New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings

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    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Hot dogs with peanut butter dip – 2 stars. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    Pregnancy cravings are strange and wonderful things.

    Having a baby in your womb can make you eat jars of pickles in one sitting, or, as it did to one of my mum’s friends, leave you digging around in the sandbox to get those scratchy grains on your tongue.

    It’s not worth questioning the cravings too much.

    If someone’s making a baby, they should be given whatever damn food they want.

    Your pregnant partner wants pizza drizzled with chocolate? Get it.

    Are you using turmeric all wrong? And is it any good for you anyway?

    Cookies with tortilla chips and bacon? Make them happen.

    No matter how weird or gross, a pregnant person deserves the food they’re craving. Give it to them and say nothing about how strange it is. Alright?

    Celebrating the wonder of pregnancy cravings is new book Pickles And Ice Cream, by married artists Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus, 33, and Juarez Rodrigues, 29.

    Vicky and Juarez asked women around the world about their strangest pregnancy cravings, gathered up the best ones, made them, then photographed the meals as if they were fine dining.

    The couple also ate the meals and reviewed them, just to check if pregnant women are actually on to the next big food trend.

    A medley of soaps, zero stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Jannel, Hexham, Northumberland. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘Do not try this. Ever.

    ‘Ignoring this warning isn’t like ignoring the expiration date on a yogurt. It’s like ignoring the warning of the lifeguard on the beach who tells you not to enter the shark-infested waters.’

     

    Sausage and jam, 2.5 stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Valerie, Folkestone, Kent. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘We had high hopes for this one. So you could say, this is what disappointment tastes like.’

     

    Hot fudge pizza, 3.5 stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Shivawn, Chicago (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘Kind of good in a bad way.

    ‘Since chocolate and pizza are the two most addictive substances known to man, it’s hard to stop eating. Be careful with this one.’

     

    Stone walls, 1.5 stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Clair, Bristol. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘Tastes like expensive dental work.’

     

    Cherry spaghetti, 4.5 stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Leanne, Penticton, British Columbia. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘Religions have been founded on less divine experiences than this.’

     

    Mashed potato and caramel sauce, 3 stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Thalia, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘Not quite as tasty as mashed potato without caramel sauce or caramel sauce without mashed potato, but still strangely more-ish.’

     

    Waffles with mustard and Brussels sprouts, 1.5 stars

    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    Craved by Michele, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    ‘If you love Brussels sprouts, you might be able to appreciate this as a slightly offbeat waffle topping.

    ‘If not, it’s future vomit.’

    The book also contains some recipes, if you fancy making your own craving-induced meals. Why not?

    Pregnancy craving recipes:

    Waffles with Mustard and Brussel Sprouts

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Pinch of salt
    • 180 ml milk
    • 60 ml sunflower oil
    • 4 Brussels sprouts
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon mustard

    Method: 

    • Heat up the waffle iron
    • Beat the egg until light and fluffy
    • Add the flour, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, milk, and oil and beat well
    • Pour the mixture into the waffle iron (this recipe makes two waffles
    • Cook until golden brown and crispy (4–5 minutes)
    • While you are cooking the waffles, bring a pot of water to a boil
    • Add the Brussels sprouts and cook for 5–10 minutes until tender.
    • Remove the pot from the heat and drain.
    • Serve the waffles on a plate with the mustard and Brussels sprouts on top

     

    Hot dogs and peanut butter dip

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tablestpoons of peanut butter
    • 1-3 hot dogs

    Method:

    • Place peanut butter in a small dish
    • Dip hot dogs into the peanut butter. Eat.
    New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings
    (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

    Seat belt

    Seat belts were first invented by the Englishman George Cayley in the mid-nineteenth century. Since then, they have been used to help keep people safer in accidents. And after tasting them, it is clear that this should continue to be their only purpose. Forever.

    SERVES 0. DO YOURSELF, YOUR TEETH, AND YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM A FAVOR AND DON’T EAT THIS.

    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 own home.

     

    Stone Walls 

    SERVES 0—WE’LL MAKE YOU A DEAL. YOU DON’T EAT THIS. WE WON’T TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS WHAT YOU JUST DID TO THEIR WALL

    Ingredients: 

    Method: 

    • Procure your piece of wall in the most legal way possible
    • Lick it or break off small, bite-size pieces

     

    Sausage and Jam

    Ingredients:

    • 1 sausage
    • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
    • 1 tablespoon apricot marmalade

    Method: 

    • Fry the sausage in a hot pan until it is brown and crispy on all sides
    • Use the jam as a sauce

    Pickles and Ice Cream, by Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues is published by Robinson and is out now (£9.99).

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