DC Cookie

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Culinary Adventure

When I was 5, my extended family was sitting around the table eating lobster. It was bright red. I distinctly remember thinking it looked disgusting. I had no interest in participating, but my mother was resilient. She handed me a couple of those long, bony legs, and said I wasn't allowed to leave the table until I tried one. I succumbed immediately (my mother was a powerful, passive-aggressive disciplinarian) and was pleasantly surprised by the flavour. By the end of the meal, I'd eaten 8 legs and 2 claws. From that day forward, I trusted my mother's taste implicitly. Even when I didn't enjoy something, I still had to consume a specified amount of it before I could have dessert. Two brussel sprouts. Half a slice of meatloaf. Five generous bites of liver.

Based on my upbringing, there are very few things I don't eat. Although I can't stomach the idea of devouring live cockroaches or swallowing minnows that can still swim, If it's edible and it's cooked, I'm positive I would be willing to try it. I eat sweetbreads, I eat curry, I eat tandoori, I eat cottage cheese, I eat green olives, I eat giblets, I eat guacamole, I eat every fruit and vegetable known to man (prunes, plantains, brussel sprouts, turnip, beets, mushrooms, green peppers, squash, spinach, broccoli, etc.), I eat hummus, I eat feta cheese, I eat ostrich, I eat knishes, I eat bacon, I eat pho, I eat sushi, I eat falafel, I eat dill pickles, I eat bison, I eat fish, I eat crabs, I eat moussaka, I eat duck, I eat tofu, I eat oysters, I eat carpaccio, I eat gumbo, I eat dim sum, I eat pizza, I eat coleslaw, I eat poached eggs, I eat corned beef hash, I eat escargot, I eat tripe, I eat fibrous cereals, I eat poutine...

I have NEVER understood how people can pass up the opportunity to expand their culinary horizons. Food rules, period. I'm just thankful that I was taught from a very early age how to enjoy it [ALL of it].

28 Comments:

  • At January 24, 2006 12:19 PM, Blogger DC Cookie said…

    I'd even eat Bon's goose...

     
  • At January 24, 2006 12:30 PM, Blogger jessamyn said…

    i too have never put a food item in my mouth that i did not enjoy - i often challenge people to try to find something i wont eat or like. i eat boiled cicadas and chocolate covered grasshoppers, ive eaten salt and vinegar flavored crickets and worms inside grape lollipops. buffalo, rabbit, chicken liver and veal, even the fishiest of fishes - i love them all. (i only put contrainsts on my food intake based upon conservation issues - such as no shrimp - even though they taste like heaven)

    i do have to say this however:
    sweet breads i would most definatly shy away from if only for a little thing called Spongiform Encephalopathy. Prions are a bitch and then you die.

    tell me cookie if you were offered the oppurtunity to eat people meat - would you?

    let's say you didnt know anything about the person only that it was the persons dying wish to be eaten - and they were healthy when they died - and you wouldn;t have to prepare the meat - it just got served to you on a plate with a delicate sauce - would you eat it?

    i would.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 12:42 PM, Blogger Washington Cube said…

    You share similar adventurous tastes with The Captain. Check out his latest:

    http://irish--eyes.blogspot.com/

     
  • At January 24, 2006 1:26 PM, Blogger jessamyn said…

    Also on a totally unrelated topic: If you fuck a werewolf, is it beastiality?

     
  • At January 24, 2006 1:30 PM, Blogger DC Cookie said…

    Not sure, but I'd certainly eat werewolf if presented with the opportunity. Humans I'd have to debate.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 1:49 PM, Blogger I-66 said…

    GOOD question, Jessa.

    You should research that and report back, yesno?

     
  • At January 24, 2006 2:01 PM, Blogger Velvet said…

    I like most foods. Unfortunately, my Mediterranean background ensures I have a stomach that doesn't like most foods. Most foods make me sick, and I have to eat the same 10 things so I don't get sick. I was away this weekend and couldn't manage to find egg whites, wheat bread, and fish to eat. Instead I had pastas, desserts and pizza. Not good for Velvet. I'm still paying for it.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 2:50 PM, Blogger Namaste said…

    I simply adore how you have sweetbreads and curry at the top of your list...given the fact that you've eat these very things with me!

    Oh! How I crush on you, Cookie!

