Archive for June, 2009

Funny Story about What’s Under The Kilt

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

It’s worth to listen it till the end! Really great story and the man is amazing! :)

(Hot) Men in Kilts in New Edition!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Wonderful men in kilts!

The Delights Of Scottish Shellfish

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Mussels
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Scotland is world-renowned for its high quality shellfish. The clean, clear Scottish waters produce some of the finest mussels, oysters and scallops in the world, prized by the best chefs and home cooks. This renewable food source is farmed in an eco-friendly and sustainable way and is renowned around the world for its flavour and freshness.

Mussels

Mussels are one of the easiest shellfish to cook, and one of the most delicious. The majority of mussels on the market today are farmed, not wild, the farms being nothing less than giant floating rafts, where mussels attach themselves to ropes under the water. (more…)

Whisky Regions Of Scotland

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Glenfiddich
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Just as France has its wine regions, Scotland has its whisky regions. Each one produces whiskies of various qualities which, even to the novice, are noticeable in taste, colour and aroma. Every distillery in Scotland has its own story to tell and peculiar traditions, adding to the romance and mystique of Scotch whisky distilling.

A visit to a whisky distillery is an unforgettable and unique experience, and no matter where you are in Scotland there will be a distillery nearby. A trip round Scotland isn’t possible for everyone, so it helps to be informed about the characteristics of each region’s whisky, and tailor visiting distilleries to individual taste.

Lowlands

The lowland region covers the area from the border with England and from the Clyde estuary to the Tay estuary. The main feature of lowland whiskies is their dry, light flavour and colour, mainly due to the lighter lowland barley and smaller amount of peat used in the barley drying process. Although they are light, they have a sweet, almost fruity taste and make a great aperitif, perfect for the newcomer to Scotch whisky drinking. Notable lowland whiskies are Auchentoshan, Bladnoch, and Glen Kinchie. (more…)

Making Scottish Style Bread

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Brown bread (sourdough bread made with Wessex ...
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The bread-making industry has made great strides in Scotland. In Glasgow alone there are two firms which each bake over two thousand bags of flour a week — namely, J. and B. Stevenson and Bilsland Brothers — while five other firms each bake from five hundred to one thousand bags a week in respect to the output, Scotland is a long way in advance of either England or Ireland. I can well remember the time when oatmeal cakes and scones were the staple food in Scotland; but such food is now notable by its absence. This brings to mind a story I once heard of an Englishman and a Scotchman who were arguing on the merits of their respective countries. The Englishman said, “Man Sandy, you are all fed on oatmeal! Why, in England we only feed our horses on oats.” Sandy’s reply was, “I don’t na but what you say, man, is a very true, but where wull ye get sic horses and where wull ye get sic men ?” (more…)

Edinburgh – city with great history

Friday, June 19th, 2009
The Royal Mile
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Edinburgh, against the appearance, is not the biggest city of Scotland. But it’s still its capital. Although Glasgow is the biggest Scottish town it’s typical  industrial town, that’s why it wouldn’t be a best place to represent Scotland on the world.

Edinburgh has become a capital of Scotland in 1437 year, and since 1999 it is also a base of Scottish Parliament. Due to its closeness to England Edinburgh was during hundreds of years attacked by English army. Scottish people who wanted to feel safer had built defensive walls. They were functioning till XVIII-century when Scotland united with England as a supreme country. Political life has stopped, London was major town those days. But cultural life was in its best.

In late XVIII-century town was divided into two parts – old and new. Those part were splitt by Princess Street Gardens. In XIX century the old town was devastated by a huge fire. Nowadays its a heart of medieval part of Edinburgh where most important monuments of Scotland are situated like in example Holyrood Palace, St Giles Cathedral and John Knox’s house. The main street of this part of Edinburgh is Royal Mile that connects Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. It’s a main point of tourists trips. (more…)