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The Haggis Tree

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THE HAGGIS TREE (S8x32) 2C (4C set) John Drewry Autumn Collection 83

1- 8 1s set and cross RH, 1s+2s set and 1L+2L cross to other sides while 1M casts down as 2M casts up (to right of other Lady)
9-16 1s+2s set and dance La Baratte:
 Men ½ turn Lady RH and retains hand but at arm's length from each other
 Men retrace steps with Lady turning right under Man's arm briefly into Allemande hold (Man behind Lady facing Lady's original place) and releasing Lady's RH she turns under Man's left arm until almost in original places
 Couples change places LH to opposite places
17-24 1s+2s set, dance RH across 1¼ times round (4 bars), 1s dance out through original place and cast to 2nd place while 2s ½ turn RH to end 1st place own side
25-32 2s+1s set, circle 4H round to left ½ way, turn partners 2H, opening out into circle 4H round to left to finish on own sides

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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It is said, and perhaps even believed by some, that haggis can be found growing on a rare type of Scottish tree.

Should you be fortunate enough to come upon such a tree, and find a haggis or two that has ripened and fallen from said tree, then proceed as follows. Marinate the haggis with a generous supply of your favourite single malt Scotch and cook to taste. The result will be as fresh and flavourful a delicacy as you will ever have experienced.

As we now return to reality, setting legends aside, those of us who delight in our annual opportunity to savour a very tasty haggis more than likely know what it contains. We may even know what constitutes sheep's pluck, which of course covers the primary ingredients, by name: lamb's heart, liver, and lungs. As most of us well realize, the pluck is ground up with oatmeal, onion, suet, and spices, all compressed into a bladder that used to be made from the animal's stomach but now is likely to be an artificial facsimile.

The Barry Pipes Canon 099- January, 2018.

(Dance information from set and link, RSCDS Toronto Newsletter - What's In A Name? The Barry Pipes Canon 2005-2018, reproduced here with kind permission. Copyright Barry Pipes. All rights reserved)

Haggis is a dish containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours.

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