The sausage that ate YOU…

..sub-titled “A Tale Of The Hungry, Hungarian Haggis”.

In Hungary, their sensible frugal use of offal results in a food item called a “kis gömböc”; a pig’s bladder (or intestine) stuffed with the ‘leftovers’ after the pig is killed. And thanks to Capt. Bionic on Twitter, I thus found out about a children’s tale taken from there (from Hungary, not Twitter, for the absence of doubt); one in which a gömböc suddenly comes alive, manages to devour a family and goes on a further rampage through the village until a shepherd cuts it open (presumably, sensibly, then going on to eat the gömböc?).

Kis gmböc

This reminds me of the legend of the ‘wild’ haggis from Scotland that’s been described as an “unbalanced beast, with legs of unequal length enabling it to easily run up the steep Scottish hillsides“. There’s even a mock academic paper on the subject of ultrasounds taken of wild haggi which posits that this allows “haggs” and their “hagglets” to “graze along the steep mountain slopes towards the rising sun and move through the heather.”

The wild haggis sited next to a prepared haggis. The wild haggis situated next to a cooked haggis. © EMOSCOPES CC BY-SA 2.5

Once you’ve read these fairy tales, you could then read about the mathematical problem that was turned into a physical shape, called the Gömböc, which is (to quote from its Wiki article)

a convex three-dimensional homogeneous body that when resting on a flat surface has just one stable and one unstable point of equilibrium

A gomboc in the outside world

Gömböc szobor beemelése © Noguchi Porter Novelli

Fun eh?

And me? I’m sticking with my home-made sausage versions & vowing to steer well clear of Hungary at pig killing time. Just in case…

About Salute The Pig

Charcuterie, smoking, curing, brining and all things porcine. Brought to you from deepest, darkest Cambs, England by Chris Bulow. In the smoker or in the kitchen.... Salutate porcum!
Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.