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Old 01-17-2005, 09:07 PM   #11
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Barbara, deep fried pickles are wonderful! Rainee posted a recipe for them in apitizers a while back.
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Old 01-17-2005, 09:44 PM   #12
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Heaven knows I don't want to get an argument going on here as to which is the best candy bar to fry - and the best batter to use!
You might call it "Bitter Batter Banter..........."
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:46 AM   #13
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As a Scot, I feel well qualified to answer this...

Scotland is probably the Heart Disease capital of the world - or if not, then should be.....

I've heard it said that in Scotland 'anything can be deep fried'... a well balanced meal could consist of deep fried pizza and a deep fried mars bar!

However, I hasten to add, that it is only a minority of the population who eat like that.

We DO like our chip shops though - with fried fish (haddock is the favourite sea fish) and chips (french fries to a lot of you, I think). The deep fried pizza is a fairly new phenomenon - and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The pizzas appear to be the cheapest that can be made.... texture of a polystyrene ceiling tile, smeared with a little tomato paste and a few strings of cheese. These are folded in half, dipped in batter )!) and put into the chip fryer.... BLECH....

Legend has it that the deep fried Mars Bar (also dipped in batter) was 'invented' in Glasgow - and I can believe it... (coming from Edinburgh and with the good natured rivalry between the two cities!).

I had some family over from Aus who had seen the sign in a chip shop 'Deep Fried Mars Bars Sold Here' (and took pictures to take home to raise a laugh about the unhealthy Scots). They weren't game to buy it from the chippy, but asked me to do some. Here's my secret recipe from the one and only time I cooked the 'treat' - and no, I wasn't game to try it :P

Put the Mars Bars in the freezer for 15 minutes or so.

Prepare a plain, coating batter, not too thin.

Roll Mars bar in flour - dunk into the batter until coated... deep fry until the batter is puffed up and golden.

Eat - and listen whilst your arteries harden.
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Old 01-19-2005, 07:01 PM   #14
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BB King's restaurant in Memphis features "the Lucille" which is deep fried, thinly sliced pickles. They were actually quite good for the first few bites. Before we got to the bottom of the pile, and they'd cooled, not so good. But they were very tasty when fresh from the fryer. Wouldn't make it a regular, but fun to try.

I guess most deep-fry Scotch eggs, the few times I've made them I've either pan fried them (no extra grease, the sausage is fatty enough) and the last time, baking them (best results yet). However, I have no idea if Scotch eggs are actually Scottish in origins or not.
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Old 01-19-2005, 08:01 PM   #15
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You might call it "Bitter Batter Banter..........."
LOL--that's great, Brooksy!

I remember hearing somewhere (local news? Food TV?) that a new "fad" at carnivals and fairs is deep-fried Twinkies. I can't imagine how the stay in tact and don't just absorb ALL the grease! *shudder*!
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Old 01-20-2005, 03:41 AM   #16
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Yes, Scotch eggs are Scottish

I stress that the deep fried diet is only followed by a minority of my countrymen (and women!). Scotland has some of the finest foods in the world (bar NONE!) and I try to only use fresh food, in season, just like some of my favourite Scottish chefs, like Nick Nairn, Lady Claire MacDonald, Sue Lawrence and Catherine Brown.
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:31 AM   #17
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I'm going to go whip up a batter and deep-fry the couple of pieces of Rhubarb and Edinburgh Rock I have lying about :P.
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Old 01-20-2005, 06:35 AM   #18
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Sounds a bit too healthy to me, Haggis. After all, rhubarb is a fruit - and FRESH fruit at that....
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:50 AM   #19
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Even healthier than that since rhubarb is considered a vegetable!

Heh, deep fried tablet....DEAD!
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:52 AM   #20
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My Goodness....... deep fried Taiblit? Awa ye go.... I think even the worst sweet-toothed Scot would balk at that one

And I never knew that rhubarb was a veg - suppose it's a bit like tomatoes being fruit?!
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