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Old Dec 21st 2006, 2:50 am
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Can anyone recommend a butcher or shop where Haggis can be purchased in Calgary.

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Originally Posted by Scotty1972
Can anyone recommend a butcher or shop where Haggis can be purchased in Calgary
In this thread Morwenna mentioned McEwan's at 9200 Elbow Drive SW.

Oh yeah, it turns out I provided even more contact details for them in this other thread. But I just found them from a Google search.

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Originally Posted by Judy in Calgary
In this thread Morwenna mentioned McEwan's at 9200 Elbow Drive SW.

Thanks Judy, looks like some good advice, much prefer using a local butcher.


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Originally Posted by Scotty1972
Can anyone recommend a butcher or shop where Haggis can be purchased in Calgary.
Can ye no catch the wee critters out on the prairies, they move slowly this time of year. Bit lean, but bag enough of um and they'll make ye a grand wee dish.

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Can ye no catch the wee critters out on the prairies, they move slowly this time of year. Bit lean, but bag enough of um and they'll make ye a grand wee dish.
Aren't you getting confused with snow otters?
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Aren't you getting confused with snow otters?
No way, they're a fine beast by comparison. Remember this ?

The Haggis.

The haggis is a rare mammal found only in the far north of Great Britain, a short furred domestic cat sized mammal, tail less, with six short legs and two small wings. Though unable to actually fly, it can run at 20 miles per hour and hop from crag to crag in a haphazard, zigzag fashion. Most often found on distant isolated moorland it has excellent hearing and poor eyesight. An elusive prey, the haggis is hunted in late autumn using the pee-whistle (mahuik) to emulate its slow mournful mating call (the mahuidledei). Confused, the haggis wanders around seeking the mate, and is caught is a small net-like apparatus (the clingee). Capture most often happens when the male haggis (the snairkee) becomes trauamatised and disorientated through constant use of the pee-whistle and hops madly from crag to crag, the net being flung upwards betwixt crags, and trapping the poor beast mid hop. Catchers have to be careful to avoid losing a finger to the many long weasel-like teeth. A fully grown haggis has been known to hang on for at least four hours, in which time the finger can be lost to the savage beast. The most effective way to remove a biting haggis is by a long screwdriver inserted behind the right ear (the fiddlei) and slowly twisted until the devilish animal releases grip. A swift bash with a whiskey bottle renders the creature unconscious for some hours, and many haggis hunters have taken to this method of sedation, just to be sure.

Once captured, the haggis is celebratorily carried aloft in a rough hessian sack (called a haick) and once back at camp, has its throat ceremoniously cut. The blood (which is actually black in colour, called sluip) is drained and used in the cooking process. The legs, ears and wings are removed and are not used. The final culinary delight is made by using a foot wide rough pestle and mortar (the kruu) slowly grinding the meat, bones and organs into a bloody pulp, then mixed with the now-congealed blood, and the inner lining of the stomach (or grus) is used as a container for the concoction to be oven cooked at 380 degrees for approximately three hours.
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Originally Posted by Rich_007
No way, they're a fine beast by comparison. Remember this ?

The Haggis.

The haggis is a rare mammal found only in the far north of Great Britain, a short furred domestic cat sized mammal, tail less, with six short legs and two small wings. Though unable to actually fly, it can run at 20 miles per hour and hop from crag to crag in a haphazard, zigzag fashion. Most often found on distant isolated moorland it has excellent hearing and poor eyesight. An elusive prey, the haggis is hunted in late autumn using the pee-whistle (mahuik) to emulate its slow mournful mating call (the mahuidledei). Confused, the haggis wanders around seeking the mate, and is caught is a small net-like apparatus (the clingee). Capture most often happens when the male haggis (the snairkee) becomes trauamatised and disorientated through constant use of the pee-whistle and hops madly from crag to crag, the net being flung upwards betwixt crags, and trapping the poor beast mid hop. Catchers have to be careful to avoid losing a finger to the many long weasel-like teeth. A fully grown haggis has been known to hang on for at least four hours, in which time the finger can be lost to the savage beast. The most effective way to remove a biting haggis is by a long screwdriver inserted behind the right ear (the fiddlei) and slowly twisted until the devilish animal releases grip. A swift bash with a whiskey bottle renders the creature unconscious for some hours, and many haggis hunters have taken to this method of sedation, just to be sure.

