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Above: Unknown artist, Robert Burns in a Drawing Room

Supper

 

Enjoy a wonderful repast of traditional Burns' Night and other classic Scottish sweets and savories below, all in Scottish Dance form!

 

Toast the lads and lassies, and see if you can identify the food items on the table  before "mousing-over" the item with your cursor for its name Or use the dance "menus" at the bottom of the page for hints.   

Gaelic Ballad from Cape Breton for Mandolin - Andrei Krylov
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Shortbread Fingers
Tipsy Laird
Bannocks
Black Bun
Highland Heather Honey
Atholl Brose
Clootie Dumpling
Golden Oatcakes
Haggis
Tatties and Neeps
Rumbledethumps
Traditional Cullen Skink
Oxtail Soup
Cock-a-Leekie Soup
Scotch Broth
Finnan Haddies

Selected Dances

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Helen's Shortbread

Helen's Shortbread

Shortbread Day

Shortbread originated in Scotland, with the first printed recipe appearing in 1736, from a Scotswoman named Mrs. McLintock. Shortbread was so popular, early Scottish bakers fought to prevent shortbread from being classified as a biscuit to avoid paying a government biscuit tax! Do you have a family or favourite shortbread recipe with just the right proportions of butter, sugar, and flour (and maybe some salt to enhance the flavour)? Or maybe you fancy the occasional addition of chai, rosemary, lemon, or chocolate - flavours compatible with a sweet biscuit. Some recent shortbread trends may not be for everyone. One trendy addition is adding the flavour of Katsuobushi, a smoked, aged and dried skipjack tuna, which gives an unusual umami character! Hmmm ... you have to draw a line in the flour somewhere. Although we have not found the namesake recipe referenced by the dance, included are traditional regional variations such as: Pitcaithly Bannock (almonds, caraway seeds, crystallized orange) and Yetholm Bannock (chopped ginger)! 🧈

The Foula Reel

The Foula Reel

Bird Day

The island of Foula, part of the Shetland archipelago of islands, is one of the United Kingdom’s most remote permanently inhabited islands and named from the Old Norse Fugla-ey, meaning "Bird island." Seabirds and moorland birds, including 'Bonxies' – the Shetland dialect name for the Great Skua – as well as Puffins, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Arctic terns, red-throated divers, Fulmars, amongst others, inhabit the sandstone cliffs and open moorland. Foula remained on the Julian calendar when the rest of the Kingdom of Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, keeping 1800 as a leap year, but not observing leap year in 1900. As a result, Foula is now one day ahead of the Julian calendar and 12 days behind the Gregorian, observing Christmas Day on the 6th of January and New Year's Day on the 13th! The traditional fishing grounds for fishermen from the isle of Papa Stour (lying roughly a mile off the west coast of Shetland) lay way off into the Atlantic. The fishermen would row west to the point where the cliffs of Foula would disappear into the horizon . This was "Rowing Foula down." 🦅 🦆 🐦

Atholl Brose

Atholl Brose

Liqueur Day

The brew is first recorded in 1475 during the campaign of the Earl of Atholl to capture Iain MacDonald, Lord of the Isles who was leading a rebellion against the king. Hearing that MacDonald drank from a small well, the Earl ordered it to be filled with honey, whisky and oatmeal. Allegedly, MacDonald stayed sampling the delicious concoction and was captured!

Mrs. Lambert's Black Bun

Mrs. Lambert's Black Bun

Hogmanay

Originally enjoyed on Christmas and Twelfth Night, Black Bun is now consumed year round, but most traditionally on Hogmanay Night. The great Scottish folklorist F. Marian McNeill writes: “Black bun is the old Scottish Twelfth Night Cake which was transferred to Hogmanay after the banning of Christmas and its subsidiary festival, Uphalieday, or Twelfth Night, by the Reformers.” So, enjoy your fierce raisin devils and gay currant sprites with impunity - recipe included!

Petticoat Tails

Petticoat Tails

Shortbread Day

Shortbread was an expensive luxury in times past and for ordinary people, usually reserved for special occasions such as weddings, Christmas and New Year celebrations. In Shetland it was traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the threshold of her new home! Although shortbread fingers and petticoat tails are the most common baking shapes, Walker's Shortbread, one of the most easily recognizable brands, sometimes creates special edition shapes, such as camels!

