Some strange but edible and cookable dishes from North America and Europe with the recipe of Thuringian baked blood, Germany

For years with my living places in several countries and my speaking of four languages I have tried to accept and understand the mentality, habits, cuisine and culture of peoples, who I, in terms of linguistics or of my place of living, got involved in... 

However, German is spoken in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Russian is spoken in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus.

English is spoken all over the world....

In terms of cuisine I was wondering which similarities and differences we have even we speak the same language but when we live in different countries and in different climate zones with distinguishing cultures...

I know there are disgusting dishes in the world like barbecued insects, but which we will never eat because they are only disgusting...

My goal of this article is to mention some dishes which are strange but edible and cookable in Europe and North America.

Let's have a look at ingredients, habits of eating and a way of cooking which we could accept and even enjoy them and also use them at home where we are now...

Fried fern

Fern is adored not only in Malaysia and Thailand - this is also an ordinary product in the Far East of Russia. Only young shoots of ferns (Pterídium aquilínum) are suitable for eating, which are harvested until the leaves unfold. The crop is soaked in salt water, then washed and boiled - only after this preparation the fern can be stewed, fried or used in salads. If properly cooked, it tastes like mushrooms. 

Tea with salt and oil

Yes, it's salty! With milk and butter! All this tastes like tea with salt but looking and feeling a bit like a soup. It is a traditional drink of nomads. It is still willingly drinking in Tibet, Mongolia, Buryatia and Kalmykia in Russia and also in other areas of Central Asia.

Jam from pine cones

This jam is one of the traditional jams in Siberia, Russia....

Bat soup

This soup can be tasted in Thailand and in some areas of China. The soup recipe differs depending on the way it is cooked and in accordance with the composition agreed before. Only the main ingredient - the bat - remains unchanged!


This dish is a must-have attribute of Christmas in Iceland. Its ingredient is nothing more than the rotted to the last cage meat of a giant Greenland shark. Fresh its meat is poisonous, as it contains a lot of urea and trimethylamine, but when rotting, they decompose and the meat becomes edible. The truth is, it gets a very piquant smell and taste ...


Haggis is a very famous Scottish dish made of ram. In fact, it is a stuffed liver of the ram stomach.

Blood dishes

The great experts in the use of blood for food are the peoples of the northern latitudes. In order to obtain high taste qualities of blood, they apply methods such as calming an animal before slaughtering, as well as correctly bleeding it. Blood is released from a light cut in the artery and is drunk immediately. Quite often, this blood is mixed with fresh milk in various proportions and is an exquisite dish. 

You can cook from the blood very tasty sausages, casseroles, soups and even desserts. For those who comprehend the secrets of culinary processing the blood is a valuable raw material for the preparation of various delicious dishes.


Before preparing dishes, fresh blood must be filtered through gauze / sieve from clots and inclusions. When frying in a frying pan, the blood should be constantly stirred and fried at the medium heat.

RECIPE: Thuringian baked blood


  • 0.5 l fresh blood
  • 0.5 l milk
  • 2 large onion
  • 2 old roll
  • 100 g bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt, pepper and cumin


  1. Stir the blood through a sieve and mix it with the milk and eggs.
  2. Season everything with salt, pepper and so on.
  3. Cut the onions up.
  4. Dice the bacon.
  5. Cut the rolls into coarse pieces.
  6. Drain the bacon.
  7. Bake the onions, coarse pieces of roll and blood in the oven at 200 degrees for about 1 hour.
  8. Serve this with a side dish like potatoes or potato salad.

Enjoy this meal from Thuringia, Germany!

As a beverage to this meal you can take black beer from this federal country of Germany like Köstritz.

Are you curious of different countries and their distinguishing dishes?


try some of them...

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Comments: 45
  • #1

    Mary (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:28)

    I was surprised of all the people that spoke English when I traveled the world. I love fried ferns, they are delicious. I’ve never had tea with old and salt but I could see how that could be tasty. Now I’m dying to try this pinecone jam. I’ve never had blood dishes but I hear they are tasty.

