In my song Hey Mr Butcher” I sing the praises of a few of the many amazing things things you can find in a Scottish butcher’s shop. Haggis, bridies, pies and black puddings.
You probably know about haggis and the others but if you don’t know what a bridie is
it’s “a kind of pie made with a circle of pastry folded over with a filling of meat, onion etc,”. So says the dictionary of the Scots language.
According to Food Historian Catherine Brown the Bridie was first made by a baker in Forfar (on the east coast of Scotland in the county of Angus) called Mr. Jolly in the mid 1900s.
There are different theories about where the name came from though .
Some say they were made by Maggie Bridie from nearby Glamis who sold them at local fairs and cattle markets in the late 1800’s.
Others say they got their name because they were shaped like a horseshoe and therefore a lucky meal for a bride.
I have my own particular own food memory of a bridie.
When I was seven I was a bridesmaid at the wedding of my favourite aunt and uncle. Part of the joy of this was that I needed to have a special dress made.
One day I found myself in an unfamiliar house for the fitting. While everyone bustled about I was perched on a stool at the kitchen counter and given given a hot bridie to eat for my lunch. All to myself. It was delicious. The pastry was simultaneously crisp and soft, the meaty inside was savoury with the sweetness of onions. Accompanied by brown sauce it was heaven. And of course the height of grown up sophistication.
When I asked my butcher about what’s in a bridie his response was:
“A blend of Minced choice Scotch Beef, Salt, Pepper, celery, onion and that special something encased and baked in perfect puff pastry.
Anderson’s Bridies are better by far than the one’s from Forfar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
There you have it folks, that’s bridies for you.
Marie Louise Cochrane
17th November 2017
In July 2017 Food Lore Community Interest Company was created. Now Mrs. Mash is part of a social enterprise with a mission to use stories and songs and food activities to help as many people as possible to enjoy good food and the benefits of eating well for health....