No, you have not teleported to an alternate reality–there is an actual possum festival. Here. On Earth. A festival where, get ready for this reality to come crashing down on you, people eat possums.
I found out about this in a clip this morning from News Service Florida, because apparently people running for office in Florida are supposed to flock to the Wausau Funday & Possum Festival to prove they can gobble down fresh-cooked possum with the best of ’em. (They are also still accepting food vendor applications, for all you possum gourmands out there.)
Kidding aside, if I were to find myself at the possum festival this weekend, which I seriously considered for five seconds before I remembered I’ll be out of town, I think I would have to actually try the possum. I’m fully prepared to not like it, but I would at least give the possum a fighting chance to earn my vote.
Crazy things I would never, ever put in my mouth?
Crazy things I’ve actually tried?
I dunno, I love eel and roe, if those count.
And of course I’m curious: What about you? Craziest food you’ve n/ever tried? Any takers on the possum out there?
P.S. : You are welcome for the lack of photos in this post.
It just makes me happy that something this simple tastes so good. :)
homemade arroz con pollo
Quick confession: I love all things Spanish. When I studied abroad in Madrid during college, I lived with a señora who once upon a time owned a restaurant with her husband and so was blessed with many a delicious meal while I was there. Among my favorites: paella, croquetas, natilla, sopa de patatas, lentejas y natilla.
While I’ve made a few of those dishes myself since returning stateside, last week I ventured into new territory with this arroz con pollo recipe from epicurious.com. I have to admit I was a little intimidated at first, but it turned out SO DELICIOSO I Can’t. Even. Tell you. It was my first time cooking with cumin, which I now love and adore, and saffron. Per reviewer suggestions, I substituted beer for the water, which made the flavor of the whole dish so much more robust.
If you’ve made arroz con pollo (or any other authentic Spanish dish) and have recipes or secrets, do share!
You have to see this tomato tart by food blogger Anamaris over on her blog, Chef It Yourself. I ran across her while registering my blog this morning on WordPress.com.
The recipe doesn’t look that bad, and has three of my favorite ingredients in life: tomato, cheese and avocado. File under nomnomnom!
cooking croquetas - 07.2010
My favorite moment when cooking croquetas is putting the unsalted butter in the pan with the onions–the butter melts smoothly and makes this sizzling little sea of bubbles over the low heat.