  • #2

    Vika (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:11)

    Очень интересно) довольно необычные блюда!

  • #3

    Lindsey (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:24)

    How interesting! I did not know people ate fried fern or jam from pine cones. Will have to try them if I get the chance!

  • #4

    Rena (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:26)

    Woow, great.

  • #5

    Amira (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:28)

    Interesting post dear! Thank you for recipe :-)

  • #6

    Isy (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:59)

    Some are very strange!

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  • #7

    Frank (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 22:51)

    Very interesting Post, but not my favorite meal

  • #8

    Lisa Isabella Russo (Wednesday, 27 September 2017 23:27)

    The fern, tea, and jam sound quite interesting. The rest I wouldn't try as I'm a vegetarian, but I am taken with how cute the ferns and jam are! Thank you.

  • #9

    Blackswan (Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:00)

    Looks very interesting, dear! Mmm..... I haven't tried any of them tho...... xoxo

  • #10

    The Yum List (Thursday, 28 September 2017 08:40)

    You know I'm loving this foodie post! ;-)

  • #11

    Nicolas (Thursday, 28 September 2017 13:03)

    So interesting! I should try fern someday.

    Have a great day,

    Nicolas from Dresscape

  • #12

    Michael (Thursday, 28 September 2017 13:07)

    Guter Beitrag, aber leider sind einige Dinge aus meiner Sicht nicht ganz richtig dargestellt:
    In der Aufzählung der Länder, in denen Deutsch gesprochen wird, wurden Belgien, Luxemburg und Liechtenstein vergessen. Auch in den ehemaligen deutschen Kolonien in Afrika finden wir vereinzelt noch die deutsche Sprache.
    Nun zu dem Thüringer Rezept:
    So wie aufgeführt kann man das nicht kochen, weil es kein frisches Blut mehr gibt, außer man schlachtet selbst. Heute nimmt man dafür Grützwurst oder Tiegelwurst. So was ähnliches gibt es auch in England, besonders in der Gegend von Manchester. Dort heißt die deutsche Entsprechung zur Tiegelwurst Black Pudding. Blut isst man außerdem nicht mit Kartoffelsalat, sondern mit Salzkartoffeln oder Kartoffelbrei. Außerdem hast du vergessen zu erwähnen, dass zu dem Essen Sauerkraut gehört, obwohl es auf dem Foto abgebildet ist.))) Sauerkraut und Kartoffelsalat passen einfach nicht zusammen, es sei die Geschmacksnerven sind beeinträchtigt.))
    Zum Rezept mit frischen Blut: die Semmeln muss sind vorher vorher einweichen und unter das Blut mischen. Das gibt dem Ganzen Halt und Konsistenz. Wenn keine alten Semmeln im Haus sind, geht auch Semmelmehl.

  • #13

    ilijacfashion (Thursday, 28 September 2017 14:16)

    Great post, I like it :)

    new post

  • #14

    Rena (Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:06)

    Ich bin sehr beeindruckt, dass Du 5 Sprachen sprichst - das ist einfach toll! Und dass Du offen bist, die Küche in jedem Land zu probieren, in dem Du gelebt hast, auch das zeichnet Dich aus. Es war sehr faszinierend zu lesen und zu sehen, was man in anderen Ländern alles isst - inklusive in Deutschland :) Vielen Dank!
    Liebe Grüße, Rena

  • #15

    Ashley (Thursday, 28 September 2017 16:17)

    These are really interesting!


  • #16

    Natalya (Thursday, 28 September 2017 21:12)

    Looka so interesting!

  • #17

    Hans (Friday, 29 September 2017 14:37)

    Quite funny dishes!

  • #18

    Ira (Friday, 29 September 2017 15:25)

    Blood dishes must taste delicious.

  • #19

    sibaritismosdeinma (Friday, 29 September 2017 17:33)

    oh que cosa mas rara, no lo habia visto nunca, me ha gustado conocerlo

  • #20

    SOL da Esteva (Friday, 29 September 2017 18:50)

    Esta era uma receita tradicional, aqui em Portugal ( há muitos anos) que se perdeu por falta de sangue fresco. É delicioso, quanto me é dado lembrar.


