Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Free the Haggis!

This one was brought to my attention by KennyG--Thanks!

I have personally struggled with this issue, unable to find my beloved haggis in any form other than canned. (The canned stuff is OK, but nothing like that wonderful Scottish haggis!) And finding a butcher who will sell you lungs, liver and heart directly is nigh impossible--something to do with USDA rules on selling organ meat. Bah! What do they know?!

So, please, for all the haggis lovers out there, write your congressman today!!

Haggis an offal burden?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland is considering lobbying the United States to lift a ban on haggis, hoping to boost sales of the sheep-stomach-based national dish.

The U.S. banned imports of Scottish haggis after Britain's outbreak of mad cow disease, which is linked to the human brain illness Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Scotland's government insist its haggis -- which usually contains the heart, liver and lungs wrapped inside a sheep's stomach lining -- is safe and wants the ban lifted.

"The Scottish government will consider engaging the U.S. government on its haggis import ban ... It is safe or we wouldn't eat it here," said a spokeswoman. "We think there is a large market for it amongst expatriate Scots there."

She cited growing sales of tartans and the prevalence of Scottish clubs as evidence that Americans were taking greater interest in their Scottish heritage.

Haggis, a globally recognized symbol of Scotland alongside bagpipes, kilts and Scotch whisky, is an essential part of Burns night celebrations, which commemorate national poet Robert Burns and fall on January 25.

Burns was the author of "Ode to a Haggis."

(Reporting by Peter Apps; Editing by Myra MacDonald)


gaz said...

mmmm haggis, that's what i'm talking about.
is that canned stuff the real deal or a kind of 'pseudo haggis'?

Scott said...

The canned stuff is "real" enough. It has lamb and beef heart and liver, oats and suet and spices. So it's pretty close to the "real deal", except for its heavily tinned casing.

Incidentally, it comes from US produced meat, so I guess that whole mad cow thing is still an issue. (Even for lambs!)

Scott said...

I just stumbled upon this site, which looks promising for those of us in the U.S.A.

[Caledonian Haggis]

Adolfo said...

I, coming from Mexico, it is not strange to hear that sort of meals. Interesting fact is that while living in Mexico, I found that a normal non-gross meal- Tongue, heart,intestine, liver,brains,etc... curiously not lungs. Go figure. Not everybody in Mexico eats it though, but it is pretty common.

After living in North America for more than a decade that sounds not so appealing anymore to me. I guess I got into the 'shouldn't eat that' mood of the people here. I still like liver but I do not eat it if I have other choices. Other choices is the key in my case. I do not like the idea of beef/sheep or any red meat in cans though. It just my thing. I bet the real haggis is good- I'll pass though. I trust u. ;-)

I do love all sorts of food as well. But I am amazed as to how much you love A N Y sort of food! Like Dad!
I guess i am not that adventurous with food after all. Not on my 'Menu'
Bon Appetit!

Scott said...

Adolfo, I've often said, I will eat ANYTHING that doesn't eat me first!

Adolfo said...

lol! I like that one!
hey! done worms?

Scott said...

Not on purpose! But willing to try!

gaz said...

i ate a worm when i was 3.
my mother screamed at me throught the kitchen window to "stoooooop!" but i went ahead and bit that little wriggler in half.

Mom said...

As a kid growing up in Oklahoma, with all kinds of freshly butchered animals available & not many FDA regulations back in the "dark ages"; we ate everything! My Dad hunted rabbits, squirrels, doves, deer, elk, catfish, you name it between him & his friends, we even had pheasant & bear burgers.

My Mom's family were Polish immigrants, so organ meat was a big part of our diets, liver, heart, gizzards, tongue & brain. We never had kidney's thankfully!! Blood sausage came later in Germany. I guess I might be able to taste haggis after all.

Scott said...

I know for a FACT that you would like haggis. Even Luke and Eddie like it!

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