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Burns Night

Posted on 2010/01/23 12:32:13 (January 2010).

[Friday 22nd January 2010]
Held my third Burns Night this evening, pretty much along the same lines as last year's. There were seven of us in total, and I stuck to pretty much the same tried and tested menu:

  • Scotch broth to start (this time potato, parnsip, carrots, leeks, shallots and pearl barley)
  • Haggis, neeps and tatties for main. Only slight variations this year were a creamy whisky sauce to go with the haggis, and the addition of truffle oil in the mashed potato.
  • Scottish ice cream with shortbread and raspberries for dessert (a bit like the "Marr's Hurdies" from my first Burns night in 2005).

I gave a particularly enthusiastic rendition of the "Ode to a Haggis" this year, with somewhat more hand gestures and stabbing than than usual. It was observed that sounding angry is a very good fallback for people who can't do a Scottish accent convincingly.

Of course there was also a plethora of whisky to be sampled, and for once it was slightly less Islay-centric, including a few interesting speysides (An SWMS Tomatin and Longmorn I'd got as part of a bundle, and a very spicy 25 year old Gren Grant Al had brought along).

Was also pleased that I was not the only kilt wear this year! Excellent effort by Andrew there.

I hope my guests enjoyed the evening - I certainly did. I've never actually been to any Burns night other than the ones I've held myself, so no idea really if I'm doing it "properly", but I always seem to enjoy them nonetheless.

Comment 1

My my! You DO look sexy in that skirt!
I hope that you remained true to tradition, not wearing anything under it...

Posted by Sheri at 2010/01/25 08:01:29.

Comment 2

Sheri: John is as Scottish as I am French, he probably had 3 pairs of pants! :)

Posted by Lox at 2010/01/25 11:47:54.

Comment 3

Lox: most likely, yeah...

Posted by Sheri at 2010/02/05 10:28:39.

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