Scottish Cusine With Susan forum: All Things Scottish

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Nov 6, 2011 3:25 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
ALL THINGS SCOTTISH

Now, the title alone evokes a lot of things – bucolic country sides, fields and fields of purple and white heather, bagpipes and pipers, kilts (and what’s worn under them hahahaha) and all sorts of castles and battles.
Ah but, you ask, what’s the real story behind the country and its peoples? Well, I’m not going to delve too deep into the country’s history, but I will share with you some of its beauty, and culinary wonders.
Names (Celtic) and recipes are astounding in their meanings and richness.
For instance, my name is Susan, and the Gaelic spelling of it is Siùsaidh and my husband’s name, Robert, is Raibeart. Our last name, MacKenzie is spelled MacCoinnich.
You can usually look up your name (first and last) and see how it’s spelled in Gaelic, too – here’s a website to do so:
http://www.akerbeltz.org/beagangaidhlig/ainmnean/ainmean.htm
This is a totally Gaelic site for names, although it’s mostly in Gaelic, there is a translation into English for you. Have FUN with this!

And, if you’d like to learn the language, it’s rich in history – in fact, there’s a website called Save Gaelic because it’s becoming less popular with the young folk who are losing the wonderfulness of their own native language. It’s such a shame, too – o to the site to learn more. http://www.savegaelic.org/

On another note – perhaps you’ve heard of Robbie Burns, the famous Scottish poet, or perhaps not. However, you have heard his songs. He lived from January 25, 1759 to July 21, 1796 and is tremendously famous in Scotland and around the world. He wrote 368 songs in total - such favourites as Auld Lang Syne (popularly sung every New Year’s Eve), and Charlie He’s My Darling (sung by a young Uhura in one of the early Star Treks), and Flow Gently Sweet Afton (about the Afton river that was gurgling too loudly, and Robbie wanted it to be quiet while his love slept).
Robbie was quite the lady’s man, but that’s another story.

Every January, there are several “dinners” celebrating Robbie Burns, the famous Scottish poet, all around the world.
In Calgary, as close to January 25th as possible, there are so many, it’s almost a day’s holiday and I’m sure it really IS in Scotland. Should you be so lucky as to go to a Robbie Burns dinner run entirely by the Scots (in whatever country), you’d be treated to a menu of “neeps and tatties”, Haggis, scones, roast beef, and plenty of ale.
As well you’d hear, in true Gaelic, his Toast To The Haggis, a poem about the warm, and lovely haggis (a native dish of Scotland) which was made of ground meats, spices and of course porridge! Robbie loved his Haggis! There is a traditional march of a kilt-wearing Scot bearing the haggis in proudly on a silver platter, and being piped in by a bagpiper. It’s a stirring ceremony followed by the ceremonial cutting of the Haggis while all watch.
After the cutting of the Haggis comes the prayer before dinner, and then the Laddies toast to the Ladies, followed by the Reply To The Laddies. Several joyous jokes and banters are exchanged in these two “toasts”.
You can research Robbie Burns by going to this site: http://www.robertburns.org/works/

Thumb of 2011-11-06/Tallulah_B/3777c1 Robbie Burns, the poet.

Selkirk Grace (said at the Robbie Burns Dinner)
O thou who kindly dost provide
For every creature's want!
We bless Thee, God of Nature wide,
For all Thy goodness lent:
And if it please Thee, Heavenly Guide,
May never worse be sent;
But, whether granted, or denied,
Lord, bless us with content. Amen!

Thumb of 2011-11-06/Tallulah_B/07d8c9 Picture of Bob & I at our Robbie Burns dinner - he wears MacKenzie, and I wear Hamilton (my mother's side) kilts. I'm also wearing the MacKenzie sash he presented me with at our wedding, 13 years ago.

Now, as to Kilts and the beauty of the country…… I’ll cover these topics in my next article. Check out the recipes I'm always adding to this cubit, and enjoy!

