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Keyword: haggis

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  • The offal truth about American haggis

    01/24/2013 4:44:45 PM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 24th January 2013 | Jon Kelly
    'Traditional Scottish haggis is banned in the United States. With Burns Night looming, how do fans satisfy their taste for oatmeal and offal? For aficionados, it is the "great chieftain o' the pudding-race". To sceptics, however, it is a gruesome mush of sheep's innards - and for decades American authorities have agreed. Authentic Scottish haggis has been banned in the United States since 1971, when the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) first took a dim view of one of its key ingredients - sheep's lung. While millions of people around the world will enjoy, or endure, a Burns Night helping...
  • Europe’s Richer Regions Want Out

    10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    CATALONIA may be the catalyst for a renewed wave of separatism in the European Union, with Scotland and Flanders not far behind. The great paradox of the European Union, which is built on the concept of shared sovereignty, is that it lowers the stakes for regions to push for independence. While a post-national European Union may be emerging out of the euro zone crisis, with a drive for more fiscal union and more centralized control over national budgets and banks, the crisis has accelerated calls for independence from member countries’ richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors. Artur...
  • Scary is exciting ("Sheep’s head is not for wimps.")

    10/20/2011 7:42:37 AM PDT · by decimon · 32 replies
    University of Stavanger ^ | October 20, 2011 | Text: Silje Stangeland Translation: Arne Neset
    Sheep’s head is not for wimps. Until now very few of us have been tempted by this traditional Norwegian dish."It's a pity, because you will really have to look far and wide for a more tasty traditional dish," says Professor Reidar Mykletun at the Norwegian School of Hotel Management at the University of Stavanger. "With good potatoes, rutabaga mash, beer and aquavit sheep’s head is a tempting experience for genuine lamb enthusiasts. But sheep’s head is an example of a dish that is scary for many of us. With both ears, mouth, teeth, tongue and eyes looking at you from...
  • World's Weirdest Food Festivals

    08/21/2011 3:22:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/21/2011
    From launching tomatoes to heaving tunas, people love to throw food, and some of the most spirited annual events offer an excuse to do so. Rumored to have originated as a local brawl (possibly an attack on city council members by disgruntled townspeople), La Tomatina in Buńol, Spain, is the world's largest food fight. In late August, the event attracts some 45,000 people who throw more than 250,000 pounds of overripe tomatoes at one another. “Participants have a wonderful time throwing tomatoes at anything that moves,” according to the Tourist Office of Spain. A horn signals the start of the...
  • Scots government bid to overturn US haggis ban

    01/23/2011 4:57:35 AM PST · by MadMitch · 50 replies · 1+ views
    A US government delegation has been invited to Scotland in a bid to overturn its 40-year ban on haggis. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead's invitation comes two days ahead of Burns Night, when suppers are held in honour of poet Robert Burns.
  • Tired of BBQ chips? Here comes haggis

    12/10/2010 7:59:01 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 45 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 10, 2010
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Scotland's national delicacy, haggis, will soon be available to American snack hounds in potato chip form, a North Carolina importer said. Great Scot International announced this week it would have Mackie's Haggis and Cracked Black Pepper chips on display at its booth at the annual Fancy Food Show in New York next month. "We know that flavors with a Scottish twist are popular because Haggis and Cracked Black Pepper is our best-selling flavor," Kirstin Mackie, managing director of Mackie's, said in a written statement. Haggis is the legendary blend of various sheep organs and parts traditionally simmered in...
  • Anyone been to England and/or Scotland in the winter?

    09/06/2010 5:03:14 PM PDT · by Skooz · 87 replies
    09/06/2010 | Skooz
    I'm toying with the idea of traveling to England after Christmas and staying a couple of weeks. I have always dreamed of driving from London to Glasgow and wonder if anyone has any perspective of doing so that time of year.
  • Britons believe the hills are alive with haggis

    04/24/2010 8:39:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 1,413+ views
    One in five people in Britain thinks that haggis, the traditional Scottish dish made from the lung, liver and heart of a sheep, is an animal that roams the Highlands, according to a survey on Friday. Commissioned by the online takeaway food service Just-Eat.co.uk, the survey found that 18 percent of Britons believe that haggis is a hilltop-dwelling animal. Another 15 percent said it is a Scottish musical instrument while 4 percent admitted to thinking it was a character from Harry Potter.
  • US to lift 21-year ban on haggis

    01/25/2010 10:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 119 replies · 2,521+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 25, 2010 | Severin Carrell
    Smuggled and bootlegged, it has been the cause of transatlantic tensions for more than two decades. But after 21 years in exile, the haggis is to be allowed back into the United States. The "great chieftan o' the puddin-race" was one of earliest casualties of the BSE crisis of the 1980s-90s, banned on health grounds by the US authorities in 1989 because they feared its main ingredient ‑ minced sheep offal ‑ could prove lethal.
  • A squeamish cook's guide to haggis - 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns

