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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Oddest Food Mini-meme..

When we were all little kids( and we all were once!) we were fed, or even on our own- ate some very strange things... Did an older kid ever talk you into eating a worm, or some nasty other bug? Did your parents think you were really interested in trying some weird-ass food they ate while growing up in some foreign country? I think you are all on the same page now, waiting for the two question challenge!
1. What was the strangest thing you ever ate, animal or vegetable- your earliest memory?
2. What is the strangest thing you eat today- and enjoy?
I usually go first, as it gives others courage to answer!
1. Dutch DubbleZout.. Roughly translated, double salted licorice from the Netherlands- brand name Faam Dropkes. They had the rubbery consistency of an automotive grommet, with a salty, licoricey flavor that, when you were exposed to it first time- you spit it out! Large Dutch community around here, and is also my heritage.... Today I actually love them, but it is an aquired taste!
2. I would have to say Escargots..snails..slugs to be brutal! Who was the first starving person to get so hungry as to try one of these? Then they found out, with garlic butter, cooked properly- is a treat?!?!
There are many more, but I want to hear your personal answers to this! Try it- It's quick and fun!

35 comments:

Kate said...

We weren't really on the wild side at our house. But I'm convinced that we were missing some sort of mineral in our diets because I used to grind up rocks and eat the powder.

And it doesn't seem too weird now because I've been doing it forever, but peanut butter and velveeta sandwiches. They are the best!

LiLu said...

I think haggis would have to be mine. You DON'T want to know what's inside, but damn is it good.

But then, so was that kangaroo burger...

buffalodick said...

Kate -You and I could have loooong interesting talks- lotta give and take!
LiLu- You are, as myself- functionally insane! Don't ever change- this is where you do your best work!

Just telling it like it is said...

You know I love it when you talk about your family life..
I have to tell you my Ma used to cook liver many many different ways...however to my trained nose no matter how much she tried to tell me it was chicken fried chicken or beef tips...I always knew...grossed me out.

I really like alligator...fried...grilled...any kind of way.

buffalodick said...

Hated liver as a kid, love it as an adult! Alligator? Tastes like really fishy chicken to me!

blueviolet said...

My mom cooked in the simplest, blandest, most boring way in the world. So thanks to my mom, I haven't tried anything out of the ordinary at all and likely never will.

I mean it took me into my adult years to taste spices.

The Blonde Duck said...

I once drank stale water out of an old bubble jug from our play house b/c we were "orphans on the run"--and promptly got strep throat.

The Good Cook said...

In my youth, a fall time favorite was Pig's Feet. Yes, pigs feet suspended in a gelatin like substance that you doused with white vinegar and ate with saltines.

We also liked pig's stomach. Stuffed with sausage and potatoes if you will.

My father was from Slovakia and you ate everything but the squeal when it came to pig.

Now, I eat anything but sweet breads. That's brains folks and I don't care what fancy name you call them, what famous chef cooks them or what to die for sauce they are in. I AM NOT EATING THAT.

What I do eat is liver, chicken, turkey or fatted duck liver. Yum. I also eat raw oysters and clams. Any kind of sashimi including eel and octopus and fish eggs and as a chaser rabbit, pigeon, squab or pheasant. (but not raw)

That's just the way I roll.

Char said...

When I was a very young kid, my dad and grandad ordered a barrell of fresh oysters shipped every spring. I stood right there with them when they arrived and ate raw oysters on crackers with a sprinkle of Tabasco on top.

The following evening, we would host a huge oyster fry for friends and neighbors. I still love them today (when you can get them fresh).

buffalodick said...

BlueV- I had same upbringing!
Blondie- Stale water? that's it? I thought I was brought up bland!
Good Cook- dinner with you anytime!
Char- Raw oysters required adult beverages in my world! Cook them slightly, and I'm there all day long!

Marjie said...

No odd foods. I'm a fussbudget.

You should really read the book I've just read about New Amsterdam. Did you know that the word "cookies" is Dutch, and that's why we don't eat Oreo Biscuits in our lunches?

buffalodick said...

Marjie- I am of Dutch heritage! Grew up Reformed (Protestant) ... believe me- I know these folks! Best sweet treat bakers in the world! Worst cooks God ever made! I overcame all that- pretty fair cook, damned thru Eternity for it...

doggybloggy said...

first off sweet breads are not the brains they are the thymus gland or the pancreas - yup there are two versions- but thats just me butting in...

I have eaten lets see you name it - how about fried crickets and weird stuff I still eat - same long list- most recently we made a tripe soup but thats not weird - blood sausage a couple weeks ago but thats not wierd - I think asian 'candies' would have to be a little wierd - sweet and salty plums and sweet fried baby crabs...this is a hard question since I eat almost everything.

Chris said...

1) Frog legs. Not very interesting, I know. Not very good either.

2) I've only eaten on thing today, thin sliced beef tenderloin sandwiches with horseradish.

Rachel said...

