Religion and Culture VI: Tuesday, October 13th, 2009: Scottish Heritage: Robert Burns
Gate City continues the Religion and Culture Series with Scottish Heritage in celebration of our upcoming Georgia CHIP event at the Stone Mountain Scottish Games. The famed Address To The Haggis will be performed in the traditional fashion with a bagpiper and escorts. Robert Burns Poetry will be recited by members of the Atlanta Burns Club. The incredibly vast amount of Scottish inventions during the industrial age will also be discussed. Neeps and Tatties will be on hand. Don't worry, there will be plenty of other food besides Haggis.
The event will be part of our regular communication on October 13, 2009. Dinner starts at 6:30PM. Program begins shortly after 7:30PM. Dinner is $7.00 (US).
"Warm-reeking, rich!"Haggis is a dish containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours.
Haggis somewhat resembles stuffed intestines (pig intestines otherwise known as chitterlings), sausages and savoury puddings of which it is among the largest types. As the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique puts it, "Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour".
Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a casing rather than an actual stomach. There are also meat-free recipes for vegetarians.
The haggis is a traditional Scottish dish memorialised as the national dish of Scotland by Robert Burns' poem Address to a Haggis in 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" (Scots: swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately) and a "dram" (i.e. a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns supper. However it is also often eaten with other accompaniments, or served with a whisky-based sauce. (Wikipedia)
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