Are You Ready For A Burns Night! Best Buy Haggis……..

It’s that time of the year again so- dig out your tartan trews and practise your Toast to the Lassies: It’s Burns Night sooon.

On 25th January each year, Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world raise a glass to the memory of the national Bard Robert Burns, as they prepare to dig into the infamous haggis;  and all across Merseyside, restaurants are preparing Caledonian feasts to enchant their customers.

Haggis…….I just love the stuff and don’t just relish it at this time of the year. Cooked the night before, it welcomes you the following evening with a hearty dish after a gruelling day.

They tell me, the haggis is s a wild beast that roams the Highlands: as it’s born on the side of a hill, the legs on one side being shorter than the other, meaning it can run very fast round the hill but only in one direction, the best way of catching one is to run the other way to meet it head on.

So, next Friday is the anniversary of Scotland’s poet, Robbie Burns, and to celebrate, foodies around the world will be tucking into a tasty Burns Night Supper.

My sources tell me that Delifonseca are doing the usual Burns  Night event with a choice of whisky on arrival and a three course menu full of Scottish classics or dishes using great Scottish produce. Angus the chef, will help you choose a whisky, then recite “The Selkirk Grace” leaving the rest of the poem on the table for you and your mates to decipher, generally providing alot of rowdy banter!

Robert Burns my research says, was about more than haggis and ‘Auld Lang Syne’-which as it happens, is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top three most popular songs in the English language. And there’s not many people who can claim Michael Jackson, Abraham Lincoln and Bob Dylan as fans, but Robert Burns can!

Now then, if you are not venturing out to the restaurant world then, contemplate buying a haggis.

I recommend the following-

Sainsbury haggis 5/10, too veggie….Tesco haggis 6/10…..Asda haggis 8/10, not bad, but the best by far was the Morrisons haggis which was meaty, spicy and went doown well with a deliciously delicate yet robust Jura Single 10yr Malt.

No Neddy here, or horsing around with this one, but be aware of any fake haggis brands especially of the Shergar type and if you do happen to eat one, you will probably be in a stable condition despite.

This year I’m going for some special brews with my haggis such as Aldi’s Rabbie Burns Blonde Beer £1.39 and a William Wallace Export at the same price and named after another great Scot. Both brews are creamy, silky smooth with a complex roast malt aroma…so the bottle says!

It’s different………….. and on these cold, frosty, gloomy, dark, murky evenings …..what better way to liven up your suppers by giving them a “theme” .

Get a wee taste of haggis, neeps and tatties this Friday!

2 responses to “Are You Ready For A Burns Night! Best Buy Haggis……..”

  1. andreascultureblog says :

    Great post, Andy! I’m off to see if I can catch a haggis. Wild beasties!

  2. Chris Lines says :

    Good post! The accompanying mashed tatties should be ok to source but getting hold of neeps [turnips] can be a bit tricky. It’s not been a good year for them either, so they are a bit small. There’s a Burns Night at Croxteth Hall this year – a charity Sportmen’s Dinner version, featuring John Parrott as celebrity guest. All in aid of Woodlands Hospice. But it’s sold out…
    Sláinte mhaith!

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