Happy St Andrews Day

30th Nov is St Andrews Day in Scotland. We look at how you can celebrate with a veggie haggis.

Scottish flag

Why do we celebrate St Andrew's Day?

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (incidentally also of Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland) and on 30th November they celebrate him, in the same way we have St George’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and St David’s Day.

The myth is that St Andrew helped Scotland win a battle against the English sometime in the 9th century, when his symbol, an X, appeared in the sky, as recognition of his help King Angus declared him the patron saint of Scotland. That is why the Scottish flag has a white X on it.

While Burns Night and Hogmanay are more popular holidays in Scotland, St Andrew’s Day is still enjoyed with some good food, such as Cullen Skink or Haggis, and a Caleigh.

Enjoy a veggie Haggis to celebrate

If you’d like to make a veggie haggis, you can mix and match ingredients to suit your taste, but it will need to include some oats. Things you might want to add in are nuts, mushrooms, onions, beans, carrots and lentils.

This BBC Good Food recipe is a good one to try.

We also like this one from the Great British Chefs website, which wraps a cabbage leaf around the haggis to hold it all together.

The Guardian offer their suggestion for the perfect veggie haggis too.

If cooking your own feels a bit too much like hard work, most supermarkets offer a good veggie option for haggis these days, so you can sit back and enjoy without the need to create it from scratch.