Friends and members of The American-Scottish Foundation®, join us in celebrating Tartan Day 2017 with “The World’s Finest Shortbread” – Walkers Shortbread!
Tartan Day is on April 6th – just days away! So why not celebrate with a biscuit or two?
Over a hundred years ago, the Walker family started baking shortbread at their bakery in the Speyside village of Aberlour, surrounded by the beautiful Scottish highlands. Today, Walkers products are now sold all over the world, using the same wonderfully simple recipe to produce that iconic Walkers taste!
To celebrate Tartan Day, Walkers Shortbread has a delicious deal for you!
Use the code TARTAN to receive your special Tartan Day treats!
This special offer expires on April 2nd, 2017, so place your orders now on the Walkers website, here.
As Members of the ASF – Walkers Shortbread is offering you an exclusive 25% off discounts when you shop using this link.
In addition to their great shortbread we all love, try their preserves and also chees biscuits or oatcakes.
The offer will automatically be added to your order at checkout.
To inspire you, Visit the Recipe of the Month section and try CHOCOLATE DIPPED CANDY CANE SHORTBREAD.. delicious!
INGREDIENTS – Yield: 12 cookies
(1) box Walkers Shortbread Petticoat Tails
12 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon refined coconut oil or any light flavored oil
3 small candy canes, crushed
DIRECTIONS Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chocolate chips and the oil in a medium-size glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for 90 seconds. Stir until smooth. Dip the shortbread in the chocolate and place the coated shortbread on the parchment lined tray. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to allow the chocolate to harden. Store the finished cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
The ASF is delighted the Scotch Malt Whisky Society will be our Whisky Ambassadors for our 22nd Burns Night Celebration on Friday January 20th hosting the Whisky tasting prior to the Burns Supper and helping to oversee the Address to the Haggis presentation.
We are also pleased to present a unique Holiday offer – from now through January 31st, 2017, ASF members will receive a special discount on membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society – a perfect gift for the holiday season.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a private members’ club offering the world’s widest selection of single cask, single malt whisky. Bottled at cask strength without the addition of water, coloring, or filtration.
Founded in 1983 by a small group of friends celebrating the excellence of single malts from a single cask, the Society is based in Edinburgh with a membership today of over 30,000 whisky lovers.
ASF Members now have the opportunity of Special Membership pricing AND
– Access to the purchase exclusive single cask whiskies, only available through SMWS.
– Access to the SMWS Member Rooms in Edinburgh, Leith and London
– Invitations to tasting and events
– Quarterly subscription to Unfiltered –
· Membership with welcome kit of three carefully selected 100ml single cask, single malt whiskies, plus other Society goodies;
SMWS Price $229 : ASF Special Member $165 + tax and shipping
· Membership without welcome kit giving a Member preferred pricing on all casks
SMWS Price $129 : ASF Special Member $95
MEMBERS CONTACT THE ASF OFFICE to receive your Code – Not yet a Member, Join today and take advantage of this great membership offer.
Are you in Scotland and wondering where you can enjoy a great Thanksgiving – with Turkey, pecan or pumpkin pie? Do not despair – you can still enjoy Thanksgiving food!
This time of year, many Scottish restaurants have festive menus that feature full turkey dinners. If it’s not turkey you’re after, but just a bit of classic American grub (hot dogs anyone?), there are plenty of American-style eateries in Scotland’s cities as well.
But with Scotland’s own unique cuisine and so many phenomenal restaurants to choose from, maybe Haggis could become your new Thanksgiving tradition!
For those of you still craving a classic American feast, we have provided a list of Thanksgiving Dinner options from two of Scotland’s big cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. So tuck in, enjoy, and be thankful!
Where to go in Edinburgh on Thanksgiving …
Twenty Princes Street is an award-winning contemporary Scottish restaurant, with a Modern Scottish menu, set in a Victorian building with skyline views.
With a festive menu on offer from November 22nd, you can start your Thanksgiving meal with one of the restaurant’s unique appetizers, such as Parsnip soup or Mulled Wine Pear & Lemon Ricotta Tart. Then move on to the main course, Ballotine of Turkey with apricot, cranberry, and sage stuffing, chipolatas in bacon, roast potatoes, glazed potatoes, and port jus.
If you are having Thanksgiving in Scotland it needs to be different .. and this modern twist on a classic holiday meal will surely leave you in the holiday spirit.
See the full menu, here.
The Three Sisters is a cozy pub with a casual atmosphere, and usually a lively crowd that spills out into the outdoor courtyard.
With sports games playing throughout the day, and drinks specials to draw in a crowd in the evening, you can celebrate Thanksgiving all day and night!
For Thanksgiving 2016, The Three Sisters is hosting a special event in which they’re serving up a roast turkey dinner, complete with mashed and roast potatoes, peas, and corn on the cob. Rather than pumpkin pie, they’ll be slicing up blueberry cheesecake.
With turkey to eat, beer to drink, and American football on the screen, you might just forget that you’re not in the States!
