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Avgolemono Soup

Ingredients

  • Chicken stock
  • Rice
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ Cup lemon juice

Make a basic chicken stock.

Cook the rice in the stock.

Well beat the eggs and add the lemon juice stirring the while. Add some of the warm stock to the egg mixture, whisk well and return to the rest of the stock.

Continue whisking and re-heating until it thickens slightly.

Do not allow to boil.



Cock-a-Leekie Soup

This is traditional for Burn's night.

Ingredients

  • 1 boiling fowl 1-1.5 Kg (2-3lb) or use chicken pieces
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 400-800g (1-2lb) leeks, cut into inch long (2-3cm) pieces, white and green kept separate
  • Stock from boiling fowl
  • 1 bay leaf, some parsley
  • 6-12 prunes, soaked overnight (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Put the bird in a large pot and nearly cover with water, add herbs and salt and slowly bring to the boil. Skim, cover and simmer until tender, approximately 2 hours. Remove the bird, and allow to cool slightly. Meanwhile add the green part of the leeks to the stock and and add the prunes and continue to simmer. Cut the meat from the chicken into smallish pieces and return them to the soup, with the white part of the leeks. Simmer for a further 10 minutes. Check the seasoning and serve. Soup is generally better the next day, so if you have time, try and prepare it in advance.

The format for a Burns supper

Chairperson's opening address

A few welcoming words start the evening and the meal commences with the Selkirk Grace

The company are asked to stand to receive the haggis. A piper then leads the chef, carrying the haggis to the top div, while the guests accompany them with a slow handclap. The chairman or invited guest then recites Burns' famous poem To A Haggis, with great enthusiasm. When he reaches the line 'an cut you up wi' ready slight', he cuts open the haggis with a sharp knife. It's customary for the company to applaud the speaker then stand and toast the haggis with a glass of whisky.

The company will then dine. A typical Bill o' Fare would be:

  • cock-a-leekie soup
  • haggis warm reeking, rich wi' champit tatties,
  • bashed neeps
  • tyspylLaird (sherry trifle)
  • a tassie o' coffee
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Of course all should be suitably attired


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