Global Scouse Day
For everyone who might not be familiar with the dish scouse, let us explain it. This dish is a stew made from lamb or beef chunks, potatoes, onions, and carrots. It’s often associated with the port city of Liverpool, and that has led some people to call the inhabitants of this port “Scousers.”
It’s also why the holiday Global Scouse Day isn’t just a celebration of this stew but is actually a celebration of the entire city. This day is observed annually on February 28th, and it’s the perfect day for people to visit the city and try out scouse because it’s on just about every menu for this holiday.
The History of Global Scouse Day
This holiday began as a celebration of Graham Hughes’s birthday every year by his friends. Mr. Hughes is a native citizen of Liverpool, England, and was born on February 28, 1979. He’s a British filmmaker, adventurer, and Guinness World Record holder.
During his journeys across the world, he also presented the TV program “Graham’s World” on the National Geographic Adventure channel. This day was a way for his friends to honor him every year with a Scouse dinner. This is very much like the Burns suppers that are often held in honor of Robert Burns. Eventually, this small gathering grew and ended up being observed city-wide.
Lamb Scouse Recipe
Below is a simple lamb scouse recipe. It makes a very tasty dish, so let’s get started.
- 1 pound of lamb neck fillet, cut into chunks.
- 1 tablespoon of plain flour.
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
- 4 carrots, cut into chunks.
- 1 large white onion, chopped.
- 12 ounces of turnip, cut into chunks.
- 8 ounces of bitter ale.
- 8 ounces of chicken stock.
- 2 sprigs of thyme.
- 2 beef stock cubes.
- 2 bay leaves.
- 16 ounces of potatoes, cut into chunks.
- Pickled red cabbage, for serving.
Toss the lamb pieces in flour and brown the lamb on all sides in 1 tablespoon of oil in a large casserole dish over high heat. Set aside on a plate.
Turn the heat down to medium, and pour in 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion, carrots, turnips, and a pinch of salt. Cook for 8 minutes. Return the meat to the dish and add the ale, herbs, and stock.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and place the potatoes on top of the stew. Cook for 2 hours until the meat is tender and the potatoes are soft. Serve with pickled red cabbage.
Observing Global Scouse Day
Cooking up a scouse dinner is a great way for people to observe this holiday. And making one of these stews isn’t as complicated as a person might think. To show how easy it is, we’ve listed our favorite scouse recipe above. Don’t forget, after making a scouse, to take a photo of it and post it on social media using the hashtag #GlobalScouseDay.