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14 May 2008 @ 11:53 am
And three words I never expected to see together  
"Vegetarian Haggis Samosas"

(Sounds like a spam [no pun intended] subject, doesn't it? But no, it's from "Mad for Plaid," an article by Elizabeth Gold, in the June 2008 issue of Print magazine. The full quote is, "Scotland is enjoying a newfound national pride that's evident in its fervor for applying tartan to anything and everything. Even vegetarian haggis samosas aren't safe." There is not, however, a picture of either a vegetarian haggis samosa or its package.)
 
 
 
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on May 14th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
I found a page talking about the vegetarial haggis samosas, complete with packaging picture, in all its tartan glory.
Jilara: Evil laughjilara on May 14th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know why they even bother to call it haggis. I just noticed the fine print. "With spicy red chili sauce." My brain fried out on that touch. Why not "Spicy Vegetarian Samoggis"? I'm sorry, but just because it was developed in a Scottish haggis lab...um, kitchen doesn't make it Scottish. Makes me think of the truly amazing "foreign" recipes that were developed for the 1915 Pan American Expo in San Francisco. (Chicken Satsuma was a pretty tasty dish of chicken and potatos in pineapple-soy sauce, but it sure wasn't Japanese!)

Ah, puts me in touch with that other traditional Scots food, the deepfried Mars bar...
Michaelcuriousangel on May 14th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
When Rivka and I honeymooned in Scotland, we actually found something called "vegetarian haggis"... which, since I was working at a natural-foods co-op at the time, we decided I had to acquire and bring back.

It was actually pretty bland, tasting much like refried beans. That may not have been helped by the "canned food sitting on a shelf for God-only-knows how long before tourists buy it", however. I was pretty sure it was a gag gift, but if people are making samosas out of it, then maybe it's stuck around a little.
Jilarajilara on May 14th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I've seen a recipe for vegetarian haggis. It's primarily lentils, which probably explains a lot about that refried beans taste.

Since haggis is basically sausage, they might do better using a more Japanese "fake meat" approach.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 14th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I thought haggis was mostly oatmeal, with organ meat thrown in. Is the vegetarian variety oatmeal and lentils, then?
Jilara: Cool!jilara on May 14th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Lots of lentils and not much oatmeal. It seems to have a heavy breadcrumb base. Which seems to kind of defeat the purpose, if you ask me. Kind of meatless meatloaf.

The big component of haggis is organ meat, just like in a lot of sausages. Oatmeal was a kind of meat stretcher. Though if you go back to the 16th century, haggis had all sorts of goodies in it as well, like berries, or various vegetables--just like the sausages of the time period (which we seem to have evolved back to in the 21st century).
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 14th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I have nothing against folk being or wanting vegetarian food. But if you're talking about something that is mostly meat, give it another name.
I am sure that there is a perfectly legit type of lentil samosa that does not have to have the word Haggis appended to it.
A Cornish beef pasty would still be a pasty if you put chicken or tofu in, just change the note of the protein source.
But a London Broil and a Seitan Broil are gonna be two very different things.
Trinkertrinker on May 14th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Have you had the Chinese Buddhist variety of mock meats?
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 14th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't.
What kind are they?
Sounds interesting!
Jilara: Cool!jilara on May 14th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, mock duck and mock abalone
I thought of those as having potential, if one MUST have vegetarian forms of something like haggis. Along with some Japanese sausage-type thngs, which are remarkably meatlike.
Johnjohnpalmer on May 14th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Vegetarian Haggis Samosas!"

For some value of "Vegetarian Haggis Somasas that means "birthday", of course :-).
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 14th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, John.
madshutterbug: Attitudemadshutterbug on May 14th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
OK
< sarcasm >That's something I can't live without... < /sarcasm >

::tiptoes towards the door...
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: yahoofatfred on May 14th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
And Happy Birthday as well!
See, No Brains!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 14th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

No, no brains in haggis! Liver and lungs, yes; brains no. (And especially not in vegetarian haggis.)
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 14th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Liver and Lights as I believe they were called.
And cooked in a sheep's stomach.

My brains are haggis right now.
Miche: hand signalsmicheinnz on May 14th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Vegetarian haggis is a contradiction in terms. The whole point of haggis is to use up the parts of the animal that the rich wouldn't eat.
Miche: goodies bikemicheinnz on May 14th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
(Oh, and happy birthday!)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on May 15th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly.
Maggiesillymagpie on May 17th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
I suspect haggis was one reason my ancestors left Scotland.

That really sounds like a randomly generated food name, doesn't it?