Indian-themed cuisines highlight St Andrew’s Day food fest in ScotlandNovember 29th, 2007 - 4:16 pm ICT by admin
London, November 29 (ANI): Indian-themed cuisines highlighted a grand food festival organised in Scotland in the run-up to St Andrew’s Day.
The festival also aimed at spreading awareness about the benefits of the arts, business, religious tolerance and diversification brought by the estimated 55,000 people of Indian origin living in Scotland.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon, who is a big fan of authentic Indian food, joined members of the community to launch the festival at the restaurants Suruchi and Suruchi Too in Edinburgh.
She said that the mixture of Scottish and Indian ingredients was an example of how the two countries could share knowledge.
“I have never met more patriotic Scots than in that [Asian] community because they have chosen to make Scotland their home, so they take a pride in it that perhaps those of us born here do not have,” the Scotland quoted her as saying.
“We celebrate St Andrew’s Day this year at a time of growing confidence, there is a feel-good feeling, something exciting in the air. I think one of the things that has contributed over the years to Scottish confidence and feeling more comfortable in our own skin is the wonderful multiculturalism we have been privileged to enjoy here in Scotland. Our cultures are becoming more integrated and both are being enhanced, she said.
She added: “Nowhere is this more evident than the fusion of Scottish ingredients with Indian recipes and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.”
Suruchi’s owner Herman Rodrigues said that Indian food was no longer just “post-lager entertainment” because diners would like to have authentic dishes.
“Our master chefs experimented with vegetarian haggis, venison, turnips, parsnips, Arbroath smokies and salmon. The only thing the chefs did not improve on was deep-fried Mars bar,” he said. (ANI)
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