I visited Scotland for the first time last summer. It was an amazing trip filled with gorgeous scenery, incredible hospitality from relatives in Edinburgh and a fabulous (and music oriented) tour of Glasgow from The Vinyl Villain himself. The meals we had in Scotland did not disappoint. And I got to try Haggis!
I’m not sure if you are familiar with Haggis. It has some
disgusting impressive ingredients including sheep tongue, liver, stomach and heart. Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish memorialized as the national dish of Scotland in the Robert Burns’ poem ‘Address To A Haggis’ penned in 1787. We’ll get back to Mr. Burns in a minute.
I really wanted to make some homemade Haggis to post here. Imagine the photos! I thought if Alton Brown can do it, than why not me?! So, I took my offal list to the butcher to see if he could procure me some sheep organs. Well, turns out he couldn’t. I’m not sure if I was disappointed or relieved. (I think relieved because with dozens of farms around here in Vermont, I’m sure I could have found a willing donor if I tried hard enough).
Lucky for me in nearby Woodstock there is a shop called Scotland By The Yard which sells all sorts of Celtic stuff. Including a nice neat can of Haggis.
Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, wrote in detail about Scottish culture and politics from the perspective of an ordinary Scotsman in the late eighteenth century. His most famous works include ‘O, My Luve’s Like A Red, Red Rose’, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and ‘Address To A Haggis’, of course. Burns Night is celebrated on January 25th to honor his life and poetry.
Here’s the recipe, which is almost as short as Mr. Burns’ life.
Haggis On Toast
1 can Haggis
Hot, buttered toast
1. Scoop the haggis into a bowl and microwave for about 4 minutes until it is piping hot.
2. Spread over buttered toast and cut into squares.
Now go pour a Scotch whisky and listen to this selection that I sheepishly offer you.
I like singing Auld Lang Syne, but I really like listening to Auld Lang Syne sing. This song is unbelievably good. Trust me.
Auld Lang Syne-Where My Fortune Lies
The Scottish Enlightment’s first full length album, St. Thomas, is out on Armellodie Records. You think their stuff is quiet, but the music is so full of emotion that it has a loud, insistent feel to it. Try this one. Buy this one.
The Scottish Enlightenment-The First Will Be The Last