Monday, January 25, 2010

To a Haggis...

 Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang's my arm.

Our haggis, neeps and tatties burns Supper...with a nip or two of 10 year old Macallan 

Happy Burns Day! 

Robert Burns, or Rabbie, as he's known, is celebrated on this day, his birthday by Scots around the world.   This weekend, we couldn't attend a proper Burns Supper for the first time in ages, so we had a wee one all to ourselves.   I'm glad we didn't wait as today I am poorly although I'm sure it will be shortlived; I'd have had to force that whisky down there...yeah...right....

A wee apology for not visiting blogs recently, my computer isn't working properly and will hardly let me post, let alone browse.   That's why I'm ill body has went into shock!   I shall hopefully resume normal service soon, my lovely bloggy peeps.  Lots of cheap and lovely recipes to follow.... 
Til then, raise a Burns!



Brittany said...

I can't say that I've heard of Robert Burns before reading your post, but if celebrating his holiday involves whiskey, I think I like him already :)

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Carolyn said...

Happy Burns Night from one Scot to another. X.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I had my first taste of (vegetarian) haggis this evening; we did Burns Night with our Brownies. They all had a fun evening of learning just a teeny bit about Scotland... but I didn't think of making such a pretty stack.

InspiredDreamer said...

Yum, that looks so appetizing! (although it could also be because it's my dinner time and all I have waiting for me is a salad!) But no, it looks great! I hope you and your computer get better soon!

Have an Extraordinary Day!

Kristin said...

I've never hears of your celebratory day...but I have heard of Haggis thanks to So I Married an Axe Murderer. Have you ever seen it? It's hilarious!

Ms Bibi said...

I must admit not a fan of Haggis at all.

My FIL celebrates Burns Day, but he can't get me or my kids near Haggis.

5thsister said...

Happy Haggis day and all! One of the other blogs I follow is celebrating too but lamenting the fact that he can't find a proper haggis stateside. I told him I would be adventurous and actually try a taste but that I couldn't promise I'd like it.

Here's a nip of whiskey raised in Burns honor (my whiskey looks a lot like pinot noir, however!)

Virginia Mom said...

Sorry my love- I just can't face the haggis, no matter how pretty your stack! (But I will share that drink with you!) :)

aladdinsane12 said...

i adore any man who writes poems to food, mice, and lice. to robbie burns!

Anna said...

happy burns day, my love!!

Protege said...

My Irishman told me yesterday about this Scottish tradition.;) I think I would like haggis.;)
Hope you had a good evening,

Helen McGinn said...

Brittany, he's our national poet and a philandering womaniser at that....what can I say, we're a flighty lot! *L* Thank you, I'm much better today.

Carolyn, thanks lass, I hope you had a good one.

Rachel, this may be sacrilege, but I think veggie haggis is wonderful!

Inspired Dreamer, twas delightful! You have a wonderful day too lass!

Kristin, oh yes! I love that movie....especially the 'big heid' and pillow scene...*LOL*

Ms Bibi, would you consider trying the vegetarian kind? It's really nice and without all the awful offal bits....*L*

5thsister, cheers to you lass! We have a website, not yet up and running, about this very problem stateside; your bloggy friend will like it: it's called the Haggis Smuggler... ;O)

Virginia Mom, no worries lass, a drink will suffice! ;O)

aladinsane, you have to admire his cheek, that's for sure...;O) Cheers!

Anna, thank you my lass. :O) xx

Protege, ah, you would! I hope you are well. xx

Grannymar said...

Your burns supper looks elegant and I never thought of serving it like that before.

Since whisky and I don't agree, my toast will look a different colour but the greetings are warm.


Helen McGinn said...

Grannymar, we forgot the whisky sauce! I'd have made you a different kind. :O)

Sumandebray said...

Happy Burns day .. any celebration is welcome .. however would love to know a bit more about how you all celebrate on this occassion
Hope to see you back in the web soon.

2busy said...

Raising my water glass to Robert Burns whoever he may be...

Get to feeling better.

Unknown Mami said...

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang's my arm.

I think I need to drink Whiskey just to understand what the above means. It might as well be in Greek to me.

Janice said...

Wow, posh haggis or what!

Beth said...

I've learned something new! Glad you put the link in so I could read up.

Haggis. Never had this but I have heard of it. what's in in??

Happy Burns Day
and thanks for the visit to my blog with Birthday wishes for me!!

Helen McGinn said...

Ooh, Beth, there is a question and the reason you can't get it in America...offal is in it..and oats, spices, etc. But mainly offal. I'm not a fan usually but haggis is my one exception.... :O)

Beth said...

Ohh... I see. Thanks for the reply.


Julie said...

Found you via SITS on my first night visiting there. Imagine my surprise that you live in Glasgow. We were there last August and will be back again next summer. Such a beautiful city -- and country. I'll be back to read up on all your money-saving tips. We have 4 boys who, as they get older, eat us out of house and home.

ER said...

A belated 'slàinte!' tae ye, lass! I didn't attend a Burns Supper either this year. Still recovering from the last one. ;) Did you hear that haggis will be allowed into the States again?! The last time i went 'home' i brought a dozen veggie MacSween's for a Scots pal of mine. I think we ate the lot while i was there! Great stuff! Glad to see you back. I've not been visiting blogs regularly either. :( Too much going on at the moment. I'm going to have to take a break actually...from posting not from reading your delicious posts! ;) Lizzy

Candy said...

this is so interesting!! i knew i didnt know what haggis was but the word sounded so familiar. i couldnt put my finger on where i heard that word then i realized it's in one of my baby's children's CDs about the loch ness monster and HAGGIS! and here I am reading about haggis on ur blog and ur from scotland! it's all come full circle for me :) love learning new things like this. thank u!