Here's how it went down...
'Whisky cured'* salmon and oatcakes to start with.
Here's the salmon again, up close - it was good, actually, and very easy to do.
And here are the oatcakes. I wanted to make them like my grandad does - I used his recipe - but it turns out that it takes a special talent (or possibly just years of practice or something), which I do not have, to make them properly thin.
Actually, when I think about it, I realise that he is the only person in the family ever allowed to make oatcakes - I think that nobody else can really do it, either, so I don't feel too bad .
Here is a cheering Scottish themed wine brought by one of the guests. It's actually a New Zealand sauvignon and, I'm ashamed to say, we didn't try it, so I can't tell you whether it's nice or not, but I think, in this context, that's not really the point, in any case.
Lovely husband (shamed into dressing up) addressing the haggis, before undertaking a bit of haggis-based sabrage. Not something you see every day.
I don't seem to have taken a picture of the haggis with its warm-reekin, rich gushing entrails spilling out (a bit of an oversight there), but here are the 'neeps
Oh, and some (actually v nice) vegetarian 'haggis'
And here is the 'before' picture of the beverage selection. (Please bear in mind that there were between 6 and 10 people present during the evening. Probably mostly 6, if I'm totally honest).
Evil sweets of death - fed to 'unsuspecting' (though definitely should have known better) masses by a mischievous Shed, with a surprisingly high uptake rate.
Officially the sourest super sours ever.
Pudding - cranachan ice cream with whisky soaked raspberries
There were also deep-fried mars bar bits (no national stereotyping here...) but I was too busy battering and frying to have managed to photograph them. To be honest, they probably weren't actually that pretty anyway... Not sure that deep-fried confectionary is really about the visual appeal.
Here are the morning-after leftovers. Observe the fill of the remaining few whisky bottles. Oh dear.
And here is the 'recovery breakfast' - haggis potato cakes and bacon
and a refreshing post-early-Burns beverage.
Happy Burns week, everyone!
May your week be filled with haggis, whisky and poetry :-)
*except that I didn't have any whisky at the time of curing, so actually just cured in the end. With a bit of juniper for added ginniness.