I used to think of myself as a person who would try just about anything once - with the main exception being weird meats.
And before I go any further, let me just mention that this is a very link-y post. In case that kind of thing irritates you. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for a bunch of links, personally. And yes, I know you don't have to click them. But sometimes their existence just bugs.
I've realized that there's an entire world of stuff I will not try, not once.
Because the other night we went out for dinner with one of our friends who got a charcuterie plate that included head cheese.
And of course I was all, "What kind of cheese is head cheese?"
You guys, it is not a cheese. No! It is meat jelly. Replete with pieces of the head of a cow or pig or sheep.
Clear meat jelly with chunks of animal head. In case you missed it the first time.
So that's the non-cheese. Moving on to the scariest cheese ever.
I learned about casu marzu - or maggot cheese - on a date several years ago.
Back when I was in the throes of my Internet dating career I went to NY for work. In a short span of days, I managed to not only have drinks and drinks and drinks and dinner with the Dementor but to pack in dates with two guys from the Internet as well.
What? I'd have moved to NY for love.
So, lots of alcohol, one museum, several meals, and I learned about maggot cheese. Ooh, and as I recall, I bought a really cute jacket. And I haven't been back to NY since.
ANYway. Getting back on topic.
For me I think the second worst cheese is Milbenkäse, which is this German cheese that's left to sit in a box with cheese mites - the digestive juices of which permeate the cheese and cause fermentation.
Which is not as bad as live maggots, but still very creepy to me.
However, I think I'd eat the cheese mite cheese, or maybe even the cheese mites themselves spread on toast, before I'd eat cheese made out of someone else's breast milk.
BOOB MILK CHEESE, people!
Seriously. Daniel Angerer, a NY chef, makes cheese out of his girlfriend's breast milk. She produced a ton of milk, and they were all, why waste it? And we like to make cheese! A recipe for it is on his blog.
Yah. So would you try any of these? How would you rank them?