The phrase “when in Rome” applies to many situations. When in Scotland, I discovered that after white wine, red wine and Scotch, I’ll eat just about anything. Including haggis.
We were staying at Hotel Newton in Nairn, Charlie Chaplin’s old stomping grounds, which is truly spectacular and now a part of the MGM family. It’s near Inverness, which my fellow Outlander fans will appreciate. There’s even a Je Suis Prest crest on the building. It was a short drive to the Culloden Battlefield the next morning.
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Anyway, back to haggis. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, haggis, the national dish of Scotland, is a type of pudding composed of the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep (or other animal), minced and mixed with beef or mutton suet and oatmeal and seasoned with onion, cayenne pepper, and other spices. The mixture is packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled. It’s banned in the U.S. because they’ve determined that eating sheep lungs is a bad idea. And bad ideas sometimes stem from white wine, red wine and then Scotch.
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Here it was served fried as a meatball. That’s probably what kept the texture from making me spit it back onto my plate. I’m glad I tried it because I am usually not a very adventurous eater. I’m also glad the alcohol had dulled my taste buds beforehand.
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2 thoughts on “travel tuesday: yes, I ate haggis.”
Haha! On Robbie Burns Day we went to a Scotch/Whiskey party. I ordered 2 cans of Haggis ($25) on Amazon. I liked it! Although after discovering there are about 1000 calories per bite, I refrained from taking another one. I still have a can in the Lazy Susan. I have a feeling it will be eaten someday on a dare after loads of Scotch and whiskey.
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I suggest much Scotch and whiskey, then roll it in bread crumbs and fry it up like a meatball. Then more Scotch and whiskey. 🙂