Thursday, January 24, 2013

Getting Ready to Celebrate

So folks, I'm sure you're all getting into the festive spirit and preparing to celebrate.
Deliberating over the drinks and screwing your face up about the menu, pondering the playlist.
Yes? No?
I know I am.
My friend Jenni at The Ex Expat reminded me, not that I'd forgotten of course, that it's... Burns Night tonight!
She's also created a fantastic playlist for the event which you should totally check out,* because...
put on your kilt, cook up your haggis, practice your 'Address to a Haggis'... tonight we celebrate the life and wondrous works of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns.
You know, the genius who wrote Auld Lang Syne, My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose, A Man's a Man for a' That. (I figure I'm allowed to have a leetle crush on Burns as he's been dead 200 years. I am not entirely sure my Beloved agrees, so let's keep it to ourselves.)
Jenni has also provided a great recipe for cranachan, one of my very favouritest desserts.
And while I can't say I'll be tucking into a haggis, a cranachan sounds very do-able, involving as it does  cream, whisky, honey and raspberries!

So will you be celebrating Burns Night?  (Papa, you might find it hard to get your hands on some whisky in the wilds of East Timor, but don't worry, I'll have some for you... although heavily laced with cream and honey to get it down, I fear!)

*It includes some brilliant choices, particularly from Eddi Reader's great Burns album and including my Sprocket's song - You're Welcome Willie Stewart - his middle names, after my dad and a dearly missed friend. It always makes me want to dance and cry at the same time!
I might have chosen Paolo Nutini's version of A Man's a Man for a' that, but a minor quibble!

1 comment:

  1. omg, cranachan. yummy yum yum! may need to see if i can make that happen, even if it is the dead of winter and raspberries are a zillion dollars....