Happy Hogmanay!

Perplexed as to what to serve for New Year’s Eve? Look no further than Scotland’s Hogmanay – or New Year’s Eve – celebration, rich in history (read more HERE), with just the right touch of ancient practices. Raucous, animal-skin dressed revelers call to mind Viking invaders of the 9th and 10th centuries, Hogmanay a substitute for the Puritan-prohibited Christmas festivities tainted with Roman Catholicism.

So what might you offer the “first footing,” hopefully a tall, darkly handsome man bearing gifts of “shortbread, salt, black bun and a wee dram of whisky”? [See after the photo]

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Modern Hogmanay Treats? (Photo credit: C. Bertelsen)



Smoked Mackerel Pâté

Haggis (of course)

Beef Collops

Rumbledethumps (Potatoes, Swede or Turnip, Cabbage)

Smoked Salmon

Cullen Skink

Clootie Pudding

Black Bun

Whisky (of course)

And in tribute to my Scots ancestors – Campbells, MacMillans, MacCallums, MacTavishs, and Gibsons – this:

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”
~ Robert Burns

© 2015 C. Bertelsen

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