Plans are a foot for a Robbie Burns dinner this week.. I am looking forward to it… My Grandmother was from Glasgow and she lived with us while I was growing up. She was just as sweet as the Dickens, I never heard her say an angry word.. Her pies and scones were heaven-sent. Nothing was a better treat than her suet (carrot) pudding with hot caramel sauce.. But her dinners left much to be desired.
I don’t think there is anyone on the island who can play the bagpipes but the next best thing will be to hear the traditional addressing of the Haggis… It will remind me of my Grandmother’s voice just to hear the poem….
I was looking in her recipe books this morning to see how they actually make Haggis. Here is what it says..
Minced suet, 1/2 lb, 10 Tbsp oatmeal, pepper and salt mixed well together. Fill (not too full) a few small bags of the sheep (stomach) acquired at the butchers (well cleaned). Sew up with needle and thread prick over to prevent bursting and boil in potato soup. (Makes a capital dinner for the bairns)
I also stumbled upon the instructions for cooking vegetables as they appeared in Grandma’s 1941 Ladies Guild Cookbook from Fort William.
Time Table for cooking vegetables in Rapidly Boiling Water
Asparagus 10 – 25 min
Beets 2 – 4 hrs
Carrots 30 – 45 min
Peas 25 – 30 min
Turnips (1 inch cubes) 30 min
No wonder the food was inedible!!!
The weather is beautiful this week. Sunshine and calm waters. Perfect for working outside. Our friends had some trees taken down yesterday so we helped them with their burn pile today… E loves to get his chain saw going.. It isn’t work.. It is fun.
The most important lesson learned in the kitchen from my Gran was that the kitchen is kept clean while you work. Dishes are to be washed as you cook or bake. When you sit down to dinner the kitchen should be clean… no mess left behind… It is a habit I have held on to.
Neither E or I feel like cooking dinner tonight so it will be simple fare. It always is. I am very much like by Grandma in the kitchen. I like to bake but don’t really like to cook. My cooking is a little better than hers but after reading her cookbooks, I have to say in her defence she was only
following the recipe