A list of intriguing food things
One: Who cares about cute reindeers carved from marzipan! How about a Mettigel, or ‘meat hedgehog’. The 1900s treat is making a comeback with German millennials. It mainly involves taking a hunk of uncooked pork and sticking it with onions or pretzel sticks (see: lead image). Sounds disgusting? The well-known food writer Wolfram Siebeck explains it as “das urdeutsche Lust am Dreckfressen”—the deeply German desire to eat garbage. And that’s exactly its appeal to a generation devoted to irony. FYI: these days, there are celeb variations on the theme—like Matt (or “Mett”) Damon below—which uses raw pork, real pig eyes, real teeth, and onions for “hair.” Yikes! (Atlas Obscura)
Two: Back in the 1980s, a famous bartender in Soho, London, invented the Espresso Martini—then known as the Vodka Espresso. Yes, this is vodka + coffee—because who doesn’t want that perfect upper-meets-downer combo? In recent years, however, various ingredients have been added to this concoction—to make it more unpalatable. First came parmesan—yes, as in the cheese.
Then to top that: “Seattle bartender Jonathan Stanyard creates the Espresso Truffletini made with truffle-infused Cognac, espresso and coffee liqueur, garnished with a thin layer of shaved dark chocolate and aged Parmesan cheese.” The true sign of the end of civilisation: Starbucks Reserve introduces an Oleato™ Golden Foam™ Espresso Martini. Hai! If you need instructions to shock your palate, the vid below helped the cheesy recipe go viral. (PUNCH)
Three: ‘Celebs On Sandwiches’ is a bizarre website selling watercolours that pretty precisely live up to its name. Our fave: Dwight from ‘The Office’—who bears an odd resemblance to Jay Shah. FYI: that’s a totally Gujju-friendly, shuddh vegetarian beet sandwich:)