Everyone knows that pregnancy can make you crave some very weird foods – but these odd combinations may be the strangest ever.
From bars of soap and stone walls to hot dogs and jam and waffles served with sprouts, these are the stomach-churning meals that real mums-to-be from across the world have hankered for.
They have now been collated in a new eccentric cookbook called Pickles And Ice Cream by married Hamburg artists Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus, 33, and Juarez Rodrigues, 29, who have photographed the weird dishes as if they are fine dining fare.
And the brave pair have even reviewed the meals to say what they really taste like – and surprisingly, they find a couple of them quite delicious.
Waffles and Brussels sprouts: this was a craving Michele, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, had when she was pregnant. The authors wrote of the dish: ‘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 artists were inspired to create what is believed to be the first cravings cookbook when a pregnant friend told them she was lusting after cookies topped with toothpaste.
They then researched and collated 50,000 of the weirdest pregnancy cravings from women around the world, interviewing as many pregnant ladies as they could.
Pickles and Ice Cream, by Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues is published by Robinson and is out now (£9.99)
In the introduction of their book, they write: ‘Sadly a lot of women had been ashamed of their cravings when they had them.
‘This made us even more determined to continue with the project. We wanted women to know that when it came to weird cravings, they most certainly weren’t alone.
‘And no matter how bizarre their eating habits were, there was a good chance someone had craved something weirder.’
The book features recipes, just in case you ever get the urge to know what a pregnancy craving tastes like, as well as the artists’ hilarious reviews of what the weird dishes taste like.
You can read some of their critiques below.
HOT DOGS WITH PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE
Nikki, from San Diego, California, had hot dogs with peanut butter dipping sauce as her strange pregnancy craving
The first time being allergic to nuts will work out to your advantage.
Clair, of Bristol, craved stone walls when she was pregnant
Tastes like expensive dental work.
A dish of cherries on top of spaghetti was the craving Leanne, of Penticton, British Columbia, had while pregnant
Religions have been founded on less divine experiences than this.
Pineapples and potatoes don’t mix but it was the dish that Julie, of Johannesburg, craved
Some things just don’t mix well—the Internet and productivity, hangovers and screaming toddlers, Legos and bare feet . . . add pineapples and potato to that list.
HOT FUDGE PIZZA
Shivawn, of Chicago, kept hankering after pizza topped with hot fudge chocolate sauce while pregnant
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.
MEDLEY OF SOAPS
Jannel, of Hexham in Northumberland kept craving a medley of soaps while she was pregnant. It’s not advised to try this one at home
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.
MASHED POTATO AND CARAMEL SAUCE
Mashed potato and caramel sauce – the craving of Thalia, of Johannesburg – is apparently not too bad to eat, according to the authors
Not quite as tasty as mashed potato without caramel sauce or caramel sauce without mashed potato, but still strangely moreish.
Amanda, of São Paulo, craved coal when she was pregnant
Surprisingly, it tasted like nothing. Slightly gritty nothing. It gets 4 stars because the relief that it wasn’t terrible was absolutely delicious.
Recipes: Sausage and Jam, and Steak with Ice Cream
SAUSAGE AND JAM
Valerie, of Folkestone, Kent, probably wished she didn’t long for hot dogs with ham while she was pregnant
We had high hopes for this one. So you could say, this is what disappointment tastes like.
1. Fry the sausage in a hot pan until it is brown and crispy on all sides.
2. Eat using the jam as a sauce.
STEAK WITH ICE CREAM
If you want to ruin a good steak, try serving it with ice cream. This was a craving Olivia, of Greenville, South Carolina, had while pregnant
There is a special place in hell for people who ruin good steaks like this. We’ll save you a seat.
3 tbsp canola or sunflower oil
1 (7-ounce / 200g) fillet steak
Salt and pepper
1–2 scoops of ice cream
1. Heat the oil in a pan until hot.
2. Season the steak with salt and pepper. For a 1-inch / 2.5-cm-thick steak, fry for approximately 11/2 minutes per side for rare, 2 minutes for medium, and 4–5 minutes for well done. If you are pregnant, sorry, but it’s well done for you.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and let the steak rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the ice cream on top and eat quickly before it melts.
Pickles and Ice Cream, by Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues is published by Robinson and is out now (£9.99).