The Plight of a Scottish Vegetarian: How to Behave at a Burns's Supper
As a lacto-ovo vegetarian and a Scot, I have a dilemma. What to eat at a Robert Burns's supper? Haggis? Unfortunately, the organs of sheep and its stomach are not an option for me (though Rabbie, I am sure, would not be too sympathetic with my plight!). I don't want to be an outcast at a Burns's supper and simply eat a few potatoes while some angry fellow-Scots look on at my seemingly self-righteous (Holy-Willy-ish) mealtime piety. So it was with great joy that I discovered on-line a number of Vegetarian haggis recipes (e.g. http://www.vegsoc.org/news/2001/ burns.html) that did not involve any ovine tofu (I never found any redeeming qualities in tofu-turkey). While Burns may never have imagined eating haggis made with lentils and soy sauce, I would like to think he might conclude after enjoying some vegetarian haggis that "a meal's a meal for a' that."