Bannocks and Brose

Bannocks and Brose

Pancake Day

Toss those pancakes, oatcakes, soda scones, drop scones, crumpets or bannocks, folks ... It's Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday) is known in Scotland as Bannock Night, and is a moveable feast day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is often celebrated by consuming pancakes and griddle cakes! Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast, and pancakes or bannocks were the perfect way of using up these ingredients. The Scots version of Lenten bannocks, is made with oatmeal, eggs, milk or beef stock and cooked on a girdle (griddle). Milk-brose or gruel was often served to eat with the bannocks, leading to this evening also being referred to as Brose Day (Brosie), or Milk-Gruel Night! Some older customs on Bannock Night involve dritual pouring of batter - one person would pour the batter onto the griddle, another turned the pancake and a third removed them when they were ready, handing them round the assembled company. When the bowl of batter was almost empty, a small quantity of soot was aded to the mixture to make the large sooty bannock, also known as the dreaming bannock. The sooty bannock would fill the whole girdle and symbolic charms could be dropped into it: button (bachelor); a ring (married); thimble (old maid); farthing (widow); scrap of material (tailor); straw (farmer). Once the bannock was turned and cooked through, it was cut into bits and put into the baker's apron for everyone to draw a piece with their fortune. At the end of the evening, a piece of the sooty bannock would be put inside a sock and placed under pillows where the dreamer hoped to dream of their future partner! 🥞

Hielan Brochan

Hielan Brochan

World Porridge Day

Legend has it that when Samuel Johnson boasted to his friend James Boswell that in England “we wouldn’t think of eating oats. We only feed them to horses,” Boswell retorted “Well, maybe that’s why in England you have better horses, and in Scotland we have better men.”

Shortbread Fingers

Shortbread Fingers

Shortbread Day

Regardless of shape, some traditional Scottish variations on shortbread are Pitcaithly Bannock (made with almonds, caraway seeds, crystallized orange) and Yetholm Bannock (which includes chopped ginger)!

Sandy's Scotch Broth

Sandy's Scotch Broth

Homemade Soup Day

A traditional hearty and warming farmhouse soup, Scotch Broth gained extra notoriety in the early phases of the Pop Art movement though American artist Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup can series, highlighting mid-century modern classic canned soups of which Scotch Broth was a popular and recognizable flavour. Scotch Broth is featured in his second portfolio of soup can prints from 1968-69. Warhol rendered each label by hand, including all the lettering, aiming to mimic the everyday commercial item as closely as possible! Interesting, in 2016, thieves stole some of the soup can art prints from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri where the set has resided since 1985. According to art insurers, 'Tomato Soup' is the most expensive and sought-after" with 'Chicken Noodle' is the second-most-desirable work. According to the FBI, the stolen prints include the prints of the beef, vegetable, tomato, onion, green pea, chicken noodle and black bean cans. Pepper pot, cream of mushroom and consommé (beef), were left behind. Fortunately, Scotch Broth was not in this set. Lamb, barley, and root vegetables .... ‘Mmm, mmm, good!’ Recipe included! 🍲

Archie's Clootie Dumpling

Archie's Clootie Dumpling

Figgy & Plum Pudding Day

A "Clootie/Cloutie Dumpling" is the Scottish version of a Christmas pudding. Firstly and most importantly, it is a pudding boiled in a "clout," a cloth. The tradition comes from the days before people had ovens and so cooked much of their food by boiling ingredients in huge pots. Although flour, suet, dried fruit and spices always feature, regional variations, like the addition of treacle, feature in Fife and other areas. And like all traditional puddings, clootie dumplings come with their own set of traditions. When it's being made everyone in the household should give it a good skelp – or smack – to make sure it has a nice round shape! Serve with custard. 🎄 🥮

Traditional Sweets & Puddings & Porridges Index of Dances

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Traditional Savouries & Sides Index of Dances

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Traditional Toasts - Index of Dances

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Dance
Type
Couples
Devisor
Source
Link Note
A Toast to the Ladies
Strathspey
4C
Dodds
The Piping Shrike
An Old Highland Toast
Medley
3C/4C
Boehmer
Cameo Collection Book 16
Coming Soon
Champagne Toast
Jig
4C
Lindsey & Snowdon
Chicago 25th Anniversary Collection
Coming Soon
Salute to Robert Burns
Reel
4C
Campbell
Brampton 2
Slàinte Mhath
Reel
4C
Attwood
Leaflet
Slàinte Mhòr
Reel
Square
Stacey
Decade of Dance
Tae the Lassies
Medley
3T
Hall
3.4.5
The Quaich
Strathspey
3C/4C
Drewry
Rondel Book
Toast to the Lassies
Medley
3C
Hall
3,4,5
Coming Soon
Toast to the Mousies
Reel
3C/4C
Gratiot
leaflet

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