Once captured, the haggis is celebratorily carried aloft in a rough hessian sack (called a haick) and once back at camp, has its throat ceremoniously cut. The blood (which is actually black in colour, called sluip) is drained and used in the cooking process. The legs, ears and wings are removed and are not used. The final culinary delight is made by using a foot wide rough pestle and mortar (the kruu) slowly grinding the meat, bones and organs into a bloody pulp, then mixed with the now-congealed blood, and the inner lining of the stomach (or grus) is used as a container for the concoction to be oven cooked at 380 degrees for approximately three hours.

nonsense , at this time of year its easy to catch them ,when the daylight is short you can pick them off either when they go up to roost or before the first daylight.
simply shine a torch in thier eyes for a minute or two and when they think sun is up and hop down to feed have a sack handy .
what you forgot to mention is the pair of legs (front and back) that are shorter on one side allowing the haggis or Haggi if in a group to run round the munros and hills withould having its body off center.

having chased them they go quicker than 20 miles an hour , but so would you if red haired jocks and a pack of terriers were after you

liked the screwdriver bit but personally we feed them iron brew , it enhances the flavour and the additives quickly kill them.
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The Haggis Song
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The haggis season has begun
All over Scotland every gun
Is taken down with loving care
Though some prefer the haggis snare
For haggis are a wily lot
That's why they are so seldom shot
"We're the haggis, aye, hooray;
We'll live until next Hogmanay"

Its flying upside down and low
The guns all fire, but they're too slow
And though it's rather old and fat
It's awfully hard to hit like that
And as it flies off in the mist
Great hairy clansmen shake their fists
And scream their curses to the crags
And stamp on empty haggis bags
And so the haggis gets away
To live until next Hogmanay

"We're the haggis, aye, hooray;
We'll live until next Hogmanay"


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When I was a little kid my late uncle, a farmer in Aberdeenshire, convinced me that the haggis had short legs on one side and long legs on the other. This was to make it easier to run around on mountainsides. He also persuaded me to believe that the haggis has a beautiful singing voice.

Mind you, this was a man who used his false teeth as serving tongs at the dinner table. He may not have been wholly reliable.
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"Since many countries food safety laws outlaw some of the ingredients in haggis (for example, United States law forbids the sale of any animal's lungs for human consumption), expatriate Scots and Scots descendants overseas have been known to engage in 'haggis smuggling' to obtain true Scottish haggis. "

Not sure about the food safety law in Canada...............but I dont want to see any Expat Scots mug shots on CTV morning news.
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"Since many countries food safety laws outlaw some of the ingredients in haggis (for example, United States law forbids the sale of any animal's lungs for human consumption), expatriate Scots and Scots descendants overseas have been known to engage in 'haggis smuggling' to obtain true Scottish haggis. "

Not sure about the food safety law in Canada...............but I dont want to see any Expat Scots mug shots on CTV morning news.

They sell tins of the stuff in Zehrs. You can try to 'smuggle' them out the door but I'm sure that's just a euphemism for Stealing
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Originally Posted by Rich_007
No way, they're a fine beast by comparison. Remember this ?

The Haggis.

The haggis is a rare mammal found only in the far north of Great Britain, a short furred domestic cat sized mammal, tail less, with six short legs and two small wings. Though unable to actually fly, it can run at 20 miles per hour and hop from crag to crag in a haphazard, zigzag fashion. Most often found on distant isolated moorland it has excellent hearing and poor eyesight. An elusive prey, the haggis is hunted in late autumn using the pee-whistle (mahuik) to emulate its slow mournful mating call (the mahuidledei). Confused, the haggis wanders around seeking the mate, and is caught is a small net-like apparatus (the clingee). Capture most often happens when the male haggis (the snairkee) becomes trauamatised and disorientated through constant use of the pee-whistle and hops madly from crag to crag, the net being flung upwards betwixt crags, and trapping the poor beast mid hop. Catchers have to be careful to avoid losing a finger to the many long weasel-like teeth. A fully grown haggis has been known to hang on for at least four hours, in which time the finger can be lost to the savage beast. The most effective way to remove a biting haggis is by a long screwdriver inserted behind the right ear (the fiddlei) and slowly twisted until the devilish animal releases grip. A swift bash with a whiskey bottle renders the creature unconscious for some hours, and many haggis hunters have taken to this method of sedation, just to be sure.

Once captured, the haggis is celebratorily carried aloft in a rough hessian sack (called a haick) and once back at camp, has its throat ceremoniously cut. The blood (which is actually black in colour, called sluip) is drained and used in the cooking process. The legs, ears and wings are removed and are not used. The final culinary delight is made by using a foot wide rough pestle and mortar (the kruu) slowly grinding the meat, bones and organs into a bloody pulp, then mixed with the now-congealed blood, and the inner lining of the stomach (or grus) is used as a container for the concoction to be oven cooked at 380 degrees for approximately three hours.

LOL! Are you away with the fairies again Rich!
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LOL! Are you away with the fairies again Rich!
Word has it that when J K Rowling had writers block she headed for deepest darkest BC for inspiration. Mmmmmmmmm now they are both RICH
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Originally Posted by Craftybanshee
LOL! Are you away with the fairies again Rich!
Nah I haven't gone leftfield for a while, I have a feeling in my loins it may happen soon though. Festive season and all that. Too much late night brandy affecting my REM.

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