What are Kippers?

We often get asked by our overseas guests ‘what are kippers’?  which we try to explain the best we can with very bad accents, it’s einen Raeucherherring, pescado ahumado, dell’aringa affumicata, poisson fume. Sometimes the response is ‘ really fish for breakfast’?? and we reply ‘of course, they are delicious and a traditional Scottish breakfast’.  This evening our guests must be feeling adventurous  as we have breakfast orders for 5 kippers in the morning.  David removes the head before cooking and if the guest is struggling he will take out the centre bone for them.   Cooking them in a foil tent in the oven keeps the house aroma free!