Grimes' Sludge Recipe That Went Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

When you are dating a billionaire and doing experimental pop music for a living, you're going to be living a different type of life than most others. Such was the case with the perennially quirky, perennially cool person known as Grimes. As a baby mama to Elon Musk, she has done things a bit differently, to say the least. Apparently, that included her pregnancy diet. In a 2020 YouTube video, Grimes discusses recipes she enjoyed eating while pregnant. Among them was "Couscous Sludge."

The "Sludge" involves couscous, tomatoes, vegan mayonnaise, sriracha, celery, and spinach that are all mixed up into a slurry. Unsurprisingly, people at BuzzFeed decided to try it out and see how it tastes. The reaction from the tester was less than pleasant, with the writer's first impression being that it "looked like a savory porridge gone wrong." It's a dish named "sludge" by a person named "Grimes." What do you expect?

According to the BuzzFeed tester, the sludge actually lived up to its name. So, it was an accurate depiction of what people should expect. She notes, "Like, the taste wasn't horrible- but it was by no means enjoyable. The texture was weird (extremely sludgey, but also sort of crunchy?!) and it smelled kinda funky (probably the vegenaise and Sriracha)." Grimes' revelation even sparked a conversation about whether the dish is actually as bad as some people thought it was.

But is it really that bad?

At first glance, it might seem like the BuzzFeed author had the right idea. Mayo and couscous and celery? Not everyone's cup of tea. However, there were others who decided to give it a try as well. Since Grimes never really mentioned specific requirements for Sludge aside from using a "ton of veganaise," there's some wiggle room for recreating this dish. And there was clearly some guesswork involved for those who tested it. 

One YouTuber gave their interpretation a go, only to spit it out in revulsion. Clearly, he was not a fan. On Reddit, several conversations popped up about trying Grimes's recipe. One r/SafeFood user tried it out for a low-calorie meal and said it tasted "hella good." On the Grimes Reddit, multiple people said that the recipe's output looked pretty darn good. One pro-Sludge commenter also said that adding balsamic vinegar and minced onions will improve the quality of the meal. 

Grimes herself seemed to be a bit torn on this particular pregnancy meal. In her video, she even admitted that it's "weirdly good" but at the same time, noted that it was "kind of gross" and "sludgy." So while it may not be our cup of tea, who are we to judge?