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I am fascinated by this. I need that to catch on in the states.


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When people come to Spain they often want to eat paella, as it is probably our most widely-known dish.

But for what I've seen most are quickly seduced by our ham, cheese, bread and potato omelette, which are in fact the most simple dishes.


And back to the topic of dishes that are weird or disgusting: morcilla, a sausage made of pig blood.

I can tell it tastes good, but it's not for everybody.

And, this one from Galicia: butelo, which is mostly made with pig bones and you have to remove them to eat the rest of the piece. It's like making a chorizo but with the leftovers of the pig.

And what is this disgusting looking thing? Morro, a stewed pig nose!

Why don't we stew chorizo, pork belly, beef guts and pork guts with some chickpeas? Sure, why not! And thus callos were born. (For those who wonder what the thing resembling a bee hive from the inside is, that's how the stomache of a cow looks like)


Pan wrote:

Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Is Surströmming different than pickled herring?

Oh yes. Pickling something is quite different from fermenting it. Stay tuned. :)


Kimchi I always felt sounds awful on paper but can be surprisingly good.


Kileanna wrote:

And back to the topic of dishes that are weird or disgusting: morcilla, a sausage made of pig blood.

I can tell it tastes good, but it's not for everybody.

I think this is, at the very least, some kind of Pan-European thing.

We make our own blood sausages, up here in the Nordic countries, and I must admit that eating it, is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. We usually serve it pan-fried, served with syrup and black-bread.
It's probably not something, I would offer guests (unless they express an interest in trying it), but I really like going back to my parents farm, and they serve it for a family lunch.


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Pan wrote:

Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Is Surströmming different than pickled herring?

Pickled herring is a kind of food (that I don't like).

Surströmming is a chemical weapon.


Kjeldorn wrote:
Kileanna wrote:

And back to the topic of dishes that are weird or disgusting: morcilla, a sausage made of pig blood.

I can tell it tastes good, but it's not for everybody.

I think this is, at the very least, some kind of Pan-European thing.

We make our own blood sausages, up here in the Nordic countries, and I must admit that eating it, is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. We usually serve it pan-fried, served with syrup and black-bread.
It's probably not something, I would offer guests (unless they express an interest in trying it), but I really like going back to my parents farm, and they serve it for a family lunch.

It is a part of a very popular regional stew called fabada asturiana (from our neighbours from Asturias) and I think a lot of foreigners eat it without realizing what they are eating xD

But I think it's pretty good. I like it better than chorizo.
Edit: Bonus creepy food: filloas de sangue, a crepe made with fresh blood.
I have to say I never ate them because they are more tradicional than popular. But as a person who likes trying everything I want to do it.


About cooking with blood and the tradition of making some sort of sausage with every barely edible animal part I think it's more Atlantic-European than general European. I've realized that Northern Spain shares many culinary traditions with germanic countries (like more stews, broths, fish, and meat) that doesn't share with other Spanish places. The Mediterranean side of Spain has usually much lighter food, and more deep fries and roasted, probably because of the warmer weather.

In Galicia a lot of the more traditional dishes share a lot with some germanic foods.


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They do that in the Midwest too.

The cramming everything into a sausage I mean.


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captain yesterday wrote:

They do that in the Midwest too.

The cramming everything into a sausage I mean.

The sausage has been the final resting place, of almost everything and anything, since the ancient Greeks.


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Strictly speaking, isn't haggis a weirdly shaped sausage?


It's not weirdly shaped... looks down, just to be sure.


Same as botelo and other similar dishes. Same concept, different shape.
The different shape, I think, comes from using different tracts of the digestive system to put the ingredients inside.


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Btw, Cap. I read this alias of yours as «Captain Yesterday's Phylactery»


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It's also that.


Leans casually on the mantle in the background.


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As of today, I have been a Security Guard for exactly Twenty Years!


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John Napier 698 wrote:
As of today, I have been a Security Guard for exactly Twenty Years!

