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Rose are red, violets are blue. I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
"Rose are red, violets are blue. I'm schizophrenic, and so am I."***
Me too. I used to have a problem with tenses but not yet.
@cranky47 & Grinseed: Let's not forget bugs. I have eaten all sorts of bugs here in Asia. The silk worms here in Korea are quite good and an excellent source of protein. Toss a few on a salad or just snack on them with a toothpick. They are boiled in salty water and taste just fine. (See pic. for how they are served on most mountain trails.) A small cup of pure protein.
Grasshopper tastes exactly like any seasoning you choose to season it with. They are fried, crunchy like potato chips and flavorless on their own but spice them up a bit and you can certainly make a healthy snack of them.
Frogs, Another great source of protein and done right, taste quite a bit like chicken. They sell them as street food in Korea in the So-ju tents. Little orange tents that appear on the riversides at night. These are drinking houses where men go after work. Very popular among the construction trades.
I know they eat big rats in Thailand and certainly rat could be raised for food. My guess is that they taste like whatever you feed them. I have not knowingly eaten rat but would gladly try it should I run across it. I have eaten raccoon. Not very tasty on its own but seasoned properly it makes a pretty good sandwich.
Everything is about the way things are seasoned and served. Having lived in Asia for 20 years, you can not even imagine some of the stuff I have shoved into my face. Everything from ants to zygotes.
Yea, I don't have to live on this stuff but I am completely aware of the fact that there are proteins most people are unaware of or regard as gross that have helped people survive for thousands of years. We could certainly decrease our meat consumption by adding some other forms of protein to our diets.
I have always liked trying new/different foods. The stranger the better, as far as I am concerned. Like a mini adventure each time I try something new. You ever watch the show "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern"? I use to watch it every chance I got. LOVED that show! Sure, he would eat things sometimes that I admit looked pretty rough, but I have to admit I would have to give it a shot just for the sake of experience... *chuckle*...
Edit to add: The most recent "odd" food I tried is the Lion's Mane Mushroom. My wife was walking the trails behind our house one chilly fall day about a year ago when she noticed the strange white glob growing on the side of a huge downed/rotting tree just off the trail. Being the research fanatic that she is, she immediately looked it up and discovered it is a very nutritious edible fungus. Naturally, she cut off a large chunk and brought it back to the house for further investigation. We ended up slicing it into thin strips and frying it in the skillet. Once cooked, we added a bit of garlic butter and a squeeze of lemon juice on top of each slice and gave it a taste. It was freakin' amazing. If I had been blindfolded and not told what it was, I would have sworn it was boiled lobster tail. Sadly, it does not grow regularly, because weather conditions have to be JUST RIGHT for a specific period of time. Bummer....
"@cranky47 & Grinseed: Let's not forget bugs. I have eaten all sorts of bugs here in Asia."
Of course. This began as simply a reply to the fatuous comment about the use value of sheep and cattle as a justification for the damage they cause.
I once worked for a specialist food wholesaler. Among his weird and wonderful wares were candied grasshoppers and chocolate covered ants, in cans. Also canned kangaroo tail soup.
The aboriginals here have eaten witchetty grubs and honey ants for millennia . I guess I should know, but I don't know what other grubs and insects they eat. I have not tried because I've never been hungry enough.
Ona trip to China, was having lunch and thinking "Gee, these are the smallest chicken legs I've ever seen-" --penny drops, ask waiter--"erm are these frogs legs?--Yep. " Added frogs legs to things I will happily eat.
In my opinion, the use of animal for protein in the long run (centuries) is not sustainable. We will eventually be farming insects and grubs for food, as they have been doing in Asia and South America for centuries.
Perhaps strangely, bugs and insects are not an accepted food source in India except for some indigenous tribes.
There is a giant rodent, the Capybaras , used as food throughout South America . It is also my understanding that the Chinese and other asian people have eaten dog for centuries and even had a breed especially for food, the Chow** (?)
**I have no objection to eating dog in principle. After all pigs are a lot smarter than dogs and we eat them. I would need to be every hungry indeed beforeI I would eat my dog, (I think I'd eat one of the neighbourhood children first. Would not buy dog meat if it were available at the supermarket local as is Kangaroo . There are also kangaroo sausage and salami. It's much healthier than beef.
Having said that, I hav eaten horse once, and Kangaroo once. Was not aware either time. In normal circumstance I cannot bring myself to eat such beautiful animals.
RE: There is a giant rodent, the Capybaras , used as food throughout South America.
I believe it is a guinea pig.
TIN: Had to look it up. Looks yummy. There is a popular muchroom here in Korean that I do the same with. Fry in garlic butter, top with a bit of melted cheese, and it is frigging to die for. King Oyster Mushrooms. These things are a good 6 to 10 inches long and slice from top to bottom, with the grain, into perfect little mushroom steaks. I have heard they are served flaming with Ouzo. If I could get some I would give it a try.
@Fried Mushrooms: YUM!!