Updated: Jan 3
It all started with an invitation from my local pub to its Burns Night Dinner. Although I missed that wonderful opportunity to experience a true Scottish celebration, I was able to create an enriching cultural evening with my family. None of us knew what Burns Night was.
Robert Burns was a well known Scottish prominent, born and raised in Alloway, Scotland. Robert struggled all his infancy until adulthood with the farming industry. He was a man of great intellect and with the years, he was able to climb through society and was able to communicate the Scottish people all of his political and religious frustrations through his poetry and songs. After having several children out of wedlock, he finally married one of his lover and had nine children, but only three survived.
He admired the French Revolution ideology, he also wanted to travel to the Caribbean and explore that side of the world, but the sudden death of one of his lover/wife made him stay in Scotland. As you see, Robert was gallant and very attentive to women.
Today, 25th. of January, every year Britain celebrates Burns Night.
The traditional main course would be Haggis (sausage with heart, liver and stomach of the sheep, mixed with herbs and blood) and they make a beautiful celebration by starting with the Selkirk grace, but I have created my own Burns Night Supper.
Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider:
Medium dry, made potent in oaks of Glen Moray whisky casks, this cider outstands from the others, because of the finishing tone of whisky, while you are tasting. A unique experience. It was my favorite cider. ABV of 6,9%.
Some have meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we have meat and we can eat,
She let the Lord be Thankit!
—> and so I thank the Lord, because I wanted meat, had meat and could eat it. My beef stew with barley was warm and very soothing for all of us.
For my supper, I knew that I could not prepare Haggis, I have decided to make a stew instead.
Scottish Cranachan, as a matter of fact is prepared with raspberries instead of strawberries. Cranachan is a combination of whipped cream, whisky and honey. The mix of the raspberries, caramelized oats and the whipped cream makes an authentic Scottish Cranachan.
My version is completely different, as I cannot add whisky into any dessert, because of my children and they don’t like to eat whipped cream, I instead prepared with natural yoghurt.
O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That’s sweetly play'd in tune.
First verse of one of the most popular poem of Robert Burns…”A Red, Red Rose” turned into a very famous love song in the UK, composed by Urbani from Edinburgh.
The text of the song and poem talks about love that is ever-lasting and capable to survive challenges, such as distance and time.
I would like to thank the entire team of Thistly Cross Cider for giving me the opportunity to present its wide range of ciders. Burns Night was definitely a great experience to learn about traditions in Scotland, that in fact became a UK tradition.
Thank you once again for all the producers for delivering such good quality products.
On my Instagram, I have tagged the other producers, if you are curious enough to see where I purchased my ingredients.
Happy Burns Night!
Susana @ Food with Susi