Burn’s Night Bonanza

A glimpse of Spring to cheer up grey January days.image

 It has been a busy week. At the weekend we travelled ‘up north’ to visit the family – we celebrated a family birthday as well as meeting the newest member of the family, who was only just over a week old and very cute.

Burn's Night Supper

Burn’s Night Supper

Having been away for the weekend, we weren’t home in time for Burns Night on 25th January so we had to delay our Scottish feast for a day. Having Scottish roots, I always try to celebrate the occasion and now haggis is readily available in my local supermarket. I like to buy Macsweens haggis as it has sentimental value. My mother, as a girl, lived in the flat above the original butcher’s shop in Edinburgh; now Macsweens is a well known international  business.

Haggis wrapped in foil

Haggis wrapped in foil

Some people don’t like the idea of what is in a haggis and, to be perfectly honest, I try not to think about it too much myself! For those of you who have never sampled the delicacy, it tastes rather like spicy mince. Traditionally it is served with ‘tatties and neeps’; tatties, of course, are potatoes and neeps are turnips. However, if you live south of the border, neeps are actually swedes. Yes I know it’s confusing. Cooking haggis is easy, it’s just a matter of heating it thoroughly. Wrap in foil, place in a dish with a couple of cm of water and pop in the oven. Simple! I bought a haggis which was supposed to serve 3, but as The Husband and I love haggis, we scoffed the lot! It took 1 and 1/2 hours at gas mark 4. Whilst it’s warming in the oven, peel the potatoes and turnip and boil until tender enough to mash. It’s a real winter warmer and should also be accompanied by a ‘wee dram’. Not a contender in the fine dining stakes, but absolutely delicious!A hearty winter meal!I have managed to finish the ripple baby blanket this week. I have really enjoyed working on this, based on the pattern from Lucy at Attic24. All I needed to do was add an edging and now it’s all ready and waiting to be wrapped up when the baby arrives next month. Ripple baby blanket  Finally, the allotment. With some trepidation, I wandered over to see what state the plot was in, knowing that it always looks a bit dismal at this time of the year. There’s still clearing up to do from last year’s crops, including some leeks to harvest. Last Autumn, the Husband managed to dig over one of the beds so there’s still another 3 to go. The brussels, which were far too small to use, need to be dug up…. The list is endless! At the beginning of the year, I always wonder how we will get everything done and planted., but somehow it happens and we end up with lots of lovely fruit and veg.

Hard work needed

Hard work needed

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