Friday, January 25, 2019

Burns Night

Statue of Scottish Poet Robert Burns in Central Park - Photo by Salt Water New Engalnd

17 comments:

  1. We hosted one last weekend. I played the pipes and was honored to recite the poem "Caledonia".

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  2. I've been to one years back in Locust Valley, complete with parading in the Haggis with a Piper.
    I declined to sample it....

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    1. I wouldn't eat haggis on a bet. My ancestors came here centuries ago so that neither they nor their children would ever again be reduced to eating the laird's garbage.

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    2. Haggis is delicious! Especially with some neeps and tatties...and maybe some whisky to wash it down. Suit yourself, I guess--more for me!

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    3. It's at those times when haggis is offered that I am most happy to be vegetarian. I'll take broccoli with my whiskey, please.

      Aiken


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    4. And I'll take the whiskey, and plenty of it, BEFORE the haggis...if it's my last meal.

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    5. It's basically meatloaf. Try it with some ketchup. NBD.

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    6. I regularly have McSween's haggis (certainly not the Laird's garbage) for lunch during the colder months. A well baked potato is a tasty alternative to the traditional neeps and tatties and I enjoy both. Good haggis is healthier eating than pizza and other junk foods. However, I not fond of Robert Burns who was a socialist tax collector.

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  3. There's a story told in my husband's family of an ancestor to come to North America from Scotland in the late 1700s. He brought with him all his books, which apparently were quite a lot, and when the ship encountered a rough storm, the crew decided the books had to go overboard. The ancestor requested that he at least be able to keep the family Bible, and this was allowed. As it turned out, however, the book he saved was the first volume of published works by Robert Burns. This was said to have been an accident due to the confusion resulting from the storm. But one does wonder.

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  4. Haggis and Black Pudding. Breakfast of champions.

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    1. MD&E - Haggis and Black Pudding? Yikes! I'm going to become a vegan! :)

      Aiken

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  5. We also hosted a Burns Night supper last weekend but we took liberties and substituted meatloaf for haggis. I know purists won't approve but we called it "Southern haggis." I have been to several formal Burns Nights and used to be too intimidated to host my own, but I have discovered that a relaxed atmosphere with good Scottish music, candlelight, tartan, the Selkirk Grace, Burns' poems and lots of toasts and Scotch makes a fun evening still honoring the Bard and all things Scottish.

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  6. Never hosted or even attended a Burns Night but one of my favorite books is well worn copy of Burns poems. I’m not sure where or how I got it but for some reason when I pick it up, I think of a Lyle Lovett song - Step Inside This House.

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  7. Yes, little haggis with a large dram of Tasker and remembering wee Robbie Burns.

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  8. It's a year later and still glad I maintain a vegan diet.

    Aiken

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