Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cajun Haggis!!!!!

We've just been to Ignatius for lunch. It is a wonderful 'french' feeling cafe on Magazine Street and is run by the same folks as Rue de la Course - my favourite coffee shop!! The food is great - all the New Orleans traditionals - jambalaya, shrimp creole, po' boys, muffulatas, red beans and rice with sausage, etouffee, gumbo.

Today as an appetizer, we had "boudin" for the first time. It is Cajun Haggis - looks like a sausage but you cut into it and it oozes its innards just like haggis (pictured below). It is made from lots of things I've been told but the kind we had was pork based. The other difference is it is made with rice instead of oats, so this means its gluten free!!!! which, as I'm allergic to gluten, is fantastic!!!

Dazza loved the boudin as did I and was waxing lyrical about his first taste of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties in Scotland. The best unique meal he says he's ever had. He did say that the haggis grossed him out before he tried it!! Dazza had a juicy half roast beef po' boy and crawfish and corn chowder. I had a big house salad (their salads are amazing too - they do a muffalata salad - everything from a muffulata but on salad instead of bread - again gluten free!!!). We both polished off our lunch with some Rue de la Course coffee!

From some mild eavesdropping, I love how in this town people have long and rich conversations all about food!! Its good to be home!


Anonymous said...

Or is Hagis Scottish Boudin? I guess the Hagis came first.

As hard as it is to imagine, I guess there are people who don't have long rich conversations about food. But then, the food where thay are usally isn't worth talking about, let alone eating for anything but survival.

Adrastos said...

Boudin = Haggis? Blasphemy.

ashley said...

The difference between Boudin and Haggis?

You know what's in haggis.

K2.0 said...

Hi, Kirsty, thanks for the comment. yes, people do call me KRIsten all the time -- I have learned to live with it.

I saw photos of Ignatius in the gambit restaurant isse, and I thought, "Hey, I think that used to be Rue de la Course!" I'm glad to hear the same people are still running it.

The Good Woman said...

Ah Haggis - a rite of passage to be sure. For me its one of those things I'll eat to be polite but don't set out to buy in the supermarket.

Laura said...

Hey. This is random. I came upon this post about boudin being similar to haggis. Ok, I was watching the travel channel last night, and I'm from new orleans so i've had boudin forever.. But then they were making haggis and i was like.. hold up.. it's like boudin! except with oats! so like, im really curious now to know if boudin and haggis have similar tastes? Do they, in your opinion at least?

And hm, I've never been the Ignatius, I'll definiely check out that restaurant. I do love Rue de la Course so much though!

Cool entry.