Burns Supper

Did you go out to a Burns Supper or did you have a quiet one at home? It’s absolutely donkey’s years since we went to a real Burns Supper but I always have haggis, neeps and tatties on January the 25th. So feast your eyes. If you can see it through the steam!

Haggis for Burns Night

Well, maybe not. Haggis is not the most appetising of foods and it doesn’t do to dwell too much on the ingredients, but this haggis is a vegetarian one, much more pleasant all round and it tastes much the same as the real thing.

So we had a quiet night in. What about you, were you addressing the haggis – or just eating it?

10 thoughts on “Burns Supper

    • Debbie,
      I’d be quite happy with just the neeps and tatties. I imagine there are some places in Canada where they celebrate Rabbie Burns more than we do in Scotland, some of those of Scottish descent seem to love getting their kilts on!

  1. When I saw the mention of haggis, I, as a vegan / vegetarian, thought ‘do I want to skip this post?’, but I kept reading and was startled to see that your haggis was vegetarian. Dare I ask for the recipe? ‘Neeps’ are turnips? I don’t like them, at least I don’t like them prepared any way I’ve had them, one of the few vegetables I don’t like. But tatties, I could eat them at every meal! I’d like to celebrate Mr. Burns on his day, too!

    • Joan,
      It was a commercially made Hall’s haggis but the ingredients are:

      water
      vegetables (25%) carrots, mushroom, turnip, onion.
      oatmeal (22%)
      red lentils (10%)
      kidney beans(4%)
      vegetable fat
      salt
      pepper
      malt extract
      Obviously the percentages don’t add up, the rest must be the water, basically dice whichever veggies you want, it’s probably best to soak the lentils and kidney beans overnight, then boil it all up with the oatmeal until it’s nice and soft and the water is all absorbed, it’ll have to be a suck it and see thing, flavour with any spices but haggis is usually peppery.
      Neeps are turnips, the big yellow ones not the wee white ones which we call swedes but they are the opposite way around in England, confusingly. I hope you can make something edible! I would eat tatties at every meal too!

      • That sounds good to me. I like the peppery part. The small white turnips are the ones I don’t like. I think the big yellow ones are the ones we call rutabagas. I’m not sure if I’ve ever eaten one. I’ll let you know if I get around to experimenting with the haggis.

        Happy Burns Day a few days late!

        • Joan,
          I think I’ve had the white ones once so I can’t have thought much of them! I could quite easily be a vegetarian, even as a wee girl I was known as the one who ate school dinner veggies! Maybe because my Dad had a fruit and veg shop when I was at primary school. I think I’ll try making my own haggis mixture too.

  2. Sausage and root veg stew for me! Mum gave me haggis once as a child and tried to convince me it was mince. I think it may have scarred me for life.

    We had a Burns Night Supper at work, plenty of odes and addressing the haggis then!

    • Jo,
      Sausage and root veg stew sounds good. We’re having sausage pie tomorrow, known in our house as finger pie due to me having a very nasty accident the first time I made it! Poor you, I didn’t even have haggis as a child. Burns Suppers are usually a good laugh anyway.

  3. I was at a Burns Supper tonight – a very unusual one, which I must blog about! The diners were all members of the Borders Deaf Club. However as I am going to the choir one tomorrow, I will wait till after that! I was giving the “Immortal Memory” speech tonight, and tomorrow the choir are entertaining! Just as well I love haggis!!! and yes, what the English call Swedes or Swedish turnips are what we call neeps, and some folk call rutabagas. I love them raw! We used to make our halloween lanterns out of them when I was young! Scooping out the flesh to cook, I would eat it before it got to the pot!!

    • Evee,
      I’m looking forward to your blogpost on the deaf club Burns Supper. Do they not have a deaf signing choir? I’ve seen one of those and it was actually quite a lovely thing to behold. I love raw turnip too and I’ve scooped out quite a few of them over the years, fairly recently too, apple corers are the best/safest tool. Do you remember the lovely smell as the candle inside the lantern started to roast the inside of the lantern lid?

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