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Burns Nicht... Burns supper

I have completely disremembered the whereabouts of my best-so-far recipe for Burns Night but this is close enough: BBC - Food - Recipes : Haggis, clapshot and whisky sauce

The Hairy Bikers have grown on me over the years and I'm happy to link to their take on a very Scottish affair. At least David and Simon are even closer to the border than I am! Feel free to adapt your approach and presentation but, please, do try haggis for the first time if you haven't yet done so.

This year was celebrated in fine style with a welcome accompanying Scottish win in Australia. Andy Murray redressing the balance against Grigor Dimitrov is a small thing in the big scheme of things but we here at 'Poverty Hall' were much enriched by a classy victory heralding the famous poet's birthday and the start of Australia Day 2015.

To put yourself in the mood for the occasion, I suggest a wee look at the following link... a wee dram while you're looking would be perfectly appropriate too.

Address to a Haggis by Robert Burns - Alexandria Burns Club

While you're at it, scroll down the page and click this link: life of a haggis. 

Once there, you will enjoy a silly treat!

It might be thought that the only true friend of this meal is a lovely malt whisky from your most favoured distillery. I certainly struggled for choice in the face of this slack handful of suspects. Please understand that these are mostly generous gifts to me over a few years and not the remnants of last week's shopping!

At the very last minute I decided to change tack this year. My Christmas wine purchases included this:-

I haven't used the word 'robust' yet but we're in the realms of deep, chewy, spicy goodness with the haggis and I saw no reason to fight against that vibe in my wine choice. It turned out to be a terrific partner to a memorable meal. Ah, yes... I did order more of that vintage and they will certainly be looked after carefully for at least another twelve months. A good thing is worth repeating, I think.

Erm... OK, I did eventually return to the malts - it would be rude to neglect the generosity of friends, wouldn't it!

Lang may yer lum reek!

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