Saturday, January 28, 2017

Burns Supper

Catherine reading Ode to Haggis

James with children.

Another eventful day at the Smith household. We went by our new abode (!) to meet some friends Sam and Colette, who were kind enough to bring us lunch, dinner, some beautiful flowers and to lend Jamison some tools.  While we were there, I realized that my burn was oozing through my bandages and they needed to be changed.  So Sam and Colette drove me to the walk in hospital and Jamison dropped the kids to Assia and Allain.  Not a big deal to change the dressing, but in the meantime, Assia and Allain took the kids to Catherine (native Australian) and James' (native Scottish) house for dinner.  A regular bout of who's on first, with the players being Grayson, Hope and Michaela. Have I said how thankful I am for our church family who takes our kids and feeds us while we are going through all of this?

Being the generous people that they are, Catherine and James invited us to stay for a traditional Scottish dinner, called Burns Supper.  It is traditionally served on the 25th of January in memory of the Scottish poet, Robert Burns.  As part of the meal, his poem, Ode to the Haggis is read, which is what Katherine is doing above.

The traditional meal consists of haggis, mashed swedes and  cranachan.  

What is haggis?  Good question and one you may/may not want the answer to.  According to wikipedia: Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal's stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead.

Cranachan (Scottish Gaelic: Crannachan pronounced [ˈkʰɾan̪ˠəxan]) is a traditional Scottish dessert. In modern times it is usually made from a mixture of whipped creamwhiskyhoney and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal soaked overnight[dubious ]in a little bit of whisky. 

Kuddos to the kids who jumped right in and ate it. Grayson really enjoyed it.  We loved sharing a meal and learning a bit of Scottish tradition.