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    I have been around farms most of my life and sometimes the younger children do get attached to some of the animals. When the time comes to butcher and eat that animal they protest a little, but it makes them stronger in the end.
    One of my friends would kill and eat almost anything that walked,swam, or crawled. He raised chicken for his own eggs when one of his chickens quit laying eggs I had to come over and put it down for him. I guess some people can get attached to some animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladybright View Post
    Most people I know here are icked out at my enjoying black/blood pudding.
    I agree! I've eaten 'black pudding' from a very early age! My dad would prepare the greatest English fried breakfast you could imagine; black pudding was an integral part (just don't dwell on the ingredients )


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    Taboo foods are only taboo foods outwith the culture in which they are consumed. For example, as we all know, pork is one of the most common meats where we come from, but it grosses the Muslims and Jews out.

    There's numerous foods even I as a known gourmet would not consume, these include dog meat or cat meat. They are animals our culture considers primarily as pets and thus companions rather than agricultural animals of any description, there is a certain boundary thus.

    Seafood is not an issue for me, most uses of our domesticated animals (Oxtongue is excellent, as is Haggis! ) pose no problem either, generally I'll eat any meat as long as it is good and filling.

    I suppose I'd extend that to horse meat and donkey meat of some description, but qualified. Perhaps not something I'd eat if served on a plate, as they're considered more of carrying-animals, even pets, and thus there's a bit of a boundary which you wouldn't step across. On the other hand - good salami's good salami, and this culinary use is culturally accepted ... I'm sorry.

    Rabbit meat's a difficult one. There's a tradition in our cultural sphere of eating rabbit meat, but I suppose answering that question becomes a moot point, there's so little meat on an actual rabbit that I won't want to go near it anyhow.
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    I already eat taboo food, Pig and Cow are taboo in Judaism/Islam and Hinduism respectivley

    I've also eaten (mentioned in this thread) Squid, Black pudding (very nice) and haggis, I don't see anything disgusting about the ingredients for these either. I don't know why someone could fuss about eating rabbit (very nice) and it has plenty of meat for a meal (more than pigeon for eg.) and although I've never eaten squirrel I don't think it's a bad idea as some have suggested to introduce it to help reduce the population of greys, it's a ready food source . People used to have to eat everything in the 'good ol' days' when they were poorer, so there are lots of 'interesting' offal recipies about... it's also my belief that a lot of so called 'delicacies' (sheeps balls, chicken's bunghole, rotten shark and so on) were really only called so to try and make people eat the gross bits

    I suppose, I would eat most things, I guess the 'worst' thing i've eaten is Veal (I didn't buy it though!) and I wouldn't mind trying some of those insect dishes, just to see what it's like (chocolate-dipped ants might be nice too )

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    I wouldn't eat Cat or Dog, but I'd eat just about anything else. Insects are delicious! Many people eat Crabs and Shrimp and they are nothing more than insects of the Sea. So their protest of Insectivorism doesn't make a lot of sense IMO (although I understand the psychology behind it).
    I've eaten rabbit, frog, alligator, lizard, crayfish and salamander tails before. None which I found repulsive. Insects are my favorite of all taboo foods though. Lately I've been very curious as to how brain tastes. If I get an opportunity, I will certainly sit down to a dish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    Taboo foods are only taboo foods outwith the culture in which they are consumed. For example, as we all know, pork is one of the most common meats where we come from, but it grosses the Muslims and Jews out.
    Naturally, this theme is about taboo foods from your culture's view, not from the Jewish or Muslim culture. It would be senseless then because Europeans eat pork as a normal meat, and other things which a re taboo to other cultures.

    Quote Originally Posted by infratetraskelion View Post
    Many people eat Crabs and Shrimp and they are nothing more than insects of the Sea. So their protest of Insectivorism doesn't make a lot of sense IMO (although I understand the psychology behind it).
    It's not only the psychology. Insects are very varied, and vary in the taste. For example at the taboo dinner the cooks had to inject some insects with soy sauce, because they didn't have any taste. Someone who likes chicken won't necessarily like duck, turkey, goose, pigeon or other kinds of birds, just because they're birds. Same happens with eating fish. Some kinds of fish are more popular than others. It makes a lot of sense in my view, because what we eat is connected to taste. If something tastes bad, it doesn't matter what it is, peoples don't eat it.

