|Bread and Mucky Fat - 35p|
But FB sticks on the mucky fat butty - the mucky fat in question would not be the highly processed lard which is still available as a cooking medium but dripping with bits of whatever meat it came from in it (hence mucky). Nowadays cricketers have long eschewed dripping, lard and fat for healthier alternatives including olive oil, virgin, first pressing, extra virgin, blah blah, grapeseed oil, walnut oil - in fact any oil full of noncholesterolunsaturatedomega3 and all that stuff. But for the nostalgia hound, fat is the boys. When FB was growing up he had a balanced diet - fruit and vegetables were always part of any meal. But the fat content of his diet was exponential compared to today. Lard and cooking fat were used as a cooking medium and in home-baking. Butter was that bit too expensive for the thrifty Scot - who felt that butter based baking was a bit too rich in any case.
Here are the 5 top fat products that children of his generation in Aberdeen will find loom large in their nostalgia fantasies:
Mealie puddings - (known elsewhere as white puddings) - oatmeal, onion and suet/lard packed in a sausage skin. Often served as a main course with Chips - home made and cooked in dripping/lard
Fried Bread - a slice of white pan loaf soaked in hot dripping
Herrings - tossed in oatmeal and fried in dripping - much of the greasiness was actually hugely healthy fish oil so FB is cheating putting that in but it is a very nostalgic item given the disappearance of
Potted Heid (or Hough) - low quality meat, lard based gravy pressed into small tubs - used as a sandwich spread
|Rowies - don't be fooled these can kill|
All these would slow any team down if they were to be found on the cricket tea table.
|Too much for FB|
FB's late father in law who was born in Poland used to attack with relish on a daily basis a delicacy called griebenschmaltz liberally spread on a slice of bread. Greibenschmaltz is German for mucky fat (just about) - the version that FB's father in law extolled was in fact rendered goose fat, but there are duck and pork based versions too.
Now FB would just about take on a mealie pudding or a rowie, but he never quite met his father in law's griebenschmaltz challenge. He was a continual source of disappointment as a son-in-law.