Friday, 31 October 2014
A Deadly American Cash Crop: Peanuts
Peanuts. They go by many names (goober peas, anyone?) and have many uses (fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches), but for many of our countrymen, peanuts present a frightening allergy risk. Roughly 3.3 million Americans live in fear of these delicious legumes. We hope you're not one of them.
Toxic Rhubarb in the UK
Who doesn't love a strawberry rhubarb pie? Well, the British may be suspicious. During WWI, the leaves of the Rhubarb plant were recommended as a food source resulting in widespread poisonings among British citizens. Next time you're in London, it's really best to stick to the stalks with this dessert favorite.
Cherries in American Pie
Cyanide lurks in so many of the seeds of our favorite fruits. Take cherries, for example. One cherry pit or two (maybe even three or four) while you're picnicking in the park, no problem. A large amount of cherry pits carelessly ingested? You're looking at general weakness, confusion and a host of other serious side effects. Play it safe. Make "spit the pit" your personal slogan.
Elderberries in Europe
They have a stunning blue color and medicinal properties, too. If you're traveling in Europe, you may come across Elderberry-flavored foods and drinks in Germany, Sweden or France. As long as the berries are cooked, you're in the clear. Just be sure. Fans of elderberry have been seriously poisoned.
Blood Clams in China
If you find yourself in China, you might be tempted to try a blood clam. They look delicious, don't they? Proceed with caution: they've caused hepatitis A and E and even typhoid causing a ban that's been in place since 1988. Illegal imports occasionally appear stateside. We recommend you walk the other way.
Beware of Bullfrogs in Africa
When visiting Namibia in Africa, where Bullfrog is a delicacy, make sure you're not coerced into kissing this bumpy fellow without having it cooked well first. The point is to neutralize the poison. Otherwise, you could end up with kidney failure, and that would really put a damper on your meal.
Killer Mushrooms Here, There, Everywhere
The last stanza of Sylvia Plath's poem Mushrooms warns, "We shall by morning / Inherit the earth. / Our foot's in the door." Mushrooms are definitely plotting something evil. Thirty-two different varieties have been associated with fatalities (like the death cap in Europe), and an additional fifty-two are harboring dangerous poisons. But don't worry. As long as you don't go foraging for your pizza toppings, we promise you'll be okay.
Take a Careful Taste of Fugu in Japan
They may look innocent while they're swimming, but these Japanese pufferfish will make sure you're good and dead, if you don't prep them carefully before eating. A Fugu's organs are rich with the poison tetrodotoxin and must be extracted with the utmost precision to avoid contaminating the surrounding meat. Visit Japan for a taste. Their chefs are thoroughly trained to make sure they don't accidentally kill adventurous foodies like you.
Yuck or Yummy? Yuca in the Caribbean
Yuca or Cassava root is delicious. We like it prepared Cuban-style with garlic sauce. But it wouldn't be nice of us to endorse this root without an important aside. Never ever eat it raw! Improper preparation and you risk death by cyanide poisoning. That's a pretty big blunder to make in the kitchen.
Ack! Ackee in Jamaica
Take a trip to Jamaica to enjoy Ackee, the country's most popular fruit. However, please don't just pick it off the branch and take a bite without inspecting. Unripe Ackee will give you a nasty case of Jamaican Vomiting Sickness. You might experience a seizure or fall into a coma or even die. Don't say we didn't warn you!
‘I love it and everything, but I wondered if maybe you kept the receipt?’, the entire nation is practising into a mirror this morning, according to reports.
Despite a day of festive cheer and alcohol, many are waking up to realise many of their presents aren’t actually their sort of thing after all.
Retail analysts are expecting record-breaking of levels of returns, but only if people actually grow a pair of balls and explain they’d have preferred something else.
As family man Simon Williams told us, “A patterned cardigan seemed lovely on Christmas day, but I’ve got admit I’d prefer a shirt or plain jumper – but Aunty Jean is about as vengeful as they come.”
