Every year during the month of January (on the 25th specifically) we celebrate what is known as Robbie Burns Day. For those of you who may not be familiar with who Robert Burns was, let us provide you with a little education:
Robert Burns (born on January 25th, 1759) was a renowned Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and a pioneer of what is known as the ‘romantic movement’ during the 18th century. One of his most popular poems (and songs) is ‘Auld Lang Syne’ which has become an anthem to help ring in the new year annually. After a career filled with many incredible artistic endeavours, the ‘Burns Supper’ or ‘Burns Night’ tradition was created in his honour and first celebrated five years after his passing, and has been celebrated annually ever since.
The cuisine that is usually associated with celebrating Robbie Burns day includes: cock-a-leekie soup, scotch eggs and haggis. The soup which is highly regarded as ‘Scotland’s National Soup’ consists of leeks, prunes, peppered chicken stock and either rice or barley to thicken it. Scotch eggs consist of a soft-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, coated in bread crumbs and then cooked to perfection. Finally, probably the most widely known dish would be haggis which is a savoury mix between sausage and pudding made from the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep minced with onion, oatmeal, spices, suet and stock. Traditionally all of those items would be encased within the sheep’s stomach, but we use beef sausage casing as sheep’s stomach can be challenging to source.
At The Piggy Market we’ll proudly be serving all of these traditional dishes so you can celebrate Robbie Burns Day the right way. Make sure to stop by soon to reserve your ceremonial haggis!