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Celebrate Burns Night

Celebrate Burns Night

Burns Night: Fascinating facts to
share around the table

Did you know?
We always like opening with these fascinating facts to get the evening off to a good start 

After Queen Victoria and Christopher Columbus, Robert Burns has more statues dedicated to him around the world than any other non-religious figure.

A translation of ‘My Hearts in the Highlands’ was adopted as the marching song of the Chinese resistance fighters in the Second World War.

John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ from a line contained in Burns' poem ‘To a Mouse’: ‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley’.

The Soviet Union was the first country in the world to honour Burns with a commemorative stamp, marking the 160th anniversary of his death in 1956.

American music legend Bob Dylan selected Burns' 1794 song 'A Red, Red Rose' when asked for the source of his greatest creative inspiration.

‘Auld Lang Syne’ is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the top three most popular songs in the English language. The other two are ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘For he’s a jolly good fellow’.

Tantalising morsels
Armed with these tantalising morsels of information you are now ready to celebrate Burns Night - the anniversary of Scotland's national poet!

Haggis is the culinary centrepiece of a Burns Supper, which celebrates the life and work of Robert Burns on his birth date, 25th January. 
The supper may be anything from an informal gathering of friends to a grand and glittering event. Haggis was immortalised by Burns in his poem, 'To a Haggis' which is recited when the dish is brought to the Ceremonial table.

The History of Haggis
One of the earliest documented Haggis recipes dates back to 1430 in Lancashire. 

Surely Scotland’s National Dish isn’t in fact English? Of course, this is just the earliest mention that’s in black and white, there’s no hard evidence to suggest that this was the first time Haggis had ever been cooked.

Ancient Roman times
Another theory behind the history of Haggis is that it in fact can be traced all the way back to Ancient Roman times. We’re pretty sure it wouldn’t have been called “haggis”, but a similar sounding dish was believed to have been created and eaten as far back as the 8th century B.C.

The Scandinavians
There are others who strongly believe that Haggis was brought to our shores by the Scandinavians long before Scotland was ever a country in its own right.

Scottish cattle drovers
In Scottish folklore it was the wives of Scottish cattle drovers who were said to prepare rations for the men in preparation for the cattle drive to the market in Edinburgh - with Haggis serving as easy transportation of food during the journey

Another story
Another story says that when a Chieftain or Laird had a sheep or cow killed for its meat - the workmen were given the offal as a way of thanking them

Its place in Scotland’s history
Whatever the truth is about where Haggis comes from, and it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever know for sure, there’s no denying its place in Scotland’s history and modern day culture.

Ramsays - Haggis Gold Award-Winning Masters

Taste Gold Award Winner!

Ramsay’s of Carluke are widely appreciated as Gold Award-Winning Masters of the Art of making traditional naturally-cased authentic Haggis to a secret family age-old recipe.

The centrepiece on Burns Night
Traditionally served iconically as the centrepiece on Burns Night - Ramsay’s authentic, award-winning Haggis is now enjoyed all year round in restaurants, bistros, gastro pubs and on many breakfast tables.
Created from Lamb, Beef, Pin Head Oatmeal and Onions plus a special blend of spices and seasonings - these are then are cooked together in a natural casing to produce this delicious and highly distinctive Scottish national dish - traditionally served with “neeps and tatties”
The perfect degree of moistness and consistency.

A healthy source of iron, fibre and carbohydrate.
Ramsay’s Haggis is already cooked and simply needs to be heated until piping hot. As well as providing a celebratory feast, Haggis is a healthy source of iron, fibre and carbohydrate.
Available in Traditional Ball and Ceremonial sizes - so the smaller and larger gatherings are well catered for
But the really best bit is the taste - as the Haggis is opened up - with that unique steaming aroma wafting up - and preparing your taste buds for a rare treat.

