No, not Scottish, but any excuse for a feast. 
Today is Burns Night so time to eat a haggis or two. I love haggis. It is the only ready-made meal I will buy. Macsweens of Edinburgh are the ones to go for. Mind you I've never seen any other brand in England. The ingredient list is short and simple and refreshingly free from junk. Lamb offal, beef fat, oatmeal, water, pepper, salt and spices.
Haggis is stuffed with nutrients -fibre, wholegrains, iron, protein and B vitamins.

Easy to prepare. Simply wrap in foil and put in a baking dish with a little water for an hour.

My favourite part is plunging the knife in and watching the haggis burst out.

We ate it with neeps and tatties -mashed swede (rutabaga) and mashed potatoes. And some gravy leftover from Sunday. Mmmm..mmm. Pity we didn't have any Scotch.

The 25th is the day I show you a picture of The Quince Tree. She's not very interesting in January. But be assured she will improve. Here she is through the year.



  1. Oh I am in total and utter agreement, I LOVE haggis. We eat it all year round, I can't get enough of the stuff but strangely enough it's not on the menu tonight.

  2. I am Scottish so here we go .....
    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
    As lang's my arm.

    It's my smallest littlie's birthday today and he chose Fajitas over haggis so me and Mr TB will have haggis on my birthday on Friday instead but until then Sue...... Slàinte mhath to you an' yours! x

  3. Anonymous8:11 pm GMT

    ohmygosh maybe its the American in me...but that does NOT look appetizing. kinda looks like somebody ate it once already.

    Love your blog!!!!!

  4. Have you ever had it sliced and fried! scrummie

  5. I have heard of haggis.. what I heard wasn't too good.. and the ingredients didn't change my mind.. but I'm so glad to see it in real person.. or at least a real photo of it. I think I'll pass! LOL

    Teresa in Oregon USA :-)

  6. I'd forgotten haggis was a banned substance in the US. Why are Americans squeamish about something made of meat, oatmeal and a few spices yet quite happy to consume things like Twinkies which conatain 37 ingredients of which only about two are actual food? -see the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A516836

    Tickety-Boo thanks for lending some genuine Scottishness to the occasion :o)

  7. Haggis is FANTASTIC but only if it's a good one. McSweens are up there withe the best I have to agree. What's with the gravy though? Never in Scotland have I been served the beastie with gravy but down here, over the border it seems to be all the rage.
    I love it next day with some neeps in a toastie...wierd but very good.

  8. Bugger. I thought Burns Night was tomorrow. I have my MacSweens in the fridge, sitting with the neeps and the tatties. BigBean not too impressed I've got the dates wrong but at least he has his favourite to look forward to tomorrow... And we have some single malt at the ready. We'll toast you as we cut in tomorrow. Ax

  9. I have seen that particular brand to buy but never taken the plunge but I will probably will do so in future.
    Julie xxxxxx

  10. Helen the gravy needed eating up!

  11. I love haggis, wish I'd remembered to buy some.
    Is it really banned in America? Or just that imports are banned? Suppose it comes to the same thing really!

  12. McSweens also do a vegetarian haggis which I have had before. I prefer the real thing but have to say the veggie version is actually quite nice! You can also heat haggis in the microwave for speed / convenience ( you cut it up into chunks first) but then you don't get the spewing out of the warm, reekin', rich insides when you stab the dirk in!
    Happy Burns' Nicht!
    Ros (a Fifer)

  13. I tasted haggis several times when I visited Scotland and liked it. People get squeemish about what goes into it and even won't try it. I'm not an offal lover and kidneys and sweetbreads are definitely NOT for me but haggis gets a thumbs up.
    You have to give this national dish a try and not judge it by its looks.

  14. Haggis is in the best tradition of Scots frugality. Nothing goes to waste. It's a practice that is gaining in popularity among environmentally friendly foodies such as Hugh F-W who argue that if we are to slaughter animal the least we can do is to eat as much of it as possible.

    No problem for me. I love haggis.

  15. Sue, what is that outer casing made of? Do you eat that too? Must be honest ...it doesn't appeal to me.

  16. No Dee, you don't eat the casing. Traditionally it's is made from cow intestine, other intestines being too small (I learnt that from Blue Peter today). Honestly, they're just a big sausage, nothing to be scared of. The texture of the haggis is crumbly not slimy or gristly in the least. It is like really savoury mince.

  17. Sue, I don't eat Twinkies either. :-) I hope my comment was taken in the spirit it was meant, all in fun.


  18. Well when I was little I used to eat ox tongue and tail, sheep brains in sandwiches taken to school for lunch (boy did I make the other kids feel sick) and kidneys, but the only offal I eat now is livers in pate. Haggis I would try if I didn't know what it was. I love the names for swede and tatties.

    Oh,two little leaves hanging on to the Quince tree.
    x Sandi

  19. Yes I had heard that it was banned from being imported into the US. I have also heard tales of people sneaking into Canada to pick them up on the sly. Sue , what if you were to tell the over seas folk about black pudding? I too was brought up on the oink of a pig, it was offally good.

  20. Ooh that looks delicious, I LOVE Haggis. I think we might do Burns night on Friday and enjoy the whisky too!

  21. Love haggis here,too. We've got a scottish surname so shame on us if we didn't like it! Offal's so negelected these days - or is it just that I grew up with a mother who'd been brought up to to make the most of everything cheap - stuffed hearts, black pudding etc. - strange that pigs' cheeks are now a delicacy though.

  22. Just not brave enough to try it, but you have come the closest to convincing me!

    I love the quince tree photos, brilliant.

    Sarah x

  23. Anonymous2:23 pm GMT

    Our family loves haggis we always have a local butchers one. Our children always have a heated debate about whose turn it is to stick the knife in!

  24. I just can't stomach it no matter the bit of Scottish ancestry I have.


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