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A Voodoo Haggis take on Fuarag a traditional Samhain dish enjoyed in Scotland & Canada's east-coast

A game involving food, fortune, a button, a thimble, a coin, and a ring...

To me, this sounds like the Fitrion family's favourite game Monopoly (you should see my dad play it ... he's ruthless!). To my partner Daniel, this reads like a bowl of lucky charms, and in some ways, we're kind of both correct.

As a tradition for Samhain (Saw-In) divination rituals, individuals made a dessert/breakfast made of toasted oats & sweet cream known as Fuarag (foo-ar-ak) in Gaelic. It's worth noting that there are many variations on how to make this decadent treat. While doing my research, I also found that this dish goes by many names depending on the region: The Lowlands call it a Cream Crowdie (some use crowdie cheese instead of cream), others a Cranachan, the Highlands and parts of Canada's east coast (Cape Breton Island & Nova Scotia) call it a Fuarag. The latter is a nod to the divination practice + the dish.

In most cases, the practice involves placing a ring (fainne), a thimble (meuran), a button (putan) and a coin (bonn airgid) in a bowl of raw oatmeal mixed with cream and sugar or honey. While eating, whatever item is uncovered reveals your fortune in the coming year:

  • Ring = Marriage