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haggis & black pudding

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by jaye944, Apr 28, 2004.

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  1. jaye944

    jaye944 Thread Starter

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    ok, anyone got some info for me,

    I have had haggis and I like it also Black. pud.
    I'm aware of what it is made of, however can anyone tell me

    1> are they very high in cholesterol/fat:
    as a "very,very occasional" eater of this and in small amounts (would I be ok)
    I read somewhere as there is blood in black pud, blood does not contain cholesterol ?

    any good reciepes for haggis ?

    cherssssssssssssssssssss
     
  2. valley

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    Hi Jaye :) Not into haggis but I love black sausage! :) I've never tried black pudding but I know that the ingredients are the same, but for the casings. Unfortunately, you cant find it around here anymore and I dont have the stomache to make it at home.

    I have no clue about the fat content! Never gave it much thought. This is just a guess but I would think since fat is stored elsewhere in the body, the blood wouldnt hold it. Maybe someone else could shed some light on it for you.

    I have to know....where are you buying yours? We used to get it in the local grocery store. They got it from the slaughterhouse right down the road from me so you knew it came from your own neighbor's pigs. They stopped making it because of new health codes, from my understanding of it. I'd be nervous buying it anywhere else if I wasnt sure of the source and the conditions of the animals. Can you still buy it in grocery stores where you live then?
     
  3. barfly

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    Typical haggis ingredients.

    1 sheep's paunch (stomach bag)
    heart, lung and liver of sheep
    nutmeg
    2 onions (chopped)
    1 tsp salt
    6 oz/175g/1½ cups toasted oatmeal
    black pepper, freshly ground
    1 lb/ 450 g / 4 cups beef suet
    ¾ pt/ 450 ml / 1½ cups stock
    mace

    Saturated fats tend to be animal fats and are solid at room temperature. Butter, lard, suet and meat fat are saturated fats.

    With a pound of saturated fat! I would think its a heart attack looking for a home. :eek:

    I still love it, but only as a special treat, with mashed turnip and carrots. (y)
     
  4. valley

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    barfly, you would love head cheese, I'd bet. You can still buy that in the grocery stores. Its so disgustingly greasy. My father-in-law used to eat it all the time. He also ate far too many pig hocks, imo. But he was very healthy and lived to the ripe old age of 85. He always said that farming is what made him strong. I tend to agree with that. Working hard...getting you heart pumping, bringing more oxygen into your body, drinking alot of fluids...all of it helps to flush out excess fat, imo.
     
  5. Rockn

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    You can have mine!!

    1 sheep's lung (illegal in the U.S.; may be omitted if not available)
    1 sheep's stomach
    1 sheep heart
    1 sheep liver
    1/2 lb fresh suet (kidney leaf fat is preferred)
    3/4 cup oatmeal (the ground type, NOT the Quaker Oats type!)
    3 onions, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    3/4 cup stock

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  6. THoey

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    Eewwwwww...
     
  7. Trooper_fan

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    Black pudding is principally congealed pigs (or occasionally ox) blood, minced pig fat and oatmeal so yes VERY high cholesterol!
     
  8. Tipacanoe

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    Now, here's an intelligent question (at last!). I've been wondering how long it would take someone to ask this one, so I have already researched the reply.

    When the wee yins are born, the female haggis, like all aquatic, avian animals, suckles her young. Haggis however are sticklers for protocol, and the male wee yins suckle on the left side, while the females are restricted to the right side. (In the very few instances where all the wee yins are of one sex only, this does cause the odd little problem).

    The effect of this is for the male legs to develop in such a way that when they mature, they run in a clockwise circle, while the females run in anti-clockwise circles. (I say circles here, but really, it's only when a haggis finds flat ground that it runs in circles).

    Now of course, mating couldn't be easier - perhaps I should draw a diagram:

    --------\
    Male Haggis - / \ - Female Haggis
    / \
    / \
    / Hill \
    / \
    / \
    ______/ \___________


    As the above two are quite innocently going about their daily foraging, it is a certainity they will meet, beacause as the male forages in a clockwise direction, while the female goes anti-clockwise, provided they are at the same level, they will shortly meet, and the inevitable courtship ritual ensues - the male asks her out, gives her a box of chocolates, a bouquet of flowers, and takes her to the pictures. (Just joking actually - Haggis don't go to the pictures - they don't have any money).

    Now before I depart this subject, I must mention the puir wee yins where the whole family are unfortunate enough to be of one sex only. Well, the mother requires relief (like all mammals) in this situation, so she sets up a rota where some suckle one side one day, and then move over to the other side the next. The unfortunate results of this procedure are two fold. First of all, the puir wee yins don't know what sex they are, and grow up with a major identity crisis, but even worse, they grow up with three equal length legs.

    Many years ago, these strange beasties did not survive long, but in more modern times, provided they manage to find a road, they will make their way down from the hills, into the towns and cities, provided they don't get flattened by passing traffic. Here they forage in dustbins, and get what food they can from passing kind hearted people, but alas, they will never find the joys of mating, as they are destined never to meet another haggis, and even if they do, they would be too embarrassed to say anything, because they are never quite sure whether it's a male or a female.

    Sad, isn't it ?
     
  9. twotugs

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    Oboy! Another haggis thread!

    Now that I've seen the definitive ingredients list, I think I'll pass. Black pudding sounds like a good one to avoid, too.

    Of course, I do love a nice piece of raw fish (mmmm...tekka maki!) myself, so perhaps aficionados of sheep slurry aren't all that creepy. ;)
     
  10. valley

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    I know. I was tricked into eating it. I was told it was black sausage and that it was an old family recipe of my hubby (then boyfriend's) mom. It was delicious. They told me what it was afterwards. I gagged. But the next time they served it, I got past the "thought" of it by remembering how good it was and I also wanted to impress them by not refusing it because of the ingredients (I was trying to win the hearts of his family at the time ;) )
     
  11. valley

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    oh and Rockn....you aint right! :p
     
  12. jaye944

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    yeah, you can buy it in deli's and large supermarkets,

    cept I picked up "vegitarian" haggis, DOH!
    wats the point of that !

    I've tried it once (my mate made it) and as a Diabetic, was wondering about the fat content, again as I said for a once in a while treat !

    I did like the taste !
     
  13. valley

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    Bah! I'm jealous!

    ;)
     
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