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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgarBear1969

"The salted gannet is tasty"...

Said no-one ever.

/s

November 30, 2019

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael105343

Perhaps the 'people of Ness' would disagree? ;-)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/jul/31/foodanddrink

According to the article:

The main point of contention seems to be the taste of the birds, which Mr MacLeod describes as "like a salty goose, very fat". Few people outside Ness can see the attraction. "It's absolutely revolting and greasy," said one Glaswegian last week. "The smell is disgusting and the taste somewhere between rotten leather and fishy beef," added another.

"Guga is without doubt the most disgusting thing," said John MacGregor, a former Lewis resident. "It's like strong duck stewed in cod liver oil and salt. The taste is bad enough - but my God, the smell as it's boiled. It smells awful, truly really, really bad, like the worst thing you have ever smelt times 100,000."

But the people of Ness disagree. "It is a delicacy," said Mr McFarlane. "It's delicious, but I do agree it's not to everyone's taste."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgarBear1969

Oh yeah, baby... you had me at "strong duck stewed in cod liver oil and salt". SOLD!

Gah!

I concede I've never tried guga. However, I'm not gonna lie, I'd honestly eat anything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

I can't be the only one who wants to try this now. :D

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paul_inkwellart

Yes, yes you are. ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Highlander.Flori

ME TOO ... THA GUGA BLASTA !!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgarBear1969

Ghod's holy trousers! That's awful looking. Kill it with fire.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2GreyCats

I am thinking it’s already deid...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaibhidhR

You may be right. It's deid as soon as they club it then it's deider when they salt it, then even deider when they boil it for hours. Yes it's deid.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

I think I'll have the potatoes... If I can eat anything at all with that in the room... XD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

Well we were promised some humour :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EdgarBear1969

Evidently.

• Halò a charaid! Tha drathais orm!

• Hello friend! I have underpants on!

• Halò Eilidh! Tha drathais orm!

• Hello Eilidh! I have underpants on!

• Tha bonaid agus drathais orm.

• I have a bonnet and underpants on.

:)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lemonie67

I will remember that last one for ever. It's my goal in life to use it without getting arrested :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DianeCKipp

Thank you for making me laugh out loud.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesHai

Honestly, I love it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ojb_viola

Never heard of salted gannet - is that a Scottish thing?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mimimi

Yeah, it's a Scottish dish that's fairly notorious for being a very acquired taste. It's kind of the Scottish equivalent of Swedish surströmming or Korean hongeo in that respect. In foreign media that portrays Scotland, haggis is typically presented as the Mount Everest of weird Scottish cuisine solely by virtue of it being very famous and kind of gross on paper, but haggis is actually really tasty, and I haven't really met many people, Scottish or otherwise, who have tried it and not liked it. Guga is much more divisive, even for natives.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tha-seo-taghta

Not throughout the county. It's a 'speciality' of the most northerly tip of the most northerly part of the Western Isles.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharman575218

Check out the Peter Mays trilogy about Lewis - start with The Blackhouse. One of the three books features the hunt for the birds - I don't remember which one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ionnsaiche

It's The Blackhouse. The Lewis Man was about dementia and The Chessmen was the plane in the peat bog.

Definitely highly recommend that trilogy, as well as Coffin Road and I'll Keep You Safe. All set primarily in Lewis and Harris =)

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