Saturday, 15 January 2011

Wee Beasties

What is it? Any guesses?
Alien creatures from outer space?
Something found slithering in the basement?
Something you might find out behind the barn? Ewwww....

Nope.... none of the above.
There are FIVE of them warming up in my oven right now.
Yes.... HAGGIS!

You've heard of a HAGGIS haven't you? A small furry animal with one set of legs longer than the other so that it can run on the steep slopes of the Scottish Highlands without falling over. But it can only run clockwise.

You don't believe me?

You're right. Haggis is a kind of giant Scottish sausage containing sheep's heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, lots of pepper to drown the taste, and simmered in a casing of sheep's intestine. Sounds awful but actually is quite good. Just remember to keep your eyes shut while you're eating it.

All this in preparation of our annual Rabbie Burns Night tonight.

13 comments:

JohnD said...

Rather fond of a good haggis - hard to get one here - usually go to the lunch at The Burns Club on Robbie Burns birthday when haggis is served.

Xtreme English said...

Burns night TONIGHT??? It's on January 25, innit??

(I recognized the haggis right away!)

Xtreme English said...

But I like neeps & tatties best!!

madretz said...

Happy Rabbie Burns Night but you can keep the haggis...I politely say "no thank you". :)

Hilary said...

I knew it was haggis but I've still never tasted it.

dogbait said...

I reckon if I closed my eyes to eat it, they would never open again.

sonia a. mascaro said...

I never seen a haggis before...
Looks huge!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I must admit---Haggis sounds awful and looks awful, too...lol! Having to drown out the taste of something with spices like pepper, etc...---Well, I think I will pass on Haffis, Thank You Very Much!!!

Is it Ronnie Burns night already? I remember you celebrating that lasy year and the year before, too....Time is flying by...!

Spencer Park said...

It looks positively lovely (sounds awful)!

Ming the Merciless said...

It's only weird if you didn't grow up eating it. :)

Ginnie said...

Isn't it funny how our brains sometimes get in the way of a good meal! It's all psychological, as they say. :)

photowannabe said...

Oh my, I'm pretty brave about eating different things but I'm not sure I can do this one. I think you're right ...not looking is the best way to do it.

Suldog said...

I've absolutely got to try haggis one of these days. My MacPherson blood demands it! And I love my black pudding, so I can't say it disgusts me any more than that might have at one point.