Monday, 24 August 2020

The strangest things I've eaten

 I write this from the depths of self-isolation, as I've started with mild covid symptoms, so please imagine me with a mask over my face.

I have never shied away from trying unusual foods. As a child, my dad and I used to make a game of finding new foods in the supermarket so that we could try them. I'm sure my mother was thrilled to bits to be presented with an acorn squash and told she was supposed to cook it.

So what have I tried? I'm not sure if starfruit and white currants count as strange (although I've never seen white currants since, much to my annoyance as they were lovely) but the weirdest fruit I've tried was the tamarillo. Surprisingly sharp and tasty, if rather messy with all the seeds. I'd love to try durian one day but have yet to go anywhere that sells it.

In terms of meat I've had snails, frogs' legs, kangaroo, alligator and alpaca. The alpaca was at a local restaurant called Rare (sadly no longer there) which did special evenings where they would serve unusual meats. To be honest, it had the flavour and texture of lamb - there was nothing about it that screamed strange - but it was remarkably nice. The frogs' legs were a bit of a disappointment, as they were served with so much sauce that I could barely taste them, although they felt rather like chicken.

So what's the strangest thing you've eaten?

14 comments:

  1. Never heard of a tamarillo. Haven't had a few of those meats. I have had frog legs. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/08/wednesday-challenge-082620.html

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    1. Tamarillos are lovely - frogs legs not so much. I may have to try them again.

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  2. Yeah, frog legs aren't very good IMO. But tamarillo sounds interesting.

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    1. I haven't seen one in a while, but they were lovely.

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  3. I'm sorry you're dealing with the first symptoms of covid. Blech. Good wishes to your getting better. As for the odd things, I would like to try currants, as I'm not even sure I've ever seen them.

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    1. I've only seen white currants once in my life, and they were lovely. Thank you, I'm feeling a bit better today.

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  4. Oh, and sorry to hear you're dealing with Covid symptoms. I hope you feel better soon.

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  5. Hope you feel better soon. Enjoyed your post, interesting descriptions of food I've never tried. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/the-strangest-things-ive-eaten/

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  6. Oh wow!! tamarillo is delicious, I quite like it and wish I can find more of it. But Alpaca?? I have to try that.. interesting! Also, hope you get to feeling better! Covid is no joke!

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    1. Thank you, I'm feeling a bit healthier today. Yes, I was quite surprised by the alpaca!

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  7. I agree with you on frogs legs being like chicken. There are so many tiny bones, though, it's almost not worth the effort if you can just order chicken! Durians (aka. the King of Fruits), on the other hand, are certainly a life experience!

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    1. I'd love to try durian if I ever find it anywhere.

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