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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-26 05:28
Subject: [food] Eating Haggis on Burns Day
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Last night I went to a haggis party at the home of Jersey Girl in Portland. It was fun to be able to go out of an evening, and, well, haggis on Robert Burns day. And this was the real thing, made from scratch with authentic ingredients.

There was a ceremonial reading of the Burns poem on haggis, then there was the serving of the beast. It looked nasty and, honestly, to my palate didn't taste much better, but I am glad I tried it. Kind of like a feral, inept sausage cut by too much oatmeal. I'm pretty sure I won't ever need to eat it again. Still, it was fun, and the company of Jersey Girl's friends was good.

And, well, haggis. Come on. How often do you get a chance?

Haggis in the pan
Haggis in the pan

Haggis on the plate
Haggis on the plate

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User: fledgist
Date: 2012-01-26 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Isn't it supposed to be Burns Nicht? I hope you toasted the Immortal Memory in an appropriate beverage.
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scarlettina: LOL!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-01-26 15:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's brilliant. :-)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-01-29 00:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks for reminding me of that -- first time I saw that was the first time I laughed so hard I cried at a cooking show.
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They Didn't Ask Me
User: dr_phil_physics
Date: 2012-01-26 17:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(in best Monty Python voice)

Haggis -- I love it!

(actually, I do)

Dr. Phil
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User: desperance
Date: 2012-01-26 19:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mm'phm. If it tastes like inept sausage cut with too much oatmeal, it ain't right. I may make you do this again sometime. (Because in the face of "How often do you get a chance?" the only acceptable answer is "Every year, obviously.")
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Thom Marrion
User: xnbach
Date: 2012-01-26 20:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It didn't know about this until recently, but apparently up in Vancouver BC they combine Robert Burns Day with the Chinese New Year to celebrate Gung Haggis Fat Choy

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User: supersniffles
Date: 2012-01-27 11:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I tried haggis when I was in Scotland in 2005 (for Interaction) I found the flavor to be acceptable but the texture a bit weird for me. Since I am generally considered to be one of the pickiest eaters on the planet, this is high praise :)
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-01-29 00:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wonder how much like goetta (I like goetta -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goetta) haggis is. But not enough to try haggis to find out.

Did she cook it in a sheep's stomach?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-29 03:17 (UTC)
Yes, she really cooked it in a sheep's stomach.
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