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2014-07-17 08:21:13 AM  
This is one of those cases where a government regulation that has absolutely no reason to have ever existed in the first place has grown legs and continued to oppress the people despite there being no reason for it to continue to exist.

I'm not talking about the lamb import ban, I have no idea if the British lamb supply is at risk for mad cow, and it doesn't really matter.

I'm talking about the lung ban.  Perfectly good American sheep lungs have to be thrown away or turned into dog food, when there is a clear demand for authentic American-made haggis.

The USDA hasn't ever been able to come up with any justification for the ban.  But even with people screaming at them for years, they won't give it up.  Even British government pressure hasn't helped.  And what's worse, unlike popular and banned items like marijuana, there is, from what I've been able to find, no significant sheep lung black market to turn to as a workaround for the ban.

The USDA doesn't want to be bothered properly inspecting meat, they keep on pushing for their "self-inspection" plan for slaughterhouses.  But suggest something they can do instead to lessen their workload (stop destroying sheep lungs) and they cling to their stupidity as a man clinging to a rock desperately trying not to drown.
 
2014-07-17 09:26:11 AM  
If you leave out the legally inedible parts, is anything left?
 
2014-07-17 09:27:47 AM  
"legally inedible" is such a bullshiat concept. man made laws do not govern my farking intestines.
 
2014-07-17 09:30:00 AM  

cleek: "legally inedible" is such a bullshiat concept. man made laws do not govern my farking intestines.


Are you talking about your guts or the haggis?
 
2014-07-17 09:30:52 AM  
i was in scotland last week and had haggis for breakfast (as part of a "full scottish") and it was really good.
 
2014-07-17 09:31:07 AM  
I tried so hard to find out why lungs are banned last time we had a haggis thread. I still have no idea.
 
2014-07-17 09:31:44 AM  

cleek: "legally inedible" is such a bullshiat concept. man made laws do not govern my farking intestines.


Indeed. The Taco Bell here always passes inspection and yet it gives me explosive diarrhea.
 
2014-07-17 09:32:18 AM  
the idea of taking the sheep's heart, liver and lungs, shoving it into the stomach and boiling it seems only moderately insane.


Only moderately? You're making a turfarken out of one animal. That's Dexter-grade whacked.

DarkVader: The USDA doesn't want to be bothered properly inspecting meat


USDA manual actually has a chapter on Haggis. Granted, it is only a one paragraph chapter, but it exists. I saw it. I worked at a chicken plant, boiling chicken all day and the USDA guys were 100% on top of their game. They swap them out and keep them on the move to prevent them from getting too chummy with any one plant or its employees.
 
2014-07-17 09:32:29 AM  
Ron Swanson: "Before we proceed, do any of you have any dietary restrictions? Correct, you do not."

/Haggis is delicious.
 
2014-07-17 09:32:32 AM  

DarkVader: This is one of those cases where a government regulation that has absolutely no reason to have ever existed in the first place has grown legs and continued to oppress the people despite there being no reason for it to continue to exist.

I'm not talking about the lamb import ban, I have no idea if the British lamb supply is at risk for mad cow, and it doesn't really matter.

I'm talking about the lung ban.  Perfectly good American sheep lungs have to be thrown away or turned into dog food, when there is a clear demand for authentic American-made haggis.

The USDA hasn't ever been able to come up with any justification for the ban.  But even with people screaming at them for years, they won't give it up.  Even British government pressure hasn't helped.  And what's worse, unlike popular and banned items like marijuana, there is, from what I've been able to find, no significant sheep lung black market to turn to as a workaround for the ban.

The USDA doesn't want to be bothered properly inspecting meat, they keep on pushing for their "self-inspection" plan for slaughterhouses.  But suggest something they can do instead to lessen their workload (stop destroying sheep lungs) and they cling to their stupidity as a man clinging to a rock desperately trying not to drown.


Somehow, the boldened phrase makes me shed a tear or two for the future of this nation.  Didn't our forefathers depart from the British isles to escape from the tyranny of boiled and otherwise tasteless cuisine?
 
2014-07-17 09:35:20 AM  
So Scottish meatloaf. Got it.
 
2014-07-17 09:36:01 AM  
The USDA continues to ban sheep's lungs, but gives "pink slime" a great big thumbs-up (their asses, that is).
 
2014-07-17 09:36:49 AM  
I'd try it.  Sweet breads are the best parts, but I draw the line at brains.
 
2014-07-17 09:37:55 AM  

Prey4reign: Somehow, the boldened phrase makes me shed a tear or two for the future of this nation. Didn't our forefathers depart from the British isles to escape from the tyranny of boiled and otherwise tasteless cuisine?


That's English food.  Scottish food is leftovers with delusions of grandeur.

Wherever you find a dish made from the disgusting parts of an animal, it means some rich bastard stole all the good bits.

/Either that, or the Scots really are that miserly
 
2014-07-17 09:38:26 AM  
American Haggis?

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2014-07-17 09:41:06 AM  

Prey4reign: Somehow, the boldened phrase makes me shed a tear or two for the future of this nation.  Didn't our forefathers depart from the British isles to escape from the tyranny of boiled and otherwise tasteless cuisine?


