Saturday, December 26, 2009
Leave it to the French. They have started a movement called "improper foods" At a recent festival in Paris, visitors were offered horse meat, giving new meaning to the term "fast food". As might be expected, cheese that smells like old socks in a homeless shelter is also offered. I was not impressed. Except for gathering gastronomic weirdness into one place, there is a lot more weird food being consumed out there. Consider the following.
1) Sardinian maggot cheese (casu marzu) is purposely placed where flies can lay eggs. It is then consumed while the living maggots crawl in one's mouth and attempt to jump into one's eyes as the cheese is being eaten. Timid souls seal the cheese in a plastic bag, which smothers the lovely little critters, causing them to jump out of the cheese,
2) Lutefisk, a type of Norwegian rotted fish that is reduced to a stinking gelatinous mess that gives those who eat it a macho sense of brotherhood and reduces the vast majority to gagging at the mere sight of it.
3) Dog meat is still popular in China and Korea. It is popular in the winter, because it tends to raise body temperature.
4) Rat meat Cambodia, China and the Philippines are all places where rat meat is openly sold. The most popular varieties are not city rats but those that are captured in the country, where they eat seeds and vegetables.
5) Grasshoppers are still consumed in Morocco. There are species that are kosher, although it takes rare and specialised knowledge to discern which species are kosher. This is about the only one on the list that I would like to try.
I have read about a wooly mammoth that was extracted from a glacier. It was centuries old. It was determined not to be spoiled. I never heard if anyone ever tried it.
Honey is one of the few foods that never spoils. Edible honey has been removed from pyramids that predate the Exodus from Egypt.
There is actually wine that was bottled by Thomas Jefferson. It would be remarkable indeed if this wine were fit for human consumption. Now back to the list.
6) Kopi Luwak is a coffee made from coffee beans that have been eaten and excreted by civets, a cat like creature. People pick through civet excrement and extract the undigested coffee beans for processing. The beans fetch up to $600.00 a pound. A single cup of this wonderful brew can cost $30.00.
7) Monkey brains are eaten in Africa and in China, and have been linked to Kreutzfeldt Jakob disease, which is essentially mad cow disease. Consider the following description of their preparation in one part of the chinese speaking world.
"The monkey's head was supported by its neck in a bracket, two pieces of wood with a semicircular hole on each side such that when you put them together, they form a complete circle around the animal's neck, allowing the head to be exposed above the plank. The hair around the head is shaven with a shaving razor. A small chisel and a hammer is used to quickly chisel a circle around the crown, and the top part of the skull is removed. A teaspoon is used to scoop up the brain, which is immediately eaten. This has to be done before the monkey dies."
That is not only repulsive, but unspeakably cruel. It is the only food on this whole list that should be outlawed.
We used to have rhymes that we used to say and sing back in elementary school. Here are a couple of them.
Scab sandwich pus on top
monkey's eyeball, eagle snot.
All this stuff is dipped in glue
just a sandwich made for you.
Then there was the following song.
Big fat gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
minulated monkey meat
evaporated turkey feet
one full quart of all purpose pus
floating in pink lemonade.....
And me without a spoon !
That's all for now folks! Hearty appetite ! Makes those Frenchies with their "improper foods seem like a bunch of wusses when you see what's out there now doesn't it?
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