Friday, 25 January 2008

Burn's Night

Margaret, reading Robbie Burns poem, "Address to a haggis".

Ye Pow'rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o' fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer,
Gie her a haggis!

- from Robbie Burns, "Address to a Haggis".

The sounds of bagpipes, albeit on CD, filled Chez Kennedy tonight, Burn's Night. Robert Burns being a Scottish poet. Probably the Scottish poet, if you exclude William McGonnigal on grounds of insanity.

Haggis and neeps for main course. Neeps are turnips, served mashed. Haggis is, well, it is best not to know too much about haggis. It is delightfully tasty. The critics of haggis have either never tried it, have only tried Tesco's sliced haggis, or have been brought up on Sugar Frosties and doughnuts.

Athol Brose and blackberries for dessert. Athol Brose being a oatmeal, honey, cream and whisky blend.


  1. I'm thinking haggis is probably illegal in this country (USA)! LOL

    Why the celebration?

  2. I'll make it illegal in Malaysia too..yuck! I had to google 'haggis' to get a clearer picture..(But I do eat cow intestine...sometimes!)

  3. Lot of malt and a goodly plateful of McSween's best on the night - and I've not got a Scottish gene in my body, just an infatuation with the place.

  4. Alot of anti-haggis prejudice here!
    Our Scottish friend fries it sliced in egg and flour, giving it a crispy bite which makes it much nicer,to my mind, than the boiled variety. I thought of you sweltering in the antipodean summer eating what is essentially a very end of the winter feast. The Athol brose sounds good; we usually settle for ice cream!

  5. Athol Brose with blackberries, sounds good, Lee. I'll have that - you can keep the haggis!

  6. the haggis i tried once was pretty good - it came with a nice slice of challah bread at a scottish/jewish wedding - THAT was a fun reception! and please don't tell me what's in it...please!


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