The highlight of the trip was dinner with a Scottish couple who are good friends with Alison, Anne and Graeme Nelson of Helensburgh, Scotland.
Helensburgh is a lovely town on the west coast of Scotland. According to Wikipedia, it had about 14,000+ residents in 2000. It has a beach front and an esplanade and a town square that has won some design awards.
Dinner was really good as Anne is a terrific cook. The main dish was a genuine haggis which Anne's butcher made especially for this dinner. Here are the photos:
This is a photo of Anne and Graeme and their lovely dog Daisy, who shows up in many a social media post:
Here is the first course-scallops with black pudding layered over a pea and mint puree. It was every bit as delicious as it looked:
And here it is everyone-the haggis! It was probably 10 or 11 inches long and about 6 inches wide. This is usually a holiday meal but Anne's butcher made it just for us. As we went through the meal, I kept asking about ingredients, cooking, etc, but when it came to the haggis, the recipe was kept a secret so no, I don't know what was in it but it was delicious and I had seconds:
Here it is being sliced open:
We also had neeps and tatties, which are mashed turnips and potatoes and were served with the haggis. The potatoes tasted different than American potatoes - the flavor reminded me of mashed potatoes I ate as a child. Anyway, I had several helpings of both:
This is the main dish-the haggis had a whiskey sauce on it. Very good:
Here is the poor haggis about 20 minutes later, demolished:
Ahhh, desert. This is cranachan, a whipped cream, honey, scotch whiskey, oatmeal, and raspberry dessert. It was really good. I could have eaten probably 20 of these easily. I am going to attempt to re-create this tomorrow evening by using this recipe- Cranachan recipe:
We spent the evening chatting and getting to know one another and I sincerely hope at some point we get to meet them again.
Thank you Anne, Graeme, and Daisy for a terrific meal and evening.