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(Scotsman)   Airport screeners stop kilted man after finding something even deadlier than plastic explosive in his luggage -- Haggis   (scotsman.com) divider line 62
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2014-01-25 11:14:52 AM  
Scottish cuisine is based on a dare: "Ah bet ye woont eat that, laddie!" "Ah bet I wool!"

Also, let's face it, they've never had the income to do something so rash as to throw out any part of the animal even provisionally edible.
 
2014-01-25 11:29:31 AM  
People in Alabama are crazy.
 
2014-01-25 11:37:04 AM  

Shadowknight: /Scotland was one of my absolute favorite places to visit while I lived in Europe


Except no one speaks English there. It was the place I had the most difficulty communicating with people.
 
2014-01-25 12:13:56 PM  

KillerAttackParrot: Shadowknight: /Scotland was one of my absolute favorite places to visit while I lived in Europe

Except no one speaks English there. It was the place I had the most difficulty communicating with people.


Never had much problem myself. Edinburgh was easy, of course, because it's such a big city. But even out in the Highlands I never had too much trouble.

But I was mostly ordering food, ale, and whiskey. It's pretty universally understood.
 
2014-01-25 12:43:58 PM  

Shadowknight: Never had much problem myself. Edinburgh was easy, of course, because it's such a big city. But even out in the Highlands I never had too much trouble.

But I was mostly ordering food, ale, and whiskey. It's pretty universally understood.


No. You're right Edinburgh wasn't a problem. Loved that castle on top of a giant rock rising in the middle of the city.

It wasn't ordering so much. They seem to have no problem understanding me. It was the replies that were incomprehensible.
 
2014-01-25 12:45:40 PM  

wildcardjack: Rinse the stomach thoroughly and soak overnight in cold salted water.

Rinse the liver, heart, and tongue. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook these parts over medium heat for 2 hours. Remove and mince. Remove any gristle or skin and discard.

In a large bowl, combine the minced liver, heart, tongue, suet, onions, and toasted oats. Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs. Moisten with some of the cooking water so the mixture binds. Remove the stomach from the cold salted water and fill 2/3 with the mixture. Sew or tie the stomach closed. Use a turning fork to pierce the stomach several times. This will prevent the haggis from bursting.

In a large pot of boiling water, gently place the filled stomach, being careful not to splash. Cook over high heat for 3 hours.

Serve with mashed potatoes, if you serve it at all.


...so essentially Scottish scrapple, only with lamby bits instead of piggy bits, I take it?  (And scrapple ain't bad stuff.  Nor is goetta, which is the Cincinnati variant of scrapple.)
 
2014-01-25 01:36:00 PM  

Shadowknight: KillerAttackParrot: Shadowknight: /Scotland was one of my absolute favorite places to visit while I lived in Europe

Except no one speaks English there. It was the place I had the most difficulty communicating with people.

Never had much problem myself. Edinburgh was easy, of course, because it's such a big city. But even out in the Highlands I never had too much trouble.

But I was mostly ordering food, ale, and whiskey. It's pretty universally understood.


The people who live in Edinburgh and the Highlands speak lovely, precisely-enunciated English. If you want a challenge, try Glasgow and the Clyde Coast.
 
2014-01-25 01:38:20 PM  
The safety and security of passengers is our number one priority. Each and every passenger is required to go through all of the necessary security screening checks, as set out by the Department for Transport our American overlords.

Don't kid yourselves, UK. You didn't come to your security arrangements by yourself.
 
2014-01-25 02:13:49 PM  

optikeye: Well they have laws against bringing in food stuffs...


However, Haggis shouldn't be classified as food; but rather a

Biological  weapon.

Fixed .

Tried haggis once and nearly threw up.

/probably needed some good scotch to choke it down.
 
2014-01-25 03:24:35 PM  

jso2897: optikeye: Well they have laws against bringing in food stuffs...


However, Haggis shouldn't be classified as food; but rather a cultural artifact.

I was going to ask - they don't let people take that shiat out of Scotland, do they?
And we're worried about Iran?


Actually, Craig Ferguson was interviewing the Prime Minister a while back (during his show's trip to Scotland), and the PM says they're really trying to get it legalized over here and pretty close to doing that. I'd happily eat it!!! In the meantime, I'll have to stick with the awesome that is shepherd's pie when it comes to Scottish cuisine.
 
2014-01-26 05:35:55 AM  

robohobo: What does it really taste like, snark aside?


Meat-flavored oatmeal.
 
2014-01-26 05:39:11 AM  

kling_klang_bed: Actually, Craig Ferguson was interviewing the Prime Minister a while back (during his show's trip to Scotland), and the PM says they're really trying to get it legalized over here and pretty close to doing that


IIRC the problem is that proper Haggis uses sheep's lung, and the USDA doesn't consider allow lung to be imported / sold for human consumption / something like that.
 
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