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mopaul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:13 PM
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Haggis....where do you stand on it?
Edited on Sat Feb-28-04 10:18 PM by mopaul



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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:14 PM
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1. As far away as I can.....
Years ago, saw some in a shop window in Edinburgh. Gross looking stuff.
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Dob Bole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:15 PM
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3. Never had haggis
Only heard mention of it from Mike Myers. I will stay away.
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greatauntoftriplets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:39 PM
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12. Yikes! I haven't eaten it.
Perish the thought!!!!
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Tripper11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:15 PM
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5. LOL..my reply is....
running away as fast as I can!!!! Bleah! And yes, I have tried it before.
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SOteric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:14 PM
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2. I think standing in the middle so it squeezes out both ends
makes kind of a nice, dramatic visual effect.
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rwheeler31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:15 PM
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4. What is it and why would you want to stand on it?
nt
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:15 AM
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26. How to make a Haggis
1 sheep's stomach
2 lb. dry oatmeal
1 lb. suet
1 lb. lamb's liver
2 1/2 cups stock
1 large chopped onion
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, Jamaica pepper and salt

Boil the liver. Parboil the onion. Mash together. Lightly brown the oatmeal, then stir everything together, pack it into the sheep's stomach, tie the ends, prick a few holes in it so it doesn't explode, and boil it for five hours.

Some recipes also call for hearts, lungs, windpipes...

On this haggis page, you learn that the Haggis is merely a large sausage made from oatmeal mixed with a variety of meats, spices and onions. And the sheep's stomach is not required if you can't get one. Which means you could make a haggis from hamburger, and that would taste pretty good.

But a traditional "all the shit no one else would eat" haggis? No thank you!
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PatGund Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:42 PM
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34. Then there's Cajun Haggis
Cajun Haggis
Yield: 1 Servings

Ingredients

1 sheep's lungs (may be omitted if not available outside of louisiana.)
1 sheep's stomach
1 sheep heart
1 sheep liver
1/2 lb fresh suet (kidney leaf fat
1 is preferred)
3/4 c oatmeal ( steel cut, not
1 rolled oats)
3 onions, finely chopped
1 ts salt
1/2 ts freshly ground pepper
1/4 ts cayenne
1/2 ts nutmeg
3/4 c stock

Instructions

Wash lungs and stomach well, rub with salt and rinse. Remove membranes and excess fat. Soak in cold salted water for several hours. Turn stomach inside out for stuffing.

Cover heart and liver with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Chop heart and coarsely grate liver. Toast oatmeal in a skillet on top of the stove, stirring frequently, until golden. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Loosely pack mixture into stomach, about two-thirds full. Remember, oatmeal expands in cooking.

Press any air out of stomach and truss securely. Put into boiling water to cover. Simmer for 3 hours, uncovered, adding more water as needed to maintain water level. Prick stomach several times with a sharp needle when it begins to swell; this keeps the bag from bursting. Place on a hot platter, removing trussing strings. One can eat it at this stage, but we Creole Scots go a step further:

Heat the skillet red hot with an oxy/propane torch. Throw in chunks of the haggis, burning to a crisp on all sides. Serve on a bed of fresh green cayenne peppers. Eat with chopsticks.

Wine suggestion: Mulled Asti Spumante.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:16 PM
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6. My husband's family is Scottish
I'm glad that I have something to throw back at him whenever he brings up lutefisk. :eyes:
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:16 PM
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7. no thanks
i cant think of anything more disgusting other than some asian food. boiled nettles would taste better
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youngred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:17 PM
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8. ALL FOR IT
Edited on Sat Feb-28-04 10:18 PM by youngred
Yummy! :7


PS. Good to see you around these parts mopaul
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ironflange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:17 PM
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9. I figure if I stand on it,
it would prevent anyone else having to eat it.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:20 PM
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10. Just goes to show you how ridiculous some traditions can be.
Time was, the impoverished, thrifty Scots ate haggis because there wasn't nuthin' else. Now Scotland is prospering, just like the rest of the UK, and there are better things to eat now, so come ON! Sheesh!
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dae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:24 PM
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11. I'd rather let those bagpipes play Amazing Grace and be done with it.
:)
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:46 PM
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13. Yuckiest thing you've ever eaten
there was a long running thread in the old DU about "what's the nastiest thing you've ever eaten?"

I've never laughed so hard in my life at the replies in that thread. A real eye-opener!

Your post just reminded me.

