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    ^^
    durian would be the exception to that though
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    I know I said it before but my BIL tried to buy a Durian when they were visiting us a couple of years ago. My SIL (who is Japanese) put it back and said, that the durian would make the smell of our trash can unbearable. Apparently, a lot of Japanese people's houses are so close to each other, they can smell each other's trash cans from next door.

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    My dad grew up on a farm in Hungary - I guess that's why we ate everything. I lived in a tiny remote little town that was a 100% immigrant population. All the kids were either first generation Canadian or not born here. Everyone brought their culture with them, and we were a little insulated from the outside world because the closest stores and restaurants were a three hour drive away. Nobody "ewwed" what anyone else was eating. People raised rabbits, chickens, pigs and hunted and fished to their hearts' content. Us kids simply didn't know any different.

    I just remembered another favourite - fried chicken gizzards! They smelled so good when you cooked them, and you just popped them in your mouth like popcorn. Also, another pig's foot dish - cooked in sauerkraut with potatoes and carrots and eaten with german mustard. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I notice here in Vancouver, pigs feet used to be almost free at the grocery store. Now they run at almost $10 each. It would seem they're getting more popular, not less.
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    My Canadian BIL is a first generation Hungarian émigré too. His father was a butcher who made the most amazing Hungarian sausage/salami I've ever tasted. I dread to think what went into it but who cares, it was delicious. Aussies eat the animals on our national flag too! Kangaroo is delicious - very lean and a bit gamey, close to venison (deer) I guess. Emu is similar. Crocodile is good too, a bit like chicken and some of the aborigine bush tucker is worth a try but hard to source for soft city types like me.

    Nice story: Last summer my BIL, sis and kids went to Hungary to take in some culture and do the whole Roots thing. His family had started to leave after WW2 when the commies took over and are now scattered all over the world. So they went back to the "family village" in remote Transylvania and asked in the mayor's office where they might at least find a few family graves. The mayor said "I can do better than that, come with me" and he led them into the opposite house that was crammed full of, you guessed, a whole tribe of BILs second or third cousins. A HUGE party followed as he was the only family member who'd ever gone back. Luckily he speaks pretty good Hungarian (impossible language) so they all had a great time. All my sister could do was smile and nod and get wasted on home made schnapps or some other noxious 100% proof fire water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    My Canadian BIL is a first generation Hungarian émigré too. His father was a butcher who made the most amazing Hungarian sausage/salami I've ever tasted. I dread to think what went into it but who cares, it was delicious. Aussies eat the animals on our national flag too! Kangaroo is delicious - very lean and a bit gamey, close to venison (deer) I guess. Emu is similar. Crocodile is good too, a bit like chicken and some of the aborigine bush tucker is worth a try but hard to source for soft city types like me.
    I forget which store it was in Sydney, but it was very high end, and was the only place I've ever seen where they had a pile of bottles of Johnny Walker Blue (costs about $200 and up) just sitting in the middle of the store. Anyway, they also had free samples of emu, crocodile, kangaroo, and shark jerky. That's when I found out the kangaroo wasn't exactly revered in Australia.

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    Shark is very tasty. Often called "gummy" to fool you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Shark is very tasty. Often called "gummy" to fool you.
    One of the jerky pieces was kind of transparent yellow, like a gummy. It was either the shark or the crocodile, but I can't remember which.

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    I've never eaten kangaroo but I do have a kangaroo skin hat. The leather is so soft and supple.
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    Call me a picky eater if you will, but I don't feel any desire to acquire a taste for brains, maggot feces, slimy live sea creatures, eyeballs, or any of the other similarly horrifying things mentioned in this thread. Granted, in times of privation the sputniks and missbazilbs of the world may survive a little longer than the rest of us, but for now I am finding plenty of other things to eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    Call me a picky eater if you will, but I don't feel any desire to acquire a taste for brains, maggot feces, slimy live sea creatures, eyeballs, or any of the other similarly horrifying things mentioned in this thread. Granted, in times of privation the sputniks and missbazilbs of the world may survive a little longer than the rest of us, but for now I am finding plenty of other things to eat.
    How do you know that they'll outlast the rest of us? We've been discussing eating other GR members lately and maybe we'll put Sput and Missbazilbs to the top of our "tastes almost like bacon" list and eat them first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    Call me a picky eater if you will, but I don't feel any desire to acquire a taste for brains, maggot feces, slimy live sea creatures, eyeballs, or any of the other similarly horrifying things mentioned in this thread. Granted, in times of privation the sputniks and missbazilbs of the world may survive a little longer than the rest of us, but for now I am finding plenty of other things to eat.
    Agreed. The label of picky eater doesn't bother me one bit. I eat what looks, smells, sounds and tastes good to me. If hairy alligator eyeballs taste like chicken ... I'll eat the damn chicken thankyouverymuch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    I used to really like cottage cheese and then I translated a hygiene booklet for a gynaecology practice. Whoever thought that "cottage cheese discharge" was a good description should DIAF. I can't touch the stuff now.

    As for my olive phobic aunt, the insanity continues. She is now part owner of a shop that sells traditional products, including olives. She has agreed to carry only sliced olives because she's totally ok with that. Still won't eat them but doesn't freak out. I am thinking it has to do with black olives reminding her of cockroaches, or something.

