one of my favorite memories of living abroad was traveling to new places each month and eating all of the local foods. there is nothing that expands the experience of a new culture like reading its menus and tasting its dishes. this was a dream for me as a recipe developer and certainly inspired many a recipe.
one of the last trips we took was to edinburgh, scotland. of course, we did all of the proper tourist-y things... the castle, the scotch museum, greyfriars cemetery, the ghost tour of the old town. we even stumbled upon an impromptu bagpipe concert that brought one of us to tears, though i'm not mentioning names.
the food isn't usually the most memorable part of a trip to scotland, unless we're talking about haggis (and yes, my brave husband agreed to a few mornings of the stuff at our bed & breakfast), but never before had i ever heard of cranachan. and leave it to the scots to name a dessert with a title that sounds like it should involve a fire-breathing dragon or a knight's sword.
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