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    Has anyone here heard of a historical idea that in the past, Scottish people and especially Highlanders, abhorred pork and bacon ?

    I must admit, I'm not a huge fan of pork these days*, though I like ham and bacon (especially if smoked)

    * I think it's possibly because my wife (who's Filipina) and her compatriots like blubbery pork (where the fat far outnumbers the meat !) and is used in soupy stews etc. The old days of mum's roast pork joint with apple sauce etc is long gone !

  • #2
    From wiki:

    Because of deforestation [I assume this happened at the end of the middle ages as pig remains were common throughout that period] there was a loss of beech mast and acorns for feeding pigs, and it was not until the late 18th century that potatoes were produced in sufficient quantity to offer a useful alternative. Throughout this gap in pork consumption by the general population, many of the Scottish upper classes continued to eat the meat.[citation needed]

    "In the years of the eighteenth century and probably earlier, swine were rarely raised in Scotland, particularly in the Scottish Highlands, and subsequent writers have gone so far as to postulate the operation of a taboo on the eating of pork. Unfortunately there is almost nothing known today about local sentiments of that era, and we have only the intellectual rationalizations of educated writers who all too easily found an explanation for the scarcity of pigs in the assumption that a 'foolish prejudice' was at work."[14]

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    • #3
      Thank goodness for Ayrshire !!!

      God, I could go a good big thick slice or two of Ayrshire ham (with the rind), free range eggs and some black pudding !

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      • #4
        Pork

        I don't think people used the word pork in the olden days, it was normally called hog. Maybe the poorer people couldn't afford to keep pigs because they eat an awful lot anyway.
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        • #5
          If there's an aversion to Scottish food, try this Filipino delicacy - BALUT !
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          • #6
            Eeeww!!! I'll stick to the cows, pigs, and chickens.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lachlan09 View Post
              If there's an aversion to Scottish food, try this Filipino delicacy - BALUT !

              BOAK.....im sure i coughed something like that up a couple of weeks ago

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              • #8
                It looks kind of cute with its wee head poking over the side ! Awww bless !!

                It has been postulated (is that legal in public places ?) that balut was invented by Filipinos to wind up foreigners about being a traditional delicacy which they must try to fit in locally !

                I think Flipinos eat them as a dare But one Filipino told me the only way to eat one is in a dark cinema while holding your nose !

                I wonder if Gordon Ramsay could improve their image for the sophisticated modern palate.

                I've never had to eat one (thank god) but my daughter used to love them. I have eaten some odd foods though - apart from the obvious escargots (I used to like them actually with the garlic butter - escargots bourguignon, but they slowed me down ) and frogs' legs. But in S E Asia, I've eaten goat many times (kambing), dog (aso - in Philippines - honest I didn't know !), squeezy ox lungs (Indonesia), snake, sea blubber and shredded jellyfish (Hong Kong). Never tried any insects or arachnids though ! Nearly ate a lizard once but chickened out.

                I even ate my old nemesis tripe in the Philippines in a peanut-sauce stew with oxtail called kare-kare.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lachlan09 View Post
                  It looks kind of cute with its wee head poking over the side ! Awww bless !!

                  It has been postulated (is that legal in public places ?) that balut was invented by Filipinos to wind up foreigners about being a traditional delicacy which they must try to fit in locally !

                  I think Flipinos eat them as a dare But one Filipino told me the only way to eat one is in a dark cinema while holding your nose !

                  I wonder if Gordon Ramsay could improve their image for the sophisticated modern palate.

                  I've never had to eat one (thank god) but my daughter used to love them. I have eaten some odd foods though - apart from the obvious escargots (I used to like them actually with the garlic butter - escargots bourguignon, but they slowed me down ) and frogs' legs. But in S E Asia, I've eaten goat many times (kambing), dog (aso - in Philippines - honest I didn't know !), squeezy ox lungs (Indonesia), snake, sea blubber and shredded jellyfish (Hong Kong). Never tried any insects or arachnids though ! Nearly ate a lizard once but chickened out.

                  I even ate my old nemesis tripe in the Philippines in a peanut-sauce stew with oxtail called kare-kare.
                  Poor puppy dogs! I don't think I have ever looked at my dog and wondered what she would taste like. I think a lot of people eat frog legs though and I wouldn't have any problems with the goats. They say it taste like chicken (the frog legs). What did the jellyfish taste like? I hadn't heard of people eating jellyfish. Reminds me of a TV show called Fear Factor. They would do and eat anything to win the money.

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                  • #10
                    I don't think they're puppies. They let them grow a bit first (more meat). Puppies are probably only used for special festive dishes such as suckling pup.

                    Mind you the Chinese, Viets etc also eat doggy-woggies !

                    My partaking was purely by accident - I thought it was goat. (I should have suspected that goats don't wear a leather collar with a bone shaped pendant with Fido etched on it)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lachlan09 View Post
                      If there's an aversion to Scottish food, try this Filipino delicacy - BALUT !
                      What do you mean "IF" there's an aversion to Scottish food. I'd consider it a certainty.

                      "All Scottish food is based on a dare."
                      --Mike Myers in "So I Married an Axe Murderer"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pottersville View Post
                        What do you mean "IF" there's an aversion to Scottish food. I'd consider it a certainty.

                        "All Scottish food is based on a dare."
                        --Mike Myers in "So I Married an Axe Murderer"
                        Not possible ! Scottish food is a delight to all lucky enough to face (I mean savour) it

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                        • #13
                          pigmeat

                          Consumption of pork is of fairly recent origin in Scotland. That is all I recollect from my reading but will see if I can dig out the refernces.

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                          • #14
                            You are correct that Scots never used to eat much pork etc. Which is strange given our present diet!!!

                            Some fairly obvious food aversions we have:

                            * creepy crawlies.
                            * horse meat.
                            * human flesh.
                            * reptiles.
                            * Anything kept as a pet.


                            (Two can play at George Orwell quotes)
                            "In this country I don’t think it is enough realized—I myself had no idea of it until a few years ago—that Scotland has a case against England."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lachlan09 View Post
                              If there's an aversion to Scottish food, try this Filipino delicacy - BALUT !
                              Romans used to eat these...


                              (Two can play at George Orwell quotes)
                              "In this country I don’t think it is enough realized—I myself had no idea of it until a few years ago—that Scotland has a case against England."

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