I have done many variations on a Burns theme- Vegan Burns, fusion Franco-Scots Burns, Burns Night out of a tin and Burns Supper leftovers. Just search 'haggis' in the list on the right hand side of this blog for a plethora of recipes.
This year, I decided to go traditional- with haggis, neeps and tatties and Cranachan for dessert.
A couple of problems though...would the haggis make it through security in my hand luggage?
As it turns out, yes, no problem. Nestled happily in a cool bag, ne'er an eyebrow was raised by the customs men. ( Well, perhaps Rabbie's ghost was guiding them as a former excise man himself)
|Our village in the snow|
No chance of taking the little Peugeot to the nearest supermarket. It was the village store or nothing.
|Loulou's Shop in sunnier times|
He even had neeps.
So,with neeps, tatties and haggis I was ready for the main course and a pumpkin from the cellar gave us a warming soup accompanied by cheese scones.
Cheese Scones (makes 10)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp fromage frais or natural yoghurt
100g grated cheese
1 tsp mustard
milk to mix
1. Put the flour, salt, baking powder and butter in a food processor and blitz to crumbs ( or rub in with your fingertips)
2. Add the cheese, mustard and yoghurt and blitz to a soft dough, adding a little milk if too dry.
|Scone dough in the processor|
4. Cut out rounds using a cutter or jar lid.
|Cut out round shapes 3-4 cm thick|
I jazzed up the main course with an onion gravy:
1. Chop an onion or 2-3 shallots finely and place in a saucepan with a little oil, a knob of butter and a pinch each of sugar and salt.
2. Cover with a butter paper cartouche and leave to caramelize and soften.
|Cover simmering onions with a butter paper|
4. Add 250ml of water and leave to simmer until you are ready to eat.
5. Adjust seasoning and thicken with cornflour or gravy granules.
|Glossy onion gravy|
Pudding however gave me problem number 3.
Loulous store yielded no oats, no porridge, not even muesli. A frantic rummage in the larder netted me two packets of Oats so Simple and a bit of muesli.. Could they fix it? Yes, they could.
I toasted the various oats in the oven on a baking dish, mixed with 2 tbsp honey and a knob of butter.
For the Cranachan dessert, I whipped up 250 ml of whipping cream with a sachet of vanilla sugar and 2 tsp of whisky.
In dessert glasses, I layered up oaty crumbs, raspberries ( some peaches too as I didn't have a lot of raspberries left in the freezer) and whipped cream.
This was all topped off with more oaty crumbs and a few whole raspberries. Yum!
Now for a tot of whisky to toast the man himself... but which one to choose?