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Weird Eats 
Dec. 14, 2010 11:19 am 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2010 11:20 am
Yesterday I was watching a few back shows of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and I got to thinking. I know many recipes here are quite "normal" - to me anyways. I've never been a big risk taker and haven't had the chance to try much food from other cultures that most may find "weird" or "bizarre." So I decided to step out on a limb and possibly consider trying some new stuff (if I have access to it.)

As for my weird eats, I've had fried alligator, bbqed raccoon, squirrel perlo & squirrel head. I'm also a huge fan of hog pudding. For some those aren't that odd but I've got some weird reactions listing those to others.

So this leads me to my query. Do any of yall here eat something (either on occasion or quite often) that others would consider out of the normal? If so - what is it? Did you find it here or does it go back much further than that? It doesn't necessarily have to be an animal - there are many different dishes that are with uncommon plants and other ingredients. Heck, until two years ago - panko was a foreign substance to me (and now its used almost anytime I fry something.)

Feel free to post any recipes you may have found here as well as your story of anything odd you've had before. I'm always up for something new :)
Dec. 14, 2010 11:33 am
i like gator, coon, squirrel, frog legs, turtle, quail, monkfish, mullet, crawdads...but these aren't weird are they? of course i'm a southerner too.
Dec. 14, 2010 11:59 am
Hi Faith! I tried to come up with something but I don't think I eat anything that would be considered "weird". Not on a regular basis anyway. I've never had squirrel, I would love to try alligator. Crawdads are evil! ;) J/K. I have had rattlesnake but that was only once a long time ago. My grandma used to make chicken feet soup. Ugh. What does racoon taste like?
Dec. 14, 2010 12:54 pm
gderr - so true! Everyone around here eats stuff like that but if I tell someone who has never been here, its quite funny to see the reactions. Crawdads are also a huge favorite of mine (more so than the rest I listed actually.)
Dec. 14, 2010 1:00 pm
Hey Rae! lol - that's quite alright. I'm sure there's something but I wouldn't know where to begin :D Have you ever been attacked by a crawdad? I once thought they were evil too. I was 4 years old, fishing off a bridge and caught one crawling down the bank in a used hotdog holder. That little sucker clamped onto my thumb through the one spot that didn't seal down. He got thrown right into the water. A few years later - I realized they were delicious (and thus my revenge began.) As for raccoon - I really enjoyed it. Granted I didn't know what it was before I started eating it. The ones we eat are a bit game-y tasting but the BBQ helps them a lot. Reminded me a lot of venison but stronger. And I admit I'm jealous you tried rattlesnake (thats weird!) haha. I've been offered it before but was too chicken to try it!
Dec. 14, 2010 2:17 pm
lol! Ouch! There were crawdads in the river we would swim in when I was a kid. They never got a hold of me. I tried them a couple of times. One was, I don't know, steamed I guess or how ever the "normal" way of cooking them is the other time was a crawdad etouffee. They make me very ill. Didn't like the way they tasted either so not to sorry bout that :) Don't know if you should be jealous about the rattlesnake. I don't think I was thrilled with it lol!
Dec. 14, 2010 2:40 pm
Awww, nice yall beat the lil critters lol. I was just too slow. Sorry to hear they made you ill - I've heard of that before though. I've had them in something we call buford boil around here (its usually shrimp, potatoes, sausage, old bay, onions & mini corn ears.) We replaced the shrimp with crawdad and they are delicious that way. And I imagine the rattlesnake is a peculiar thing to try. I want to just for the sake of doing so - just get overwhelmed about what they are (I've had one pin me up growing up, not very fond of 'em!)
Dec. 14, 2010 8:09 pm
Faith, love your blog! I am a Southern Calif. gal and do not have the stomach for too wild cuisine. we do eat cow tongue,cow heart, Very good in iron, btw. I ate sweet breads or brains, not sure which, at a bbq once. Really good and I think they induced my labor, I had my DS the next day:) Hubby ate dog tacos once in Mexico( he too didn't know what he was eating till he asked) He also loves grilled intestines. Fun blog Honey, Thankx again!
Dec. 14, 2010 11:59 pm
ive eaten ostrich jerky and plantains. yum yum
Dec. 15, 2010 8:21 am
@ Patty, so glad you like my blogs! Like I said before - I can't just talk about myself. I love getting people involved to see their life experiences with various topics. Its so fascinating! I've heard of people eating cow tongue and heart (my dad has) but I've never tried them. Heard they are good in stews! Brains is very interesting, I could probably try that if it didn't look like it :D That is crazy your had your son the next day - at least if I ever try them I know that won't happen for me! hehe. Dog tacos....that's crazy. I can't knock on it though til I tried it. And intestines may be good - I wonder if they are kind of like gizzards? I would imagine the texture would be :P Thanks so much for your input!
Dec. 15, 2010 8:22 am
Weremoose, oh wow, that is very "weird" (love it!) I've been to an ostrich farm which was used to raise them for food. How did it taste? And plantains I've heard are really good!
Dec. 16, 2010 7:56 am
I had bear steak once, that is as bizarre as I've went, and my Dad tricked me into that one, LOL
Dec. 16, 2010 11:20 am
Great blog and interesting post, enjoyed reading everyone's feedback.
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 27 year old work from home mom to two sons (8 & 5.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for 10 years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
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Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "up" category. I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients, I am willing to try anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
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Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
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Barbecue pulled pork, venison meatloaf & homemade butter biscuits.
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I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or grilled cheese sandwiches. It had too much basil, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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