Here are some of the most famous dishes people from the north-east love to eat.
- Pan Haggerty
This strange-sounding meal may taste familiar, as it is not too dissimilar to Dauphinoise potatoes. It consists of sliced potatoes, fried onions and mature cheddar cheese cooked together to make a hearty side dish to meat or fish. Alternatively, you can eat it on its own with some vegetables or salad.
- Pease Pudding
Pease pudding may not have the best reputation but don’t let this put you off. It is simply a spreadable paste made from split peas, and is most commonly served with ham and bacon on a stottie cake.
What is a stottie cake, I hear you ask? Well, this is simply the north-east’s version of a bread roll, bap, barm or whatever you want to call it.
It is a large, round flat sandwich roll, and its distinguishing feature is its hard crust and dense texture making it slightly chewier and stodgier than typical bread.
Stotties are well-known for being able to bounce should you drop them, as a result of their heavy texture, but we don’t recommend giving this a go. Fill with ham and pease pudding for a real Northumberland snack!
- Singin’ Hinnys
Something else to try on your holiday to the north-east is a Singin’ Hinny. This is a scone made from butter, lard, flour, currants, salt and milk.
They differ from fruit scones by being fried on a griddle pan, and this is where they derive their name from, as the sizzling of the fats melting is supposed to sound as if it is singing.