24 Jan Burns Night
“It’s guid to be merry and wise, It’s guid to be honest and true, It’s guid to support Caledonia’s cause, And bide by the buff and the blue!” (Robbie Burns – Here’s A Health To Them That’s Awa)
So to help us be merry and wise and celebrate our Celtic brothers birthday, 25th January, I have a simple recipe for a traditional ‘neeps & tatties’ must be accompanied by a fine malt whisky (no e, we are in Scotland now)!
1x traditional Haggis – NOT the mythical furry creature,…… with its two inside legs shorter than its two outside legs..…to allow it to run easily along hillsides
1x Bunch Carrots
1x Sprig of fresh thyme finely chopped (Leaves only)
4x Medium size Piper Potatoes
Freshly Ground Pepper
2x large knobs of butter
6x Tablespoons of olive oil
To prevent outside of haggis burning I wrap it in foil before I submerge it into a pan of boiling water, where it will stay for 1 Hour.
Cut the Swede, Turnip & Carrots into equal sized cubes and boil until tender enough to mash together – they should all cook at about the same time, I cook the potatoes separately as they tend to cook quicker and end up dissolving into watery nothingness.
When all cooked drain and allow to dry for a minute or two, then combine in a bowl and add your butter, olive oil and thyme, then mash until smooth. Decant into a bowl and position next to your whole cooked haggis. It is now time to address the haggis; to be sung while doing a jig!
“But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.”
You may now have a drink and slice the haggis.
After all that exercise you will need some energy and some more whisky so lets have both in a pud!
200g fresh raspberries and other winter fruits
Half pint of fresh Manx double cream
1 tsp of thick Manx honey
1 generous tbsp of whisky – your choice – I like glenfiddich
1 heaped tbsp of toasted oatmeal
Whisk your cream and whisky until nice and thick then layer in the rest of the ingredients i.e. fruit,oatmeal, cream, fruit etc – simple – serve in chilled glasses