Have been reading michael palin's book,AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.Got it on ebay,but that's beside the point.Am going to put here a meal that he mentions by way of having some sick fun.
First he tells of watching a snake being killed,then goes on to say....the cooked snake appears(in many forms)at table.It tastes of rich chicken,and is served as part of a long,and i have to say,delicious meal of which i can do little more than relate the menu
snake bladder liquer
cat and snake soup
shredded snake with brocolli
snake balls(tender morsels of deep fried snake)
rice birds(these are the smallest birds i've ever eaten,and they come whole,but plucked.None of our party ate the head,which to the chinese is the supreme delicacy)
ginseng,chicken and mushroom soup(served from a silver steamer with coiled-snake handles)
fresh fox(fruit-eating foxes,which live only on bananas and taste of venison)
The proprietor assures us that all his snakes are free-range.
Well Michael obviously survived this meal because he ate it back in 1989.
Mood - strangely off my food
Music - something borrowed,something blue-ben lee
I don't think I could get through much of that menu without really feeling bad! My sister lives in China. One time, at a dinner for someone, a fish was brought out, to the sound of their audible gasps...it was cooked on its body, but its head was still gasping for air! They placed the head towards the guest of honour. After the fish was served, the head was taken away and returned later as soup! BY THE WAY: I have a new journal entry...it's been a while, I know!
oh janice,that's just awful the poor fish .mazzanda-i think that was in the sahara and the saliva was used in some kind of fermented drink or something???Oh,it makes me heave to think of it,and who knows what you could catch as well.oh,it's off.
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