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Homesick Black Isle chef prepares taste of Philadelphia for latest theme night; The Anderson's latest culinary caper is close to home for Fortrose eatery boss


By Hector MacKenzie

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Jim Anderson will recreate some of the dishes he misses from home in Philadelphia.
Jim Anderson will recreate some of the dishes he misses from home in Philadelphia.

A homesick chef is whipping up some Philadelphia favourites for a Black Isle takeaway offer this Saturday night.

Jim and Ann Anderson of The Anderson in Fortrose have been staging themed evenings throughout the coronavirus crisis, offering diners a chance to eat around the world, thanks in large part to their cosmopolitan culinary experience.

Mr Anderson said that as it has been more than two years since he was last home, Saturday’s menu will feature some of his hometown delights.

He promises authentic bread rolls specially made by The Bakery in Inverness and charcuterie by his wife, who spent two years studying sausage and salumi-making in Italy.

He posted: "The last time I was in Philly was 2018 and it looks like a while before travelling abroad will be a thing again.

"So, this Saturday I thought we'd bring you a taste of my hometown. For those of you who aren't familiar, Philly is a gritty city full of art, music, history, danger and friendly people, with a slight inferiority complex toward its nearest neighbouring city. Think Glasgow on steroids.

"Whilst it is home to thousands of fabulous restaurants (more than 100 in Chinatown alone), there are some core dishes that I miss more than others.

"And since Philly is an informal, working-class town, it should come as no surprise that we love nothing more than a good sandwich for dinner, hot or cold. Or, rather, half for dinner and half for lunch the next day!"

The Anderson is operating within current coronavirus guidelines.

The menu and online ordering are can be found on its website.

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