I was reading a story about some of the strange foods that people enjoy and I started thinking about my fathers strange infatuation with what he called "Great Depression Sandwiches". This might make some of you cringe or shake your head but he loved them.
On whatever bread was available he would butter both slices of bread, spread mayonnaise on one slice, peanut butter on the other slice and smash them both together with sliced onion as the main ingredient.
As crazy as it sounds, I like the crazy mix too. While you might think that mayo, peanut and onions are not good together; my father would disagree. He grew up during the "Great Depression" of the 1930's and like many American families of the era they lived in near poverty. People ate what was most widely available and when you have families to feed, you don't waste anything.
However odd the above is it was a cultural decision to avoid hunger. Other cultures throughout the world enjoy a host of odd foods. Thailand street vendors serve up some tasty treats. They sell Maggots by the hand full, Grasshoppers, King Scorpions, Huge Cockroaches, and several others juicy bugs. Most of it actually not bad according to many reports I have read. In Texas they have the annual "Rattle Snake Roundup" and you guessed it; Rattler in on the menu, fried, baked and BBQ'd.
Now that you know some of my family epicurean secrets I would like to hear about yours. What are some of the strangest foods you have eaten or seen others eat?