Pans at the ready…
The city’s famous pride has taken us down many paths and this month it has led to a ‘Global Scouse Day’, a dedicated day to the wonders of scouse. The idea behind the big day on Tuesday 28th February is to celebrate our culture and embrace our heritage, any excuse for a pan of scouse is good enough to deem anything national day worthy if you ask us. So you’re asking yourself, how can I get involved? Taking part is simple, cook some scouse yourself or head somewhere where it is on the menu. The mastermind behind the day is Graham Hughes, the first man to visit every country in the world without flying (us scousers get around) and the event is organised by Laura Worthington, cake maker extraordinaire who runs Laura’s Little Bakery and who we hold personally responsible for the last stone we put on.
Scouse is a type of lamb or beef stew, the word comes from ‘lobscouse’, a stew commonly eaten by sailors throughout Northern Europe, which became popular in seaports such as Liverpool. If you grew up in Liverpool, you’ve probably got some hazy memories from your childhood of a waft of scouse hitting your nose from the kitchen. The simmering scouse in all its glory with tender chunks of beef or lamb and veggies is the gospel to Liverpudlians and nothing quite warms your belly or your soul than a homemade bowl of it. The hardest decision was deciding which kind of family you are, whether you’re a red cabbage or beetroot kind of family, it is a notorious fact that you’re either one or the other. Such debates have been known to split a room and fuel decades of family feuds. It’s almost as important as deciding whether you’re a red or a blue.
If you fancy somebody else doing the dishes, there’s a whole host of events happening around the city. Calling all mixers, shakers and cocktail makers, the customary Global Scouse Day cocktail competition will take place at 81 Ltd on 28th February from 10pm. They’re looking for somebody to create a drink that represents the best of Liverpool, combining great taste with quintessential ‘Scouseness’. Head along and have some fun on a school night. This year Global Scouse Day has partnered with the Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust, an organisation that is committed to delivering specialist palliative care to those with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Percentages of Scouse sales on the day will go towards the great work they do. Also, Maray will be handing out free bowls of Scouse on the day from 12-4pm at the Ropewalks Square by FACT. Legends. Schools all over the city will be serving it especially for the kids, the famous ferry will have bowls ready and there’s also a scouse off in 60 Hope St!
It’s always great to see a city come together and it’s even better when it involves cooking up a scouse storm. We are especially excited for the “Scouse fries” Slim’s Pork Chop Express and Scouse pizza from Santa Maluco. Thanks to Guide Liverpool, here’s the places taking part this year: 60 Hope Street · 701 · 92 Degrees Coffee · Aigburth Hall Nurseries · Albina · Almond Restaurant · American Pizza Slice ·Annie’s Tea Rooms · Appebite · Art School Restaurant Liverpool · Aubergine Café · Bagelry · Baltic Fleet · Baltic Social ·Bistro Franc · Bistro Jacques · Bistro Pierre · Blackburne House Cafe Bar · Blackburne Pub & Eatery · Bluecoat · Boot Room Cafe, Anfield Stadium · BrewDog Liverpool · Button Street Smokehouse · Buyers Club Music · Café Tabac · Cafe 23 @ Penny Lane · Caffe Cream of New Brighton· Caledonia Liverpool · Cargo Liverpool · Castle St Townhouse · CAU Liverpool · Cavern Pub · Challains Deli · Chancery · Chicha – Peruvian Street Kitchen · Circo · Claremont Farm ·Clockworks · Coffee Exchange · Coopers Coffee Shop · Corner Room Café & Bar ·Cow & Co Cafe · Croxteth Park Farm· Cuthbert’s Bakehouse · Delifonseca · Dovedale Social · Dr. Duncan’s · East Avenue Bakehouse · Egg Café · Ego Restaurant Liverpool · Estaban Lark Lane · Ethical Glass · Etsu · Everyman Bistro, Street Cafe & Theatre Bar ·Filter & Fox · Florrie · Fly in the Loaf · Fredericks · Free State Kitchen Liverpool · Fruit + Fibres Canteen & Craft Workshop · Fuel Station · GIFT Café · Grasshopper Micropub · Hand in Hand Brixton · Hanover Street Social · Hard Day’s Night Hotel ·Hayloft Tea Shop ·Hightown Pub · Hillbark Hotel, Wirral · Hole In The Wall Cafe · Homebaked Anfield · Hope and Anchor· Horse and Jockey Pub · Horseshoe in Clerkenwell · Hub Liverpool · HUS · HUSSS Sandwich Co. · James Monro Pub Liverpool · Leaf Tea Shop · Liverpool Bierkeller · Liverpool Pub · Lodge Lark Lane · London Carriageworks · Lucha Libre ·Lunya · Ma Boyle’s Alehouse & Eatery · Ma Egerton’s Stage Door · Mackenzies Whisky Bar · Maggie Mays Cafe ·Malmaison Hotel, Liverpool · Manhattan Bar & Grill · Maray · Meat Factory · Merseyside Maritime Museum · Miyagi ·Monro · MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill · Murphys Town Hall Tavern · Neighbourhood Cafe Liverpool · Nolita Cantina ·Old Blind School · Old Stables at Allerton Manor · Olive Restaurant & Bar Liverpool · One Melling Road · Onion Deli ·Otterspool Adventure Centre · Paloma · Parnells Bar Waterloo · Pen Factory · Peter Kavanagh’s · Pork Chop Slims · Pig & Whistle, Liverpool · Princess Pub & Grille · Pullman Liverpool · Q’s Sandwich Bar · Quarter · Rack & Dollar · Raj Express – Liverpool · Red Door Liverpool · Red Lion · Refinery Liverpool · Refreshment Rooms · Richmond Pub & Hotel ·Rockin’ Food · Roja Pinchos · Rum Warehouse, Stanley Dock, Liverpool · Rumi By Bukhara · Salthouse Bacaro ·Sandwich Stop · Santa Maulco ·Satterthwaites Bakehouse · Schmooze Liverpool · Sekforde Arms · Seven Zero One Bar & Base · Ship & Mitre · Siren · Soul of Bold St · Spice Lounge Albert Dock · Spire Restaurant · Square Bistro Allerton ·Stamps Bar · Suites Hotel · Tapas Tapas – Waterloo · Taste Sandwich Bar · Teddy’s Coffee & Wine Bar · Thomas Rigby’s· Vale House Café · Village Tea Rooms · Vincent Cafe & Cocktail Bar · Welsford Restaurant Liverpool Cathedral ·Wooden Spoon · Yacht Club Liverpool · Ye Hole in Ye Wall · Yellow Sub Play Centre · Ying Wah · Yukti The Art Kitchen
It’s true what they say, there’s no taste like home so whatever your recipe and whatever your nationality, make this Tuesday Global Scouse Day.