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Old 04-11-2008, 11:08 PM
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"This is great, what's in it." When I replied, "raw tuna," she dropped a half eaten piece on her plate and never touched sushi again. Moral 1: don't ask until you've at least tried it. Moral
2: maybe some of our aversions are culturally created.

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Absolutely true

It's why it's particularly fun to travel to other places and try different things.

mussels are a pretty good example....most western people have a hard time with this type of stuff at first but later can go for the whole plate. I still chuckle at my nephew...it barely hit his tongue before it was spit out. That's the brain working before the tongue even had a chance! Now he loves them.

And what about road kill? There are hundreds of deer killed daily by cars....what self respecting caveman would leave a fresh kill to rot in the sun?
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Old 04-12-2008, 03:11 AM
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What's Applebees then?

I was thinking about this post last night (since brick cuts and dome angles no longer occupy my mind so much...) and came to a similar conclusion that some of you have - the things I really don't like and won't eat are the ones with a list of E numbers as long as you arm. The more processed and the more chemical, the more I'm not interested. Monosodium glutomate is right at the top of that list!

On the other hand I quite like food that can look back and things you can eat raw. Or make yourself.

What about oysters? Wierd food or what? The first time I wanted to try them as a small girl, one of them actually started moving and had me standing on my chair screaming. In the middle of the restaurant....

Love them now though.
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What about oysters? Wierd food or what? The first time I wanted to try them as a small girl, one of them actually started moving and had me standing on my chair screaming. In the middle of the restaurant....

Love them now though.
My mom, in eastern North Carolina, gets these great oysters. They call them "salty oysters" locally- I think they're from tidal pools which get saltier than regular ones, and they have this extra briny wonderful taste when eaten on the half shell. Now, if you hand me a previously shucked, naked oyster out of one of those cans from the grocery store, well, that's just sad...

I might eat tongue if I hadn't seen it on the styrofoam platter with saran wrap on it in the store... but looking at the taste buds sort of ruined it for me.

And I think road kill deer might present a problem, flavor-wise, due to the way it died. Too much shock to internal organs can really make it taste strange.

I ordered calimaretti (?) in Venice once and it turned out to be the smallest squid I'd ever seen, whole. I think they were all about 1 inch or less in size, but they were wonderful!
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:25 AM
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I used to love raw oysters. My beach cabin has thousands covering the beach. I've eaten so many that I've kind of lost my taste for them. Every once in awhile, I'll just walk out there and shuck and swallow a couple just for giggles, and to gross out the kids.

In Sicily, some of the restaraunts were famous for their mussels. They're served in thier cooked broth with lots of bread for dippping. Definitely, one of my most favorite meals. One of the doctors there finally got a recipe from an old Sicilian woman, sadly without measurements - but she did see it made, and we made it together several times. I've used it many times since, always just guessing on the measurements and had great results. I highly recommend it if you do like mussels:

about 2 quarts of mussels, or whatever you can get your hands on, put in a large pot. Set heat to high and cover for 5 min. or so. Sprinkle with large quantities of oregano and pepper on the shells while they steam. Stir every 2- 3 minutes.

In a separate pan with lots of EVOO (1/4 - 1/3rd cup?), sautee 3 - 6 cloves of minced garlic and about a half cup or so of Italian parsley. After a few minutes pour over the cooking mussels. Stir and add some white vinegar ( start with maybe a 1/4 cup and add more till you like the taste). Add more pepper and oregano and stir. Total cook time is about 10 minutes. Spoon out mussels in a serving dish and pour their broth over them. Sprinkle with a little more parsley and serve with a great loaf of bread.

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Old 04-12-2008, 09:38 AM
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That sounds good! Go put it under its own heading where people can see it...

I make mussels sometimes, but I can see that this'll knock the spots of my version!
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Naked mussels....just put them in a hot pot.....you'll be suprised how much liquid they put out....salty sea water.....just had em for the first time this way recently.....
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And I think road kill deer might present a problem,
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Just south of me the county sheriffs would pick up fresh road kill and take to the prisons for use. Some con protested being feed "road kill" and got his lawyer involved. He won the court case but he is now in solitary confinement for his own protection. It seems that the other prisoners really enjoyed getting a little venision and were issuing death threats.

Must of been some mighty good tasting deer


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I bet that road kill deer is a heck of a lot betterh than the slop they serve in prison. The con would probably give his left testical to have some good fresh road kill right now.
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It seems the only boundary to what we eat is our own perception, beliefs, and cultural backgroung. Almost everything, and every part, that walks, flies, swims and grows is eaten by somebody. I think that some of these 'strange' foods must have been discovered out of desperation and in some cases curiosity. Haggis and scrapple, black pudding and pork brains, nutria and deep-fried guinea pig. Most cultures have their strange food. Here in Turkey iskembe (brain soup) and kokorec (grilled lamb intestine) are national dishes. I like to think I would try anything once but I'm afraid the seeing (or even visualising) some things have been enough to put me off eating various delicacies during my travels. Hats off to those willing to try!

Someone once said........."A hungry man can't see right or wrong. He just sees food"................I couldn't agree more.

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Inishta, I agree with the seeing and viualising. I've encountered a few dishes in my life that were unusual to me, but sounded interesting....I could not get past the sight on the plate...I'm not big on presentation, but damn, it has to at least look eatible; too many times I've seen this with internal organs (intestines, stomach, varius glands, even beef tongue, all end up looking nasty and may very well taste wonderful......I will never know, could get past that it looked like wht it was.....a steaming plate of the above mentioned intestines from a goat. Might help if they don't tell ou whats in...then again it might not.

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