I think my weekend could quite easily be summarized by using the letter B.
That is – Burns, Baking and Books, because it was pretty much what my weekend was about. Of course there was more to it than that, but it wouldn’t work out as nice in the title if I added Netflix, lie-ins and red wine as well, so BBB it is!
For those of you who are not aware, Sunday was Burns night, which is when the whole of Scotland celebrates the famous (I had never heard of him until I moved here by the way) poet, and gather round to eat Haggis and dance at Ceilidhs.
Well, we weren’t going to break tradition so on Saturday we headed to the Beach Ballroom with a group of acquaintances, drank some wine, danced all sorts of random ceilidh dances, including of course the Gay Gordons and the Dashing white sergeant, and more importantly, ate a whole plate of Haggis! This is significant because I have never liked Haggis – but for some reason, 2015 seems to be the year to change my dislikes – I had already conquered tomato soup (more on that in a later post) and now Haggis.
It never fails to amaze me how the national Scottish dish is so..un-glamourous? Haggis Neeps and Tatties – none of which requires any chewing essentially, and therefore I would normally smother it in gravy (who doesn’t want gravy with their mash?) But there was none in sight! And yet it still made its way into my belly! Pigs may yet fly…
It could also be the fact that food wasn’t served until halfway through the night, so I was absolutely starving at this point!
As Saturday nights go, I’d say it was a pretty successful one, and even better we didn’t go too crazy on the alcohol, so we skipped the hangover!
Sunday was spent at home in my kitchen – I am planning on making a Swedish bun called Semla which is usually eaten for Lent, so to prepare for this (check me being organised!) I spent a couple of hours making 20 sweet cardamom buns which I will use for this, maybe next week. For now they are resting in the freezer (although not all of them made it that far because they are pretty tasty just on their own!)
Mm.. a pyramid of doughy goodness!
The good thing with baking is that it goes pretty well with listening to audio books, so whilst being all domestic goddess in the kitchen I managed to finish me before you, by Jojo Moyes.
As I touched upon previously, I wasn’t overwhelmed by this book, it was a bit too obvious what was going to happen, and whilst a do love a good chick lit story every now and then, this did not leave me all emotional and stuff which I am guessing the author had intended to, I was just a bit “meh” about it. But, it’s a book that I’ve read never the less, and so I am one step closer to reading 25 books this year. I have already started my next book – death comes to Pemberly by P.D James, so far it’s going ok! (If you feel like connecting with me on Goodreads then please be my guest)
So that was (part of) my weekend – Burns, books and baking. How was yours? Did you celebrate Burns night? Were you even aware of Burns night? Ever tried Haggis?