It's that time of year again...Robbie Burns' birthday. Officially it was yesterday but many celebrate it over the weekend. As many of you know, Robbie is Scotland's poet laureate and his poetry immortalizes early Scotland. We often have our own Robbie Burns dinner which includes scotch whiskey, roast beef, scotch whiskey, salmon, scotch whiskey, tatties & neeps, and so on. We play bagpipe music as we bring in the haggis. Everyone stands for the toast and then each person gets to recite lines from "Ode to a Haggis". We toast each other and also the Queen. It's lots of fun.
Here is the star of the Robbie Burns dinner...the haggis!! It's the Scot's national dish immortalized in Burns' Ode to a Haggis and is usually in a sheep skin, but this year I got the canned version. Here is the site so you may order if you wish. It's the American version. www.CaledonianKitchen.com
This is the Selkirk Grace in the Old Scottish language. This opens the dinner and Auld Lang Syne ends it. It's really a wonderful event. Perhaps some of you will attend a Robbie Burns Dinner this weekend. I hope so.