Thursday, September 8, 2011

Cultural Sensitivity

Thought I would share one of our particular experiences with cultural emersion.

As food plays a large role in the 'flavor' of a culture, I decided it was time to experience what is the considered (at least stereotypically) as the quintessential Scottish cuisine - Haggis!

For those that are not aware haggis is "a traditional pudding made of the heart, liver, etc., of a sheep or calf, minced with suet and oatmeal, seasoned, and boiled in the stomach of the animal." 

I ordered a chicken breast filet that was stuffed with haggis.  This particular restaurant and in particular this preparation of haggis came highly recommended by the owner of a B&B outside of Inverness.  So, we did not just run by the local McDonalds and pick up an egg McHaggis.  This was to be an authentic experience.

The taste was truly unique.  There was a gamey richness to it that was a bit overwhelming.  I think that it is a taste that will have to be acquired, but I am willing to give it another try.  The following pictures chronicle the event.  As you will see, I was not alone in the experience.  I was able to persuade another to expand their gastronomic horizons with me. 

The Brownish stuff sticking out the end is Haggis.

Haggis on the fork.

Haggis in the mouth.

Haggis in the stomach - yum!

Must have been good - there's none left!

A small treat to celebrate the occasion.

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