sees the 248th anniversary of the birth of our National bard,
Robert Burns, on 25 January. Scots, the world over, will be celebrating in
traditional fashion in word and song the life and work of Scotland’s
best-known poet and greatest songwriter. Burns obviously had a high regard,
and rightly so, of his own ability and his words in 1791 to Mrs Graham of
Fintry have indeed come to pass –
born a poor dog; and however I may occasionally pick up a better bone
than I used to do, I know I must live and die poor; but I will indulge
the flattering faith that my poetry will considerably outlive my
Suppers is the visual sign of the high regard in which Robert Burns is still
held but the most important part of the Burns’ story is that he continues to
live in the hearts and minds of his fellow Scots. That is the highest
tribute that we can pay to his genius and to the lead which he took in the
dark days following the incorporating Union of 1707 in reminding Scots that
they are first and foremost Scots.
Supper would be complete without Haggis, Neeps an Tatties but our recipe
this week offers an alternative way to serve haggis. Haggis Stovies is a
regular favourite in the Wright household throughout the year and is often
enhanced with a helping of chappit neeps.
2lb potatoes, peeled and chipped; 1 onion, peeled and chopped; 1 haggis,
Boil the tatties and onion. Crumble the haggis into an ovenproof dish and
either cook it in the microwave or bake it in the oven. Mash the tatties and
onion and add the cooked haggis. Season to taste and you can add some milk
to get a creamier consistency. Serve piping hot with oatcakes.