Monday, 31 October 2016

In the News - Justin Bieber samples Scottish Cuisine

From the Daily Mail

Canadian pop person Justin Bieber was playing in Glasgow recently and after a pub crawl dined in a traditional chip shop. His choice of meal was haggis and chips washed down with Irn Bru (a local rust-coloured fizzy drink) The chip shop version of this Scottish delicacy is battered and deep fried. 

A haggis supper (ie haggis & chips) - probably best consumed whilst inebriated.        Haggis is banned in the USA because it contains sheep lungs.

Scotland's other national drink


  1. I am a vegetarian bordering on vegan so tell me please what is wrong with sheep lungs? Why should they be banned? Do they contain dangerous stuff like e.g. KINDER-surprise eggs?

    1. From what I can find out lungs as such are ok to eat. The worry is that nasty stuff from the slaughtering process could get into the lungs and be hard to clean out. Haggis is doubly banned in the US because there is a ban on importing British beef & lamb due to BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) which turns your brain to mush (ain't you glad to be a veggie!) This ban is to be lifted next year and maybe the ban on haggis too.

      Haggis is actually quite pleasant. It has a light texture and a nice peppery taste. It can be made in the US without lungs but this ends up with the texture of sausage. The lung makes the dish light (apparently)

      There is a vegan version of haggis. I've never tried it but it might be worth trying.

    2. Thanks for the link, it actually sounds pretty easy to replicate.

  2. Funny you should post this now. I was just reading earlier in the week how traditional haggis was banned in the US. It was on a top list of foods that were banned. I've seen a canned vegetarian version in a Scottish shop before, but I think that would be blaspheme to a Scot.

  3. I'm both a Scot and a vegetarian, so have no problem with vegetarian haggis. Less said about people who would! The MacSween haggis is very good - well worth trying. If you want to make it yourself, I found this recipe: