I initially debated writing this post. Because I didn’t order it, and I technically didn’t really eat it either. But, since this blog is about “Picky Eater Confessions” I guess I have to confess and put it back on the ‘To Try” list.
I went out with Yelp’s International Supper Club to Polonez for an authentic Polish dinner. I checked out the menu before we went and found things that I would definitely eat and be happy, things I would consider trying and one menu item specifically that I would NEVER eat. The Czarnina!! It is a soup made of duck blood and clear poultry broth. It is usually sweetened with a balance of sugar and vinegar and can have added ingredients like noodles, pears, plums or cherries.
That’s right…..Duck Blood. I thought Oysters were hard……nope, not compared to this.
My initial belief with my picky eating was that I can eat bad tasting food, but the possible bad texture is what gets me to walk away. But, what about this?!?! I don’t think it is the bad taste that freaked me out, and it definitely wasn’t the texture….it’s soup! Just the thought of eating a soup whose main ingredient is blood is just to much for me to handle.
A few people at the table ordered the Czarnina. Of course, everyone knew I was starting this blog so the pressure to try it began. I could literally feel my throat closing….saying to me, “NO WAY”!! But, the little voice in my head saying, “Just try a little, if the oysters didn’t kill you this won’t either”. So, I did it!! (Well…..Kinda) Rick was nice enough to let me stick my spoon in his bowl. I maybe had two or three drops of soup on my spoon. I closed my eyes and licked it off. Everyone laughed cause they said it looked like I scared myself putting the spoon in my mouth.
The Czarnina tasted nothing like I thought it would. It was extremely sweet. I didn’t get much more out of those two or three drops then that.
I will have to add Czarnina back on to the “To Try” list and give myself a pat on the back for making an effort to take a step closer than I would have in the past.
Thank You Rick and Thank You to the Yelp’s International Supper Club for cheering me on, but not being too disappointed when I couldn’t go all the way!!