Wild Food

The sign on the side of  the dusty highway through the Nullarbor Desert should have been a dead giveaway. It read: Cheece Scones  with Fresh Crem.

Was there a cow in the back of the tin roofed cafe? Not likely. Considering the petrol tanker only came once a week I was doubtful it would really deliver cream more often. Cream would hardly be more important to this outcrop of dirty buildings off the highway. The coach pulled off the road, wheezed open its door, and steaming hot air flooded in. Tired and lethargic after 12 hours of travelling we stumbled down the stairs and into the cafe.

This wasn’t really a cafe. It was an urn with a sandwich rack and an eager Chinese lady offering Cheece Scones, or Burgers! I went for the burger and it duly arrived in a flat white bun, a sliver of cheese and a suspiciously round looking piece of white meat. What kind of meat? It certainly wasn’t pork, or minced beef. Did they have perfectly round chickens (with the cow) in a lands-end menagerie sustained by Cheece Scones and tethered in a back room in the aircon?

I wandered out to the most isolated red telephone box in the world to ring a friend in Sydney when something slithered past behind the telephone booth into the relative cool. I looked down at my burger, and then in a light-bulb moment I realised the origin of my burger’s meat. The snake was quick, and I didn’t get a good look but I suspected that if you were to cut him open with a carving knife he would produce round-ish slabs of white meat.

I donated the rest of the burger to the starved, thirsty creatures of the Nullabor, and climbed back into the aircon of my coach capsule of civilisation.

I think that is the strangest thing I’ve ever eaten, and I can’t even tell you what it tasted like as it’s over 20 years ago now. I was reminded of weird things I’ve eaten by news from New Zealand’s Hokitika Wild Food Festival.  Each year on New Zealand’s wild West Coast of the South Island they hold a wonderful WildFood festival. Recent nibbles have included tasty titties, sheep’s testicles, fried scorpions, and muttonbird. Apparently this year the sheep’s testicles are out! So last year! No this year they’re downing horse semen shots.

You heard correctly. Horse. Semen. Shots.

I think you’d have to be quite daring, quite spunky to give that a go! They’re an adventurous breed Down Under aren’t they!

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

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'Wild Food' has 12 comments

  1. February 18, 2011 @ 9:58 am Steve

    I haven’t really eaten anything weird or outlandish. The most exotic thing I’ve ever eaten isn’t even really that strange – snails. But I did eat them at The Ritz so I hope I get brownie points for that.


  2. February 18, 2011 @ 10:00 am vix

    oooh the Ritz, that’s really posh that is! I’ve had snails too which some people would definately see as ‘odd’. But then my favourite food is raw oysters and raw fish (sashimi) and many people think that’s a bit weird. Not sure I could do the horse semen shots, even though they say they’ll taste like milkshake. Bleurgh.


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  4. February 18, 2011 @ 11:13 am Vegemite Wife

    I’ve eaten horse (not a whole one, obviously) and it was just like beef. As was the piece of whale I ate – not fishy in the slightest, but then whales are mammals, right? I’ve also had snails which I’d rather forget. But never have I eaten any spunk, animal or otherwise. Gross!


    • February 18, 2011 @ 1:05 pm vix

      I saw horse meat on the menu in Paris but couldn’t bring myself to try it. Tastes like beef, gosh I wouldn’t have thought that. The first time I tried sashimi I was surprised it wasn’t fishy tasting, so I can understand the whale tasting like the sea. No, apparently spunk is very good for you. something about calcium, and great for your skin as the comments in my mate’s post – Is Modern Sex a Bed of Poses – http://mommyhasaheadache.blogspot.com/2011/02/is-modern-sex-bed-of-poses.html will attest!


  5. February 18, 2011 @ 11:19 am Muddling Along

    Chicken sushi…

    Or veal brains

    On reflection may be time to amend my ‘try anything once’ approach to life


    • February 18, 2011 @ 1:05 pm vix

      Was the chicken raw? I’m surprised you’re still alive!


  6. February 18, 2011 @ 1:20 pm Very Bored in Catalunya

    Last time the in-laws came over we dined out at a very fancy-dan Michelin starred restaurant about 40 minutes drive away, for some unknown reason both me & OH decided not to properly translate the menu for them nor did we ask the very helpful waiter to describe the dishes – anyway – long story cut short – the in-laws decided to go for what we had told them would be a rack of lamb – it was actually kidney, liver and erm …. brain!

    To say the in-laws were not amused would be an understatement!

    I’ve eaten horse, ostrich, kangaroo, rabbit, pigs trotters etc – would probably eat most ‘meats’ – so long as they were cooked – but would baulk at offal or various body parts that are still recognisable after cooking.


  7. February 18, 2011 @ 3:42 pm Trish @ Mum's Gone to

    As a child we were in Denmark and ate shark – no recollection of how it tasted.
    In Iceland my hubby had foal – that disturbed me: I wouldn’t have minded horse so much, but foal seemed wrong somehow. Yet I suppose no different a concept than lamb?

    Isn’t semen meant to be good for spots???


  8. February 18, 2011 @ 4:22 pm EmmaK

    I have eaten horse they eat it quite a lot in Austria, called Pferdeleberkäse – processed horse meat mixed with spices. Sounds a bit dodgy but is actually pretty greasy and delish. I would draw the line at the horse semen shots I think (unless they had a dash of strawberry mixed in)


  9. February 19, 2011 @ 1:06 pm Glowless

    Weirdest thing I’ve ever eaten? That’s easy – Maccas. Rubber cheese in stale bread with “meat”. Yet I still go back.

    I’ve heard of semen facial treatments (the protein is meant to help build collagen – sounds like bollocks to me if you pardon the pun) but never heard of people drinking it.


  10. February 25, 2011 @ 12:17 am MaidInAustralia

    ewww, I read that story about the horse semen … yucky! I have eaten shark, crocodile, cuttlefish, jellyfish, snails and frog legs. I didn’t like them but I had to try it. (Apart from the shark – not too bad, just like fish really)


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