As we speak, a packet Haggis has been launched to the edge of space in preparation for Burns Night, 2021. It's not a sentence I expected to write today.
Organisers say the unusual event is "lifting the spirits of the general public" this year and I would agree. Meanwhile, Scots everywhere are also preparing to celebrate the life and works of national poet Robert Burns with a traditional Burns Night supper. While it's not exactly a space launch , I've found 10 Burns Night Recipes to help you celebrate at home.
As we currently observe a countrywide lockdown, it's likely this Burns Night celebration will feel a little different from previous years spent with family and friends. However, at least, a feast is still more than doable during the lockdown period. I mean, we're all definitely in need of a reason to celebrate at the moment. Whether you're a haggis traditionalist, a veggie looking for alternatives and or expecting a Whisky dessert, I've found some traditional and not-so-traditional recipes to attempt.
1 Baked Haggis Colin McPherson/Corbis Historical/Getty Images
Of course, no Burns Night celebration is complete without haggis.
so this feels like a great place to start. Using just one ingredient, 450g of baked haggis, set aside an hour for this to cook (kinda like a baked potato), and serve up with some tatties. BBC Good Food describes its recipe as "pure heaven" 3 Roasted Tartan Veggies
Roasted veggies are just as important as the main dish, amirite?
Blogger Lavender and Lovage's roasted “Tartan Veggies” recipe sound good enough to eat by itself. The parsnips, potatoes, and carrots, are seasoned with smoked sea salt, honey and thyme. The filling dish takes about an hour to prepare and cook, and is recommended as a lovely veggie meal for a light lunch too. 4 Cock-a-leekie Soup Spruce Eats blogger Elaine Lemm offers up their version of Cock-a-leekie soup, a Scottish dish that dates back to the 16th century. This recipe, they explain, uses a whole chicken cooked in a pot, but no prunes. 'If you like a sweet and savory combination, either add 12 pitted prunes to the pot 40 minutes before the end of the cooking time or garnish with some sliced stewed prunes," they explain. 7 Bramble Trifle This tipsy trifle recipe serves 6-8 so if you're doing Burn's Night for one or two this year I'd suggest pace yourself. Nonetheless, enjoy these glorious tiers of whisky-soaked Victoria sponge, custard and blackberry jam. 8 Scottish Cranachan The Cranachan is arguably Scotland's most famous dessert and this Burns Night seems like the perfect time to have a crack at making this pretty simple Mary Berry recipe. Made with lashings of double cream, mascarpone, oats, raspberries, and whiskey, it's something sweet to look forward to. As the famous baker recommends, don't hold back on the whiskey. 9 Honey and Whiskey Mousse 10 Whiskey Sour
No party menu is complete without cocktails. Keeping in the Burns Night theme,
try this simple Whiskey sour recipe made with Bourbon, lemon juice, and egg whites. If you're feeling fancy, garnish with a slice of orange and cherry on a stick.