This isn't really a recipe, it's much simpler than that. This is a meal we make when we don't want to cook. Or when it's too hot run the oven or boil a pot of water. But really it's a dinner we have when we want to summon the feeling of our favorite place.
Scotland is breathtakingly beautiful. And as the place I spent every August as a child, it will always have a very special place in my heart. But it is also where Tom and I had the most wonderful vacation in 2009. We explored the countryside, we climbed twisty castle staircases, and we ate. Oh boy did we eat.
The British Isles have a bad food reputation. And while blood sausage and haggis are acquired tastes (haggis really is quite good if you have an open mind), we had the best breakfasts ever at a wonderful bed & breakfast heading toward Oban on the western coast.
Our morning meals were slightly different each day, depending on which heavenly smoked fish was available (Barney Greengrass eat your heart out!), but three things were consistent on our plates: eggs, baked beans, and fried bread. I'm smiling just thinking about those mornings. Overlooking the incredible green hillsides with the crisp wet air blowing as we feasted.
So I guess you could call this a memory-meal. The flavors transport us to a favorite place and remind us of a perfect vacation. And what a yummy memory it is! Do you make a meal to remind yourself of a special place or time?
Scottish Breakfast for Dinner
2 soft scrambled (or fried) eggs with scallions
Heinz vegetarian baked beans
1 piece each of fried toast
2 links each of sausage or slab bacon
1 stewed tomato (optional)
Smoked salmon (optional)