U.K. Placenta Smoothies, Gansta Rapper Cookies, Phallic Gummies By Mail, and Ethiopia’s Soup Nazi

Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.

Image credit: The Independent
Image credit: The Independent

How Long…Has This Been Going On?

So, the practice of a new mother consuming her placenta as soon as possible after giving birth is not entirely new to me. I will confess however, that before learning of the business discussed in the link below, seeing it ingested in the form of a fruity smoothie (or for that matter, “encapsulated in pills”) is something I hadn’t experienced before. While I’ll reserve judgment regarding the wisdom or health benefits (both of which are the subject of furious debate), I will simply state the facts and allow your opinions to form organically: a UK woman has built a business upon the practice of blending smoothies for new mothers composed of several pieces of their afterbirth, along with various fruits and fruit juices.  As such a practice cannot help but court controversy, an application to shut her business down was swift in coming. It bears noting that the application was rejected, however concern remains over how healthful the practice truly is. Discuss.

Via The Independent

Image credit: Foodiggity
Image credit: Foodiggity

Bakin’ The Scene With A Gansta Lean

Here’s something lovers of music and sweets should be able to agree on regardless of what U.S. coast they call home. Cookie stamps shaped like the faces of three of the most influential rappers of all time can be yours. Really. Tupac. Biggie. Eazy-E. You can bring them into your kitchen and cover them with sprinkles, frosting, fondant, or whatever you like. Because never in the history of the world has the phrase “More cookies, more problems” been uttered in seriousness. Cookies are always amazing. And so are these stamps, which you can lay your hands on at the Foodiggity store.

Via Foodiggity

Image credit: budwik
Image credit: budwik

Eat a Bag of Tasty, Delicious Insults

By now, any mention of eating/sucking “a bag of dicks” (pardon my French) has lost most, if not all,of its shock value. Leave it to a company like Dicks By Mail to come up with an interesting way to keep the tradition (that of wishing phallic-themed humbling upon our enemies) alive. Anyone who has ever wished to send a 5 oz. bag of gummy penises to someone they’re annoyed with need look no further. Sharing delicious candy is perhaps not the way I’d choose to voice my displeasure with someone’s conduct, but the message behind the act of sending someone a bag of dicks to eat is hard to misinterpret, no matter what food medium one chooses to work with.

Via Laughing Squid

Image credit: Gregory Warner / NPR
Image credit: Gregory Warner / NPR

The Ethiopian Souper Man

His name is Chef Chane, he’s 71-years-old, and his brusqueness toward his assistant and his customers is legendary. He claims to have worked the royal palace kitchen back when Ethiopia was still a monarchy. Like the “Soup Nazi” from that Seinfeld episode you’ve surely seen on multiple occasions, there are distinct rules to which hungry customers must adhere if they want an insult-free taste of his food (which will be whatever he damned well feels like cooking that day, because menus are for chumps.) His food is delicious, and cheap, and may his clientele continue to swell in ever-increasing droves, because I kind of want to be his best friend and eat well while doing it.

Via NPR

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