May 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
If there is one symbol of culinary Scotland that stands above all others, it is the mighty Haggis. A delicious dish, but a divisive one too due to its ingredients. Well, the only ingredient of this Haggis T-Shirt is 100% organic cotton so you should be able to stomach that.
When I was but a wee slip o’ a lad, I used to love Haggis. Being half Scottish, much time was spent in the lowlands on holiday and of course, Haggis, tatties and neeps were considered a simple but delicious treat. Then my Dad told me what a Haggis was made of and I didn’t eat it again for a decade or so. Yes, when you really get into the list of ingredients, it does read as something quite disgusting. But I let the thought of what I was eating obscure the flavours – if we all did that, there wouldn’t be a fast food outlet left in the world (hmmm…). When you think about munching on lung and stomach, it’s pretty off-putting, but the flavour is delicious. Offal, barley, salt and some spices all come together in a filling dish with a unique and honestly delicious flavour. If you’ve been put off in the past because of the ingredients, I urge you to get over it and have a bite – it’s a hearty dish, full of subtle flavours and a real delicacy. Serve with mashed potatoes and turnips for the authentic meal. If you’re in the UK (even south of the boarder) you’ll probably be able to find a MacSween haggis in the chilled meats cabinet of your local supermarket (and there’s a very tasty veggie option too). In the US it’s a bit harder – there’s a law against eating lungs in America for some reason – but there are pretty close alternatives. I’m sure, if you try hard (and it is worth it) you can get hold of a haggis wherever you are in the world. And if you’re really keen, you can hunt one for yourself. 😉
This delightful Scottish T-Shirt is brought to you by pre-eminent Scottish pop-culture celebrator and designer Gillian Kyle and I discovered this on notonthehighstreet.com. It comes in purple (with a whitish print), costs £22 and is available in sizes ranging from small to XL. Bon Appetit!
December 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
This is the time of year to be proactive. I know it’s tempting to slack off at Christmas, but all you’ll do is make your january hectic and unpleasant. With that in mind, take some advice from this Don’t Just Stand There T-Shirt and stop procrastinating.
Staring out the window? Spending a little bit too much time on twitter, facebook and pinterest? Counting down the minutes? Yes, Christmas is on its way, but there’s still work to be done. If you’re like me, you sigh as you open the box every day on your second advent calendar (again, if you’re anything like me, you got desperate somewhere around the 3rd and devoured all of the chocolates in your first advent calendar in a guilt-inducing cocoa orgy). It seems so close, and yet, it’s still a week away. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll have a whole week to sleep, eat turkey sandwiches and drink yourself into a yuletide stupor. But you’ve got to keep going. Keep pushing through. It’ll be here sooner than you think. Just don’t slack off yet, because you don’t want to let the work all build up. The worst thing is coming back in early january, nursing your NYE hangover and finding all of the work you wish you’d got done in December when you weren’t really doing much anyway. Don’t be a fool – don’t just stand there – do all you can do now.
As well as conveying an important message, I really like the look of this t-shirt. It’s a great colour and the typography is high quality. I discovered it on ugmonk.com where it costs $26.00. It comes in purple and there are plenty of sizes available in both men’s and women’s fits. So hop to it!