January feels a long month, and after all of the festivities over Christmas it feels a dull month. So, we quite enjoy celebrating Burns Night, it’s the perfect excuse to spend time with friends and eat some wholesome warming food.
If you sang the New Year in with a quick round of “Auld Lang Syne” you may be aware that it was written by Scotland’s national poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns. Burns night is celebrated on the 25th January and marks the annual celebration of his life and works.
Burns Night is usually celebrated with special Burns supper traditionally consisting of haggis (the traditional Scottish dish of sheeps’ heart, liver and lungs) with neeps (swede or turnips depending on who you believe!) and tatties (potatoes). If you haven’t tried haggis before, it may not sound too appealing but, we recommend you try it as it really is very tasty. If you really can’t face it, hunt around for a vegetarian version for a first attempt.
If you are planning a Burns Night celebration we’ve put together a menu and everything you need to plan the perfect Burns celebration
Served with some suitable background music. A traditional Burns Supper includes:-
Starter - Traditional cullen sink or cock-a-leekie soup
Main - Haggis, neeps & tatties
Sweet - Clootie Dumpling (a pudding prepared in a linen cloth or cloot) or Typsy Laird (a Scottish sherry trifle)
Cheeseboard with bannocks (oatcakes)
Wine or beer should be served with dinner and it's often customary to douse the haggis with a splash of whisky sauce, which, with true Scots understatement, is neat whisky!
After the meal malt whisky is customary
If you are planning to host your own Burns Night celebrations take a look at our Pinterest board for some ideas and recipes.