When I was a kid I was dared to dip my chocolate ice cream bar in dirt and ants and eat the whole thing- ants and all. Of course I did it! I remember being able to feel the ants crawling in my throat. (Are you totally freaked out??)

Nothing to out of the ordinary now. I love tofu!

buffalodick said...

DogB- I love being an Omnivore!
Chris- I would have frog legs more often if they could be found around here!
Rachel- That's right up there with the weirdest, that's for sure!

Mona said...

If you really want to know... then the strangest thing I loved to eat once was Fuller's Earth ( You can call it a sedimentary rock, made up of bones, so, it will come in the non vegetarian category I think)

And I like to mix tomato sauce with pineapple jam to eat with tortilla chips.

buffalodick said...

Mona- You are our second rock-eater to post! Tomato and pineapple together actually sounds kind of tasty...

Jamie said...

I had a fabulous, brilliant, world-famous psych professor say to our class: Oral sex is like eating a raw oyster: you are first disgusted then fascinated then think it's wonderful! Or something like that.

Anyway, I was forced to eat grits, watery, horrible grits at Girl Scout Camp when I was ten and it was disgusting! Husband had to drink a whole bowl of warm walnut oil in Morocco or would be seen to be rude.

Now I adore snails, raw oysters, raw clams, tiny black periwinkles that look like something you pull out of your nose, love it all. Will never ever eat brains.

Akelamalu said...

I can't thing of anything strange anyone persuaded me to eat and the only thing I can think of that I eat now that some folk pull their face at is Mussels in vinegar. :)

buffalodick said...

Jamie- Jebus! Sums it up in a clam shell- as it were.. Husband eating nut oil.. all of this is relevant, and ironic- don't cha think?... :) Why eat brains- you already have them!
Ake- You really have to take a leap of faith before you check out- they will remember Mum for it! be who you are- you do it well!

K said...

My step dad was a big hunter and used to feed us all kinds of strange meat. I ate a lot of bear and antelope and stuff growning up.

Now I honestly don't know. Clearly I need to spice my diet up a bit.

Scarlet said...

I've eaten alligator meat from a restaurant in the Everglades, and surprisingly it was very good. Anything deep fried and dipped in sauce is edible.

I once ate rabbit fricassee without knowing it, and it was delicious! I've yet to try slugs. :)

buffalodick said...

K-Bear can be gamey, depending on diet, antelope can be bitter, as they eat a lot of scrub sage... I like both! Spice it up, kid- who knows what they eat after we're gone!
Scarlet- You would love slugs! I just know it!

Gnightgirl said...

My earliest memory of something strange would be my grandmother's roasted cow tongue. It wasn't bad but neither was it something I've ever been interested in cooking myself.

As for now, though it's really not that bizarre, I cook squid a lot. Sauteed in garlic butter or simmered in tomato sauce, I love it. Usually only cook it when I'm home alone--not a lot of volunteers to eat it with me.

Hit 40 said...

I am not that adventurous with food. I guess the grossest thing would be that I swallowed....

you fill in the damn blank. :-)

buffalodick said...

GGirl- Had Cow's tongue once, never dated her again... HeeHeeHee...
Hit40- Another hidden skill emerges..

G-Man said...

It started as a child,
And continues to this day...
I LOVE peanut butter and bacon sandwiches!!!

buffalodick said...

G-man- Thanks for sharing! I remember eating sugar and butter sandwiches, as that is all I liked as a kid....P.B.&J came later!

Donna-FFW said...

Strangest thing I ate today... purely by accident, was dental floss.. yes, a double meaning my friend.

Hit 40 said...

Very good!! I got a good giggle to your response.

jules said...

As a good, I would love to eat those cheese cracker sandwiches that had peanut butter in the center, dipped in salsa. I have no idea where I came up with that! These days, while I'll try anything and enjoy all cuisines, I don't think I do anything too out of the ordinary.

buffalodick said...

Donna- Reminds me of jokes about tampon strings, and pubic hair- but I'm going to let this one go by without swinging at it..(sort of!)
Hit40- I'd pay 1, No! 2 dollars to hear you giggle.. :)
jules- Welcome! By your tastes, I just know you will fit in! Try something new soon- you owe it to yourself!

Chef E said...

I have some blog catching up to do, and Buff I am looking for a good excuse to swing up through your neck of the woods on my way back to Jersey this week, so I can eat some of your good food I always see on here!

1. My family says if they were not present when I came into this world; then I am adopted, because I ate ketchup on my mashed potatoes, but it all started when I wanted the guppies at age two out of the aquarium, and then ate them...an early sushi eater I guess...

2. I will eat anything today, at least once...kind of a bucket list of foods...even re-visited calf fries the other day and they were not bad, but most anything taste better fried...

Lea Ann said...

Love your blog. The strangest thing I used to eat was Chef Boyardee Spaghetti....cold...out of the can...after school.
Lea Ann
www.highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com