Celebrate Burns Night with these foods

While we can’t possibly post about each and every celebratory food day, some occasions do call for recognition. One of these is Burns Night, which honors the January 25 birthday of revered Scottish poet Robert Burns. (It’s also the day before my birthday so I have extra reason to celebrate my fellow Aquarian.)

Delicious Magazine (UK) recently posted their perfect Burns Night menu, which features the obligatory haggis, neeps (turnips) & tatties (potatoes); and a dram (or more) of whisky. They also offer an alternative, chicken Balmoral, for those who don’t want to dive too deep into the haggis. To end this rich meal, Delicious suggests a traditional Scottish cranachan pudding.

Prior to digging into your Burns Night feast, it’s tradition to recite Burns poem ‘Selkirk Grace’:

“Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.”

You can also turn to the EYB Library for these traditional foods. Here are a few items to jump start your menu planning, (including some very non-traditional haggis takes):

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  • Sandylen  on  January 26, 2022

    Happy Birthday and may your day be wonderful.

  • Bloominanglophile  on  January 26, 2022

    Not having celebrated Burns Night since I lived in England (and could get ahold of great haggis), I decided to try the Chicken Balmoral with a can of haggis I found at an international grocery store. Had the neeps and tatties, also (was amazed that we actually had rutabagas at the grocery store)! I thought this was a great meal, and one that is approachable for those who might be hesitant about trying haggis. Orange Cranachan was for dessert. Thanks for the Burns Night reminder–it was a fun meal, thanks to your suggestions!

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