    01/15/2009 8:06:31 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 973+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/16/2008 | Claire Bowman
    Thankfully, you don't have to make your own haggis; you can get it straight from the chill cabinet at your local Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer - in fact, you can even get a lentil-packed vegetarian version if you so desire. In the run-up to Burns Night, Macsweens of Edinburgh exports up to 800 tonnes around the world, from Canada to Kazakhstan, which is an awful lot of haggis by anyone's standards. And Americans will go to extraordinary lengths to lay their hands on a haggis (importing sheep's lungs is banned in the States), even smuggling them through Customs...
  • Scots ask US to lift haggis ban

    01/20/2008 9:33:32 AM PST · by Stoat · 148 replies · 1,052+ views
    The BBC ^ | January 20, 2008
    Scots ask US to lift haggis ban   Haggis, traditionally eaten on Burns night, is banned in the US The Scottish Government is considering asking the United States to rethink its ban on haggis imports. Imports of Scotland's iconic dish were banned by the US in 1989 in the wake of the BSE scare because it contains offal ingredients such as sheep lungs. Only an offal-free version of haggis is available in the US. The move would be backed by renowned haggis maker Macsween, which believes the American market could be a very lucrative one. A Scottish Government spokeswoman...
  • More from the Anti-American Film Festival

    09/02/2007 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 427+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09/01/07 | Wordsmith
    And the fun from the Venice Film Festival continues.... Here's Paul Haggis on his film, "In the Valley of Elah" (based upon a Playboy article, "Death and Dishonor", by Mark Boal, regarding the stabbing death of a soldier by his fellow soldiers): Haggis said he had tried not to allow his personal opinion about the war in Iraq to influence "Elah" too heavily."We set about to make a political film certainly, but not a partisan film," he told a news conference in Venice, where the film has its world premiere on Saturday. Um...yeah....kind of like how Bill Moyers, Dan Rather,...
  • New Hollywood Iraq Movie (Valley of Elah by Haggis)(MAJOR UBER DUPER BARF ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!)

    07/20/2007 8:55:40 AM PDT · by Cripplehawk · 21 replies · 456+ views
    Libertas ^ | July 17, 2007 | Jason Apuzo
    Another anti troop anti war film by our friend Paul Haggis. This time on Iraq. (Yes this Iraq War). Can't they make anything positive about us?!?!!? THe trailer looks so CLiche, I just hope this film flops. Any way the following wwas written by Jason Apuzo Check out the trailer above for the forthcoming In the Valley of Elah. Here’s all you need to know: Iraq War. Paul Haggis. Charlize Theron. Susan Sarandon. Money line: “You shouldn’t send heroes to places like Iraq.” [Followed by tender shot of Al Gore’s ex-roommate raising a flag.] This entry was posted on Tuesday,...
  • Haggis, Born in The USA

    01/21/2004 9:29:01 AM PST · by Cagey · 68 replies · 670+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-21-2004 | Trevor Datson
    LONDON (Reuters) - A tiny Scottish firm has teamed up with a U.S. company to start the first industrial-scale production in America of Scotland's national dish -- haggis. Stahly Quality Foods, which employs just four people in the industrial new town of Glenrothes, believes the joint venture with a Chicago-based food processor can move 300,000 tins of the offal-based delicacy in its first year. The estimated 10 million Scots and people of Scottish descent that live in North America offer an appetizing market. But founder Ken Stahly's first venture into the United States was crushed by an import ban following...
  • Majestic haggis of the glens proves elusive for US tourists

    11/27/2003 1:52:42 AM PST · by ijcr · 48 replies · 271+ views
    The Gruniad ^ | November 27, 2003 | John Carvel
    The enduring myth of the haggis still contributes to the Scottish travel trade, according to a poll yesterday that suggested a third of US visitors believe the delicacy to be an animal. As government statisticians reported the number of North Americans visiting Scotland fell from 606,000 in 1998 to 504,000 last year, the haggis manufacturers Hall's of Broxburn revealed evidence of the misconceptions from an online survey. The poll of 1,000 US visitors to Scotland found 33% thought haggis was an animal; 23% said they came to Scotland believing they could catch one. The company said it had interviewed one...
  • Address To A Haggis

    01/25/2003 5:17:35 AM PST · by Clive · 45 replies · 702+ views
    Robert Burns | 1786 | Robert Burns
    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the pudding- race! Aboon them a' yet tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o'a grace As lang's my arm. The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin was help to mend a mill In time o'need, While thro' your pores the dews distil Like amber bead. His knife see rustic Labour dight, An' cut you up wi' ready sleight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like ony ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin', rich! Then, horn for horn,...
  • Haggis, the Food of Poets (Well, One Scottish Poet)

    11/22/2002 6:23:05 AM PST · by jordan8 · 10 replies · 516+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 19, 2002 | WARREN HOGE
    EDINBURGH, Nov. 14 — Consider the haggis and you may well wonder how it inspired a rhapsodic poem, became Scotland's national dish and touched off an incipient rebellion when Britain's food safety office hinted that it might ban it. Swaddled tightly in the yellowed stomach lining of a sheep, a mixture of congealed fat, onions, pinhead oatmeal, stock and the cut-up heart, lungs and liver of the animal has a lumpen look that even the eulogizing poet, Robert Burns, compared to the sight of bare buttocks. People squeamish at the idea of eating haggis get little comfort from Burns's description...