For the first part of the Robert Burns Scottish Dinner, no one would tell me what is actually IN Scottish Haggis.
“You’ve had McDonald’s before, right?” said David. “Well, then you’ve already ingested random animal parts. Don’t worry about it– just eat.”
Finally it came out: Haggis is a whole bunch of lamb parts (heart, liver, lung… maybe even “bollocks”), cooked in a sheep stomach. Wow. Haggis is traditionally served with “neeps and tatties,” turnip and potatoes, and there is a famous long poem by Robert Burns (author of “Auld Lang Syne,” which we sing on New Years), celebrating the glorious “buttocks” appearance of the food. Come watch the play-by play of what happened last night at the Haggis party! Click a thumbnail to enlarge the photo.
And that’s what happened last night! I’m pleased to report that we are not only all still alive this morning, but now we also have some hilarious (and some might argue, delicious) cross-cultural memories! (Though I’d still prefer fufu.) So what about you? Have you had Haggis before? How’d you like it? And if you haven’t, are you now tempted??
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