October Monthly Mouthful
Are you the type of person who says you’ll try anything at least once? Do you consider yourself a truly adventurous eater? Well, what about roadkill – would you eat that? Yea, we thought we were adventurous too until we saw this list of foods! Inspired by the original “Omnivore’s 100″ list created by Very Good Taste blog, we decided to make this the topic for our October Monthly Mouthful.
We asked food bloggers across the world to tell us:
“What foods would you NEVER try in a million years? Are there any?” and recommended they refer to the Omnivore’s 100 list for inspiration.
We may be foodies, but some of us do have restrictions. See which foods we wouldn’t touch after the jump!
Radish from Sassy Radish:
I think it’s safe to say that I’m never intending on trying things like dogs, monkey brains (I think it’s a delicacy somewhere), or various insects. I eat and like enough of various things to be comfortable excluding the more exotic foods.
Marc from No Recipes:
Dog, cat… or any other domestic animal for that matter. Also not a big fan of the idea of eating insects, but I might try them under the right circumstances.
Tenina from Steam Oven Cooking:
Well I have to say that “Road Kill” is WAY down my list of taste sensations and I probably wouldn’t eat it unless completely starving, without a dime and clearly stuck on a road that hosts small animals and fast cars simultaneously! I was amazed to find that I have eaten almost all of the 100 list, with a few standouts and yes roadkill and haggis are on that list! And frankly that’s where they can stay!
Melissa from Alosha’s Kitchen:
I was almost going to say there aren’t any, but… I think I have to put bugs on my “never ever” list. I just don’t fathom I could ever wrap my head around that. I think the only way one would pass my lips is if I were trying to survive in the wilderness.
Everything else is fair game, though, and I do mean everything!
Stef from Cupcake Project:
I would not want to try to eat something alive. The concept of eating something that’s wiggling around in my mouth gives me the heebie jeebies.
Gilli from So So Simple Food:
I really am not keen on trying whole insects even if they are covered with chocolate.
Haven’t we all eaten an ant as some stage? And they are bitter…
Can’t cope with roadkill…could be unhygienic…Too scared of Fugu. Won’t drink goat’s milk but love the cheese so I would cook with it. I’ve crossed out Durian – I believe the smell is revolting.
Sea Urchin… can’t quite bring myself on those. And even though I love offal…chitterlings don’t appeal to me. Nettle tea…I have crossed it out but I’m really not appalled by it. Carob…I only put that because I have eaten it and found it boring.
Jessie from Cakespy:
A food that I have never had an interest in, and that makes me shiver a little bit in disgust when I even think of it, is aspic. Meat Jell-O does not sound like fun times to me, and though some say you should never say never, I think I’d have to say never to that one!
Ruth from Once Upon a Feast:
Well, there are very few things on the Omnivore’s list that I wouldn’t eat, but….NEVER:
fugu (Japanese blowfish…could kill you if not prepared properly)
And my own NEVERS…
chicken feet (my grandmother used to cook them in her chicken soup and my grandfather loved to eat them…yuk then…yuk now!)
Durian (supposed to have the most disgusting smell)
Anne-Marie from My Readable Feast:
For a fussy kid who didn’t like a whole lot of things, I’ve matured into a person who’ll eat just about anything. I’ve tried all kinds of meats (ostrich, alligator, rabbit, antelope, venison, horse, venison, Kobe beef, and ox), entrails (sweetmeats to kidneys, brains, hearts and liver – no Rocky Mountain Oysters yet, though I’m hoping to cross that off my list soon) and slimy things (squid, oysters, snails, frogs, abalone, lobster, clams, conch, and eels). I blame my heritage – half-Jewish and half-French – for loving everything from stinky, runny cheese to gefilte fish. I prefer my meat rare and enjoy steak tartar. And haggis is a treat, too, and I’m not even Scottish!
But it’s the normal things I don’t like and only in certain combinations, like chicken on pasta (yech!) and chicken in quesadilla (gag!). Chicken on pizza is o.k. as long as it’s Thai chicken pizza from California Pizza Kitchen. And I find Buffalo chicken wings downright scary, eesh! Otherwise, I love chicken.
So there’s nothing culinary I won’t try even once, though I saw Anthony Bourdain eat iguana once and that looked downright nasty.
Lydia from The Perfect Pantry:
There are so many things I wouldn’t try that I’m sure to lose my foodie creds, but top of my list would be innards, ham, live bugs, and almost everything Andrew Zimmern eats on his TV show, Bizarre Foods.
Clumbsy Cookie from Clumbsy Cookie:
I’m pretty open minded in anything food related, but I would never eat a live animal! Things that are still moving are a big turn off, yuck!
Sharon from Chocolate Chipped:
Oh, this is an easy one–I can’t imagine myself ever eating lamb, rabbit, eel, snails, frogs, sweetbreads, liver, gizzards, steak tartare, black pudding (ewwww!), foie gras, and probably a million other things.
Can you tell I’m a squeamish eater? I mainly try to stick to chocolate… ;-)
Christie from Fig and Cherry:
I’d never say never – I’ll try most things once. I really want to eat deep fried insects. I sought them out in Bangkok but couldn’t find any, I was very disappointed! Also, I hardly ever eat fast food – McDonald’s et al – unless I’m at an airport and there really is nothing else. I’d actually rather starve than eat that much salt, saturated fat and all the other crap that’s in there.
Lore from Culinarty:
Well the first thing that crosses my mind are bugs. I wouldn’t try them no matter how en vogue they would be, no matter what fancy restaurant would serve them or the stared chef that would cook them. Even looking at them in a plate without acting on run away urges would be a challenge for me. Hopefully I’ll never find myself in a survivor situation when they would be the only stuff I could eat for proteins…I’m such a chicken!!!
Joey from 80 Breakfasts:
I’m willing to give anything a try at least once :) The only thing I would draw the line at is endangered species…anything endangered I’m not trying. But all things other than that are fair game :) I like to give all food a chance!
Kris from To Be Mrs. Marv:
That takes no time at all to answer: Casu marzu. For the most part people eat foods that are available to them, so what may be strange to me living in the midwest wouldn’t be if I lived in a swamp or desert.
However, Casu marzo, apparently, translates to “rotten cheese” and it’s known as maggot cheese because, that’s what it is. They make the cheese and then leave it in a state where flies can lay eggs in it and then the maggots help in the fermentation process. Frankly, I just don’t see any reason at all to try that. (Oh, and you should eat it if the maggots are dead because that means it’s gone too bad to eat.)
Also after seeing this – I will never try hormel pork either.
As always, thanks to everyone who participated! If you were not contacted for this month’s Monthly Mouthful and would like to be included in future Monthly Mouthfuls, please e-mail us at chewonthatblog [at] gmail [dot] com.
Leave a comment telling us your own list of foods you would never try!