“If I ask the for the receipt then I might get the carcass of a dead animal next year – or mothballs, that’s her preferred gift for the ostracised in this family.”
“It’s a tough decision whether to say anything at all.”
Elderly relatives have insisted they are happy to be asked for receipts from any of the ‘ungrateful sods’ they shopped for this year.
As one explained, “I spent a long time picking out the perfect handkerchief for each of my nephews and nieces. So I can’t imagine this would affect me.”
However great-aunt Eileen Matthews told us, “They can ask all they like, I got all this year’s presents at a car boot sale.”NT
Researchers have discovered the secret to allowing cells to regenerate indefinitely, raising the possibility of a never-ending Justin Bieber music career, reports Op Ed News.
Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies claim that a vaccine to cure aging will be developed and released soon, however it is highly likely to sort of people who first receive it will be those least deserving.
With a vaccine for aging potentially being developed, many different organizations and prominent individuals have started to take sides in the argument over whether this is a good or bad development.
“I will definitely be signing up to get the vaccine as soon as I’m able to,” claimed famous singer-songwriter Justin Bieber.
“I can’t wait to stay 20 forever! I’ll be able to tour for as long as I want and I could have a thousand albums – can you imagine?!”
While some preteens and other young women are excited by the prospect of Bieber staying young forever, the majority of people are fervently praying he gets in a serious accident before the vaccine can be distributed as he was voted the number one most annoying celebrity by Ranker.com.
Anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny McCarthy, “This is an absolute travesty! This is worse than a regular vaccine! What, it could make me young again? Where can I get some?”
We also approached eCommerce vendor Shopify to get their thoughts on the matter. They stated that, “an anti-aging vaccine would be great for business. Consumers would have all of eternity to continue to shop online!”
According to Science Daily, the Salk Institute’s report included the following explanation of their discovery:
“In our bodies, newly divided cells constantly replenish lungs, skin, liver, and other organs. However, most human cells cannot divide indefinitely – with each division, a cellular timekeeper at the ends of chromosomes shortens.”
“When this timekeeper, called a telomere, becomes too short, cells can no longer divide, causing organs and tissues to degenerate, as often happens in old age. But we have found a way around this countdown; by producing an enzyme called telomerase, which rebuilds telomeres and allows cells to divide indefinitely – rendering Justin Bieber essentially immortal.”
“You can thank us later.”NT
46. Breakfast in Uganda – like a lot of large countries the typical breakfasts vary region by region. But a popular dish across the country is katogo – it’s a combination of green cooking bananas mixed in a stew from beef or in a sauce from vegetables. The picture above is banana with cow organs.
47. A Bahamas breakfast – to be a Bahamian breakfast it must contain grits. Grits are dried ground hominy, or corn, for anyone not in the loop. You mix it with boiling water and the grits becomes a porridge. Its popularity came from slavery times when it’s all the slaves had to eat. Nowadays it’s topped with fat prawns and meat to spice it up a bit.
48. Breakfast in Costa Rica – Gallo Pinto is the standard breakfast fare in Costa Rica. It’s made from black beans, rice, optional soured cream, salsa and a corn tortilla. Costa Ricans will often have a bit of avocado, fried ripe plantain or cold meat on the side.
49. Breakfast in the Dominican Republic – you need to try the mangu. Mangu is made from mashing boiled plantains with butter and either salami, cheese or eggs. Top it off with a hot chocolate and you’ve got yourself some traditional Dominican Republic fare.
50. A Turkish breakfast – the full Turkish treatment usually consists of a few varieties of cheese, butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and spicy meat.
41. An Estonian breakfast – curd cheese on a wheat bloomer – known locally as ‘cheese on toast’. The creamy topping can be supplemented with ricotta or fromage fraiche instead, if you prefer.
42. Breakfast in Jordan – the choice varies depending on the are and upbringing you’re from. Labneh, hummous and falafel are all popular choices and are usually served alongside olive oil, lamb sausage, jam and butter, turkey or beef mortadella.
43. Breakfast in Venezuela – empenadas are the order of the day. Fill the little pastries with fresh cheese, minced meat or any combination of veggies and beans.
44. Breakfast in Colombia – there are a variety of regional staples to keep your stomach grumbles at bay throughout the day. In Cundinamarca this changua dish is very popular. It’s made from milk, scallions and cheese.
45. Breakfast in Ghana – the most popular breakfast item in this African country is waakye. It’s basically rice cooked in beans and is found at all the street stalls in Ghana.
36. Breakfast in Mongolia – it generally consists of boiled mutton with lots of fat and flour and maybe some dairy products or rice. In western Mongolia they add variety to their diets with horsemeat.
37. Breakfast in Belize – fry jacks are a staple in Belize breakfast cuisine. They’re deep-fried pieces of dough that are often accompanied by beans and eggs, or jam and honey.
38. A Hungarian breakfast – always consists of Pogácsa. Well, nearly always anyway. Throughout the year there are festivals dedicated to it and the recipe changes region to region. They have a scone-like consistency and as well as a popular breakfast item, they’re also used to bulk up goulash meals.
39. A Korean breakfast – breakfast is similar to lunch and dinner in Korea. You’ll get a small plate of kimchi, a bowl of rice and a bowl of clear vegetable soup. A good old-fashioned slice of toast is also a popular choice, but that doesn’t make for nearly as good a picture.
40. Breakfast in Pakistan – in Pakistan you’ll get Aloo Paratha for your breakfast. It’ s an Indian unleavened flatbread made by pan frying, wholewheat dough on a tava. The dough contains ghee and the bread is usually stuffed with vegetables. It’s best eaten with butter, chutney or some other spicy sauce. It’s not uncommon to roll it up and dip it in your tea.
31. Breakfast in Bolivia – saltenas are a bit like empanadas crossed with Cornish pasties. They’re the traditional option for a Bolivian breakfast and usually filled with meat and vegetables, and slightly sweetened with sugar.
32. An Egyptian breakfast – the breakfast of choice here is Foul Madamas. It’s made from fava beans, chickpeas, garlic and lemon. Above you’ll see the dish topped with olive oil, cayenne, tahini sauce, a hard boiled egg, and some diced green veggies.
33. Breakfast in Japan – what do you mean you’ve never had tofu for breakfast? It’s a popular choice in Japan, along with fish and rice. Soak it in soya sauce and you’ve got yourself one delicious, and semi-healthy breakfast.
34. Breakfast in China – a lot like lunch and dinner in China. Expect noodles, rice, sticky coated chicken and fried veggies.
35. Malaysian breakfast – A hot bowl of Mee – noodles mixed with egg, vegetable and tasty spices.
26. A Canadian breakfast – that eggy looking section is actually perogies. Perogies are boiled, baked or fried dumplings made from unleavened dough and traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Then you’ve got some sausages and toast to mop it all up.
27. Breakfast in Mexico – the delightful plate above consists of beef tips, chilequiles and other assorted goodies eaten in Manzanillo. Nachos, cheese and beans always feature heavily and a delicious, spicy breakfast is the norm.
28. A Russian breakfast – oladi is the breakfast of choice in Russia. They’re sort of like pancakes and kind of like Yorkshire puddings, hot, just fried, soft inside and with a crispy edge! They’re best enjoyed with soured cream, honey, jam or fresh berries.
29. Breakfast in Vietnam – usually consists of some meaty treat dropped in a semolina/porridge mixture. What you see above is pork porridge. It features Chinese doughnuts, beansprouts, pork intestine stuffed with peppery pork mince, sliced pork heart, stomach slivers and blood pudding. A bit more interesting than toast and jam anyway.
