My stepmother was the most fabulous cook and shared many tips and recipes with me over the years, she had a real a commitment to getting things right and a thorough knowledge of British culinary tradition. This is her fool proof recipe for Yorkshire Pudding. Always make the batter at least one day in advance. You can purchase the dripping from most reputable butchers or make your own beef stock and reserve the cold and solid fat layer after chilling.
Yorkies freeze really well and just need a 3 minute blast in a hot oven just before serving.
Haggis needs little to no introduction but there be no finer fitting way to announce my choice other than the words from the great bard himself: Robert Burns 1759-1796.
ODE TO A HAGGIS
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
You pin was help to mend a mill
In time o’need
While thro’your pores the dews distill
Like amber bead