During our recent visit to Caithness, we discovered a wonderful fishmonger’s full of gourmet treats, such as freshly caught cod, haddock, rainbow trout, and an old favourite of mine, Arbroath Smokies. Here are the details just in case you’re lucky enough to be in the Thurso area.
A MacKay & Son
Telephone: 01847 896310
Authentic Arbroath Smokies are only ever made by smoking haddock. They are already cooked by the hot smoking process so you can eat them just as they are. I wiped mine with a damp cloth, put a small glug of milk over them and microwaved them separately for just under a couple of minutes. Delicious!
Iain R. Spink has the definitive website for smokies, so if you want to read all about them, their history, and find recipes then this is the place to look.
Here’s a taster from Iain Spink’s site:
The original “Arbroath” Smokie hails from Auchmithie, a small fishing village, 3 miles north of Arbroath. The true origin of the village of Auchmithie is obscured by time, but there is evidence to suggest it may go back to the Viking raids of the early 11th century.