A Scottish MP was recently overheard joking that he had tried to get stovies recognized as the national dish of Scotland. Benedict Ambrose, master of the Historical House, has fond memories of the stovies his mother used to make, and reproduced he dish last night. It involves corned beef (which he recalls became expensive in the UK after the start of the Falkland War), an onion, mashed potatoes and a can of baked beans in tomato sauce.
"Comfort food," he declared.
"Nursery food," mused his dining companion, picking up a fork although she might as well have used a spoon.
Stovies is an excellent savoury dish which can be enjoyed even by those without teeth.
An interesting news article here about Scottish comfort food, and here is Benedict Ambrose's favourite Scottish cookery book author on the same subject.