Haggis and us

May 11, 2009


The day Haggises invaded the SPL

You may not know, but the Scottish Poetry Library had a hand in the invention of Macsween‘s vegetarian haggis! As we explained in issue 4 of our Poetry Reader: “The inaugural party for the SPL saw the birth not only of a new national organisation, but a new national dish.  Vegetarian haggis, as created by Meg Stiven and Gowan Calder and packed in plastic by John Macsween of Edinburgh, proved such a success that Macsween developed the recipe for commercial use. The mix of ‘vegetable margarine, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, carrots, turnip and mushrooms; together with the traditional oatmeal, onions and our special blend of spices and seasoning’ is now sold all over Scotland, and Macsween remain long-standing and generous supporters of the SPL.”

It is lovely to see how veggie haggis has taken off and we are additionally delighted to read of their double whammy at the 2009 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. And here’s another treat: for our Best Scottish Poems 2008, Alexander Hutchison was chosen for his magnicifent ‘Surprise, Surprise‘ (from Scales Dog: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2009)), which takes an entertaining look at the ‘corned, curried and devilled’ future of Scotland’s national dish!

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