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Subject: Strange foods, and ugly ones
Date Posted: 2/4/2010 5:55 PM ET
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For some reason, I thought of one of my aunts (who died in 1988) the other day, and remembered that it was she who fed me a couple of the damndest things I've ever eaten in my life.  Some of you won't think that shad roe is so odd, but at the time, I was a dumb teenager from Missouri visiting Aunt E. at her fashionable Westchester apartment in Washington, D.C.  She served cold beef bouillon in a chilled half-cantaloupe.  (So, setting my private reservations aside), I watched to see how to proceed, and did likewise.  But . . . .I never ate either one of those (shad roe or jellied bouillon in a melon) ever again.  Thank you just the same.

I know what my younger daughter believes to be the ugliest food of all.  She used to watch Julia Child on TV, and one day, while teaching about oysters, dear old Julia scooped one out of its shell and popped it into her mouth.  My daughter stared aghast and yelled in horror, and just about puked all over the floor she was sitting on!   I do have to admit a raw oyster just doesn't look remotely edible to me, either. 

But for ugly, my two picks are snails and eel.  Oh, yes, and a pastry I once saw in a retail bakery in Bentonville, AR.  It was a big, lumpy, brown thing I couldn't identify, so I asked.  The clerk answered that it was an apple fritter, and I told her I thought it was  the ugliest pastry I'd ever seen.  She said it was very popular with the customers there.  (But it looked just like a turd from a big old hound-dog . . . .)

And thinking about it got me curious to hear what people in this Forum would have to say on the topic

Date Posted: 2/11/2010 12:52 AM ET
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I am surprised this thread has not caught on. I have a blog called Weird Recipe Finds so I am always on the lookout for them. Just yesterday I discovered two recipes for Hawaiian Punch Casseroles, Yes Casseroles! Ham and Pineapple Casserole has cream of celery soup, diced ham and plain gelatine and red fruit punch. I guess the punch is where the pineapple comes from. You put the resulting mixture in a casserole dish so I guess that is why it is called a casserole. The other one is orange punch, cream of mushroom soup, mandarin oranges and diced cooked chicken. Either way I can hardly imagine anything more gross!!

I have had an oyster shooter before and not only are they ugly but the texture is horrible, so slimy!

Date Posted: 2/13/2010 9:46 AM ET
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But for those of us who live on or near the coast oysters are everyday food. Everybody I know loves them; it's a popular snack or appetizer, like french fries would be to some people.

Eel is also very popular at the sushi places I visit. And chilled beef bouillion was a staple in the 50s at some of the finest "classic" dining places in NYC and elsewhere. (putting in a cantaloupe is different, tho, but I'd give points for thinking outside the box and trying to do something different)

The casserole does sound gross. It sounds like something from an old cookbook ('80s) called White Trash Cooking, (which is no doubt not-PC anymore); I think the operative word there was "tacky" food..

But I think the response levelboils down to the fact that what's unusual or odd to one person may be pretty common to many others.



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Date Posted: 2/13/2010 11:56 PM ET
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I think one of the recipes in The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love was for "White Trash Trifle". The bottom layer was Hostess Twinkies, the next layer was any kind of pudding you wanted, and then the top was some kind of fruit smeared all over (maybe canned pie filling?) and it was topped off with whipped cream, I think. My grandson and I made one, just for the helluvit, and he took it to a meeting of his high school yearbook committee, and they ate it. I advised him not to tell them the name of it . . . . I know I've seen a cookbook called "White Trash Cookery", somewhere.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 1:28 PM ET
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I have been trying to think of an ugly food....but I'm not sure if the things I think of are really the food,or the result of unfortunate preparation :)

There's a new veggie out called Romanescu (i think) that looks like a Dali version of broccoli---very weird. And best not to think too much about sausages and hot dogs.....I strongly dislike sea urchin, but it's pretty.

I wish I had that White Trash Cooking book. But my mother found it hugely offensive; it was like reading a church social menu from my childoood!

Subject: ummm, apple fritters!
Date Posted: 7/1/2010 11:21 PM ET
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But apple fritters are my favorite of the doughnut type things! Not every bakery section has them, though.