The next Is My Blog Burning? event is February 19th and the theme is a lttle different than in the past. This time out, for "Is my Blog Taboo? and "You are What You Don't Eat." hosted at My Latest Supper.
The idea is to either introduce something you eat regularly to a local culturally different friend who might find your dish distasteful, and record their reaction. Alternately, try something you find disgusting or taboo and analyze your reactions and thoughts about the food.
We've done a little of this in the past in what I had hoped to make a regular feature - I Wouldn't Eat It. Back in February, 2004 I sampled Marmite (or as I called it at the time - "salty yeast crap"), and after taking several months to recover, I tried a lovely can of Pennywort drink which, as god is my witness, tasted "humid" to me.
Now, I have a problem with this IMBB, much as I did keeping the "I Wouldn't Eat it" feature going - I'm just not that squeamish when it comes to food and my friends are wise to me. No chance I'm getting one of them to try something new I haven't already forced on them.
I don't eat meat, but I have in the past, and at one time or another, I've had brains, kidneys, liver, and since I liked hot dogs, probably lungs, face, and other tasty treats. The brains were kind of nasty because of their texture, but the rest were fine.
I once suggested to Meg that she try and write up that reputedly nasty Scottish concoction haggis for an "I Wouldn't Eat it" feature, only to find that she loves the stuff and has no problem with it whatsoever. In fact she seeks it out. That was a disappointment. (Did you have your Burns' night ration this year, Meg?)
So what the heck am I going to try? I'd rather not go back to meat just for a spectacularly nasty something. I'm pretty sure I can't get casu marzu in this country (though, man, that would be spectacularly nasty).
More thought is required. You can be sure we won't let our entry deteriorate into some "Fear Factor"-esque exercise in grossness for grossness's sake. Maybe I need to watch some more original Iron Chef episodes.