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Howtowdie is a Scottish dish consisting of a boiled chicken served with poached eggs and spinach. The earliest known reference to it comes in the work of the Scottish poet Allan Ramsay (1686–1758): ‘They all, in an united Body, Declar'd it a fine fat How-towdy’. The word comes from Old French hetoudeau or estaudeau, ‘fat young boiling fowl’.

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