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Burns Supper   1 comment

The Burns supper is a Scottish traditional dinner (25th of January) to celebrate famous Scottish poet Robert Burns. In this dinner, Scots eat Burns’ favourite dish, and Scotland’s national dish, the haggis with neeps and tatties (which are mashed turnips and potatoes). A ritual to cut the haggis has to be followed, while reading Burns’ verses dedicated to the dish itself. In theory, there should be also kilts and bagpipes playing.

Here is the ritual, with me wearing a tartan tie (not a kilt, but still…) and piercing the haggis with a knife, and Janice who kindly read Burns words.

Cutting the haggis, while Janice is reciting Burns!






Some hae meat and cannae eat
Some would eat that want it
But we hae meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit

Robert Burns


Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut ye up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!


from Address to a haggis, Robert Burns

Brilliant! Every year we are getting better and better in our Scottish traditions! See you next year, hopefully with at least one kilt!



Posted January 27, 2008 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

Chinese dinner   1 comment

Tonight I was invited for dinner by Tao. She is a chinese girl studying in the department with me. She wanted to let me try some "true" chinese food, as different from that you can get in any chinese restaurant in Europe. She kindly cooked a very nice dinner indeed, together with her 2 flatmates and a friend. When I arrived (late), there where many dishes on the table, from which you have to eat like a buffet. They also wanted me to use fork and spoon, but I insisted to (succesfully) use chopsticks.

I must say that the food was very good: it was far simpler that what you have at restaurants, and almost everything – including the spaghetti cooked in a chinese way – had a fairly sweet and delicate taste.

On the table you can see: Fried eggs with tomatoes, Potatoes, Spaghetti, Chicken wings with peppers, Pork, Broccoli and a portion of rice each.


Thanks Tao and friends!


Posted January 18, 2008 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

Neve a Dairago   Leave a comment



Posted January 3, 2008 by mtcerio in Uncategorized