I know, it's like everyone forgot the horrors of the Philadelphia Cold Toast Riots.
 
2014-07-17 09:41:33 AM  
Haggis is freaking delicious. At least, it was in the incarnation I had at a local place back in '08. Wife and I somehow missed it when we went to Glasgow a few years later.
 
2014-07-17 09:43:13 AM  

paswa17: American Haggis?

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If it's nae Scottish it's CRAP!
 
2014-07-17 09:43:36 AM  

rebelyell2006: cleek: "legally inedible" is such a bullshiat concept. man made laws do not govern my farking intestines.

Indeed. The Taco Bell here always passes inspection and yet it gives me explosive diarrhea.


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Feels your pain, bro.
 
2014-07-17 09:46:09 AM  

DarkVader: This is one of those cases where a government regulation that has absolutely no reason to have ever existed in the first place has grown legs and continued to oppress the people despite there being no reason for it to continue to exist.

I'm not talking about the lamb import ban, I have no idea if the British lamb supply is at risk for mad cow, and it doesn't really matter.

I'm talking about the lung ban.  Perfectly good American sheep lungs have to be thrown away or turned into dog food, when there is a clear demand for authentic American-made haggis.

The USDA hasn't ever been able to come up with any justification for the ban.  But even with people screaming at them for years, they won't give it up.  Even British government pressure hasn't helped.  And what's worse, unlike popular and banned items like marijuana, there is, from what I've been able to find, no significant sheep lung black market to turn to as a workaround for the ban.

The USDA doesn't want to be bothered properly inspecting meat, they keep on pushing for their "self-inspection" plan for slaughterhouses.  But suggest something they can do instead to lessen their workload (stop destroying sheep lungs) and they cling to their stupidity as a man clinging to a rock desperately trying not to drown.


Well, if you feel bad about it afterward, we can dig a grave and let you throw up in it.
 
2014-07-17 09:46:30 AM  
Spoken like someone who has never tasted Haggis, Subby.

Had it at a local celtic fest. No idea if it contained lung or not, but there were plenty of other sweetbreads present. Fine eatin's, indeed.
 
2014-07-17 09:49:26 AM  
Take a bite of a hot dog then a spoonful of oatmeal and chew them up together. You've just had haggis. Depending on how it's been prepared, you may need a dash of slightly sour milk to round out the flavor.
 
2014-07-17 09:50:03 AM  
Highland chicken is fantastic
 
2014-07-17 09:51:17 AM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: rebelyell2006: cleek: "legally inedible" is such a bullshiat concept. man made laws do not govern my farking intestines.

Indeed. The Taco Bell here always passes inspection and yet it gives me explosive diarrhea.


Feels your pain, bro.


I should have used Preparation H.
 
2014-07-17 09:52:30 AM  
Legally edible?
I'm pretty sure that's not how edible works.
 
2014-07-17 09:53:15 AM  
Fair As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o'need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin', rich!

Then, Looks down On
Poor devil! see him As feckles as wither'd rash,
His spindle shank, a His nieve a nit;
Thro' blody flood O how unfit!

The trembling earth resounds his tread.
He'll mak it whissle;
An' legs an' arms,
Ye Pow'rs, And dish them out their

/yes, from memeory.
 
2014-07-17 09:54:07 AM  
Honestly it sounds gross, but I'd try it.  We should eat more organ meat, it's good for us.
 
2014-07-17 09:56:26 AM  
haggis, neeps & tatties.

/haggis looks like shiat.
 
2014-07-17 09:59:24 AM  

ajgeek: So Scottish meatloaf. Got it.


I ate it on a dare in Scotland in 1990.  That's EXACTLY what I said at the time.  It was much better than we thought it was going to be.
 
2014-07-17 10:00:16 AM  

uttertosh: Fair As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o'need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin', rich!

Then, Looks down On
Poor devil! see him As feckles as wither'd rash,
His spindle shank, a His nieve a nit;
Thro' blody flood O how unfit!

The trembling earth resounds his tread.
He'll mak it whissle;
An' legs an' arms,
Ye Pow'rs, And dish them out their

/yes, from memeory.


it chucked all my HTML - FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU
 
2014-07-17 10:00:32 AM  
Let them eat cake.
 
2014-07-17 10:05:30 AM  
     Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o' the pudding-race!
    Aboon them a' yet tak your place,
    Painch, tripe, or thairm:
    Weel are ye wordy o'a grace
    As lang's my arm.

    The groaning trencher there ye fill,
    Your hurdies like a distant hill,
    Your pin was help to mend a mill
    In time o'need,
    While thro' your pores the dews distil
    Like amber bead.

    His knife see rustic Labour dight,
    An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
    Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
    Like ony ditch;
    And then, O what a glorious sight,
    Warm-reekin', rich!

    Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
    Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
    Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve
    Are bent like drums;
    Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
    Bethankit! hums.

    Is there that owre his French ragout
    Or olio that wad staw a sow,
    Or fricassee wad make her spew
    Wi' perfect sconner,
    Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
    On sic a dinner?

    Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
    As feckles as wither'd rash,
    His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
    His nieve a nit;
    Thro' blody flood or field to dash,
    O how unfit!

    But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
    The trembling earth resounds his tread.
    Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
    He'll mak it whissle;
    An' legs an' arms, an' hands will sned,
    Like taps o' trissle.

    Ye Pow'rs, wha mak mankind your care,
    And dish them out their bill o' fare,
    Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
    That jaups in luggies;
    But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer
    Gie her a haggis!
 
2014-07-17 10:07:32 AM  
Haggis: What the Scots cooked after the English stole all of the good parts.
 
2014-07-17 10:09:58 AM  
This story is just offal
 
2014-07-17 10:11:46 AM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: Spoken like someone who has never tasted Haggis, Subby.

Had it at a local celtic fest. No idea if it contained lung or not, but there were plenty of other sweetbreads present. Fine eatin's, indeed.


Does it taste anything like black pudding?  Or, more likely, white pudding?

'Cause while I've not had haggis, I have had the other two, of which I prefer black because the blood
seems to give the meat mixture a much stronger flavour (as it must), whereas the white, while still tasty,
was a bit bland and lacking.
 
2014-07-17 10:15:59 AM  

picturescrazy: I tried so hard to find out why lungs are banned last time we had a haggis thread. I still have no idea.


Wasn't it banned in the US when the UK had the BSE outbreak? I seem to remember Qi covering people smuggling haggis into the US to get around the ban.
 
2014-07-17 10:16:08 AM  
Just because:
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2014-07-17 10:18:13 AM  
haggis is a sausage, and belongs on my BBQ

well, maybe not Spicy McHaggis
 
2014-07-17 10:18:33 AM  

way south: Legally edible?
I'm pretty sure that's not how edible works.


Like every time I hear someone say 'legally blind', I don't correct anyone anymore.
/do you mean 'clinically' blind?
 
2014-07-17 10:21:34 AM  

LeroyBourne: way south: Legally edible?
I'm pretty sure that's not how edible works.

Like every time I hear someone say 'legally blind', I don't correct anyone anymore.
/do you mean 'clinically' blind?


Maybe they actually mean legally blind
 
2014-07-17 10:25:07 AM  
Donwrite could our Haggis enthusiasm be unfounded?!?!
 
2014-07-17 10:27:26 AM  
I have several Haggis recipes, none of which I have tried. This one seems the most authentic:


  1 sheep's stomach, cleaned & scraped
  1 sheep's heart
  2 lb. sheep's liver
  3 lb. sheep's lungs
  1 c. pearl barley
  2 c. coarse oatmeal
  2 garlic cloves
  Salt & pepper
  1 lb. onions
 
Take the stomach and turn it inside out. Boil the lungs and heart for 6 hours and just 15 minutes before you're through add the liver. Boil the barley until soft. Chop the onions and finely chop the cooked meat.
Mix all the ingredients and add some of the juice the meat was boiled in. Fill the stomach with this mixture. Tie both ends with string and drop it in nearly boiling water, or steam for 1 1/2 hours. Serve hot with mashed turnips and potatoes. This can be made in a bowl if a sheep's stomach is not available. Pig's offal can be used instead of sheep's. Proceed in the same way.

All you have to do is get a sheep and cook the stuff you normally would not eat.
 
2014-07-17 10:46:55 AM  
"Until then, we Americans can only make do with vein attempts to emulate the traditional recipe legally."

I spent waaaay to much time wondering if this was a pun based on utilizing the lamb's circulatory system in the Americanized version of haggis.

After wasting half of my morning mulling it over, I have come to the conclusion that it's just poor editing.
 
2014-07-17 10:47:04 AM  

DreamSnipers: cook the stuff you normally would not eat


You mean turnips?
 
2014-07-17 11:05:21 AM  

RussianPooper: LeroyBourne: way south: Legally edible?
I'm pretty sure that's not how edible works.

Like every time I hear someone say 'legally blind', I don't correct anyone anymore.
/do you mean 'clinically' blind?

Maybe they actually mean legally blind


I don't care.  It sounds stupid to me.  Like you have to pay a fine if you're caught blind.  Makes no sense to me.
 
2014-07-17 11:06:36 AM  
Just saying, but Innus and Gunn is one of my favourite ales.

It's got this amazing aftertaste, it's like a mild whiskey. It also makes an exceptional shandy.

Just don't get it from Tesco's, they don't know how to store it and it's usually bruised.
 
2014-07-17 11:08:30 AM  
I have a friend from Scotland who brought back a tin of proper haggis from one of his visits to home.  He used it as a pizza topping.  I loved it.
 
2014-07-17 11:12:18 AM  
If you leave out the legally inedible parts, humans are edible too.
 
2014-07-17 11:16:47 AM  

ColSanders: tin of proper haggis


There are two words in this statement that are so very, very wrong. On so many levels.
 
2014-07-17 11:32:20 AM  
Going to Scotland next month. I'm a vegetarian, but have agreed to taste a bite of haggis, just to say I have and see what all of the hub-bub is about.  You can't have a proper Scottish vacation without, no?
 
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