My native Dorset may be at the opposite end of this island to Scotland, but I’ve hosted so many Burns Suppers at the restaurants over the years that I feel like something of an authority. Obviously you should just book into one of my places on the 25th and have a guaranteed fab time, but if you’re determined to host your own evening of Scottish revelry, here are some tips. This is one of those nights where people should really be going all-out.
A friend of mine and shooting companion in Lyme Regis, Chris Baréz-Brown, dropped off a big old bag of chestnuts from a tree in his garden a few weeks back – and it got me thinking that we don't really use chestnuts enough in cooking. On Christmas Day, of course, they're a popular ingredient in stuffing, and more adventurous souls might toss them into the sprouts with some bacon. But after that, they tend to get left in the fruit bowl to go mouldy.
You might be sick to death of overcooked sprouts after Christmas, but for die-hard fans of brassicas there’s no better time of the year than right this second, when there’s more variety than ever to choose from. There are many members of the brassica family and the January King is one of the oldest, a variety that’s been grown since the mid-1800s. It’s somewhere between a white and savoy cabbage, with tinges of green and purple.
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