENT SCOTTISH COTTAGE PIE
After the tomato comes to Europe and is eaten and planted we detect from the 1700's forward the use of tomato paste in cottage pie to flavor the ground beef. It's a terrific inclusion! Here is our version served at Scottish dinners and for Outlander events:
2 lbs ground beef cooked off in the oven - set aside to cool
4 carrots, diced, microwaved, then sauteed to tender state- set aside to cool
5 celery stalk, sliced, microwaved, then sauteed to tender state- set aside to cool
1 large white or spanish onion, diced, microwaved, then sauteed to a tender state- set aside to cool
Salt and pepper to taste
A splash of wine (about 1/2 a cup), 5 tbsp tomato paste, 1/2 cup strong beef bullion, 4 tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1/2 cup of drained off beef fat and a tad of flour to make a simple gravy. Combine the beef fat and flour to make your paste (roux) and then add the wine, tomato paste, beef bullion and worcestershire sauce. Thin, more or less, with hot water to make your enjoyable gravy and then dump in the ground beef.
Mix all together and put into a crock with 9 strands of fresh thyme stripped and added in to the final mix. Top with a simple combination of mashed potatoes (butter, milk, shredded cheddar, 1 t pumpkin pie spice). Bake at 425 degrees for up to an hour. You can broil if you like to brown or decorate it with a small amount of cheddar cheese.
Additional information on the Scotland region:
Requirements: A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S. Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
Your hosts are from: The Presidential Culinary Museum ™ and Presidential Service Center a DBA of The Inn of the Patriots, LLC. To review our tours all over Europe, be sure to see the dates and times and book with us as a Certified Culinary Tour Specialist (CCTS). If your group would like Chefs Marti and Stormy to accompany and lead your tour - we generally need six months advance notice.