    A*O, lamb brains are delicious with a bit of lemon on top. Yummy stuff. Haven't tried other brains but those are crazy good. Also love tongue and cheek but will not eat eyes. That's where I draw the line.
    That's is totally gross.
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    I forgot something I can't stand -- LIVER. I mean, if I had to eat it I would, but it tastes bitter and awful, and it certainly seems like a lot of people here feel the same way I do because Taco Bell doesn't offer "liver tacos", and McDonald's doesn't have "liver McNuggets", and I haven't seen it as one of the 50 toppings you can get on a Domino's pizza.
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    I think it depends largely on the food you ate in childhood. My mother was a child of the Depression/WW2 and they didn't have the luxury of being picky eaters. They ate what was cheap and available. She was lucky to live in the country with lots of farming friends around who provided things that were rationed elsewhere, eggs, butter, fresh meat and produce, etc. They grew veggies in the back yard and kept a pig there too. It wasn't a pet, it was food and they used all of it except the squeak.

    So she gave my sis and me the foods she grew up with, liver, kidney, tripe, heart, home grown veggies. She made delicious stews from cheap cuts of meat like brisket, ox tail, etc and made brawn (head cheese?). It all tasted great but the secret was how you cooked it. Old wartime habits died hard so we were expected to eat what was on our plate, no arguments. Like everyone I had likes and dislikes but don't recall gagging and retching at the sight of even the stuff I didn't care for, I still ate it because there wasn't an alternative. I lived to tell the tale and will now eat pretty much anything and everything if necessary, even brains and oysters although I don't particularly like them. My mother certainly wasn't one of those slaves who cook different meals for different kids to accommodate their pickiness.

    And not coincidentally IMO, food allergies like killer nuts or onions, garlic, gluten (insert random foodstuff ) were practically unheard of. Throughout my entire school life I NEVER knew anyone who might die if they sniffed a peanut.
    Great post!!!
    yeah, my mother was born 1940-ish & we used to eat everything. My dad is the pickiest eater in the family.
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    ^^^
    i lived in Europe during the worst of the mad cow years and I've passed the incubation period so I'm safe I think!
    plus baby cows haven't been given much of the bad feed that was causing it.
    Allegedly, since they still don't know what causes it.
    Personally I've seen what neurological damage the chemicals that are stayed on live animals do to the human brain, so having them poured directly onto the spinal cord of a love animal multiple times is a big, if not the only contributing factor IMO. However, Tories in power, Tories on the boards of the chemical companies....
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    I keep seeing stuff about this because I donate blood about every three months or so -- so I'm forced to read all the exclusion stuff every time. If you lived in the UK for at least three months between 1980 and 1996, American Red Cross won't let you donate. It also excludes for people living in pretty much every other country in Europe, except Belgium. Pretty wild. I wonder how this is handled in Europe.
    Yeah, coz they DO NOT TEST for BSE in mainland Europe, then they can say that they do not have a problem. Cows showing early symptoms are culled ASAP, and may it may not make it into the food chain (or the pet food industry) depending on the post-mortum results. PM me if you want to know more.
    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    My Canadian BIL is a first generation Hungarian émigré too. His father was a butcher who made the most amazing Hungarian sausage/salami I've ever tasted. I dread to think what went into it but who cares, it was delicious. Aussies eat the animals on our national flag too! Kangaroo is delicious - very lean and a bit gamey, close to venison (deer) I guess. Emu is similar. Crocodile is good too, a bit like chicken and some of the aborigine bush tucker is worth a try but hard to source for soft city types like me.

    Nice story: Last summer my BIL, sis and kids went to Hungary to take in some culture and do the whole Roots thing. His family had started to leave after WW2 when the commies took over and are now scattered all over the world. So they went back to the "family village" in remote Transylvania and asked in the mayor's office where they might at least find a few family graves. The mayor said "I can do better than that, come with me" and he led them into the opposite house that was crammed full of, you guessed, a whole tribe of BILs second or third cousins. A HUGE party followed as he was the only family member who'd ever gone back. Luckily he speaks pretty good Hungarian (impossible language) so they all had a great time. All my sister could do was smile and nod and get wasted on home made schnapps or some other noxious 100% proof fire water.
    Great story! I love a happy ending!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenna View Post
    Call me a picky eater if you will, but I don't feel any desire to acquire a taste for brains, maggot feces, slimy live sea creatures, eyeballs, or any of the other similarly horrifying things mentioned in this thread. Granted, in times of privation the sputniks and missbazilbs of the world may survive a little longer than the rest of us, but for now I am finding plenty of other things to eat.
    See, I get around that problem by having a metabolism that is slower than a cockroach!
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    I have the same metabolism. We will survive!

    Actually a doc explained that people like us have super-efficient but Stone Age metabolisms. Our bodies use the bare minimum of calories to function and store the rest as fat for when we can't catch a brontosaurus.
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    [QUOTE=MohandasKGanja;3106607]I'm just remembering another food that I tried - although I didn't know what it was until I ate half of it. It was a soup called Mondongo. Nobody in my extended family bothered to say a word about what was in it although they did rhapsodize about how great it was before it was served.

    I remember that instead of meat, there was this gelatinous honeycomb stuff in there. And something that looked like little spinal cords with meat on them. It turns out that the gelatinous stuff was cow stomach. And the spinal-looking stuff was pig's feet. The soup, which has a tomatoey base, didn't taste too bad at all, but if you have a problem with textures, or what you are eating in general, this is not the soup for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    Cows stomach lining is known as tripe where I come from. Delicious cooked with onion and tomato, a bit like calamari (squid, another Ew no doubt). My mother eats raw tripe soaked in vinegar and there's even a Tripe Club for aficionados in Melbourne.

    But the point is Mo, you thought it was tasty until you found out what it was. It's all in the mind.
    I just requested Menudo from my mom when I go home in a few days. So excited!!

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    tripe. it's pretty common in lots of different cuisines.
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