Last night I had a difficult time getting off to sleep, tossing and turning well into the wee hours and beyond. Countless trivial thoughts endlessly scrolled through my brain and I was unable to switch them off.
One of these was the completely random subject of chips, cheese and gravy. I know not why.
Some while ago there was a local campaign to nominate the Manx National Dish. The two main contenders were Queenies (the locally caught queen scallops) or chips, cheese and gravy, a popular pub meal.
Now, I have never tried the latter so it may be utterly delicious. However, it is well beyond the acceptable limits of a low-cholesterol diet. I have often eaten queenies and really enjoyed them but, as they are usually served with butter and bacon they are also now in the culinary naughty corner.
I understand that chips, cheese and gravy was originally devised in Canada by a chef in a Quebec restaurant. It was called poutine, meaning a mess.
Thankfully the eventual winner of the campaign was the healthier option and Queenies reigned supreme.
As a side note, it seems that nearly a quarter of the island's reception age children are overweight and 1 in 5 adults are obese. Food for thought.
My daughter in law is Canadian and she loves Poutine. I like cheese, chips and gravy but not sure about all together.ReplyDelete
The Canadian version seems to be well named!Delete
No. Not "food for thought" but "food for blubber"! It is outrageous that The Manx Kipper was not in contention for The Manx National Dish.ReplyDelete
I agree. Sadly there are no herring left in Manx waters. Although smoked locally the fish come from Norway. Queenies are caught in local waters but quotas have to be strictly controlled.Delete
Must say that chips, cheese and gravy sounds disgusting but I adore Scallops so would plump for that.ReplyDelete
I am with you there.Delete