This Saturday is Burn's Night and so for many, it will be time for a Burn's Night Supper. Robert Burns aka Rabbie Burns, (1759 - 1796) is Scotland's most famous poet and is celebrated in Scotland and beyond on the anniversary of his birth on January 25th. Robert Burns may be Scottish but the celebrations are held throughout the world, anywhere where his work appreciated. Even the English are getting in on the act as it was estimated that England alone hosts over 1,000 suppers, more than any other country in the world.
Centre stage of any Burn's Night supper is the haggis. Haggis a wonderful, tasty dish using sheep's offal (the bits often discarded nowadays; lungs, hearts, liver). The cooked minced offal is mixed with suet, oatmeal, seasoning and encased in the sheep's stomach, stitched up and boiled for up to three hours. It may sound a little challenging but I assure you, the taste is delicious. Served with tatties and neeps (mashed potatoes and turnips) it is the quintessential Scottish dish.