Thursday, 17 January 2013

What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten?

When in Rome....
Well I couldn't in all good conscience have a food blog and let the story of the week (i.e. Tesco Horse Burgers) go by without a mention. It has practically made my Twitter feed explode, although the funny thing is I can't say anyone seems that bothered. After all if we are happy to eat cow, pig and sheep, what difference does a bit of Red Rum make?

I do have to admit to being a little surprised when The Oracle laid out a plate of salami in front of me a couple of years back with a smile on her face and told me to guess what it was. She wouldn't tell me until I'd eaten it at which point she announced with glee "donkey!". I hadn't ever really considered donkey as a food choice, and I can't say I was entirely blown away by it or wish to repeat the experience, but I chalked it up to trying something new, and a positive thing. It should be mentioned at this point that The Oracle is the sponsor of one lucky donkey (in a sanctuary, not a recovery programme) but as far as I am aware is not planning on eating the thing at the end of the financial relationship.


Anyhow, it got me to thinking about the oddest thing I've ever eaten and I have to say it was probably the Guinea Pig I had in Peru (see picture), not least as it was served up with chips. I used to have a pet Guinea Pig and although I can't profess any great attachment to the high pitched ball of fluff, it did still feel a bit wrong. Surprisingly it tasted of pork (duh!) not chicken, but I could only bring myself to eat 4 bites before sheepishly giving in and handing it over to someone less squeamish.

So, what is the strangest thing YOU have ever eaten?

7 comments:

Matthew Balyuzi said...

That looks like a rat to me...

Anonymous said...

I ate something in Perth about 20 years ago that looked like mash potato, smelled like mash potato and tasted like mash potato. Later I found out it was lambs brains. Chris

Katharine Balyuzi said...

Grim, that wins, although if you didn't notice at the time fair play!

Katharine Balyuzi said...

In fairness it could have been anything, it was so heavily battered! Not sure rat is any worse though.

Anonymous said...

Not so lucky Donkey then? ;)

John Cullen said...

Liver, some fava beans and a nice chiante...

Adam said...

Hmmm...tough one. I'd say either washing up liquid + pro plus, or what was effectively a drink of mud. Even today I'd probably go either one of those before tackling guinea pig with a head still on it, ugh.