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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Selected Dances

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Helen's Shortbread

Helen's Shortbread

Shortbread Day

Many have a traditional family or favorite shortbread recipe with classic ingredients that never fail to please. Interesting artisan recipes may include chai, rosemary, lemon, chocolate, etc ... , expected flavours compatible with a sweet biscuit. However, one of the more surprising shortbread trends is adding the flavour of Katsuobushi, a smoked, aged and dried skipjack tuna, which gives an unusual umami character.Many have a traditional family or favorite shortbread recipe with classic ingredients that never fail to please. Modern artisan recipes may include trendy flavors of chai, rosemary, lemon, or chocolate, flavours compatible with a sweet biscuit. However, one of the more surprising shortbread trends is adding the flavour of Katsuobushi, a smoked, aged and dried skipjack tuna, for an unusual umami character!

Bannocks and Brose

Bannocks and Brose

Pancake Day

Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday) and in Scotland as Bannock Night, is a moveable feast day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes!

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.”

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!

Sandy's Scotch Broth

Sandy's Scotch Broth

Homemade Soup Day

A traditional 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. Scotch Broth is featured in the second portfolio of soup can prints from 1968-69. He rendered each label by hand, including all the lettering, aiming to mimic the everyday commercial item as closely as possible! Lamb, barley, and root vegetables .... ‘Mmm, mmm, good!’ 🍲

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.  Although flour, suet, dried fruit and spices always feature, regional variations, like the addition of treacle, feature in Fife and other areas. Like all traditional puddings, clootie dumplings come with their own set of traditions. When it's being made everyone should give it a good skelp – or smack – to make sure it has a nice round shape!

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)!

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!

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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The majority of dance descriptions referenced on this site have been taken from the

 

Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary or the

Scottish Country Dancing Database 

 

Snapshots of dance descriptions are provided as an overview only.  As updates may have occurred, please click the dance description to be forwarded to a printable dance description or one of the official reference sources.

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