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    I got lost in a forest once for a day,
    and lost my backpack,
    with the food and water,
    so I ate ants and larvae,
    which didn't taste good at all.
    I did it because I saw it on TV.
    The only thing I avoided was mushrooms,
    because I was afraid of intoxication.
    I probably would have survived without them,
    but I was afraid of dying.
    Another time I swallowed insects was accidental,
    when I was eating an apple which looked healthy,
    but I felt something gummy in my mouth which moved,
    it was a worm!
    So my answer is:
    in a survival situation absolutely.
    But otherwise no.
    I like to enjoy food that tastes good.

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    Well, it depends. I´m in favour of our typical local Germanic and Bavarian cuisine so I guess I´m never endangered of eating any cats or dogs, for example.

    I´m quite picky about the meat I consume. Generally I prefer eating meat of pigs, cows, chickens and venison over everything else.

    On the other hand, I´d never eat seafood! I know the practise of eating seafood is very common with Germanic people who´re living at the seaside but it´s no part of our regional cuisine. The simple thought of eating mussels, crabs or shrimps disgusts me. For me, that´s also exotic cuisine...or taboo food.

    Let me see, what kind of animals have I eaten in my life:

    -Cows
    -Pigs
    -Chickens
    -Turkeys
    -Roes and Deers
    -Rabbits ( one- two times a year)
    -Ducks (same as above )
    -Chamois (seldom but very tasty)
    -Fishs (very seldom)
    -Sheeps (very seldom)
    -Horses (a distant family member once served horse salami at a family gathering and I´ve eaten some bits without asking before. So it was accidentally. It wasn´t that bad but I wouldn´t buy it deliberately)


    I wouldn´t eat cats/dogs, insects, reptiles and amphibious food like frogs under any circumstances. Okay, maybe to prevent dying of starvation, but that´s a completely other issue. Have you ever heard of that Uruguayan rugby team? Their plane crashed over the Andes in 1972 and they had to eat the meat of their dead comrades to survive!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguay...rce_Flight_571

    "Even with this strict rationing, their food stock dwindled quickly. Furthermore, there was no natural vegetation or animals on the snow-covered mountain. The group thus survived by collectively making a decision to eat flesh from the bodies of their dead comrades. This decision was not taken lightly, as most were classmates or close friends. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    On the other hand, I´d never eat seafood! I know the practise of eating seafood is very common with Germanic people who´re living at the seaside but it´s no part of our regional cuisine. The simple thought of eating mussels, crabs or shrimps disgusts me. For me, that´s also exotic cuisine...or taboo food.
    You've never eaten anything from the sea, not even Tuna? Good seafood, especially crab, lobster, shrimp, etc. are one of the things that make life worth living for me. One time I ate thresher shark on a trip to California, and I gotta say it might be the best thing I've ever tasted.

    I respect your devotion to all things Bavarian though. It must take a lot of will power to stay away from all the delicious cakes and pastries.

    Have you ever heard of that Uruguayan rugby team? Their plane crashed over the Andes in 1972 and they had to eat the meat of their dead comrades to survive!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguay...rce_Flight_571
    A movie was made about that incident back in the nineties; it was called "Alive" if memory serves. It was a Hollywood movie, but it wasn't 1/2 bad actually.


    Anyway, as for myself... is Polish sausage a taboo food here on Skadi? If so, forgive me for saying this but Polish sausage is my favorite kind of sausage. I love its spicy flavor.


    As for eating dog meat, that's up there with cannibalism in my book. Dogs are truly man's best friend.

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    Some of the Negroes in the Southern U.S. eat opposum, I would never eat one they are the most discusting creature in North America.

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