So last night I attended a Haggis Party put on by thirty student volunteers from the University of Glasgow. We split into three groups and went to different flats. I got the chance to see a real Glaswegian student flat (which was lovely) and try a plate of haggis! For those of you who don’t know, haggis is sort of the national dish of Scotland. It is mostly minced sheep’s lungs with a bit of heart, liver, oats, onions, and spices thrown in. It is traditionally simmered in a sheep’s stomach, but I think the stuff we had was made in a plastic casing. It looks kind of like tabouleh, but certainly tastes different. For more on haggis, click here. Anyway, it is usually served with “neeps and tatties,” which is mashed potatoes and mashed swede (although the serving I got was not mashed). Here’s a picture of my plate.
So you are probably wondering, what did I think of this strange dish? Actually, I thought it was quite good, though I’m glad I didn’t know what it was before I ate it. Despite now knowing what haggis consists of, I would eat it again. Honestly, it wasn’t bad.
For desert, we had cranachan which is a Scottish pudding made of double cream, honey, whiskey, raspberries, and oats. Even though I’m not a big fan of berries, I thought it was pretty good, too.
Apparently, it is a tradition to address the haggis before eating it. So before we ate, one of our hosts read a Robert Burns’ poem called “Address to a Haggis.” I caught a video of it, which you can see below. Note the kilt.
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