Happy Burns Night

Haggis, clapshot and whisky sauce. Photo credit: BBC Food

Happy Burns Night!

Today is the day to celebrate the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns. It’s an evening to eat, drink, read great poetry (including my favorite Burns poem), play the pipes (particularly when “piping in the haggis” before sitting down and enjoying it) and finishing the night with a wee scotch. I have fond (but fuzzy) memories of Burns Night in Scotland, thanks to the gracious hospitality of Scottish friends who were keeping with tradition.

Check out a typical running order of the evening. I’ve always been particularly impressed by how scripted this dinner at home can be.

And if you have no idea what to cook for Burns Night, BBC Food has compiled an array of appropriate dishes (including some vegetarian options for the offalphobes in the house). Personally, I’ve only ever eaten the vegetarian version of haggis (and it really was delicious)!


Posted on 25, January 2012, in Books, Food, News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This reminds me of Burn’s Night suppers in the past when the haggis was piped in by Piper Bill Millin famous for playing his bagpipes on the Normandy Landing Beaches and portrayed in the film ‘The Longest Day’. He was much in demand locally for his skills with the pipes (rare in Devon) and he had quite a number of suppers to attend. Consequently he enjoyed a number of wee drams. Sadly he passed away last year.

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