zoo_music_girl: (thistle)
Simon and I had a Burns Supper last night. What a great evening! We had meat and vegetarian haggis, mashed potatoes and, because turnip/swede was not to be had in N1 yesterday for love nor money, mashed parsnips and mashed sweet potato. The sweet potato actually went remarkably well with haggis. We had clootie dumpling for pudding, home made to my mother's recipe. The recipe, for those who requested it, is here.

Afterwards we had whisky and recitals of Burns poems from Hester (I'm O'er Young to Marry Yet, in a fabulous RP version), Alasdair (A Parcel of Rogues in a Nation) and James (To A Mouse). I did John Barleycorn and Simon did the Address to the Haggis (which we hadn't wanted to do before dinner as the meat one had split and was in danger of getting cold), in the most wonderful mix of Scots, Middle English, Yorkshire and RP accents. It was Burns, not as we know it, but wonderfully expressive and entertaining nonetheless. Liz, Peta and Will gracefully declined to recite anything, but perhaps we'll get them next time.

Thanks to all for whisky, extra crockery and cutlery, pots, recitations and great company. Hopefully next year we'll have a bigger flat/kitchen and be able to invite more people.
zoo_music_girl: (chocolate melt)
Cooking time: Less than 5 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave
Preparation time: 10 minutes

4 oz marg
half cup water
half cup soft brown sugar
half level tsp bicarb of soda
1 dessertsp treacle

Melt the above in microwave in large bowl. (Get other ingredients ready before microwaving)

Add:
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ginger
1 cup self raising flour
6 oz sultanas
1 beaten egg (add last so the heat from the melted ingredients doesn't start to cook it.)

Mix until flour absorbed - should be pourable.

Pour into 1 1/2 pint pyrex bowl lined with clingfilm (no holes). (No need to grease.)

5 mins on 800W (try 4 50 first for 850w?) (Too long, try 4 mins 40 secs next time.) Don't overcook. Test with back of teaspoon, then 5 sec increments. If it's still slightly sticky on top that's ok. Put a plate on top of the bowl to keep it warm, it continues to cook after removing from the microwave. Turn out on to the plate when you're ready to serve.

Serve with custard, cream or creme fraiche.

If you're cooking it in advance, reheat for 1 min/1 min 30.

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