I’ve found a new must see place before I die: Scotland. Many thanks to the organizers of Scotland Week and Tartan Week NY for sharing Scottish culture with us New Yorkers! We had a fabulous time celebrating at the various events throughout the city!
The start of our Culture Weekend Staycation to Scotland: Tartan Week in NYC began with an early lunch at St. Andrew’s touted as NYC’s original Scottish restaurant. The atmosphere is fabulous: tartan seat covers, all wood interior, Scotland flags all around, a full bar, buzzing community of diners and staff dressed in traditional Scottish regalia as well as live Celtic music by a bagpipe player. My cousin and I ate a filling and tasty lunch consisting of traditional Scottish pub fare. She had the chicken pot pie and I, a Scottish favorite, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes with crispy onions sprinkled about). The service was good and as stated before, the atmosphere was wonderful, but one small critique: one of my four bangers was slightly overcooked. I let this slide considering it was Tartan day and this is the only Scottish joint in town so things were extremely busy. Would I go back to St. Andrew’s? A definite yes: great food, great environment, great fun!
Next, we scooted over one block to 6th avenue to watch the Tartan Day parade. It was wonderful seeing everyone in their tartans. We also saw a Loch ness monster and a few Vikings!
Our last stop was to Hudson Studios to view David Eustace’s photography exhibit: Highland Heart. We got lost traveling to this location and almost gave up (I felt guilty having my cousin walk with me in her heeled boots for 10 blocks), but thank goodness we didn’t. David Eustace’s work is breathtaking! The images of the Highlands in Scotland were absolutely beautiful, mesmerizing and fueled my newfound passion to visit Scotland. You must see his work!
Back at home, in an attempt to salvage some left over baked chicken, I changed plans last minute and prepared a Chicken pot pie instead of the Sheppard’s pie. It was absolutely delicious and very simple to make: a must try!
- 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast halves-cubed
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
- Preheat over to 425 degrees. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas and celery. Cover with water and boil for 15 minutes. Remove rom heat, drain and set aside.
- In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, pepper, salt and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Line a pie dish with one of the pie crust. Place the chicken mixture in the bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over the chicken mixture. Cover with top crust, sealing edges and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
- Bake in the preheated over for 30 to 35 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Next, I tried my hand at Scottish Oat Scones. I’m not a baker so I was very intimidated by this recipe, but it was so very simple and the results were great!
Well, I hope that you enjoyed last week’s Culture Weekend Staycation to Scotland: Tartan Week in NYC. I must say that this was one of my favorite staycations. It didn’t hurt that we had beautiful weather in NYC last weekend .
I hope that you’ll join us for this weekend’s staycation to Thailand: Songkran Festival in NY!