Puts on a party hat, blows a party horn, while throwing confetti at John.

Have some imaginary cake.

Sorry, its the best I can do on short notice, and this being an internet forum and all.

*Pats John on the back*


Thanks, Kjeldorn!


Kajehase wrote:
Strictly speaking, isn't haggis a weirdly shaped sausage?

Defined in terms so vague as to border on surreal, sure.

I'd compare it more readily to a pot pie from hell.


Kjeldorn wrote:
John Napier 698 wrote:
As of today, I have been a Security Guard for exactly Twenty Years!

Puts on a party hat, blows a party horn, while throwing confetti at John.

Have some imaginary cake.

Sorry, its the best I can do on short notice, and this being an internet forum and all.

*Pats John on the back*

Whoo hoo!!!

Bro! That's a hot cake you got there, bro.


been, a bit busy all day, good to be back, and posting some more...

Most of the strange foods we've been discussing here are mostly "hate it or love it" with perhaps a heavy leaning towards hate. I've always wanted to try authentic kimchi but have never had the opportunity to do so, but I do think that I've never heard anything bad said about it other than it can smell like sewage while fermenting.


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Pasties are pretty good.


I totes imagined a non-food item sort of pastie.


Kajehase wrote:
Pan wrote:

Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Is Surströmming different than pickled herring?

Pickled herring is a kind of food (that I don't like).

Surströmming is a chemical weapon.

What's the difference between surströmming and lutefisk? I've only ever had the latter.

Growing up with lutefisk, I find pickled herring quite pleasant.


Irontruth wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Pan wrote:

Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Is Surströmming different than pickled herring?

Pickled herring is a kind of food (that I don't like).

Surströmming is a chemical weapon.

What's the difference between surströmming and lutefisk? I've only ever had the latter.

Growing up with lutefisk, I find pickled herring quite pleasant.

Surströmming is fermented and Lutefisk is dried.


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I think I have never eaten herring. I'm so curious about these dishes.

Today I'm roasting some green bell peppers in the oven. I'll have roasted peppers for a week or two.


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Kileanna, try some Baked stuffed peppers.


I cook them kinda often. I fill them with different ingredients depending on the day. It's probably one of my favorite dishes.
I was never able to do the ones filled with rice properly, but I admit I haven't tried a lot xD


I've seen your recipe cooks the rice before baking. That sounds easier. Mine cooks the rice inside the pepper to avoid overcooking it... with the result that I only seem to get half raw rice when I try.


The cooked rice is surrounded by moist ingredients, namely the ground beef and the tomatoes. It won't dry out while in the oven.


Not worried about drying but about overcooking and turning into pap. I never use vaporized rice (it lacks flavor) so it can happen.


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Kileanna wrote:

I cook them kinda often. I fill them with different ingredients depending on the day. It's probably one of my favorite dishes.

I was never able to do the ones filled with rice properly, but I admit I haven't tried a lot xD

Yup its a classic, I have filled mine with smoked bacon, ham, chicken, turkey or shredded vegetables (mostly potatoes and carrots). I find the possibilities almost endless, when considering the stuff, I can fill a bell pepper with.


Stuffed Tomatoes.


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It's a school day, so Coco Wheats for the kids for breakfast, and coffee and stress for me.

The s###ty weather for the past five days isn't helping. >:-(>

Pulled a wild card and went with scrambled eggs instead.


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Irontruth wrote:
Kajehase wrote:
Pan wrote:

Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Is Surströmming different than pickled herring?

Pickled herring is a kind of food (that I don't like).

Surströmming is a chemical weapon.

What's the difference between surströmming and lutefisk? I've only ever had the latter.

Growing up with lutefisk, I find pickled herring quite pleasant.

You should find the answer in the last few pages. Lutfisk and surströmming are the topics of Weird swedish foods 1 and 2 above.


John Napier 698 wrote:
Stuffed Tomatoes.

Cool again! I think I have already stuffed all the possible vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant... almost everything.

