Peparing for the Year of the Dragon and celebrating Burns

Yesterday we went to a friend’s house to celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns.

For starter we were treated to cock a leekie soup. Very light and lovely.

This was followed by haggis with neeps and tatties (translated to English that is mash potato with mash swede) with our host reading a Robert Burns poem to celebrate this Scottish tradition. Burns night is normally celebrated on or around the 25th of January, but the date was actually January 21st and the tradition goes back to the 18th century when Robert Burns friends decided to start the tradition of having a dinner in his honour after his death.

After the haggis we had lovely sherry drenched trifle! All washed down with plenty of red and whiskey, it made for a fun filled night!

This was an internationally spirited weekend and today we had friends over to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon.
The meal was not fully Chinese as we started with avocado mousse and smoked prawns (I used the smoking gun for a light smoke infusion).

To follow (and I forgot to take pics) I did a Szechuan pepper crusted pork belly with crackling, served with a pickle salad of cucumber and red onion, a green salad, oven baked sweet potato chips and plum sauce.

For dessert we had a Chinese soup made with tofu, it was very sweet and tasty. After this I felt, that on a full belly I am ready for the Year of the Dragon!

One Response to “Peparing for the Year of the Dragon and celebrating Burns”
  1. I don’t ordinarily comment but I gotta say thanks for the post on this great one :D.

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