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Food, Food and ....is it.Food? (332 views, 38 replies)


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What I consider food, you may not and vice versa. Foods can be very regional or cultural and some may even contain an "Ick factor". I had thought about starting this thread for sometime but never got around to it until Ravenousbird posted this anysubj.com/p/The-50-Weirdest-Fo... That gave me the kick I needed especially after reading the article and discovering how many of those foods I had eaten.
I grew up in a very rural area but we were not poor by any means. My father just believed in harvesting nature and we often ate what he and his brothers hunted. Deer was the most common but we also ate rabbit, squirrel, beaver and the occasional possum so my idea of food is probably different from many people. Before my cancer battles I used to travel a lot and one thing I always did was explore "native" foods.
From the article posted by RB I have had Chicken's feet, Spam (and it's lesser known and delicious cousin Scrapple), Escargots, Tequila worm, Vegemite, pickled egg, steak tartare, frog legs, kangaroo, rattlesnake and turtle (snapper) soup. ...
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I love that article. It's starts out so tame...

...but is very challenging to "consider" as the reader progresses!

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@Ravenousbird I consider myself an adventurous eater but there were a few things there that made me quiver and not in a good way smiley. Tuna Eyeballs? Ummmmm...No. Hákarl? With that smell? No thank you and this is coming from a girl who ate pigs feet fairly regularly smiley

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@RiverTam Yep, Tuna eyeballs and fermenting shark are NOT on my list ever... nor is anything with "brain"...

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@Ravenousbird smiley I agree.
When I was a little girl my daddy convinced me there was nothing wrong with eating "Thumper" or "Bambi" and I believe he was right. He never could convince me that eating Bambi's brain was OK though.

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@RiverTam The brains should be used for tanning the hides. Indians have been doing it for centuries.

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Well, I guess I am one of the few adventurous eaters on here. I thought for sure there would be someone who had tried grasshoppers, grubs, guinea pig.....something not the norm for most people smiley

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Rocky Mountain Oysters (Bull testicles). Always went to the Testy Festy in Clinton when I lived in Montana.

Done right they tasted like breaded venison. Done wrong they taste like fried, seasoned rubber.

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@dramucom You are one up on my there. I had the opportunity but couldn't get past the "ick factor". Same with ants, grasshoppers and termites. I had the opportunity but couldn't. I think I could now though (the bugs not the "oysters"). smiley

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Bugs are not food,My POV

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@1FRAC1 That was part of the idea behind the topic. Bugs are a staple for millions and millions worldwide but not in places like America.
Even things our American ancestors ate have fallen out of favor, Pigeons were brought to this country as a food source (among other things) in the 1600's but how often do you see Squab in a supermarket now.
Mutton can be found in some markets in the SW but frowned upon elsewhere.
Personally, I have tried black bear (loved it), gator (it was OK), Water buffalo (loved it), Ostrich (very good) but many would not.
I ordered rabbit in a restaurant once and my GF almost got sick at the thought. It's all POV.

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@RiverTam those things I would like to try,except gator,no lizard for me thanks anyway smiley

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@1FRAC1 I guess rattlesnake is off the menu too then smiley

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@RiverTam maybe so,I hear it tastes like chicken tho smiley

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@1FRAC1 Actually it does, maybe because mine was "chicken fried". There is a small restaurant in Tombstone (only open for breakfast and lunch) that had things like rattlesnake, ostrich, emu, buffalo on the menu.

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@RiverTam they cook em good then I might try,maybe smiley

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@1FRAC1 The Ostrich was in "burger form" and very good. The Buffalo was a "steak" with eggs for breakfast.
Tombstone was a great little, long weekend getaway. Nice, historical, fun (without being over the top) town.

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Never oysters (Bull testicles).

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@1FRAC1 "Rocky Mountain Oysters".

I got offered those when I worked on a Ranch. I had no idea what they were, which everyone thought was funny.

That's when I knew I should not accept them!

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@Ravenousbird don't like nibbling on ball's ha, smiley smiley smiley ah smiley

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Spam is seen as adventurous? Spam is a delicious! So is Scrapple. Spam is basically a hotdog in a non-cylindrical shape. Scrapple is, more-or-less, pork and sage meatloaf. I used to make something similar with fried bubble 'n squeak.

Pig trotters (feet) were a favourite of my younger brothers. Boiled in apple cider then glazed roasted.

Jellied eels are [were] a popular dish in London. Sold in pie and mash shops and from seafood stands. The latter would also sell cockles and mussels. Eww!

I once had lambs brain at a party in Turkey. It was like something out of Indiana Jones - minus the monkey skull bowls. I wasn't a fan, but when in Rome 'n all that.

Kangaroo was okay. A bit tough and chewy, but I think that was more to do with cooking technique than the actual meat.

