Burns Night

I have a confession to make – I have never eaten Haggis.  No, not even the vegetarian kind (yes, there is one).

Today is Robert Burns’ birthday, and therefore will be Burns Night, where it is traditional to celebrate by eating Haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) as a Burns Supper.

Not heard of Burns?  Robert Burns (b 1759) is a Scottish poet, and you will have heard of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ one of his most famous works.  Sadly for Rab, you will also see him on a lot of shortbread packets and tins as he also means a lot to the tourism industry!

So Happy Birthday Rab.  Will I be eating Haggis?  Unlikely as I haven’t bought one yet to cook, but you never know.

Robert Burns

Haggis

On the subject of anniversaries, the 30 January will see the anniversary of the execution of King Charles I.  If you’re in London during this period, look out for his statue seated on a horse close to Trafalgar Square.  Flowers are laid there every year in his memory.

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  1. Years ago, Jill’s husband Eric’s mother and grandmother went to Scotland to visit where their Carstairs family had come from. When they came home Eric’s grandmother cooked haggis for us. It was….kind of greasy and oniony as I remember. I was more daring 20 years ago I guess. :roll: Will never eat it again. :|

  2. Happy Burn’s night to you too. Easy on the neeps.

  3. I’ve recently been told that neeps are in fact Swedes……. Blech to both!

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