” The pandemic allowed many of us to press the reset button, to re-evaluate, to prioritise. And I realised that I actually missed it. Like, really missed it. And I recognised the absolute joy that people experience in a gathering, a Ceilidh, a blether, a kind word, a joke, an embrace, a handshake.”
” let us once again rise and drink, to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, seer, poet and social reformer – the Voice of Scotland speaking to the World” John D. MacKay
“A club of good fellows like those who are here/And a bottle like this are my glory and care”
The pandemic enforced absence of Burns suppers has given me a chance to revisit my thoughts on Scotland’s most famous son, and has forced me to ask a really important fundamental question.
“Some books are lies frae end to end,
And some great lies were never penn’d”
“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!”
F Marian McNeill who grew up in Holm Orkney included Clapshot in her book; The Scots Kitchen which was first published in 1929.
“I have often said to myself what are the boasted advantages which my country reaps from a certain Union that counterbalance the annihilation of her Independence, and even her very name!” Robert Burns
As we are coming up for Burns Night, today’s video is for Clapshot, a traditional Scottish dish which accompanies dishes like Haggis and Mince
To go alone with this weeks, Haggis and Clapshot recipe, here is the Address To The Haggis.