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Crazy Scottish Food in Boston, or: The Night I Ate Haggis!

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! 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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The GypsyNesters

Monday 9th of April 2012

Very cute post! We're always eating crazy things, and haggis is always brought up as a dare - we haven't had the chance yet! Glad to see you survived!

Lillie

Monday 9th of April 2012

You can do it!!! :)

Triston Xie

Wednesday 14th of March 2012

It sounds very bad, but the pictures of the haggis looks good. Did you guys stuff the sheep stomach and then sew the stomach back together again? The haggis looks like a huge sausage. You get to try the neatest foods in the world. I am envy of the food you get to try.

Lillie

Thursday 15th of March 2012

Hehe thanks :) I wasn't there when David cooked it, so I did no stomach sewing!

Dylon Crowley-Perez

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

OMG why would you eat lung!

Lillie

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

It's interesting? :)

Jean Luc Picard

Friday 3rd of February 2012

Technically, you can't get "real" haggis in the US because it's illegal to serve lung.

Kelly Dunning

Wednesday 1st of February 2012

Cool! Good for you for trying Haggis, you are very brave! I had it for the first time when I was in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival last August. I was a bit nervous as well because of how horrible it sounds, but I was actually really pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. It has a very hearty, comforting feeling to it, especially when eaten with "Neeps and Tatties" (mashed turnips and potatoes) and whisky gravy in an old historical pub on the Royal Mile. Yay for trying new things!

Lillie

Wednesday 1st of February 2012

High five! :)

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