As to the question, no I've never eaten it. Yuck!
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 10:47 PM
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14. My Scottish Ancestors Emigrated to these shores
Just to stand as far away from that nasty looking shit as possible.
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clyrc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:14 PM
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15. I tried some two weeks ago
I thought it was delicious.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:17 PM
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16. On the ends, otherwise it'll likely explode.
:shrug:
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bikebloke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:32 PM
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17. Tried it and liked it.
Last I was in Scotland, they were offering haggis at a fest along with tatties and neeps. So I gave it a go. It was good. Better than the neeps. Of course I was travelling around on a beloaded bike when food is petrol. So anything could have tasted tasty.
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:38 PM
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18. Tried it in Edinburgh
It was a MISTAKE:puke: :puke:
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:58 PM
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30. I tried it in Inverness. Really liked it.
I was on a tour to Loch Ness and the guide gave it to everyone. I was reluctant to eat it, but found it quite good. Of course, I wouldn't think of eating it now, since I have become a vegetarian.
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:44 PM
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19. Actually, I try *not* to stand on haggis.
It gets my shoes all messy! :silly:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-28-04 11:48 PM
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20. Well, I always like to stand to the left of things...
(How else could I use the sadly worn out "it's not wise to stand on edible food" jokes. :D )
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:13 AM
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21. I think I'd be standing in the bathroom...or kneeling over the toilet
rather quickly. That looks like a giant slug. Blech!
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:14 AM
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22. It's one of those jokes the Scots have played on the world, like bagpipes.
A real Trompe le Monde, that one.
For the record, The Proclaimers are another.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 12:14 AM
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23. I'll stick with gefilte fish!!
Yum, yum!
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:15 AM
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24. There is really good haggis and there is really bad haggis
There is an annual Robbie Burns event that I've gone to a couple times and the haggis that they serve is excellent, tastes similar to a very good turkey stuffing. Apparently, they fly it in from the best haggis maker in Scotland.

But my husband came home with a haggis that he bought from the grocery store and it was totally inedible. It tasted like boiled mushy moose liver and looked even worse.
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 03:01 PM
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33. mmmmm Moose Liver
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 07:41 AM
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25. Had the real thing when I was in Scotland.
That was before I turned vegetarian. But I admit it was very tasty.
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Tom Yossarian Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 10:40 AM
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27. I'd rather have a Bridie.
(Kind of a meat pie/fritter)
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gula Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:21 PM
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28. Delicious if properly done
But of course I also like tripe, heart, brain ,sweetbreads, etc. although with BSE most of those are now out. :cry:
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 01:41 PM
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29. UH..just let me say...
from my point of view...Thank God!

:evilgrin:
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:29 PM
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31. I am pro-Haggis
FAIR fa your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the pudding-race!
Aboon them a ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy oa grace
As langs my arm.

Robert Burns-To a haggis
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 02:56 PM
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32. I'd love to try it sometime...
But I think I'd be best to stay away from that canned stuff in your post..
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alwynsw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:04 PM
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35. You have to try MY butcher's haggis!
(If you've been to Scotland, you understand.)
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:38 PM
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36. Where do I stand on it?
Hopefully on consecrated ground, about 6 feet above where it is buried.

ICKY

:)
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:50 PM
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37. Despire my Scottish ancestry...
.... I don't care for 'variety meats'. I guess if I was really, really hungry I could eat the stuff :)
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:55 PM
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38. It is one of the most VILE culinary creations in history!
One must wonder if haggis was not first invented by a group of Celts driven mad by hunger who, looking about for some way to last a few more days finally said, "Well, I guess we could stuff the lungs into the stomach and boil it, until we find something fit to eat."

:P
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 08:49 PM
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39. No, one must not wonder that...
because it's exactly how haggis was invented.

Same deal with Rocky Mountain oysters, chitlins, escargots, pork brains in milk gravy..."yeah, you'll do."
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chocolateeater Donating Member (685 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 12:53 AM
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42. No the Picts invented it,
That's why there aren't any left.:evilgrin:
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 11:14 PM
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40. "I think it's repellant in every way.
Actually, I think most Scottish food is based on a dare."
-Mike Myers in "So I Married an Axe Murderer"
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Djinn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-01-04 12:24 AM
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41. personally I don't like it
but the ingredients are basically the same as in any sausage - offcuts and odds and sods wrapped in a casing - very few are served in sheeps stomach's these days usually just a sausage casing.

I always wondered whether my ancestors came up with whiskey to cover the taste of the awful food (not a lot grows in the rocky cold climes of northern scotland) or if because they were so sloshed on the whiskey they just ate anything?
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