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Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:31 PM

Craziest food you've eaten that didn't turn out the way you expected.

So, they were selling quail in the frozen food department and I grabbed a box of four for ten dollars. Not too bad. The directions seemed easy enough and the photograph made the birds look like turkey dinners. All brown and succulent.

So the next day I tell hubby we're going to have quail for dinner. He gives me a skeptical look. I open the box and pull these tiny bodies that are wrapped tight in plastic and squeeze them out into the pan. Their bodies don't look right so I begin moving the hands and legs to get that classic baked chicken look. Some birds cooperate, but one is splayed out like a frog during a science class dissection. I can't help it. That's how it goes into the oven.

While its cooking I notice that hubby is filling up on all kinds of junk food. "What are you doing! We're going to have quail." I said.

"I can't eat the little birdies," he pleads. I thought he was kidding.

The birds cooked during the allotted time and I pulled them out of the oven. Something is wrong. They don't have that nice browned pattern. Their skin looks just about the same skin tone as when I put the things in the oven. But I confirm they're cooked through. So I test it out. Tastes like greasy chicken. I served myself a plate and managed to get one down when I realized that on hubby's plate, there was only green beans. No quail. "You're not kidding, are you?"

"I can't pick through that," he insists.

And suddenly I have a sick feeling in my stomach. What have I done, I think to myself. It's like I killed Bambi.

That's my story.

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Reply Craziest food you've eaten that didn't turn out the way you expected. (Original post)
Baitball Blogger Apr 2012 OP
hifiguy Apr 2012 #1
Baitball Blogger Apr 2012 #6
fizzgig Apr 2012 #12
HappyMe Apr 2012 #15
OriginalGeek Apr 2012 #19
hifiguy Apr 2012 #21
OriginalGeek Apr 2012 #22
MrYikes Apr 2012 #2
Baitball Blogger Apr 2012 #4
KamaAina Apr 2012 #3
Baitball Blogger Apr 2012 #5
Angry Dragon Apr 2012 #7
RebelOne Apr 2012 #24
intaglio Apr 2012 #8
kwassa Apr 2012 #9
LeftinOH Apr 2012 #10
KamaAina Apr 2012 #11
hifiguy Apr 2012 #13
KamaAina Apr 2012 #14
HappyMe Apr 2012 #16
AnneD Apr 2012 #17
Brother Buzz Apr 2012 #18
NV Whino Apr 2012 #23
ohiosmith Apr 2012 #20

Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:37 PM

1. I was on a press junket to France in 2003

and one night we were all taken out to a fancy restaurant on the outskirts of Paris. I ordered a salmon appetizer and our host, Yves-Bernard, told the waiter not to take my order. "Salmon," he said, "you can have anywhere. Tonight you must have something that can only be properly had in France." He then told the waiter to bring me the seared foie gras with a port reduction. I was more than slightly skeptical, but a polite guest does not turn down his host's recommendations.

When the dish, which smelled wonderful, arrived, Yves-Bernard told me to take a small bit of the foie gras and crush it between my tongue and the roof of my mouth. I did as instructed and the top of my head almost blew off. One of the most amazingly delicious things I have ever tasted in my life! Merci, Yves-Bernard!

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:48 PM

6. with a port reduction.

Some things just lend themselves to the exotic.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:43 PM

12. that sounds tasty, if un-pc

foie is my answer, too. it was of the appetizer choices on a flight i took from london to denver about 10 years ago, with the other being caprese salad. i was initially going to go for the salad until it kicked in that i could get that anywhere and i may never again have the chance to eat foie.

i'm glad i made the choice i did

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 02:08 PM

15. I had foie gras twice.

In French restaurants in Chicago. It was so incredibly good! It will make you weak in the knees!

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 04:00 PM

19. The closest I've been to France is Le Coq Au Vin,

a restaurant here in Orlando. (2 of the best meals in my life, by the way..and I hope to have many more there) but I didn't see if they had Foie Gras.

