Burns

Today is Burns Night a Night of Celebration throughout out Scotland for our Baird Rabbie BurnsWhat may you ask happens on this Great Day of celebrating Mr Burns and The Piping in of the Haggis that wild and elusive bird of ScotlandWell we eat and drink but I suppose you could say we do that ever dayYes would be the answer but today is different as its not every day you eat HaggisHaggis what is haggis well to put your mind to rest it is not a Wild Bird that has 3 legs as some folk would have you believe…….

haggis

And if you look closely it is definitely not a birdThere are many stories made up about the haggis and what it is. Sadly many folk especially foreign folk think it is a Bird with three legs that canna flyWell let me tell you what actually makes a HaggisThe Ingredients are as Follows :

  • 1 sheep's stomach or ox secum cleaned and thoroughly scalded turned inside out and soaked overnight in cold salted water
  • heart and lungs of one lamb
  • 450g/1lb beef or lamb trimmings fat and lean
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 225g/8oz oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground dried coriander
  • 1 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • water enough to cook the haggis
  • stock from lungs and trimmings

Now depending on the Cook the ingredients may vary but only slightlySo next up you may wonder what we do on a Burns Night well generally it is kinda like thisBurns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25Burns Night is an observance but it is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom.  SadlyThe Scottish flag is often displayed at Burns Night celebrations. It is known as the Saltire and consists of a rectangular blue background with thick white bars on the diagonals. The diagonals form a cross that represents Saint Andrew the patron saint of ScotlandAt Burns Night events many men wear kilts and women may wear shawls skirts or dresses made from their family tartanMany types of food are associated with Burns Night. These include: cock-a-leekie soup; haggis; neeps and tatties; cranachan; and bannocks. Whisky is the traditional drinkAfter all That is in place it would start by the Piping in of the GuestsThe Chair person would warmly welcome and introduce the assembled guests and the evening's entertainmentThen it would be The Selkirk GraceA short but important prayer read to usher in the meal The Selkirk Grace is also known as Burns's Grace at Kirkcudbright. Although the text is often printed in English it is usually recited in Scots

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

Guests should normally stand to welcome the dinner's star attraction which should be delivered on a silver platter by a procession comprising the chef the piper and the person who will address the Haggis. A whisky-bearer should also arrive to ensure the toasts are well lubricatedDuring the procession guests clap in time to the music until the Haggis reaches its destination at the table. The music stops and everyone is seated in anticipation of the address To a HaggisThe honoured reader now seizes their moment of glory by offering a fluent and entertaining rendition of To a Haggis. The reader should have his knife poised at the ready. On cue he cuts the casing along its length making sure to spill out some of the tasty gore withinBeing careful that he is not scalded in the process by the HaggisAnd Here is an Address to the Haggis…