Vegemite and Marmite are almost the same thing - both absolutely fking disgusting, LOL. My husband eats tons of the stuff.

There is a UK based company selling gubs and insects. Some supermarkets are stocking them, but you can also buy directly from them online. Crickets, mealworm, grasshoppers, buffalo worms. They come in different forms and flavours. The snack packs (BBQ ones I tried) were like roasted fava beans or nuts.
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I have a package of Scrapple in my freezer right now. It's hard to find in many places in the US. It's mostly a Mid-Atlantic states thing. I was also surprised Spam was on the list in the article. It has a bad, almost comical (should we blame Monty Python) reputation.
Never has trotters cooked like that....sounds delicious. The ones I have had (mostly as a kid) were cooked (boiled) with collard greens.
Had eel on a few camping trips when I was young. My brother and mother wouldn't touch it, just my dad and I. I remember (I think...lol) it being a strong, wild flavor which I like.
Vegemite.... Once and that was enough smiley
I have never been able to get over the "ick factor" of brains...I don't know why. I have eaten almost every other part of mammals including tongue but......
The kangaroo I had was a bit tough too

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@RiverTam Spam fritters are divine. With hot chips, covered in ketchup! Mmmm.

I don't eat any of it now though. Too much fat for me to handle without making everybody in my household suffer the consequences lol.

I ate the lambs brain but drew the line when I was offered goats brain at a wedding where you could clearly see it was a brain. I ate the curry, left the rest *shudder*.

A local farm here sells Ostrich meat. My kids love the sausages and burgers. Wild boar sausages are also really nice.

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@DemandingFemale Wild boar....Mmmmmmm...sounds delish.
Ever try Spam with Pineapple? Just fry in a skillet (mango is optional and great), about a cup of cubed pineapple (and mango if desired), a can of cubed Spam, a few dashes of sea salt, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and serve. Takes about 15 min.
Spam is hugely popular in Hawaii. Something like 7 million cans a year sold there.

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@RiverTam Never tried Spam with pineapple. We usually have pineapple with gammon though.

I would love to try it, but I think it would probably kill me right now lol. I even have some in my freezer that keeps taunting me when I'm getting out the fake mince meat.

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@DemandingFemale I understand. I have had to curb what I eat due to medical reasons and it sticks. I cheat sometimes by "overdosing" certain meds before and after I cheat. Sometimes it works....other times I suffer...A LOT.

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@RiverTam I'm 3 weeks gallbladderless. Fat is NOT my friend. lol

Gluten-bloody-free too.

I miss bread.

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@DemandingFemale My heart goes out. It can't be easy. My diet is very repetitive and that becomes maddening so sometimes I cheat and often suffer for it.

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@RiverTam It is what it is. I hear ya with the repetitiveness of it. It gets very boring and frustrating.

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Casu Marzu

As my friends in France joke when people travel there and remark on there being mold in the cheese, "That's not mold!!! Those are worms. smiley " lololololol smiley


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@Ravenousbird smiley smiley
Maybe serve it with a blindfold to foreigners smiley

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@Ravenousbird I'm not sure I could ever eat something that was still moving. *dry heaves*

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@DemandingFemale Nor should you. smiley

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@Ravenousbird I tried eating "live" octopus once (i.e. the tentacles still wiggling) and couldn't do it. I had eaten it raw before but it was still. The wiggling freaked me out smiley

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@RiverTam Oh my god, poor octopus.

They are very intelligent. I've been diving with them many times.

They are like the most innocent and curious creatures.

God that most have been horrific for it.

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@Ravenousbird The octopus wasn't really still alive (which is why I put live in quotes) and what we were served was the tentacles, still wiggling.
It happened when I was 13 (1988) in Washington DC. My father was a Vietnam Vet, retired from the Marine Corp. After the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened he took trips there every few years. The first was just him and Mom, then a trip with my brother and finally just daddy and me.
As fate would have it he ran into an old friend on the trip with my brother, an ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) officer he new during the war. I wish I could recall his name but it was so long ago. He had escaped Vietnam and moved to America where he opened a restaurant.
We ate there one night and he put out a spread and he and his family joined us. Near the beginning of the meal there was raw squid, octopus, some kind of fish and veggies in a "salad" for lack of a better term. ...
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When I lived in Australia you could get fresh kangaroo at the grocery store, right next to the beef and chicken. Sometimes they had emu as well, but the 'roo was standard stock. Really good on the barbecue, but because it was very lean you had to be careful how long you cooked it. Gamey, like moose or bear.

I've tried to get kangaroo here in Canada after I came back, but it was never the same. It doesn't freeze well, I guess.

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i've always wanted to try shark

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You mention haggis to some people an there like "no way" haggis neeps n tatties with a whisky sauce whats there not to like?

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