- a candied flower - plasticky and hard to chew. My teeth were confused.
- frog legs - tasty but not very filling
- a banana coated in tempura batter and drizzled with chocolate syrup and ice cream. It was called the Red Rocket and no, that is not what she said. By far the most revolting thing I've ever ingested. A coating that normally goes on fish just does not translate well with sugar.
- a ladybug. I thought it was a runts candy and chewed it right up, so my tongue got the full ladybug-internal-juices bath. It was as disgusting as you might expect.
- a worm. I was eight, a serious tomboy and a dare was involved. I don't remember what it tasted like, only the pride of doing it.
- fried crabmeat. I like seafood in general and was trying to expand my horizons. So I bought a tin of crabmeat, dumped a bunch of butter in a pan and tried to fry it. The smell was so dreadful that I had to carry the pan outside, gagging the whole time. I suspect there's some other way you're supposed to cook it, but I was too traumatized to give it a second chance.
- a tamarind. "It's like a sweet fig," my Indian friend said. She neglected to mention the part about the fruit being dipped in some kind of unholy jalapeno/cayenne pepper mix. My mouth still cringes thinking about it.
Friday, February 10, 2012
I'm not an adventurous eater. My idea of a perfect meal is caesar salad, medium-well steak with mashed potatoes and veggies, and raspberry and chocolate tartufo. Despite my aversion to culinary bravery, I've eaten some unusual things over the years: