Discover Cosagach in time for Burns’ Night

It feels like forever since we were first introduced to the charming trend of hygge and the many ways that we can improve the overall quality of our lives.

This fluffy, warming wellness trend sees the purchase of super soft cashmere socks and warm woolly blankets that we imagine have been hand knitted in the most northern tip of the Icelandic circle.

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The ideology of spending time in front of the fire with a warm cup of coco has been heavily publicised over the last two years, that the mere thought of another lifestyle trend emerging seems unthinkable.

Yet just when the echos of hygge, fika, lagoon and lykee have quietened to a silent whisper, we are hearing noise of the emerging cosagach.

Cosagach is a baffling word that we are struggling to pronounce, this emerging ‘lifestyle’ trend originates much closer to home that the artic Scandinavia, instead from Scotland.

A Scottish Gaelic word, cosagach can be translated as snug, sheltered and cosy, convenient for a country that spends half of the year battling strong winds, harsh rains and heavy snow fall.

Potentially rivalling hygge and all that it stands for, the timing of the newly proclaimed cosy definition comes conveniently in time for the upcoming Burn’s night.

Held on the 25th January, Burns Night is also referred to as Robert Burns Day and is typically a supper held nationwide to celebrate the life and poetry of the deceased poet Robert Burns.

Why is Burns Night held on the 25th January? The 25th is an important date as it is the birthday of the poet. What has become iconic about the celebration of Burns Night is the eating of haggis. During the meal, while the starter will typically consist of a type of soup, either a Scotch broth or a potato soup, the main course is always haggis. The haggis will enter the room, carried by the chef to the centre of the table while the traditional Scottish bagpipes follow the haggis to the table.

While not everybody decides to dine out and attend a traditional dinner, some would rather stay at home and eat a purchased haggis from their local supermarket.

If you are planning to celebrate Burns Night this year on the 25th and are wondering how and what to cook alongside your haggis, check out our recipe, allowing you to enjoy this annual treat.