  • #21

    Rina (Friday, 29 September 2017 19:39)

    I don't think I could ever eat the bat soup. I'm half filipino and they do eat blood dishes though. I'm not a fan =P

    Rina Samantha

  • #22

    Carolina G. ticala (Friday, 29 September 2017 20:22)

    Very interesting post! ���

  • #23

    Rena (Friday, 29 September 2017 20:53)

    I Love cake :-), and I see you too :-)

  • #24

    A Cuban In London (Friday, 29 September 2017 22:58)

    I did try haggis once. I really tried to like it, but... no, I just couldn't. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  • #25

    Królowa Karo (Saturday, 30 September 2017 10:14)

    For me, the strangest thing is the Asian cuisine

  • #26

    Isy (Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:17)

    Have a great weekend!

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  • #27

    Mia (Saturday, 30 September 2017 22:29)

    What an interesting post, Shon! You searched the whole world! The recipe seems wonderful! Kisses, my friend.

  • #28

    Kinga K. (Sunday, 01 October 2017 00:26)

    Great post,I didn't know about these dishes,very interesting ! Happy Sunday :)

  • #29

    Radi (Sunday, 01 October 2017 02:15)

    So many different traditions and dishes. It's nice to become familiar and try each one.

  • #30

    Cris (Sunday, 01 October 2017 06:15)

    wow! Amazing post. I have travelled to so many countries and I have never tried some of the delicacies of the countries I lived and visited. Salty tea is definitely not my cup of tea either. Very interesting. Thanks. xoxo Cris

  • #31

    ERICA CRISTINA (Sunday, 01 October 2017 08:15)

    I guess I could even try to eat some of those recipes. But the bat soup... It's a cute bat, so putty :,(

    There's a new post on my blog, come talk and take a mug of coffee with me.

  • #32

    Rena (Sunday, 01 October 2017 08:40)

    Bardzo ciekawy post i tyle języków. Brawo. Pozdrawiam

  • #33

    Carolina G. ticala (Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:14)

    Looks Good! ❤️❤️❤️

  • #34

    NATALIA (Sunday, 01 October 2017 18:22)

    Wow. It's delicious. I love it. Kisses.

  • #35

    fashion blogger (Monday, 02 October 2017 04:45)

    very interestinf recipe!so yummy
    have an happy day

  • #36

    Rena (Monday, 02 October 2017 14:19)

    Ich wünsche Dir von Herzen eine wunderbare Woche! xx Rena

  • #37

    María Pilar Bernal Maya (Monday, 02 October 2017 20:13)

    Such an interesting post. I love come back to your blog once and again
    New post in my <a href=""> Lifestyle Blog </a>

  • #38

    Amanda Mércuri (Monday, 02 October 2017 22:30)


    É tudo muito estranho pra mim! hahaha!

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

  • #39

    Julia (Tuesday, 03 October 2017 20:08)

    Interesting post! I think the fried ferns and jam look good, but I would never try the bat soup or hacarl!
    Julia x

  • #40

    DEZMOND (Wednesday, 04 October 2017 09:46)

    I think they make some dishes from bull's balls in my country :)

  • #41

    shadownlight (Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:07)

    I love haggis most :)
    Liebe Grüße an dich!

  • #42

    Diane (Wednesday, 04 October 2017 22:38)

    Love this post, so interesting. Thanks for your visit and comment. Much appreciated,
    Wow you speak four languages I am so jealous. English is my home language and I am so struggling to just learn basic French!!
    Have a good day Diane

  • #43

    Caro* (Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:03)

    I discover these dishes ! :)

  • #44

    Delmalyn (Thursday, 05 October 2017 02:18)

    Hi thanks for visiting my you also into foods let's follow each other :)


  • #45

    Joanna (Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:07)

    Wow! Very interesting post and very strang dishes. :-)