I just met Peter for a Burns “lunch”. We tried to get a booking for a Burns Supper but we were too late. What is a Burns Supper you ask? Wikipedia defines it as;
A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday, 25 January, occasionally known as Robert Burns Day (or Robbie Burns Day or Rabbie Burns Day) but more commonly known as Burns Night (Scots: Burns Nicht).
So on January 25th, Scots gather, read poetry, sing Auld Lang Syne (and other Scottish songs) and eat dinner in his honor. As for us, we had a lunch with lots of haggis and Scotch. Yes, we actually sampled some Scotch at lunch. I’m ready for a nap at the moment but before I lie down I thought I would share my lovely lunch.
First we sampled some Whisky. Personally, I thought the best was the Balvenie 12 Double wood, followed by the Talisker 10yo and then the Alberlour A’Bunadh. The last one was like drinking a log of firewood it was so smoky. I also had the Bobby Burns cocktail…yes, now you understand why I need a nap!
Then someone should read some poetry. Peter found this one on-line:
Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat –
And sae the Lord be thankit.
For apps we had A Venison Scotch egg. (It was yummy!) And the Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Neeps means mashed turnup and Tatties means mash potatoes and Haggis is, Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver, lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, salt, all mixed with some stock and encased in animal stomach. Sounds gross but actually it’s quite good. They brought us a bowl of Haggis Pops because we waited for so long. They were also very good.
For our main we had a small portion of venison, a side order of mac n’cheese with haggis and some slaw.
Happy Burns Night!
Now for my nap!