Hi My Friends!
Several years ago I ordered Pippa Middleton’s Cookbook, “Celebrate: A Year of Festivities and Friends”. In it, she had a section about celebrating Burns Night. I had no clue what that holiday was about. So I began researching.
Burns Night is a Scottish cultural holiday that honors Robert (Rabbie) Burns, a Scottish Poet who wrote more than 550 poems and song lyrics in his short life of 37 years. He lived from 1759-1796, and is known for his most famous poem, “Address to a Haggis”. Today, Scots celebrate Burns Night and still read his poem while eating haggis and tatties. Now if you’ve never tried haggis before, I implore you to do so. I had to travel over an hour to an authentic British Fish & Chips shop to score some haggis, so it isn’t easy to find. But man, oh man did I swoon when I tasted it! If you like liver and onions you will certainly love haggis, and being a girl from the South…. I love liver and onions 🙂
So, I decided to celebrate Burns Night this year and made cock-a-leekie soup! This Scottish version of chicken soup uses barley in a pot of chicken and leeks. It’s simply divine and perfect to eat while the weather is still cold. But that’s not all! I also made a printable packet of Scottish activities for all of YOU to enjoy too! In this packet you’ll find:
- Scottish slang to match up and learn
- Identify Scottish celebrities
- Read Robert Burns’ poems
- And more!
I hope you all enjoy these Burns Night activities. Stay tuned for the next post. Have a wonderful night, everyone. And as always, keep on smiling! 🙂
For dessert we made Cranachan, a trifle-like dessert made with whipping cream, toasted steel-cut oats, whiskey, and raspberries! It was delicious!!