    And yes, food is love.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 3:03 PM, Blogger Confucius said…

    To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven

     
  • At January 24, 2006 3:40 PM, Blogger RoarSavage said…

    Swallowing live minnows is fun! (But only if you can chase it with a beer). Those Delt parties sure did kick some ass.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:00 PM, Blogger Complacent Chase said…

    I'm hungry...

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:11 PM, Blogger Rees26 said…

    Preach on, Sister Jessica! Food rules.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:16 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    Meatloaf is garbage.

    The food and the singer.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:18 PM, Blogger bettyjoan said…

    My mom was also a very "How do you know you don't like it unless you try it?" kind of person. And I, too, am now grateful for the breadth of my culinary experiences. If it doesn't eat me first, I'll probably dig right in. Except for peanuts (allergic) and a few foods that I don't prefer (but I'd eat 'em if I needed to).

    So what is the weirdest/most exotic thing y'all have ever eaten? Mine = bull testicles. It's a delicacy in Spain, and it was actually quite good (tastes like chicken, haha). Plus, in Spain, if they put something in front of you, you better damn well eat it!

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:40 PM, Blogger Smash said…

    I have a policy of only eating delicious things.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:48 PM, Blogger DC Cookie said…

    Phil, you just haven't had the meatloaf here (it's to die for):

    Greek Deli, 1120 19th St., NW

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:51 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    I revolt against any food where basically table-scraps are thrown in to prepare the dish in question.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 4:52 PM, Blogger DC Cookie said…

    Table scraps? We're not talking about a taco bell burrito here. We're talking fresh ground beef, whole chunks of garlic cloves, chunky tomato sauce and greek spices. I would eat it every day if that didn't mean I'd have to be in the gym for 6 hours burning it off.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 5:56 PM, Blogger Marci (aka Baby Banana) said…

    I think I could like some meatloaf, and I don't even particularly like meat.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 7:00 PM, Blogger Scot in DC said…

    Thursday's at the Greek Deli are the best. I love Kostas and his meatloaf!!!

    I eat just about anything, well not haggis, but most anything else. I think i am the only person who loves black pudding (blood sausage) that I know.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 8:41 PM, Blogger Stef said…

    I'm with Smash. I'll eat anything that tastes good. That rules out olives in my book. It wasn't always that way - I was an unsuccessful vegetarian for a while. But now, I loves me some beef.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 9:59 PM, Blogger Carrie Broadshoulders said…

    Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.

    I recommend everyone quit this eating thing. That trend has got to go. You should all smoke and drink liquor like good girls. Damn.

     
  • At January 24, 2006 11:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A meatloaf made from Phil...oui?

    Garnished with wig and pipe.

     
  • At January 25, 2006 12:43 AM, Blogger Mandy said…

    I spent 15 years as a vegetarian, during which time I'd eat anything that wasn't meat. Now, I'm off that wagon and have tried just about everything under the sun. Weirdest thing...? Vietnamese jumping snails tops my current list.

     
  • At January 25, 2006 7:53 AM, Blogger The Captain said…

    Nice list Cookie...try Rattlesnake when you get a chance. Are you willing to join my adventure, and hunt down endangered species for consumption? Bon will prepare them for us.

    And for the record, I would not eat a human, at least not until I was in one of those ALIVE circumstances.

     
  • At January 25, 2006 10:28 AM, Blogger Cyra Akila Choudhury said…

    What and how people eat says a lot to me about how they live, and how they love. (Unless, of course, there's a medical issue involved). I can tell that I'm not going to get along with someone if they say "ewww, I'm not going to eat THAT". Even if I'm not going to eat it, I'm not going to say it:)

    lipstickgargoyle.blogspot.com

     
  • At January 25, 2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Barbara said…

    Bravo to you (and to your mom). I wasn't quite so insistent with my children and, as a result, they are not as adventurous as you. I can understand not liking something, but I am simply too curious not to try it unless it either looks or smells incredibly bad!

     
  • At January 25, 2006 2:59 PM, Blogger Drunken Chud said…

    you know, there are foods i don't like. not because i prejudge them, but because i have attempted to try them on more than one occaision, and just can't seem to enjoy them. will i eat them if i have to? yes. but like you, i will try anything. i loves me some food. could explain my girth... but hey.

    bettyjoan, horse testicles. a stud i was training that beat the shit out me. we had him castrated and the vet gave me the balls and a recipe for battering them. little ranch or marinara dipping sauce and boom goes the dynamite.

     

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