We are super excited to open at our new Royal Mile location, right in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The Haggis Box has opened up a cafe at the Scottish Story Telling Centre, a place of year-round culture, regular story-telling nights and one-off performances. This is such a perfect place for us to base our cafe outlet.
Join us Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm – eat in or take-away.
What’s a neep?
So you’ve heard of haggis and you already know it’s Scotland’s most famous dish. You probably also know that it’s served with tatties, and you’re already well aware that this means mashed potatoes, in English. But what about the neeps? What on earth is that?
Well, “neeps” is just the Scots word for swede – that hard winter vegetable that people also use in soups and stews. You might also hear Scottish people saying “nips”, which is much more obviously short for “turnips”. It’s a hard job to peel and chop the neeps, and then we boil and mash, then add a bit of seasoning. Our secret (and non-traditional!) addition is turmeric which has superb anti-inflammatory properties as well as a great yellow colour! And there you have them: neeps!
We are asked all the time to translate “neeps” into other languages, so here you go!
Arabic: Lafat naba’at
Hungarian: Fehér retek/répa
Thai: Haw phak kad
So, who knows? Had vegan haggis been readily available in the 18th century, it might have been Rabbie’s dish of choice. Today, take a cup o’ kindness and honour the compassionate poet’s memory with this animal-free recipe adapted from food blogger Vegan Lass – perfect with neeps and tatties (and even a wee dram!).