Friday, January 27, 2012

Burns Night Supper 2012

Last Sunday, "me handsome Scott" and I went on an honest to goodness date proudly wearing our Clan Lamont regalia. We went to the Burns Night Supper the Celtic Society of Eastern Oregon put on. I was a little nervous, not knowing what to expect from the food or the atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised by both. The Celtic-themed food was terrific, even the haggis, and the best part was that apparently Celts CAN hold their drinks because I didn't notice one drunk Celt in the place. Very nice in my opinion. They read great poetry by Robert Burns and the man who read the tribute to "the immortal Robbie Burns" (Scotland's most famous poet), did an excellent job of keeping it as short as he possible could.
Here are some other members of the Celtic Society as they were taking tickets from people coming in. There were around 80 people who attended. I went to high school with the gal on the far left, Nessa. It has been great reconnecting with her through the society after all these years. As you can see, the Celtic decor complimented the beautiful wood work in the restaurant.
Piping in the Haggis.
"
Toast to the Haggis!"
I took this quick picture of Michael's food before he started eating. He was one of the last to go through the line because he is the Sergeant of Arms, so he was very disappointed that he only got a few crumbs of haggis. I, on the other hand was one of the first in line and got brave enough to try it, mainly because I knew I'd never hear the end of it if I didn't. I have to admit it tasted much better than I thought. If you've never heard of Haggis it is a very traditional Scottish food made of ground up lungs, kidneys, tripe and goodness knows what else, mixed with barley or oats and spices. That mixture goes into a sheep's stomach or large intestine, then it is cooked. As one movie actor once put it, "Scottish food is based on a dare". I think he was right! The rest of the meal was excellent, rivaling even the Haggis. We had mead soaked mussels, Irish lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage, kale with bacon, mashed potatoes, Irish soda bread, Scottish shortbread and and an interesting yet tasty dessert I didn't catch the name of. 

The best part of the evening was when I won the silent auction for an adorable blackboard made out of a old window frame. I've been looking for one for awhile now because I wanted to start writing a different bible verse that our family could memorize every month. It is hanging in the living room and I will have to post a picture of it once I get some chalk. It is adorable. I bid three times on that puppy and was so happy I won!

Burns Night suppers happen all over the world. If you ever get a chance to go to one, you won't regret it!

Blessings,
Jackie 

9 comments:

Kris Watson said...

Wonderful!!! As a Scot, even I have never been brave enough to try the dreaded Haggis! The fellow in the bllack shirt in the haggis picture, I can't see the fine detail of his sash tartan, but it looks very much like ours!

His bondservant said...

How nice! You both look great! Wish the military could hold their drinks like the Celts!!!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Kris,
That is my handsome hubby and we are wearing the Lamont clan sash. He is wearing a Black Watch kilt. Thanks for commenting!

Jackie,
I've been to a few dining outs and I seriously dread them. I was think this might be like that and I was pleasantly surprised to see it wasn't. Proof that people can still get together to have fun and not have to get drunk. There were a lot of people who were only drinking water. So I didn't feel out of place at all.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

You are so brave! I am just astounded. The kids and I were fascinated.

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, it looks like a magnificent evenin'!!! You and your hubs are just too darn stinkin' cute all dolled up there.

The food look fabulous as I'm sure the entertainment was.

God bless ya and have a great weekend dear!!! :o)

Rachel and Family said...

I loved reading this! I was thinking, "aw I wish Paul and I wore matching outfits" and then "oh ya! our uniforms!" Yours are much cuter :)) What a great night to have. Haggis, I don't think so though! The blackboard sounds great, wondering if you'll be posting a pic of it. How did it get in a picture frame? I bet it's right up your alley. I've used dry erase for years, but some ding-dong used permanent marker on my new one a I can't get it off this time. Thinking I should get a blackboard. It would be more Little House on the Praire-ish too.

Rachel and Family said...

PS You are a natural Celtic beauty! You're looking great!! And Paul just told me more about Haggis. Yucky. I think I'll make it for dinner tonight LOL!!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Rachel,
Yes! You guys often match, LOL. I will be posting a picture of my window-framed blackboard soon. I love it! We found the perfect verse that we wanted to work on as a family.

Catherine said...

Well, I'm glad you ate the Haggis, and I'm glad you told us all about the Robbie Burns night, Jackie! It made me wish there was some Scotch in me too!

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