What I DID have that I never in the world would have thought I'd like is Chicken liver pate on toast with all the little pickles and things. I have never liked liver in any other form and assumed I would hate this but, like OP, did not want to offend my host, so I tasted it. I think I ended up offending him anyway though because after the first bite I proceeded to hog it all up...I was scarfing down pate like Eric Cartman with a bowl of Cheesy-Poofs.

So are we in the same ball park? If I find a place that has Fois Gras and there are no Peta people around to scorn me, will I enjoy it? OR is it impossible to tell because it's a whole 'nother universe of flavor?

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #19)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 04:16 PM

21. Those "little pickles" were probably

cornichons, which are available in many supermarkets and specialty food stores. I've seen Maille brand here in Minneapolis stores. They are delish!

Foie gras is usually goose liver, though duck liver is also used so yes, it's in the same general culinary territory, but only foie gras is foie gras.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #21)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 04:19 PM

22. That settles it

I'm looking for Foie Gras now. I know it looks pretty delicious on the food channel whenever some show has it...

And I'm getting some of those pickles too - they would be good for everything...I pretty much like all pickled things - my own liver included.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:41 PM

2. Bambi is alive and well.

So you're okay.

There is sweet and sour, so I thought why not smooth and gritty? Made a vanilla pudding mixed with Jiffy corn muffin mix. I wasn't the worst thing ever to pass my lips, but I haven't made it again. Experimenting is fun.

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Response to MrYikes (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:46 PM

4. Well, it's true, that someone had to experiment to come up with a s'more.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:41 PM

3. Dinuguan

a Filipino delicacy (?) that (as I found out too late) is colloquially known as "chocolate meat".

A coworker offered me some, which I blithely popped into the microwave. Turns out the splattering sounds that ensued came from blood, a key ingredient in dinuguan.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 12:47 PM

5. That's a tough one.

I don't think I could eat anything where blood is an intentional ingredient.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:10 PM

7. chicken feet

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 05:14 PM

24. I saw an episode on Chopped

where the competing chefs had to use chicken feet in a appetizer. I know how the judges managed to choke them down. I would have gagged.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:15 PM

8. Escargot

Also called snails - Yummy

Mussels - incredibly yummy

Winkles - or more fully Periwinkles a sort of sea snail mmmmm!

Then I tried Whelks ...

- which I learned later also called "Sea Snot" for the good and simple reason they are disgusting.

almost as bad as tripe

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:17 PM

9. Beef tongue, and ostrich

both were quite good

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:17 PM

10. Pork brains-

Tastes a bit like eating bacon fat, but it's not fat. Goes well on toast points or a cracker.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:41 PM

11. Narwhal alfredo

Actually, the narwhal was tender and moist, and of course there were unlimited breadsticks -- but the woman at the next table was smoking while she was breastfeeding, and her pit bull kept growling at me.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 01:48 PM

13. You didn't try the



YAK???

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 02:08 PM

14. They were all out of yak

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 02:12 PM

16. Never have alfredo with narwhal!

Cheese sauce with seafood is just not done, I tell you.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 02:46 PM

17. Many years ago (1975)....

I decides to make some anatomically correct gingerbread men and women to send to some med school buds.

The gingerbread women turned out ok, but the gingerbread men were just too.....excited.

Needless to say the cookies were a great success.

They smelled great and tasted even better. I have had snail (great), snake (flaky), bison (better than beef), elk (have to be careful on that-can taste gamy), chocolate covered ants (crunchy)

Edited to add...mountain oysters.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 02:52 PM

18. Canned Jack Mackerel

Years ago I was on a thrifty kick and I spied a can of Jack Mackerel next to the tuna in the market. Woohoo, it was cheap and I was thinking tuna sandwiches for half the price. Boy, was I in for a surprise. Today, I notice they stock that crap in the pet food area.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #18)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 04:34 PM

23. Even my cats won't eat mackerel

Not one cat in all the cats I've ever had. Nasty stuff, mackerel.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 04:05 PM

20. Guinness kangaroo steak and kidney pie.

Ordered it in a pub in Fremantle just so I could say I tried it. One of the best Guinness pies I ever ate.

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