And some men were wearing kilts.
Jonathan had (appropriately enough), just arrived home from Edinburgh seven hours earlier. He did so well to wine and dine despite the jet lag.
The evening started with Burns' traditional Selkirk Grace.
After grace, the bagpiper processed in followed by the haggis (you can just see part of the white plate to the left of the bagpiper. Unfortunately I wasn't very adept at using my husband's camera and I didn't get good pictures of the bagpiper.)
There was the ceremonial cutting of the haggis,
followed by dinner.
Haggis really falls in the category of unusual foods. Here's how it is described in Wikipedia:
Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a sausage casingrather than an actual stomach.
Naturally I chose to have haggis for dinner since it is the traditional food served at a Burns' Supper (and I have a burning curiosity that makes me want to eat strange and unusual food). The haggis was served with neeps (turnips) and tatties (mashed potatoes) and gravy. I've always wanted to try haggis and fortunately I thought it tasted fantastic - rather like a mushy sausage. It was definitely a dinner you didn't need teeth to eat.
I had some delicious sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
Some people had athol brose, which is a Scottish drink made into a dessert with oats at the bottom and fruit on top.
Dinner was followed by recitations of Burns' poems (including an amazing rendition of Tam o'Shanter), toasts, and music. It was so much fun - we enjoyed the evening immensely (many thanks Kim and Paul).
Have you ever been to a Burn's Supper? Would you be adventuresome enough to eat haggis?