US officials taste haggis and more Scottish cuisine ahead of Cop26 in Glasgow
A group of US officials tasted a tasting menu of Scottish cuisine, including Irn Bru and haggis, before the Cop26 summit in Glasgow.
he charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in London, Philip Reeker, shared a video on Twitter of himself and other representatives whetting their appetites with an array of delicacies including square sausages and Cranachan .
“It’s not a bad soda,” said Mr Reeker, sipping a glass of Irn Bru brewed in Glasgow.
Other delicacies enjoyed by the American team included the cullen skink – a soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions – which the testers said “looks like an omelet” but tasted “fabulous”.
Haggis was also well received, but when told it contained sheep heart, lungs and liver, Mr Reeker replied, “You probably shouldn’t sell it with that.”
Faced with a deep-fried Mars bar, officials seemed puzzled at an apparent similarity between American and Scottish tastes, with one proclaiming, “Wait a minute… is that Scottish?”
One official felt there was room for improvement for the square sausage, suggesting it could be served with cheese or avocado.
The culinary adventure precedes two weeks in Glasgow for US officials and has not gone unnoticed by Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
“Enjoying the best of (Scottish food and drink) – thank you (Mr Reeker),” Ms Sturgeon tweeted.
“I warmly welcome you to # COP26 in Glasgow.”