Saturday, October 20, 2012
Mama Masha's Kitchen - Is that garbage on your plate or are you just happy to see me?
There are many strange, wonderful and even creepy dishes out there. The French frog legs and escargot never leave anyone feeling indifferent: people either love them or loath them. The soft shell crab sandwich is delicious, but many do not get to experience it, because they cannot get over the weirdness of the crab’s claws and eyes peeking out between the buns. At Halloween, one can always count on numerous web sites posting lists of scary-looking snacks (deviled egg eyeballs, anyone?). Needless to say, the further you get outside of your zip code, the more you must be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone, as far as food is concerned. In many countries, traditions associated with food are ancient and carefully observed. So, as a visitor, you wouldn’t want to show up and disrespect your hosts by making a face at a local delicacy. Fortunately for the more culinary timid of us, not nearly all fun and interesting dishes out there are as jarringly bizarre for a common-fare eater as, for example, the Chinese roasted tiger penis. Some of them you can even prepare at home and have some fun in the process. The Garbage Plate ================================