The wonderful Emily, over at the Experimentarian invited me to write a guest blog for her “Freaky Friday” post this week. Here is what I shared! I hope you like it! Please also check out her wonderful blog by clicking here!
In the last 6 years, I have been blessed enough to travel to Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Tanzania, Egypt, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and England. I have lived in Kenya, the USA, and Germany. In each of these places, I’ve seen some pretty weird things, especially when it comes to food.
Weird food makes traveling what it is- a chance to experience another culture.
What would we be without our food culture?
Would we still have a day to sit down with family and talk about our blessings if there was no Thanksgiving?
What would birthdays be without the cake and ice cream or summers without a barbecue?
People form an identity based on the food they eat.
Vegetarian. Vegan. Pescetarian. Lacto-ovo-vegetarian. The list goes on.
To understand a culture, you’ve got to understand their food.
Some of my best traveling experiences around the world took place around tables of food and drinks with new friends. I’ve eaten traditional home-cooked meals and food cooked over a fire in the middle of a dusty street. Food helps make the experience.
Although food makes traveling much more fun, there are a few freaky foods I’m still unwilling to try- even in the name of cultural understanding.
This is my second year living in Germany as a traveling teacher. When asked to write about freaky food, plenty came to mind.
Luckily, I can avoid many freaky German foods by hiding behind the vegetarian identity. Such as…
Blutwurst (translation: blood sausage. Yes, it is really sausage made of blood.)
Presskopf (English speakers call it head cheese, but it’s actually bits of gross meat chunks held together by a gelatin.)
Not wanting to think about this stuff or it’s origins… let’s move on.
It’s freaky. It’s German. It’s Vegetarian. It’s Knödel!
Notice the dimples in the plastic for the water to get through?
To cook: soak in water. Boil. Drain. Remove from plastic. Sauce. Eat.
Lots and lots of delicious cooked mushrooms!
We are all familiar with German sauerkraut. Another strange variation on this traditional food is rotkohl.
Cooked red cabbage.
Germans are known for their seriousness and bad sense of humor. I disagree. Someone who created a phallic shaped food item and named it Super Dickmann’s must have a sense of humor.
Now for the Super Dickmann’s Photo Shoot
The Super Dickmann’s are filled with marshmallow fluff atop a wafer.