I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! is back on our screens and you know what that means! We can sit down each evening and watch the wife of a professional footballer attempt to eat a fermented duck egg soup.
The Bushtucker trials are the highlight of the show as we watch that 1980s light entertainer try to keep the contents of their stomach down as they crunch their way through a delicious cockroach or ostrich testicle. While the celebrities discover new culinary experiences in the outback of Australia, you too can try it for yourself while on holiday.
We’ve picked out some weird European foods that you should try on your next holiday – we promise they won’t be as bad as swallowing a mealworm.
Fried Octopus Ink Sack – Kalymnos, Greece
Tastes and looks as good as it sounds. While you may feel adventurous having a grilled octopus tentacle at that trendy seafood restaurant all your friends go on about, you are not a true foodie until you’ve chowed down on a fried ink sack.
Hop across from Kos to the island of Kalymnos to discover one of Greece’s more abstract delicacies. The ink sack is surgically removed from the octopus to ensure it doesn’t puncture; it is then boiled and deep fried for your dining pleasure.
Mes 4 Croissants – France
Whenever you think of France, you picture the romantic streets of Paris, women riding bikes topped with a beret and a French stick protruding from their front basket. There is that wonderful aroma of freshly prepared bread wafting from the kitsch bakery in that charming countryside village.
For all that Gallic panache when it comes to cuisine, the French do have a little secret – they love a tinned croissant. Yes, even our friends from across the Channel were not content with a freshly bought pastry and, for some reason, decided to put them in a tin can. Pop it open and you’ve got croissant dough ready for baking – is it as good as one from a bakery? Of course not!
Casu Marzu – Sardinia, Italy
When a delicacy literally has the word “rotten” in its name, you know you’re going to be in for a treat. Let us introduce you to Casu Marzu. This Italian cheese – originating from Sardinia – is a delicious sheep’s milk cheese filled with maggots.
The creepy crawlies are introduced in order to entice ‘cheese flies’ to lay their eggs in a tiny hole at the top. Their larvae then eat the cheese from the inside and dump the fat out through their remains – sign me up. It smells, well you can imagine how it smells. Why anyone thought this would actually taste nice is actually beyond us.
It is no small wonder that legality of Casu Marzu is still somewhat of a grey area.
Goose Barnacles – Spain and Portugal
Do you like your seafood with an origin dripping in medieval confusion? Then you’re going love goose barnacles. These Spanish and Portuguese delicacies got their name during the Middle Ages when people in Europe – unaware that geese migrated and never having seen them nest – believed the crustaceans were young geese undergoing metamorphosis before taking flight.
Sound logic, right? Anyway, in Spain these (quite expensive) delicacies are boiled in brine and served under a hot napkin. The trick is to pinch the diamond shaped foot and swallow the thing down – delicious.
Cavallo – Italy
In 2013, there was one thing dominating the headlines in the UK – horse meat. A number of supermarkets were found to be selling beef products that contained traces of horse. There was notable rage from the British public and media but over in Italy it is neigh problem whatsoever.
Italians consider horse meat to be somewhat of a delicacy with the Providence of Padua using it as a key element of their cuisine. We recommend the real of McCoy of sfilacci di cavallo – dried and seasoned bits of horse meat which is eaten raw. Lovely.
Francesinha – northern Portugal
Okay, we’re going to end with one weird food that is absolutely delicious but may ensure you don’t need to eat again for a week – the Francesinha. Also known as ‘The Meat and Beer Sandwich’ – could there be a better combination of words? – this huge dollop of comfort food originates from the Portuguese city of Porto.
We’ll try and explain all the components without drooling too much. This incredible sandwich consists of wet-cured ham, linguica (a Portuguese pork sausage), fresh sausage and steak or roast between two slice of white bread. The whole thing is covered in melted cheese, dowsed in a spicy thick tomato and beer sauce and served with French fries.
Honestly, could you possibly think of a more glorious sandwich? We certainly can’t.
Why not try out these weird and wonderful dishes for yourself by booking a holiday with Sunmaster? We have a host of deals available for 2018 and beyond. From city breaks to long haul adventures – you can create your dream holiday at www.sunmaster.co.uk.