November 1st, 2009 by Nancy
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? And can you imagine eating that for 15 straight days?
In How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell, Billy makes a bet with his so-called-friends Alan and Joe that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days — and the winnings are 50 dollars! I totally get the goosebumps just thinking of creepy crawly worms; I definitely would lose this bet!
For fun, I asked my friends what weird things they’ve eaten:
- Karen: fermented soybean
- Joey: eggplant
- Connie: lamb brain
- Tricia: Rocky Mountain oysters
- Nancy L.: Peruvian cuy (a whole guinea pig!)
- Margaret L: snake blood
- Michelle: cow’s milk (I think Michelle may have been joking with me… I’m not sure.)
- Brandi: bone marrow (I hope not human…)
- Felix: aligator tail
- Sam: Parkay Squeeze (margarine from a squeeze jar)
- Kristina: fried scorpion (she says it tastes like chicken skin)
- Chris: stinging nettle (ouch!)
- Sherry: fried grasshoppers
- Margaret H.: camel (lean and healthy, apparently!)
- And me: dog food and cat food (on a dare also… just like Billy! But no money was at stake, sadly.)
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Billy’s parents — who you’d think would be outraged by Billy eating worms — suddenly start to help him out. His mom even makes him a fancy French dish: “Alsatian Smothered Worm: dredge the worm with seasoned flour. Sauté in three tablespoons drippings until browned. Cover with sliced onions, pour over cup thick sour cream, cover pot closely, and bake in a slow oven until tender.” WOW. That almost sounds… delicious. Almost.
How to Eat Fried Worms has also been made into a movie, but since I am very, very, very scared of creepy crawly things, I won’t be watching that any time soon. Or ever. But even if you’re just as scared by the squigglies as I am, you can still check out the book!
Billy has worms served up to him in many ways in How to Eat Fried Worms, so I’m curious what’s been served to you guys… What’s the WEIRDEST thing you’ve ever eaten, and how was it?