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milton



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Burns night  Reply with quote

I know that this will mean nothing to you Southern Johnies, but north of the border tonight has a special significance  

As we're only a few miles south of the border, and both partial to Haggis - it was on the menu tonight.

Last year Madam purchased one of these beasties from a notorious local hunter - but to say it was disappointing would be putting it mildly  

So this year it fell upon yours truly to track down and procure said haggis. Armed with night vision and a fishing net I set about my quest for the elusive creature.

I cannot reveal where or when the beast was cornered, save to say that all my questionable fieldcraft skills were brought to play - and with rather satisfying results  

I boiled the beast (after clubbing it to submission with a large wooden spoon) and also cooked a pan of Turnip and carrot to accompany it. I made a Whisky, cream and mustard sauce which was poured over the now thoroughly dead haggis after anointing the carcase with a good dram of whisky.

I have to say that it was bdooly delicious  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But was it one that went clockwise or anticlockwise round the mountain? (or was that something the Beano made up?)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were at a formal Burns Night Supper on Saturday which was fantastic with all the traditions so far as I am aware observed.

Tonight we've had an informal Burns Night Supper here with haggis and tatties and neeps.  T'was delicious - even though it was a bought haggis.

I love celebrating with food whenever I can and believe next one on the agenda is Chinese New Year on 3rd February  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Burns night Reply with quote

milton wrote:
I know that this will mean nothing to you Southern Johnies, but north of the border tonight has a special significance  

As we're only a few miles south of the border, and both partial to Haggis - it was on the menu tonight.

Last year Madam purchased one of these beasties from a notorious local hunter - but to say it was disappointing would be putting it mildly  

So this year it fell upon yours truly to track down and procure said haggis. Armed with night vision and a fishing net I set about my quest for the elusive creature.

I cannot reveal where or when the beast was cornered, save to say that all my questionable fieldcraft skills were brought to play - and with rather satisfying results  

I boiled the beast (after clubbing it to submission with a large wooden spoon) and also cooked a pan of Turnip and carrot to accompany it. I made a Whisky, cream and mustard sauce which was poured over the now thoroughly dead haggis after anointing the carcase with a good dram of whisky.

I have to say that it was bdooly delicious  


bdooly hell mate   , save yourself the effort next time, the ones from the shop at Tebay are the best I've ever tasted
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Burns night Reply with quote

milton wrote:
it fell upon yours truly to track down and procure said haggis. Armed with night vision and a fishing net I set about my quest for the elusive creature.

I cannot reveal where or when the beast was cornered


'Cornered'????? You disrespectful midden!

Every true hunting Scot knows that the only fair & honourable way to catch them is to hunt them down over mountainous heathered peaty crags with a tried & trusted team of 'Haggisteers', highly-trained in the secret art & skilled in the habits & elusive ways of this wily creature. It takes years of training, specially-designed hunting tartans (fashioned from the jaggiest of manly tweeds), & you can't just expect to gaily sally forth with such low-brow equipment as yours & enjoy success (at least not with a clear conscience).

I would hazard that the unlucky beast you cornered was either very old & weak, or suffering from some debilitating illness that allowed you to get close enough to cast your net. Or indeed possibly a nesting female, you blackhearted dog! (And a net!!! Forsooth...........some people have no magnificence in their black souls)

As you steadfastly refuse to reveal where your black deed occurred, I find myself with little option other than to raise a national alarm to protect our borders, setting forth leagues of outraged Scotsmen on the lookout for cross-border Reivers. Hear me now! Each will be armed with cudgel & bottle of 'High Comissioner' to administer severe fustigations & horrific hangovers
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of such but thank goodness for google.  Here is the link I found and after seeing the creechture I feel quite confident your wooded spoon wasn't just any wooden spoon but one carved meticulously out of iron wood.  BTW - what's the limit?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Haggis_scoticus.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had our celebration Sat night, just the pipes missing - I did offer to catterwaul ;)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was with great pain and sorrow that read about this dastardly deed, i am sure that the beastie you "captured " and killed ,was one i have been watching and feeding throughout this severe weather spell, was it full of barley ? if so i fear that you are the guilty raider who crossed the border and stole my wee friend, i am just half an hours drive from the border crossing , you do realise that you should have had a licence to move that poor wee timorous beastie !!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a delicious haggis from our local butcher last night, accompanied by tatties and neeps.  OH and DD drizzled whisky on theirs too and OH addressed it in the traditional manner, but sounded rather too like Pvt Fraser from Dad's Army for my liking.  

We are both of Scottish ancestry but I've only been there twice..  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Burns night Reply with quote

Woodsmoke wrote:


'Cornered'????? You disrespectful midden!

Every true hunting Scot knows that the only fair & honourable way to catch them is to hunt them down over mountainous heathered peaty crags with a tried & trusted team of 'Haggisteers', highly-trained in the secret art & skilled in the habits & elusive ways of this wily creature. It takes years of training, specially-designed hunting tartans (fashioned from the jaggiest of manly tweeds), & you can't just expect to gaily sally forth with such low-brow equipment as yours & enjoy success (at least not with a clear conscience).

I would hazard that the unlucky beast you cornered was either very old & weak, or suffering from some debilitating illness that allowed you to get close enough to cast your net. Or indeed possibly a nesting female, you blackhearted dog! (And a net!!! Forsooth...........some people have no magnificence in their black souls)

As you steadfastly refuse to reveal where your black deed occurred, I find myself with little option other than to raise a national alarm to protect our borders, setting forth leagues of outraged Scotsmen on the lookout for cross-border Reivers. Hear me now! Each will be armed with cudgel & bottle of 'High Comissioner' to administer severe fustigations & horrific hangovers



               
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant thread......        made my day...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So sad but happy to see the previous post on this thread.

I just wanted to report that I have caught my haggis for this evening  
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I used one of bodgers mole traps to catch mine  


It's quite a big thing up here in County Durham, not as big as Scotland but any excuse for a party  


And it's my birthday.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 and enjoy the party  

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