Burns Night? No biggie

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One of Robert Burns’s desks

I’ve only celebrated Burns Night once, and I don’t think that’s unusual for Scots. And yes, I am one.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Rabbie deserves all accolades going. And I like the ‘Address to a Haggis’ – such a fanciful tribute to an offal-based dish…

‘Fair fa’ your honest sonsie face/Great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race’

(It continues for eight verses so I’ll leave it there.) Find out more about Robert Burns from VisitScotland.

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.57.02And I don’t mind haggis (vegetarian version if you’re offering), but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat it. I’ll happily go as far as haggis crisps though. Made by Mackie’s Crisps, these are vegetarian and have an intensely savoury flavour that reminds me of roast chicken crisps.

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.55.55And for something sweet: chocolate with haggis spice. No, not chocolate with haggis pieces – as I first misread the label – but an entirely different and harmonious blend of dark chocolate and cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and black pepper, made by Coco of Edinburgh. It’s one of their bestsellers apparently.

Listen to an audio archive of Rabbie’s work, including ‘Address to a Haggis’ and ‘My Luve is like a Red, Red Rose’ – but also ‘Cock Up Your Beaver’ which may not mean what you think. Unfortunately omitted is ‘Nine Inch Will Please a Lady’, which means exactly what you think!

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