Can you even call yourself Scottish if youâ€™ve never been to a Burns Supper in your whole adult life? Iâ€™m one of those people. So if you canâ€™t join one, do it yourself! That is what I did this weekend. I hosted my own early Burns Supper, as Iâ€™m traveling with work next week, with my mom and boyfriend.
In conjunction with Expedia, to support their 2017 UK food map, The map shows top picks for food festivals and events throughout the year, and Iâ€™m kicking it off with Burns Night in January. If you arenâ€™t aware of this Scottish holiday, the day commemorates the life of the poet, Robert Burns. Us Scots are rather sentimental.
I wanted to create a Burns Supper that moved away from the traditional and incorporated a more modern touch. I set myself the hard task of then figuring out what on earth I was going to cook and more importantly, how I wanted it to look on the plate, for the photographs. Canâ€™t take the food blogger out of me! After a few days of deliberation, I decided on my menu, with the focus on my main course. Taking inspiration from some amazing dishes Iâ€™ve had the pleasure of eating- I’m looking at you, The Gannet.
Below are recipes for my Ultimate Burns Supper, easy enough for the novice cook to prepare and you’re guaranteed to impress your guests. I picked up the lamb used in the main course from my local butcher who my family have used for over 30 years. They trimmed the fat off the meat and de-boned it for me which meant less faffing around- win win!