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Homesick for Haggis

All the British goodies

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Every once in a while my husband gets homesick for Scotland, so his mom sends him a care package.  Every time this care package arrives I am always thrilled to see all the different flavors and varieties of snack foods they have.

The first thing that I go for is all the different types of chips, or crisps as they say.  The flavors are so different to anything we have here, and while some are real winners, others really make you wonder what they were thinking.  My favorite would have to be the Smoked Bacon flavor, but others include tomato ketchup, sweet Thai chile, and Korean BBQ spareribs.  Ones that confuse me are prawn cocktail, roast chicken, and cheddar with mango chutney.

Along with the packets of chips, she also sent chocolates, and caramels, and of course his favorite tea, but the big clincher this year was Haggis.

Haggis is the most traditional of Scottish meals.  It is sheep offal minced with onions, oatmeal, suet, and spices then stuffed into the sheep stomach and boiled.  Ok, I know that doesn’t sound good, but not being one to “yuck” anyone’s “yum,” it is definitely an experience.  I top it off with a sauce of whiskey and cream: I just sauté some shallots in butter, then add the whiskey and let it reduce by half.  Add some cream and season to taste.  It is served with ‘neeps and tatties’ (turnips and mashed potatoes) and it fully recharged his Scottish batteries.


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  • barbski | 11/28/2009

    I live in Minneapolis and I have gotten Haggis at one of our local food coops meat counter,(Seward Coop) a sausage maker in the area makes it I believe. It was delicious. BTW I'm not scottish.

  • Punty | 02/19/2009

    I too miss British food now that I'm across here in the States. The flavour selection of chips here is rather disappointing compared to back home, although I can't say I miss the squirrel flavour ones.
    I've seen plenty of recipes on the FC website for pita chips but maybe FC could do a recipe on how to make homemade potato chips with some of the more unusual flavours?
    Also, why can't I find Sultanas over here, they're just as popular as raisins in Britain.

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