Robbie Burns Day - your favorite dishes, drinks

Coming up Jan 25. What do you love that is Scottish-linked (ingredient, restaurant, story)...I`m looking for new things to serve beyond Haggis and straight-up Scotch (fine as they both are).

  • Posted by: Nancy
  • January 13, 2015


Nancy January 15, 2015
Andigol suggested brown sugar, double cream & a drizzle of Scotch on oatmeal, as she was served in England, to the current "oatmeal add-ins" thread. good for Breakfast on Burns Day, no? Canny Sassenachs learned something from forrays (sp) north of the border.
Pegeen January 14, 2015
How could we forget shortbread? That alone and a few shots of Macallan would make me very happy. :-)
Nancy January 14, 2015
Antonia James - so you and your husband must have been to so.e amazing Burns family reunions and/or dinners?! Wonderful family connection :)!
Pegeen January 14, 2015
Your husband is descended from Robert Burns? No way!
Pegeen January 14, 2015
Smear a baguette with creme fraiche (maybe a little horseradish mixed in), strip of smoked trout or smoked salmon, then another little dollop of creme fraiche to hold a sprig of dill in place, or a few capers.
AntoniaJames January 14, 2015
Pegeen, you're amazing. Just love this idea. Putting smoked trout on the shopping list + dill. This is how I'll be celebrating the birthday of Robert Buhrrrrens (my husband's ancestor, no less). ;o)
Pegeen January 14, 2015
I should have said, "smear a baguette slice." I like untoasted bread for this appetizer.
Pegeen January 14, 2015
Not sure where I got this, but I love plain cakes like this:

Traditional Scottish Recipes 
- Sultana Cake

Although they are known as sultanas in Scotland, these are really just seedless white raisins. This recipe makes a moist cake which keeps well in a tin. 


8 ounces sultanas (seedless white raisins)
4 ounces butter or firm margarine (cut up into small pieces)
6 ounces sugar
6 ounces self raising flour (known also as all-purpose flour with baking powder)
2 small eggs (beaten)
2 ounces chopped nuts (optional)
A few drops of almond essence
Pinch of salt


Cover the sultanas in water and let them soak over-night. Bring the water and sultanas to the boil and then strain off the water. Mix in the butter or margarine while the sultanas are still hot.

Mix in the sugar, beaten eggs and almond essence. Sift in the flour and salt and then add in the chopped nuts (if desired). Mix well.

Grease an 8" round baking tin and line the bottom with greased, greaseproof paper (vegetable parchment or waxed paper). Pour in the cake mixture and smooth the top.

Bake in a moderate oven at 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2 until the centre is firm to the touch. Empty cake from the baking tin and store in an air-tight container.
Nancy January 14, 2015
The sultana cake sounds lovely, and thanks for the reminder about smoked trout...
AntoniaJames January 14, 2015
Lovely cake, Pegeen. So classic, so utterly perfect. Thanks for posting it. ;o)
healthierkitchen January 13, 2015
finnan haddie? cullen skink?
AntoniaJames January 14, 2015
Cullen skink, yes. So, so yes. Great idea, HK. ;o)
Pegeen January 14, 2015
It's hard to think of finnan haddie without thinking of this tune. Only Cole Porter...
healthierkitchen January 15, 2015
I've been spending some time in Scotland lately...
Pegeen January 13, 2015
And when everyone gets tired of Brigadoon, have you watched "Monarch of the Glen"? Something like a dozen series, 10 or so episodes each... so it may last longer than your Scotch does. :-)
Nancy January 13, 2015
Yes to both Brigadoon and Monarch of the Glen, esp the first 5 seasons or so... such a fine cast, gorgeous scenery.
Pegeen January 13, 2015
p.s. Must have Brigadoon, movie version with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse (how Scottish can you get?) playing on an iPad or TV on a loop.
Lindsay-Jean H. January 14, 2015
I love Brigadoon so much.
Pegeen January 13, 2015
aargersi, I love your phrase, "The Google." Reminds me of "The Grand Guignol." Not a bad name for a search engine in today's world.

Nancy... nay, I would na fash ye, lass. Have you considered a bagpiper? Even a bad one will do.
aargersi January 13, 2015
I have a Scottish friend who swears a lot, is hilariously funny and holds no punches. So, yeah, do that :-)

What about Scotch eggs? Too obvious? Smoked salmon on toasts - obvious but delicious.

The Google has a lot of good ideas too ...
Nancy January 13, 2015
Pat - thanks I''ll look at your link. Pegeen - dinna fash me. You like it all?! A dinner party not only with a sound track, but poetry. Now all I need is a piper (or recording of same).
Pegeen January 13, 2015
Then to go with inpatskitchen's menu, you only need the music/poetry:

Nay a Robbie Burns poem that dunnat bring me tears.
inpatskitchen January 13, 2015
I found this link for a Robbie Burns Day and all:
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