Find out more, here.
Although a full turkey dinner is not on the menu, “Native New Yorker” hot dogs, “Frontier Classic Nachos”, and “The Great American Mac & Cheese” are. They also serve American beers like Sam Adams, so you can wet your whistle American-style.
So enjoy a taste of the USA this Thanksgiving, even while you are so far from home! And if you try out the “Great American Pie of the Day”, it might just feel like a traditional Thanksgiving after all!
Read the menu, here.
Where to go in Glasgow on Thanksgiving …
Ad Lib is a cozy and casual US-style diner with two locations in the city, one in the City Centre, and one at Merchant City. The restaurant has an “American Classics” menu that includes dishes like burgers and fried chicken.
If you’re looking to skip Thanksgiving dinner and delve right into dessert, this menu also features two Thanksgiving staples: apple pie, and pecan pie.
However, their seasonal Christmas Menu does include a turkey dinner, so you can enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. The dish is a turkey breast glazed with maple and chilli, and served with thyme gravy and all the trimmings. So if you want a casual Thanksgiving complete with turkey, pie, and a classic diner vibe, Ad Lib is the perfect destination.
Have a look at the menus, here.
The Bothy is a warm, welcoming restaurant in the West End of Glasgow that cooks up traditional Scottish dishes served by friendly, kilted staff. Although the restaurant serves Scottish cuisine, their festive menu features a unique – great – turkey dinner – with a Scottish twist!
The turkey is served with date and apple stuffing, pork chipolatas, and cranberry jus. Finish off your meal with a traditional Christmas pudding, or a decadent chocolate truffle cake. With an extensive wine and drinks menu, pick your poison and propose a toast to celebrating the USA in Scotland.
Read the menu, here.
TriBeCa, Glasgow – four locations to choose from ..
TriBeCa is a casual NYC inspired restaurant and bar that is decorated with hanging lights and posters of New York. The restaurant is instantly recognizable by the NYPD Cruiser and NYC Cab parked outside.
Rated highly for its brunch, TriBeCa is a great stop if you’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with a big, New York style breakfast. The brunch menu features American-style pancakes and bacon, french toast, breakfast burritos, and more. Order a side home fries or pulled pork, and drink plenty of their bottomless coffee to wash it all down. At this rate, you’ll probably be stuffed until Christmas.
If Thanksgiving brunch wont cut it for you, TriBeCa will also be serving up a set menu on Thanksgiving, so you can spend your evening digging into a real turkey feast.
Have a look at the menus, here.
AND to one and all we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
It’s Seafood Week in Scotland, and here at The American-Scottish Foundation we are celebrating by tucking into some delicious fish!
Seafood Week is an annual celebration of all things Scottish seafood taking place October 7-14. The week-long campaign celebrates the high quality and diversity of Scottish fish and shellfish. And what better way to celebrate than with a classic serving of golden-fried fish and chips?
Although the ASF is located in New York City, we still want to have our fish and chips (and eat them too)! Luckily, New York has plenty of restaurants that serve up an authentic fish fry. One bite of perfectly crispy cod, and you will think you are back in Scotland!
For all of you New Yorkers, or those of you currently visiting the Big Apple, this is the perfect week to give these four NYC Chip Shops a try.
Our first two picks for NYC Fish and Chips are Jones Wood Foundry and The Shakespeare, two restaurants where American-Scottish Foundation Members can enjoy benefits. Just show your ASF Membership Card and you can enjoy a free glass of wine or beer with your entree.
For those of us who are Anglophiles living in NYC, Jones Wood Foundry, a restaurant in the Upper East Side, tastes of home. Walk into to the dark, yet warm gastropub, order up one of their authentic British dishes, and you might believe you have been transported to a cozy UK pub! They serve their fish and chips the traditional way: beer battered cod paired with triple cooked chips, tartar sauce, and lemon. After you give their exceptional fish fry a try, you’ll have to go back for more. In keeping with the Scottish Seafood Week theme, your next order could be their organic Scottish salmon, or their wild Scottish sea trout! Don’t forget to bring your ASF Membership Card!
Browse their menu, here.
Located in Murray Hill, The Shakespeare is about as British as you would expect! Serving up beautiful British beers, classic UK bar bites like Scotch eggs, and weekly Sunday Roasts just like your mother used to make’’, you just know this place wont disappoint when it comes to its fish and chips. Beer battered and served with three-fried chips and tangy tartar sauce, the Shakespeare’s fish fry is among the best in NYC. Bring your ASF Membership Card to enjoy a complimentary beer with you chippy! The restaurant even hosts productions of Shakespeare plays, so you can enjoy your fish fry with a side of Hamlet or Macbeth!
Look at the menu, here.
