You know that feeling, after Christmas, when all the festivities are over and you think it will be ages till there is something to look forward to, well, actually, there are loads of things to celebrate and one of them is Burns Night. It is a Scottish Celebration, but one that should not be endemic considering that we already know more about Robert Burns than we think! Robert Burns was a Scottish Poet and he is remembered and celebrated on the 25th of January which is the anniversary of his birthday. He is remembered by a Burns Night dinner, reading of some of his poetry and indulging in the things that he loved.
Here are the perfect ingredients needed to hold your very own Burns Supper.
- Haggis, champit tatties and bashed neeps
- Whiskey (or a non-alcoholic hot toddy for those preferring it)
- Bagpipe Music
- Burns Supper Poems and Toasts – Traditional recitals on the evening include the ‘Selkirk Grace’ and the ‘Address to a Haggis’.
- And of course, loads of tartan!
A recipe for haggis – make with your little assistant chefs – supplied by The Green Familia
This recipe isn’t for purists, but it’s intended to come close enough to the taste and texture of the dish, without being too fiddly and time-consuming. You need half a kilo(1 lb) of minced lamb, 1 large finely chopped onion or 2 small ones, 250g (half a pound) lamb’s liver (chopped small) , 1 beaten egg, 250g (7oz) oatmeal (it’s doesn’t matter too much which grade of oatmeal you choose), 100ml (4 fl oz) water, half a teaspoon each of salt, pepper, ground ginger, ground cloves and ground nutmeg.
Depending on the children’s ages, you can get them to weigh and measure ingredients out – try writing each amount and ingredient on a separate piece of paper for each child/parent group to pull out and add. It might be easier to use a food processor for chopping the liver and maybe the onion too. You mix the ingredients together in a big bowl, this can be done with either clean hands (more fun) or spoons. Next you place the mixture into either a large loaf tin or other oven proof dish, pat down the top to make it fairly flat and cook for 45-55 minutes at 180 degrees Centigrade/350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Traditionally, haggis is served with neeps and tatties (potatoes and turnip). For parties with younger children (and short attention spans), I suggest you make these in advance and reheat them. Older children might want to help make them while the haggis is cooking. Boil potatoes and swede (I prefer swede to turnip) separately and once cooked, mash them up with butter and milk. Add a little grated nutmeg to the potatoes and some ground ginger to the swede and mix each one together well.
Tartan Dining by Houzz… This gorgeous table setting makes me want to throw a dinner party 🙂
Burns night activities for kids…
Activity Village is a great place for ideas and help in finding ways of including the kids in the celebrations. There are craft ideas, games and printables to get the kids involved in. Netmums also has some fabulous ideas including making bunting, Celtic badges and even your own tartan! iChild has loads of colouring templates for Burns night
Introduction to Burns poetry…
Scottish or not, this is a fun way to introduce kids to history, traditional celebrations and cultural festivities. At least they can learn where the song Auld Lang Syne comes from and perhaps even a few Scottish words from the mini dictionary courtesy of the Activity Village to help interpret the song 🙂
Most of all, Enjoy x