I also love hmmmm... stuffed beef? I don't know if it's the right way to say it. I make a roll with the beef, with egg, carrots, peppers, bacon and olives (the ingredients can vary) inside, and bake it in the oven or stew it with some more veggies. It's delicious.


captain yesterday wrote:

It's a school day, so Coco Wheats for the kids for breakfast, and coffee and stress for me.

The s*+#ty weather for the past five days isn't helping. >:-(>

Pulled a wild card and went with scrambled eggs instead.

It's not a holiday in America?


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Pan wrote:
Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Far from it!

Some of us happen to like the wee beastie!

Since we can't import sheep lung anymore, we now have regular haggis parties where everyone gets to take home a few pounds of it!

Our local parties are every other month, and with many other Scottish-American Societies doing the same or similar across the US. I wouldn't be surprised if the US produces more than Scotland does each year, though not as much commercially.


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Kileanna wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

It's a school day, so Coco Wheats for the kids for breakfast, and coffee and stress for me.

The s*+#ty weather for the past five days isn't helping. >:-(>

Pulled a wild card and went with scrambled eggs instead.

It's not a holiday in America?

Should It be a holiday...


Here it is. Day of the worker. I never thought if it was worldwide or not, actually, but as it is named International Day of the Workers I thought it was.


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Kileanna wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

It's a school day, so Coco Wheats for the kids for breakfast, and coffee and stress for me.

The s*+#ty weather for the past five days isn't helping. >:-(>

Pulled a wild card and went with scrambled eggs instead.

It's not a holiday in America?

We've been driving all over the middle of the US for the past week and the weather has been great!

May Day is not a holiday here.

Probably since the Soviets used it for their annual love parade for half a century. Maybe it will catch on more in the future.

Day of the Worker definitely sounds like something the Communists game up with. We have Labor Day in September.


Sounds like the reason for it, indeed.
As for myself, I am enjoying my free day so I can spend it in bed. Not feeling fine.


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Well, up here in the upper Midwest it's been cloudy, cold, wet and windy for going on five days now, which, even for April is obnoxiously long.


We had a few sunny days with about 27°C followed by rainy days with 5-6°C, then sunny but cold and foggy, then warmer but rainy... I think my body is trying to tell the weather to be a bit less fickle.


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May Day, Smay Day.

The horses need feeding, grooming and training anyway.

(wonders what would happen, if horses demanded workers rights...)


Kileanna wrote:
Here it is. Day of the worker. I never thought if it was worldwide or not, actually, but as it is named International Day of the Workers I thought it was.

Us Americans recognize International Worker's Day by going to work like a normal day :(


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Queen Moragan wrote:
Kileanna wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

It's a school day, so Coco Wheats for the kids for breakfast, and coffee and stress for me.

The s*+#ty weather for the past five days isn't helping. >:-(>

Pulled a wild card and went with scrambled eggs instead.

It's not a holiday in America?

We've been driving all over the middle of the US for the past week and the weather has been great!

May Day is not a holiday here.

Probably since the Soviets used it for their annual love parade for half a century. Maybe it will catch on more in the future.

Day of the Worker definitely sounds like something the Communists game up with. We have Labor Day in September.

Social Democrats, actually. In memory of the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago on May 4, 1886.


Queen Moragan wrote:
Pan wrote:
Haggis sounds like the worst thing ever.....

Far from it!

Some of us happen to like the wee beastie!

Since we can't import sheep lung anymore, we now have regular haggis parties where everyone gets to take home a few pounds of it!

Our local parties are every other month, and with many other Scottish-American Societies doing the same or similar across the US. I wouldn't be surprised if the US produces more than Scotland does each year, though not as much commercially.

In my hometown of Batesville, Arkansas, the college there, Lyon College's mascot are "The Scots". They celebrate Robert Burns' birthday (who my wife is distantly related to) and they have a spring Scottish Festival every year and the cafeteria serves haggis. I've only had it once but I really like it.

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