St Andrew's Day (November 30th) is a really well timed bank holiday. The wind is turning icy, we're travelling to work in the dark, yet Christmas is a good few weeks away- we need a day of merriment!
Whether you're based in Scotland, or Scottish and living elsewhere, get ready for a fantastic day of celebration, tradition, and of course great food.
There's a lot going on in Scotland this year. You can let your partner whirl you around the floor at a traditional Ceilidh, watch the reenactment of the Saltire's horseback journey from Athelstaneford to St Mary's Kirk, hear rousing bagpipes in your local town, or enjoy free entry to many of Scotland's best attractions.
If you run a pub or restaurant, St Andrew's Day should be great for business, and a good opportunity to cook up some traditional fare.
Cullen Skink is a gorgeous dish- delicately flavoured, nutritious and satisfying. If you're stocking up on catering supplies, have a look at our Chef's Larder Small Smoked Haddock Fillets, and our fantastic quality Farm Fresh Baby New Potatoes. The beauty of Cullen Skink is that you can serve it as a starter, or as a main with crusty bread.
A great main to offer is Roast Scottish Lamb with Potatoes and Onions. Chef's Larder Scottish Carvery Leg of Lamb would work really well in this dish. Chat to the butcher at your local Booker to find the piece that's just right for you. You can find the recipes for both these dishes on the Scottish Government website (link to: https://www.scotland.org/celebrate-scotland/recipes/collections/st-andrews-day-menu/).
Whisky is one of Scotland's most famous exports, and at Booker we offer a fantastic range of these deeply flavoured amber spirits. If you're looking for something to savour, try Lagavulin 16 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It's made with barley malted over moorland peat, which results in an incredible deep smoky flavour and a long creamy finish.
Of course, whisky isn't just for sipping by the fire. It's also used to flavour many dishes. A favourite is chicken, stuffed with haggis in a whisky cream sauce- quintessential Scottish comfort food.
And don't even get us started on dessert'the possibilities for delicious, whisky-laced treats are endless! A good starting point might be Nick Nairn's Hot Whisky and Marmalade Pudding with Drambuie Custard (link to https://www.scotland.org/celebrate-scotland/recipes/hot-whisky-and-marmalade-pudding-with-drambuie-custard)- sure to keep the chill at bay.
However you celebrate, we wish you a very merry St Andrew's Day.
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