And to finish off - Cranachan
This Scottish dessert is perfect for rounding off Burns night 
Possibly the best pudding to come out of Scotland, Cranachan is traditionally made with a local soft cheese, crowdie, and cream. Berries are optional. 
The pudding can be assembled just before serving, which keeps the oats crisp, or a few hours in advance, for a softer version.

Less traditional recipes
We have included a recipe for a full, traditional Burns Supper in our Ceremonial Haggis How to Cook tab - but if you fancy something a little less traditional and different here are some Haggis recipes that may take your fancy:

•  Baked Haggis -
Baking this traditional Scottish meat pudding gives a light, savoury, mealy flavour that's pure heaven
Preparation time/Cooking time - ready in 1 hr. Click here for
Ramsays Haggis
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Skirlie Mash - by Nick Nairn
'Skirlie' is a Scottish word for toasted Oatmeal, which gives a crunchy texture to mashed Potato - try this as a side dish at your Burns Night celebrations
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 20 mins.

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Haggis, Clapshot and Whisky Sauce - by The Hairy Bikers
Celebrate Burns Night with The Hairy Bikers' recipe of Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and Whisky Sauce
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time 1 -2 hrs. Click here for 
Ramsays Haggis
(Click title for recipe)

Haggis Croquettes - by Jamie Oliver
A good introduction for those who are nervous about trying Haggis. 
Preparation/Cooking time 45 mins. Click here for
Ramsays Haggis
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• Highland Beef with pickled Walnuts & puff pastry tops- by Barney Desmazery
A rich Beef Stew that gets better the longer it's kept. The pickled Walnuts add a tangy touch. Make up to three days ahead
Preparation time/Cooking time - ready in about 3½ hours.
 Click here for Braising Steak, Smoked Streaky Bacon
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• Roast Loin of Venison with Haggis Ravioli and Game Consommé - by Tony Singh
The deliciously rich flavour of Venison is served here in an imaginative combination of fine Scottish ingredients, Italian pasta making and a dash of French culinary skill.
Equipment and preparation: you will need a pasta machine, a steamer and a 2.5-3.5cm / 1-1½" biscuit cutter
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time 30 mins - 1 hr.
 Click here for
Ramsays Traditional Ball Haggis, Venison Roast
(Click title for recipe)

•  Pork with Black Pudding & roasted Rhubarb
A great dinner party dish that can be prepared 24 hours ahead, leaving just the sauce to prepare on the day. Click here for Pork Tenderloin, Smoked Streaky Bacon, Ramsays Black Pudding Sliced
(Click title for recipe)

•   Neeps and Tatties Soup - by Miriam Nice
Enjoy a taste of Scotland in our warming Soup with Swede, Potato and Haggis topping. It's Burns Night in a bowl
       Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 35 mins. Click here for
Ramsays Traditional Ball Haggis, Ramsays Black Pudding Sliced
(Click title for recipe)

•   Walkers' wild Mushroom, Bacon & Barley Broth
This is the perfect welcome-home warmer after a cold country walk, simply add some crusty bread
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 15 mins. Click here for
Smoked Streaky Bacon, Fresh Chicken Stock
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•   Gamekeepers Pie - By James Martin
Tailor this mash-topped Stew to suit whatever Game is in season - add more matured meat if you like a strong game flavour
      Freezable. Click here for
Red Leg Partridge, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Wild Rabbit, Hand Diced Venison, Fresh Beef Stock
(Click title for recipe)

New How to Cook Tab
And just in case you have been a bit daunted in trying this culinary masterpiece at home we have added a new How to cook Tab which not only describes how to cook Ramsays Haggis but also recipes for delicious traditional accompaniments – so you have a complete Guide to serving up a fabulously authentic Burns Night Supper 

So go on, enjoy Burns Night in whatever way you see fit - with the grand Chieftain of the Pudding Race- Ramsay’s magnificent Haggis! - available fresh Instore or Online at www.godfreys.co with all the Cooking instructions you need to present a wonderful Burns Night to relish - and remember!
So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to explore further Burns Night recipes - we hope we have given you much food for thought

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