Haggis is the usual star on the menu for Burns’ night but for those, who like me – in spite of tartan genes – haven’t acquired a taste for it here’s a recipe which might be more to your liking.
It’s from the Elliot clan and I found it in Clans Cook Book, favourite family recipes of Scotland’s clan chiefs compiled by Wendy Jones, published Macdonald Publishers, Edinburgh 1981.
English Roast Beef
On a braw, bricht moonlit nicht, send several clansmen on hourseback over the border into Cumberland to select a suitable beast. It is more economical and saves wear and tear on both horses and clansmen if several beasts are collected on the same sortie.
Prepare as usual and invite to dinner any neighbouring Chief with whom you are not currently having a feud.