Pregnancy craving: Odd and weird food recipes to try
Many women experience strong cravings during pregnancy. And whether you're pregnant or not, sometimes all you want is to eat peanut butter straight from the jar with a spoon, right?
But some women's cravings are more than just a little odd.
Designers Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues started collecting and posting on their blog all manner of madcap stories about cravings from pregnant women.
Their new book Pickles and Ice Cream brings together some of the weird, wonderful and utterly disgusting concoctions they've come across. Would you give any of these a try?
1. Stone walls
The craving of Clair from Bristol
Ingredients: Cement wall
1. Procure your piece of wall in the most legal way possible.
2. Lick it or break off small, bite-size pieces.
Verdict: Tastes like expensive dental work. We'll make you a deal. You don't eat this. We won't tell your neighbours what you just did to their wall.
2. Ice cream and chilli sauce
The craving of Eunice, Roseburg, Oregon, USA
Ingredients: Two scoops of ice cream and sweet chilli sauce
Method: Scoop ice cream into a dish, pour the chilli sauce over it.
3. Waffles with mustard and brussels sprouts
The craving of Michele, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
1 egg, beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
180 ml milk
60ml sunflower oil
4 brussels sprouts
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp mustard
1. Add the flour, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, milk and oil to the egg and beat well.
2. Pour the mixture into a heated waffle iron (this recipe makes two waffles). Cook until golden brown and crispy (four to five minutes).
3. While you are cooking the waffles, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the brussels sprouts and cook for five to 10 minutes until tender. Remove the pot from the heat and drain.
4. Serve the waffles on a plate with the mustard and Brussels sprouts on top.
Verdict: If you love brussels sprouts, you might be able to appreciate this as a slightly offbeat waffle topping. If not, it's future vomit.
4. Hot dogs with peanut butter dip
The craving of Nikki, San Diego, California, USA
Ingredients: 2tbsp peanut butter and one to three hot dogs
Method: Place peanut butter in a small dish. Dip hot dogs into the peanut butter and eat.
Verdict: The first time that being allergic to nuts will work to your advantage.
5. Seat belt
The craving of Patricia, Addison, Alabama, USA
Method: This can be enjoyed raw in the car by simply chewing on an available seat belt. Or you can remove a seat belt and gnaw on it in the comfort of your home.
Verdict: Seat belts were invented by Englishman George Cayley in the mid-19th century. Since then, they have been used to help keep vehicle passengers safer in the event of an accident. And after tasting them, it is clear this should continue to be their only purpose. Forever.