For a taste of the UK in the heart of Greenwich Village, head to A Salt & Battery. The small spot is authentic down to the decor, with Union Jacks on the walls, a long, busy counter, and comfy, metal stools to balance on as you enjoy your chippy. They serve up a variety of fried fish served with thick-cut chips. With bottles of Sarson’s Malt Vinegar on every table, A Salt & Battery feels like a real UK chip shop. They even serve Scottish treats like deep-fried mars bars and Irn Bru!
Have a look at their menu, here.
Hoping to get a taste of the UK outside of Manhattan? The Atlantic Chip Shop is a great little spot in Brooklyn Heights, with classic British pub decor and plenty of screens to catch rugby, football and cricket games. The golden-fried fish melts in your mouth, and is served with thick chips, mushy peas, and plenty of salt and vinegar. Top it off with a British pint, as their is an extensive lists of English and Scottish beers to choose from, and even a fried mars-bar if you’re feeling cheeky!
Read the menu, here.
So there you have it: The American-Scottish Foundation’s pick of the top four fish and chips in New York City.
Celebrate Seafood Week by tucking into a chippy now, and let us know your favorite spots for Scottish eats in NYC!
National Fish and Chips Day was Friday June 3rd – this was a GREAT Day that we really enjoyed, this is after all THE Classic British Dish.
Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural National Fish and Chip Day, Fish & Chip lovers across the UK this year -the US took up the idea… after all who doesn’t love great fish and chips – with vinegar – served in newspaper (of course)!.
On National Fish and Chip Day ASF popped over to Jones Wood Foundry – one of our top picks for great fish and chips in NYC – let us know you favorite spot.
AND HOW DOES ONE MAKE CLASSIC FISH AND CHIPS- The American-Scottish Foundation® has a recipe all to give the classic dish a try.
Have a look at our recipe here:https://americanscottishfoundation.com/magazine/?p=1612
For ex-pats missing traditional Scottish fare, or for Americans wishing to give the cuisine a try, it can be difficult to recreate Scottish recipes with only American ingredients. But hae nae fear! The American-Scottish Foundation has written up a three- part guide to cooking up Scottish eats- even here in the USA.
Time For Lunch!
Scotland is famous for its fish and chips. From gourmet restaurants to the local corner store, there are countless places to pick up a quick “Chippy” throughout the country.
Although there are restaurants in the United States that try to recreate the famous British dish, few can come close to the kind of fish and chips you’d encounter at a sea-side shop in Scotland.
The American-Scottish Foundation has collected recipes for you to try at home, so you can fry up your own Scottish lunch. Just remember before you serve up your “Chippy” that newspaper wrapping is essential!
Many delicious fish fries use a beer-batter technique, in which thin filets are deep-fried in a tasty batter with a beer base. Try your hand at this simple recipe for Beer-Battered fish from rampantscotland.com.
Thin fish fillets (Cod, haddock and flounder are all good options.)
Oil with a high smoke point, such as groundnut oil, canola oil, or sunflower oil.
One egg white, whisked.
One cup of all purpose flour.
½ pint of beer or lager.
½ teaspoon baking powder.
Extra flour to dust the fish.
1. Heat the oil and prepare the batter ingredients for mixing. Microwave the fish, flipping it while it heats, so the inside is hot. Microwave until the fish is hot and looks half-cooked.
2. Mix the flour, egg white, and beer. Pat a fish dry with a paper towel, then lightly dust it with flour, making it truly dry. Dip the fish, and your hand, into the batter, coating them well. (The batter will help protect your hand from splatter.) Hold the fish above the oil and gently slide it in. Use tongs to nudge the fish as needed, keeping it from sticking to the bottom. Turn the fish over as it cooks.
3. Remove the fish when it looks nicely crisped. It is ready to serve with a bit of lemon juice.
No fish fry is complete without a hearty helping of Scottish chips! Use this recipe, from food.com, to make your own chips, so different from American french-fries!
2lbs of “old” potatoes, peeled and cut into thick sticks.
Oil for frying (You can also use deep fat.)
1. Take your potatoes (which are peeled and cut into sticks about 1cm thick and 8cm long) and soak them in cold water, removing excess starch before frying. Drain and dry.
2. Heat oil or deep fat in a chip pan. Put a layer of potatoes in the bottom of a wire basket and lower into pan.
3. Fry until the chips are pale golden. Remove them from the pan and drain on soft kitchen paper. Repeat until all potatoes are fried.
4. Just before you serve, re-heat the oil and fry all the chips until they are very crisp and golden. Serve with your battered fish, adding salt and vinegar to taste.
Some chip-shops serve their fish and chips with a side of mushy peas. Allrecipes.com provides an easy recipe for this side-dish.
1 10 oz package of frozen green peas.
1/4 cup heavy cream.
1 tablespoon butter.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
1 Boil a shallow pot of lightly salted water over medium-high heat. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, until peas are tender.
2. Drain the peas and place them in a blender or large food processor. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas. Season to taste.
For that extra Scottish flair, wrap your fish and chips up in newspaper before you serve them. Add a heaping helping of mushy peas on the side, and there you have it: a delicious, Scottish fishy-fry for lunch!