Sykes Cottages Haggis Championships – Haggis in The Hole

Sykes Cottages Haggis Championships – Haggis in The Hole

Traditionally haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a sausage casing rather than an actual stomach* and they are actually made from lamb offal, beef fat, oatmeal, water, onion, salt, pepper & spices.

Sykes Cottages latest survey shows that almost two thirds of surveyed respondents wouldn’t order a haggis in a restaurant offering it? Why? It is really strange to me that people say no to something without even trying it.

I was challenged to come up with a new, tasty way to eat haggis. We considered many possibilities of serving it but finally we decided on a more traditional way with a modern twist. At the end of the day you are having haggis, so why are you hiding it?

We came up with a meal, which we called Haggis in The Hole. Healthy, well balance meal which taste fantastic; it is full of flavours and a ton of good nutrition.

Ingredients:Sykes Cottages Haggis Championships -- Haggis in The Hole

• 1 x Haggis
• 1 x Large Potato
• 1 x Sweet Potato
• Cauliflower
• Baby Green Beans
• Baby Carrots
• Tenderstem Broccoli
• Asparagus
• Parmesan
• Butter
• Garlic
• Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Method:

Let’s start with Haggis. Just follow the cooking instructions on the packaging – ours required 1h45m in the oven after being wrapped in cooking foil and placed in over proof dish with a couple of cm’s of water.

After 1h it is time to prepare the rest of the dinner – peel your potato and sweet potato and cook in plenty of salted water.

Once your haggis is cooked, set aside to rest for a bit.

Fry the garlic in a little butter till slightly coloured.

Drain your cooked potatoes; add fresh cracked pepper, the cooked crushed garlic, a good chunk of butter and good handful of grated parmesan cheese and mash all together, until you have silky smooth mash. We also added a splash of cream to make sure they were as tasty as absolutely possible.

This would be a good time to prepare all the veggies ready for cooking – we just steamed ours, so they ended up being tender and crisp. They only need 15 for the leafy vegetables and 25 minutes for the root vegetables like the carrots. So start to boil the water.

Sykes Cottages Haggis Championships --- Haggis in The Hole

Now, it is time to build our creation. Take a dish you will serve your dinner in – we used small single serving lasagne dishes – fill it with mash potatoes, creating a hole in the middle of it. Fill empty hole with haggis. Place under the grill for 15-20 minutes or until top is nice golden brown and nicely crisped up. So observe your haggis under the grill and start checking the steaming for when the time is right to remove from the heat.

When everything is done, plate up and you’re ready to go

Serve warm and enjoy.

It really is such a tasty dish that photographs would never be able to do it justice; you will just have to try it, say on a cold night (as they seem to be returning all too quickly)!

Sykes Cottages Haggis Championships - Haggis in The Hole

UK Best Dog Walking Spots – Take The Lead

Take The Lead

Not all of us are blessed with living close to a fantastic walking spot. Let’s take us for example… we live in a lovely village with a lot of open countryside around us, but unfortunately it is not very dog friendly. The soil is predominately clay and arable land which in this current weather makes dog walks a real nightmare… ok, maybe the walks aren’t so bad by themselves but cleaning eight paws afterwards is! 30 minutes of walk and then an hour of cleaning, twice a day… this doesn’t sound very appealing to me. So, often we will drive them to a nice walking spot… most days it is just a short distance up the road so we can have fun on the local football ground which at least has some grass coverage. This is our everyday walk routine… but every so often we all want a change of scenery so we go for a longer drive to the local woods and make a day out of it.

Sykes Cottages created a fantastic website Take The Lead, which is a guide to a great dog walks. So far they feature the Lake District, Norfolk and around the South West.

Featured Walk Trails

Each of these areas has two dog walking trails. As Norfolk is closest to us let me focus on my favourite pick from this selection – the Weybourn to Sharingham walk.

Weybourn to Sharingham walk description

Weybourn to Sharingham

As you can see from the pictures the walks are described from the dogs point of view, which I like a lot; so different and totally adorable. The trail description gives clear instructions on where to go and what you can see during your travels. If you want you can also download the walk in a .pdf file.

pdf download

I love the idea of this website and I hope there will be many more walks added in the future. And to make things even better every walk trail on their website offers a dog friendly cottage near by… just in case you want to make a short break out of it 🙂

Do you have your favourite walking spots?

Do you like the idea of a website featuring countrywide best dog walking routes?

Would you like to add your walk trail onto it?