Yesterday was Burn’s Day, when we in Scotland celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns by eating haggis, neeps and tatties and partaking of one or the other of our national drinks (we stuck to Irn Bru, rather than whisky).
For those of you who don’t know, haggis is a little tartan creature that looks a bit like a set of bagpipes. It is usually found running in circles around Scottish hills, on account of one leg being shorter than the other two.
Haggis is actually a food made up of the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep, with oats, veggies and spices mixed in, and encased in a sheep’s stomach (although nowadays it is usually sausage casing). However there are vegetarian versions of this, and I happened to find this in the supermarket
which stated clearly that it was suitable for vegans! I was pretty happy about this, as I always enjoyed vegetarian haggis when I’d had it before, and immediately planned to have a proper Burn’s Supper. We went round to Brother-in-Law’s to have it, and did all the cooking there.
(On a side note, look at one of the buttons he has on his oven…
…we have no idea what it does).
We prepared the haggis as per the instructions, although we put it in for a little longer than stated, which is maybe why it exploded (that and we let the water in the baking tray run dry and didn’t prick the casing). Fortunately the explosion was pretty contained so most of the haggis was saved.
We ate this accompanied by carrot and neeps (turnip), roasted in olive oil with fresh rosemary from Dad’s garden and dried thyme, and tatties (potatoes) mashed with soy spread and 2 cloves of minced garlic.
The flavours in each part of the meal stood out and complimented each other, and the meal was enjoyed by all, including Bro-in-Law, which was a relief as he has not always enjoyed our vegan cooking in the past.
I started out with good intentions not to eat too much, but went back for second helpings of everything (as we all did actually). That was fine, but my goodness I was full afterwards!
I really enjoyed my Burn’s Supper, it was something completely different to the type of meals I have been eating recently (most of them are soup or one pot meals), but incorporated flavours I always enjoy, and we have enough for leftovers for today. Yay!