The Scots are an ingeniously creative nation. Just about everything that’s useful was invented by a Scot (or the Swabians). Take sausages for example. Whilst most of the world make sausages…well sausage shaped, the Scots don’t.
If you think about it, a long cylindrical piece of meat just isn’t suited to being stuck between two flat slices of bread. It has a tendency to slip out unless you cut it in two and flatten it out. But why go to all that work when there are Lorne sausages in the world. Lorne or, more commonly, square sliced sausages are flat sausages made up of a mix of beef, pork, breadcrumbs and various spices.
They are sausage Nirvana and, apart from being artery-hardening delicious, they fit perfectly between two slices of bread with no danger of slipping out.
I was completely addicted to them as a child which is why I experienced a little thrill of excitement when I saw the above sign in a butcher shop window in Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. I’d found the equivalent of the sausage world’s Holy Grail…but it was Sunday and the damn shop was shut.
So close and yet so far.