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Who Doesn’t Like Sheep’s Intestines?

I had to smother my laughter as I sat next to a table of American tourists in Edinburgh.  Poring over the menu they asked the Scottish waiter what Haggis was made of.  He started off his description with ….”well first of all they use sheep’s intestines …..”.  That’s as far as he got.  The horrified looks on the faces of the people around the table was enough to give him the message that they would probably be ordering fish and chips and not haggis.

Actually I don’t think they use sheep’s intestines any more – or ever did.  It is supposed to be cooked inside of a sheep’s stomach.  That keeps the whole lot together apparently.  This mixture of liver, kidney and lungs which is then mixed with oatmeal, onions and seasoning.  And honestly – it is bloody delicious.  I could not resist ordering a taste of haggis at every restaurant I went to – even sometimes appetizers called Haggis Bonbons or a Haggis Stack which haggis, neeps and tatties.  (Swedes or turnips and of course potatoes).

There’s even the Haggis Stack with neeps and tatties which looks very upper class ….

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Of course a lot of people think that haggis is pretty disgusting – and there are jokes to support this –

I fed haggis it to my dog once….  Poor guy’s been licking his bottom for a month, trying to get rid of the taste.  🐶

I was going to make haggis… But I just don’t have the stomach for it.  😩

I tried Haggis for the first time today… It tasted offal!🥺

OK, OK, I will stop.  But honestly.  If you go to Scotland just give it a go.  You might be pleasantly surprised.


2 Responses

  1. Having Scottish ancestors, I have heard about Haggis all of my life. I have never wanted to try it until reading this blog. The picture you posted makes it look actually inviting.
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