Semmit is Scots for vest or undershirt as some people say. In one of these the Clootie Dumpling was traditionally cooked.
When I was a boy, my Auntie Janet would cook dumpling and we all loved it. It was not a dessert but a main meal.When unwrapped from the semmit, it would steam gloriously. A good dumpling was always coated with a thin skin of pure white fat.
What joy to get a wonderful Xmas present from my sister Rosy. It is a recipe for dumpling written by my Mother, which somehow Rosy had printed onto a tea towel. It is now on my bedroom wall.
My Mother’s handwriting is beautiful and for me instantly recognizable. How many letters when I was at boarding school.
The recipe is not traditional. Microwaves were unimaginable in 1960’s Scotland. A dumpling was steamed for 4 hours in a semmit.
Anyway this is an introduction to the fact that I finally made it back to Okinawa. My God, what a trip.
A new state of emergency was announced the day after I got here, basically stay at home.