Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fair Fa' Your Honest, Sonsie Face

Our Burns' Night 2014

Three generations of non-Scottish people: Mr P and I, my parents and my Great Aunt and Uncle.
Oh, and a rather sociable cat.

Three courses of traditional Scottish fayre:
Smoked Salmon Mousse and Soda Bread
Haggis, Neeps and Tatties
Cranachan with Lemon Shortbread (using this recipe - thanks Annatha)
Toasted Selkirk Bannock (a gift from a lovely colleague)
 - although we scoffed it before I managed to photograph it.

Served by my favourite Scot.

Hooray for Spotify for entertaining us with Robert Burn's poetry and other Scottish delights:
The Proclaimers, Deacon Blue and Karine Polwart
plus 101 versions of Auld Lang Syne, The Skye Boat Song and Donald Where's Your Troosers
played on the bagpipes.

We had a lovely evening that has become something of an annual tradition to cheer us up 
at the end of January.
A bit of jolly merrymaking to brighten up those gloomy, dark days.
I'm sure Robbie Burns would have approved!

Although with no Scottish blood I have no idea why we celebrate it.
I'm thinking I need to make a bit more effort now on St David's and St George's Days.

PS: How hard is it to capture decent photographs at a dinner party without breaking the candlelit ambiance? Very hard if you're me - apologies for the dire pictures! x

11 comments:

  1. Looks like so much fun! Still not sure about haggis...x

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    1. Haggis really is quite yummy. You can get a veggie one if the thought of what goes into it puts you off.x

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  2. Oh my, you are an adventurous eater! A cheery end of January gathering sounds perfect ... minus the haggis! We will be having a Super Bowl party on Sunday; I am relieved that the traditional foods mostly revolve around chips, creamy dips and things slathered in BBQ sauce ��

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    1. I saw a statistic about the quantity of food that is consumed during the Super Bowl. Scary amounts - apparently only the 2nd biggest food day in the US to Thanksgiving! x

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  3. I've never done anything for Burns Night - nor have I ever had Haggis which is weird as my granddad's family is Scottish. The night sounds great - and your cat is adorable! x

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    1. Thank you - we had a lovely time. Thanks also for your kind words about Brina. She really does like to sit with us when we have a people over. x

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  4. That all looks lovely, especially the smoked salmon (not sure about the haggis though...!) I might have to start a Burns' Night tradition - seeing as my husband's family hail from a tiny Scottish island, that seems like a good enough excuse for good food and merriment! x
    P.S You won the Sarah Raven seed giveaway - email me your address and I'll get them in the post to you!

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    1. It's always good to have an excuse to have people over for food! We're off to the Hebrides this summer so I wanted to put myself in the mood for that. Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway. I'm excited - I've sent you an email. x

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  5. Hurray for the Selkirk Bannock! How dare you not photograph it?!?!?!?!

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    1. It was just too delicious - we couldn't stop ourselves! Oh well, it's an excuse for me to buy another one! x

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  6. Dinner party photos are always tricky! Lighting and company do not make for an ideal studio environment - and food photos are not the easiest at the best of times. It looks like you had a great night though!

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