I’m a huge fan of the Travel Channel and the escapades of Andrew Zimmern, Anthony Bourdain and a host of other talented, adventurous gourmands on that TV station. So the WP prompt on food brought back memories of oddities I’ve tried in my lifetime… It’s funny that I am now vegetarian but back in the day, I was as curious as the next person and when a bolder cousin dared me to try something new; albeit odd, I went for it. Yeah, I actually enjoyed eating snails and roasted termites. Flying termites are seasonal and gathered by lamp light in basins of water and then roasted with salt in large clay pots. Goats’ brains are made into a very popular and tasty dish with other ingredients that could be equally barf-worthy to people unfamiliar with the dish. As for frogs’ legs, the French still eat them and they aren’t bad at all.
I’m not sure why I bothered to try snake meat other than because I was eager to prove a point. I don’t like snakes and whenever I would come across even a garden variety on our farm, I would run off. One of my male cousins, Chuks, found a garden snake one day and killed it. Before we knew it, kids gathered, a small wood fire was started, and the bloody thing roasted to an oily, crispy treat. Pieces were handed out and when I refused, another cousin dared me to eat it and not wimp out. I tried it. The Snake was oily and I barfed.
I am no Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods fame, but I can understand how foods are appreciated and tastes for certain foods are acquired by people around the world. For instance, I love hot peppery foods and can handle some pretty hot stuff. Another person may love raw meats and fish or other delicacies unique to their culture; even drinking sour milk is an acquired taste and while it makes one person wonder why, it makes another smile. What do you think? More below…
“The lion is most handsome when looking for food” Jalal ad-Din Rumi
While I don’t mind trying new foods, I find Andrew’s escapades disturbing; some are so extreme. Also, what makes Andrew’s adventures disturbing to watch is the way the camera pans right, and then at close up, as he shoves another fried worm down his throat, rolls his eyes and smacks his lips. Excuse me, at least Anthony Bourdain shows sufficient disgust when he eats something off the chart; that way we, the audience, can commiserate as his grimaces and barfs off camera. Andrew will have none of that. He goes for the gold, and eats anything no matter what or where. Yikes!
The foods I mentioned and the ones I’ve tried are considered delicacies. Hey, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Is there something I’d like to try? The puffer fish? Now that would be daring… For now, I’d say no. Nada! What about you? What odd foods have you tried? What have you eaten that might make me barf? What more would you like to try? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: What’s a food you’ve wanted to try? And adapted from a previous post on my other blog – Positive Kismet: Food Frenzy
Positive Motivation Tip: Food nurtures us gives us memories we hold on forever… be daring.
- How Andrew Zimmern Cooks At Home (huffingtonpost.com)
- Lonely Planet Publishes A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World (prweb.com)
- Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain (bookjourney.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: A Perfect Meal… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- The Media Equation: Bringing Comfort Food to Print Fans (nytimes.com)