30. Breakfast in Peru – ceviche is popular whatever time of day, breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a seafood dish made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lemon or lime and spiced with chilli peppers. What a feast.
21. Breakfast in India – here we have rosemary roasted potatoes, Indian tofu scramble, lentils, veggie sausage and banana pepper toast. Breakfast cuisine in India varies hugely depending on the region but if you think of your Indian breakfast somewhere along these lines, you would be correct.
22. A hearty Scottish breakfast – much like a full English and a full Irish, but the country’s USP is the ‘sumptuous’ slab of haggis served alongside every fat-fried egg. Don’t know what haggis is? Scroll down quick if your animal eating habits err on the queasy side. It’s sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock…
23. Thailand’s breakfast offering – you’ll find this dish at stalls throughout Thailand. It’s a minty spicy fish with a sweet & spicy pork, served with rice. By all accounts it tastes excellent, and it’s cheap at only 30 Bhat. Thai breakfast fare isn’t all that different from what you’d eat for lunch and dinner.
24. An Argentinian breakfast -usually consists of “mate” (an infusion drink made with leaves of “yerba”) or dulce de leche with “facturas,”a croissant-like typical pastry.
25. An Irish breakfast – you’ve had English and Scottish, now it’s time to learn the Irish USP. That would be white pudding and soda bread.
16. A Philippines breakfast – it’s all about the local fruits here. Mangoes are popular fare to keep you regular. As for keeping your energy up rice is the top choice, or the little sausages, known as longganisa, you can see above. When fried with salt and garlic cloves it’s known as sinangag. The sinangag is then combined with eggs, meats and beans and bob’s your uncle, fanny’s your aunt, a delicious Philippine breakfast is born.
17. An Alaskan breakfast – featuring reindeer meat and an egg nestled on a pancake. Poor old Rudolph, he won’t be able to join in any reindeer games now, will he?
18. A traditional German breakfast – wursts, local cheeses and freshly baked bread is the normal fare for a German breakfast. All washed back with a delicious coffee.
19. The famous American breakfast – home made thick pancakes with syrup and blueberries, topped off with a few rashers of bacon. Anyone not wishing for a coronary usually opts for a bowl of muesli, so I’m told. Pancakes all the way for me!
20. The French breakfast – ah, le croissant, le croissant, how I love le croissant! Pack them with crushed almonds, butter, chocolate or cream, they always taste good.
11. Breakfast in Australia – there’s only one crucial ingredient here, Vegemite. Travelling Aussies are often found with a sneaky pot of the sticky, salty brown stuff in their backpack. Just don’t get in the Vegemite vs Marmite war – everybody knows Marmite is better, but let them have their fun.
12. A Brazilian breakfast – mmmm a delicious selection of meats, cheeses and bread is the normal breakfast fare here. Jazzy rosething crafted out of I don’t know what, optional.
13. An Italian breakfast – a nation too fabulous for heavy breakfasts me thinks. Or maybe they’re saving themselves for a big cheesy pizza lunch and a pesto pasta dinner? (Although there’s nothing wrong with having them for breakfast you know) Either way an Italian eats on the run with a ‘cappuccino e cornetto’ aka a cappuccino and croissant.
14. A Welsh breakfast – errrm is it just me or is that cheesy toast flashing me a smile? Welsh Rarebit aka cheese on toast is a truly, truly delicious breakfast. Just the sight of that bubbling cheese makes me want to smother it in Worcestershire Sauce and chow down, mmmmm. Anyway, 36 left, must dash.
15. Breakfast in Denmark – top marks for presentation here. On a Dane’s breakfast plate you’ll often find rye bread, cheeses, salami, ham, pâté, honey, jam and sometimes even thin ‘plates’ of chocolate. It came as a bit of a shock to me but my research has shown that bacon is not actually that popular! Dun dun durrrh. How can this be? Apparently they send in all to the UK.