Celebrate Burns Night veggie-style

If you are of Scottish descent, or simply an admirer of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns (1759-96), at this time of the year you have Burns Night (25th January) to look forward to. Even if you can claim neither of the above as an excuse, why not celebrate the occasion by preparing a vegetarian or vegan version of the traditional centrepiece of the occasion – the “great chieften o’ the puddin-race” – the haggis. You can find a recipe for vegan haggis at http://www.veg-world.com/recipes/haggis.htm, a gluten-free vegan haggis recipe at http://savouringsustainability.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/vegan-gluten-free-haggis-for-burns-night.html and another on the Veganuary website at http://www.veganuary.com/recipes/kind-burns-night-supper-part-1-vegan-haggis/ (with part 2, a recipe for Vegan Clapshot, essentially mashed potato and swede/turnip served with whisky sauce, at http://www.veganuary.com/recipes/a-kind-burns-night-supper-part-2-vegan-clapshot/). If you’d rather buy a ready-made vegan-friendly haggis Macsween’s vegetarian haggis, a blend of pulses, seeds and vegetables mixed with oats and spices, available from Waitrose and other good supermarkets, fits the bill. There is a complete vegetarian Burns Night menu on the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/menus/vegetarian_burns_night_menu. Enjoy yourself, and go easy on the whisky!

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