Every person who is Gluten Free – whether due to coeliac disease, intolerance, allergy or another reason – will tell you they have something they miss from their pre-Free From life. It might be a ‘Chippy Tea’ on a Friday night, or a Pasty from the Bakers, it could be anything. And it will be different for everyone. A true Scot through and through there was only one thing missing for me. The one thing that would not only remind me of my life before going Gluten Free but also remind me of home; square sausage. The Holy Grail for Scottish Gluten Free folks everywhere!
Square Sausage, for those not familiar with cuisine north of the border, is exactly as it sounds. One notable difference, which might seem odd to some, is that square or ‘Lorne’ sausage is typically made of beef rather than pork. It was probably going to be a tall order to find a true Lorne sausage (beef) that was Gluten Free and, you know, in England. I’d honestly given up all hope of ever having square sausage again, and then…
On a regular weekly shop round Morrisons, it was spotted. Slightly hidden but definitely what I thought it was that caught my eye. Square sausage…wait…IT’S GLUTEN FREE! OK, OK, it’s pork and not beef but I can get past that. OHMYGODOHMYGOD it’s Gluten Free square sausage. That’s it. Peak life has been reached. GET IN MA BELLY!
The first thing I thought when I seen the Union Jack flag on the Squig packaging was ‘Why has it taken an English brand to develop a Gluten Free square sausage?’ Come on Scotland, bring us Free-From folks a true beef Lorne sausage.
Having said that, and moved past any disappointment at this not being a Scottish-made product, for those of us Scots living in England it’s nice to see something of familiarity in the supermarket. It might not be completely authentic but let me tell you it bloomin’ well hits the spot! I wish I could express what it was like to have a square sausage and (GF) brown sauce roll after all these years. A culinary treat! The slight crisp on the outside with the hit of pepper and the tang of brown sauce…fan-bloody-tastic! A throwback to Sunday mornings in my Grandparents house. The power that food has over your memory never ceases to amaze me.
After a bit of research I discovered that Squig have a great ethos, one thing in particular was really very positive to read as a consumer:
“All our ingredients can be traced right back to the British farms they came from. We allow no growth hormones or antibiotic residues in our meat – all our livestock have suitable space, the right food and water and are looked after only by passionate and qualified farmers.” (Squig website, 2018)
There are currently two options available by Squig, Pork and Cumberland, and in stock in Morrisons in England only (for obvious reasons!). I’m looking forward to how this brand develops, will we see more Gluten Free options from them? Will they develop a true beef Lorne sausage? Will it push Scottish brands to realise that just because people have had to cut gluten out of their diet doesn’t mean they don’t want the same foods they’ve always had? Let’s wait and see shall we.
So if you’re a bit worse for wear (see: hungover) then a square sausage bap or sandwich, with brown sauce and a bottle of Irn-Bru will sort you right out. Now to find a Gluten Free Tattie Scone recipe and life will be complete!
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