Siùsaidh MacCoinnich (aka Susan MacKenzie)

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ImageSiliolegma
Jan 3, 2012 3:29 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
Ah Susan this is all very interesting. The Scots in my ancestry is from my great grandmother (my mother's father's mother) who was a Bucklew. Great family story as the name was actually a title bestowed on a certain Walter Scott. The original spelling is: Beuccleuch. Beuc as in a deer and Cleuch is a ravine. The story is that the ancester carried a deer out of a ravine on his shoulders that had been shot by the king. As a reward he was given property and the title Earl of Beuccleuch. There is still a sitting Earl of Beuccleuch who has three estates.

There was once a wonderful website for the name with all this history included. The person who had the site retired and quit tending to the site. I can't seem to find it any more.

Have you read the series of books starting with the Outlander? Awesome stories and much Scots histories.
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Jan 3, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Wow - how kewl is that?
Thanks Karen, for dropping in. If you'd like to add anything to this cubit, please feel free!! Maybe I should add an "Scottish (or Celtic) Ancestry" thread - what do you think?

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ImageSiliolegma
Jan 3, 2012 4:20 PM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
I think an ancestry thread would be cool.
I had to go out and look up the Outlander author...Diana Gabaldon. There are I think 7 books in the series and they are big thick books. A great story though. I started reading them and at some point I realized I was out of order. So I went to a used book store and bought them all and started over. There is another author, last name is Scott, I wrote to her and received a reply. She also writes good historical novels about Scots. and several of hers mention my ancestors the Beuccleuch's. I'll remember her first name at some point. LOL

Our Scott line before the Beuccleuchs goes back to Mary Queen of Scots and also to the Scott for whom Scotland was named. My ancestry is the border Scotts.

I think genealogy is great fun and only hope that someone in the family will be interested in the file cabinet full of information I have accumulated.
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Jan 3, 2012 7:16 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
I know that my ancestor is the poet Sir Walter Raleigh (who held his clock over a puddle for the Queen), but we were born "on the wrong side of the blanket" so could not claim ancestry. That was my English side (my dad).

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Heavenscape
Jan 4, 2012 11:17 AM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
Now, you got me thinking, Susan.. how could a 100% Asian have some Scotts' in her??
Aha!!! Via its' culture via my ex beau!! Sipping on a single malt Glenfiddich, once upon a time, while reading Burns. "O my love's like a red, red rose".
Or a tad of Drambuie added to my cup of tea, with a side saucer of warmed scones.
Would you believe all these were done when I was in Singapore?
Maybe now that I'm half a century old, I can learn to like Haggis?

Good job, Susan! I tip my hat to you.
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Heavenscape
Jan 4, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
Karen, once upon a time I read Diana Gabaldon too. Stopped reading after she threw a curve with a certain character's sexual preference. Sigh.. I know.. Hilarious!
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Jan 4, 2012 11:25 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Well, Sistah Jaye - now we can call you a "bonnie wee lassie" right? Rolling on the floor laughing

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Jan 4, 2012 11:28 AM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
Lassie, may be. But definitely not Bonnie nor Wee!! Hilarious!
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Jan 4, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing You definitely are a Bonnie lassie, and as for wee, well as far as I'm concerned, we're all wee to those that love us, and you m'dear are well-loved Lovey dubby

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Jan 4, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Name: Karen
Maryville, TN
Welcome to our clan, Jaye
Heavenscape
Jan 4, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
"Tapadh leat" Karen!
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Jan 4, 2012 12:58 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Ooooopsie - I should have said
Fàilte, Ceud mìle fàilte to the both of you..........
well, better late than never!! Big Grin

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Feb 21, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
I DID say that Celts were all over the world - listen to this Afro-Celt music!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlDs8ZwE2qY&feature=related
Ears perked up!

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Feb 21, 2012 11:56 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

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Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
ImageTallulah_B
Feb 21, 2012 3:30 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
There are Celts in Egypt, too! ('course, that's on the same continent as Africa!)
The Celts were/are a very nomadic peoples. and even Romneys (Gypsies) are Celtic..... Big Grin

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Feb 29, 2012 3:13 PM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
Ahh that explains the why there were some old Egyptian redheads, when I was there.
Thought it was the henna.
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Feb 29, 2012 4:30 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing yeah, guess that's right Whistling

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