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Jul 5th, 2014, 09:19 AM
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Scottish Haggis - UK Trying to Overturn U.S. Import Ban...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/wo...o-us.html?_r=0

because real Haggis includes sheep liver, banned from legal consumption in the U.S. since 1971 - imports of British meats following the Mad Cow outbreak have further complicated legally importing haggis.

Anyway an interesting article about haggis - in some ways the national dish of Scotland it seems - thanks perhaps to Bobbie Burns.

The article says haggis can taste good but that the haggis sold in the U.S. sans sheep liver tastes not like the real thing.

I've shied away from haggis - questions - how do yous who have tasted it find it tastes? (Like chicken perhaps!) and is it easy to find in Scotland say in pubs - or is it mainly eaten on Burns Day or Hogamany?

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Jul 5th, 2014, 09:33 AM
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I have a Canadian friend who makes her own. She makes lots and freezes much of it.
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Jul 5th, 2014, 09:35 AM
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It's nothing like chicken.... Have you ever had faggots or black pudding? It's a bit like that ( to my tatse anyway)
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faggots or black pudding>

I'm not gay but I have had black pud and did not care much for it - haggis does not seem appetizing to this largely non-carnivore.
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>>(Like chicken perhaps!)<<

no
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Jul 5th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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It's essentially a large sausage probably with more wholesome ingredients than the average sausage.
It can vary in quality, but can be delicious.
There can be silliness about it.
I remember a conversation
Dim Bulb: Yuk, a sheep's stomach?
Me: nowadays, it's usually sold in a plastic covering
Dim Bulb: You folks eat plastic?

You actually just eat the inside and you sometimes get it sliced as part of a full Scottish breakfast
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>>I'm not gay but . . . <<

Huh?

Surely (since you post soooooooo much about the UK) you know that faggots has nothing at all to do w/ a gay slur -- you do know that, don't you????
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Jul 5th, 2014, 10:30 AM
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yes janis I do know - my attempt at humo(u)r - I also know fag in British speak is a cigarette - can't believe you thought my response was real! !!!
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Jul 5th, 2014, 10:31 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faggot_(food)

If some here don't know what a British faggot is:
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>>can't believe you thought my response was real! !!!<<

One can never tell for sure . . . .
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Please not another post where an obvious joke is taken the wrong way!
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Jul 5th, 2014, 12:56 PM
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I love haggis.
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Jul 5th, 2014, 12:59 PM
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pal, actually that was a stupid attempt at humour! Especially if you know what faggots are., grow up!
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Planeq is the master of the obvious and old joke.
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>> an obvious joke<<

kwren: Maybe you know PQ better than we do -- when he isn't posting about all things trains . . . about half of his other posts are 'jokes' and the rest are links to legit news articles he's glommed off the internet.

Since this thread had both it is really REALLY hard to tell.
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Do they really think there's a market here?

Many (most?) americans don;t even eat lamb (never mind odds bits of sheep) because the flavor is too strong. We are a nation of beef eaters - granted also chicken, turkey and some pork - but very few people want any parts of sheep.
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Have you ever eaten scrapple? It reminds me of that.
I am not fond of lamb and it doesn't appeal to me. Lamb is very pricey in our supermarkets in Fl. I bought lamb chops for someone last week and cooked them for them. Just not acquired a taste for them.
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Jul 5th, 2014, 06:30 PM
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That's odd nytraveler: But maybe it is a regional thing. Elephant Bar - surely an example of chain 'middle of the road' dining on the west coast, southwest, Florida and couple of other states . . . the biggest individual seller is lamb shanks. Even w/ all the Asian fusion, blackened whatever, burgers, seafood, etc on their menu.

And most fine dining restaurants offer lamb. That is NOT to say there will be any clamoring for haggis
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That faggots=I am not gay comment is NOT COOL, not cool at all.

This is what happens to your brain when you are unemployed and spend your days smoking mj with high school dropouts.

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?


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Jul 5th, 2014, 07:56 PM
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PS

It is Rabbie Burns, not Bobbie Burns.

It is Hogmanay, not Hogamany.

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