Friday, August 22, 2008

the omnivore's hundred

Because I'm a sucker for these things...

This is a little game offered by Andrew of verygoodtaste.co.uk. Here's how to play:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

(Forgive me - I have no idea how to electronically 'cross things out'...)

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison (not my cup of tea, I probably will never try this)
2. Nettle tea (why I've never tried this I just don't know - I'm sure I'll encounter it one day)
3. Huevos rancheros (in the past, when I used to eat eggs for breakfast I often made them with cheese and salsa - does that count?)
4. Steak tartare (raw beef? or worse yet, horse meat? again, not my cup of tea)
5. Crocodile (alligator I've eaten several times, remarkably, it tastes like chicken...)
6. Black pudding (not too excited about that one either)
7. Cheese fondue (cheese and wine = yummy)
8. Carp (I'm relatively sure I've had carp, but apparently it wasn't memorable)
9. Borscht (I know there must be better versions than the last borscht I made - I'll keep looking... Roasted beets, though, I find delicious)
10. Baba ghanoush (a very nice way to eat eggplant)
11. Calamari (when not over-cooked, I like it very much)
12. Pho (I've had several types - I adore soups, however, I'm not so adventurous with the variety of cuts of meat, marrow, and tendon - I often stick with chicken)
13. PB&J sandwich (well, of course. in fact, I still eat them on occasion, though now my jams and jellies are a bit nicer and my peanut butter is less sugary)
14. Aloo gobi (a favorite)
15. Hot dog from a street cart (when in New York...)
16. Epoisses (new to me - have not tried this one)
17. Black truffle (I've had tiny amounts of white truffles and truffle oil, but I don't think I've come across black truffle just yet)
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (oh, goodness! most recently it was blackberry - a house-warming gift. it made a nice spritzer with a bit of seltzer (champagne would have been nicer, though))
19. Steamed pork buns (I don't eat much pork, but I have tried these - they looked too good to pass up)
20. Pistachio ice cream (I can't believe I didn't try this sooner! It's a new favorite, though I prefer the gelato over the ice cream)
21. Heirloom tomatoes (I'm currently inundated with these beauties. there's nothing like a real, ripe tomato)
22. Fresh wild berries (I'm lucky enough to have wild raspberries, blackberries and mulberries on my property - they're wonderful (and free!); as a child on vacation in Maine I used to pick wild blueberries to have with breakfast - I miss those...)
23. Foie gras (not for me)
24. Rice and beans (in sooooooo many variations! this is a truly satisfying combination)
25. Brawn, or head cheese (again, not for me)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (hot! but a necessity when making jerk)
27. Dulce de leche (heavenly!)
28. Oysters (not my favorite)
29. Baklava (classic - honey, nuts and butter - mmmmmmmmm.)
30. Bagna cauda (if it comes my way - I'll eat it)
31. Wasabi peas (I've had these, but I prefer wasabi edamame)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (not a fan of clams, but soup in a sourdough bread bowl is a mighty good meal)
33. Salted lassi (mango lassis are an old favorite - I prefer sweet to salty here)
34. Sauerkraut (of course! though it took me years to learn to love it - fresh and homemade is the way to go for me)
35. Root beer float (still a nice treat)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (that's quite sexy - I'd do it)
37. Clotted cream tea (tea is dear to me; pastries also...)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O (jello-shooters we call them... if you've never had one, don't worry, I've had enough for us both...)
39. Gumbo (recipe coming soon to figsandtwigs... possibly. nothing brings back memories of New Orleans in the same way)
40. Oxtail (eh, not too excited to try that)
41. Curried goat (I've heard it's wonderful, but I'm not a fan of goat)
42. Whole insects (well, I'm not rushing out to buy a bag...)
43. Phaal (sounds scary - I've never seen it on a menu around these parts... I'd take a taste, though)
44. Goat’s milk (I don't drink much milk (I prefer soy, most times), but I did make a very nice ice cream with goat's milk a while back - supposedly easier to digest - goat's milk)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (I have a taste for whisky - though I prefer whiskey (bourbon)...)
46. Fugu (I don't trust my luck with this one)
47. Chicken tikka masala (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...)
48. Eel (on sushi - I don't like eel. I decided.)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (I don't understand all the fuss; I've had much better...)
50. Sea urchin (I don't wanna - you can't make me...)
51. Prickly pear (I brought back cactus candy from Las Vegas - it was prickly pear flavor - yummy. I think I've also had a prickly pear margarita - do those count?)
52. Umeboshi (I'll try it if I come across it)
53. Abalone (maybe, one day)
54. Paneer (I need to try to make this again - the first time it didn't work; delicious dish, though)
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (I've had my fair share (more, probably - it's hard to avoid, sometimes) but never the Big Mac)
56. Spaetzle (homemade is the best)
57. Dirty gin martini (I like my olives black and my martinis 'clean' (?) - just some gin and a tiny bit of vermouth - actually, I prefer bourbon - didn't we cover that???)
58. Beer above 8% ABV (those crafty Belgians...)
59. Poutine (that doesn't look appealing)
60. Carob chips (uh, yes - I don't recommend them)
61. S’mores (last year's round of backyard happy hours all ended with s'mores made over the coals on the grill - why? they sure were good though...)
62. Sweetbreads (I can't see them in my future)
63. Kaolin (I probably ate a lot of dirt as a child - does that count?)
64. Currywurst (nope - never tried it)
65. Durian (hmm... maybe if I hold my nose, I could manage a taste?)
66. Frogs’ legs (what do they do with the rest of the frog?)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (all of them, beignets and elephant ears are especially seductive to me)
68. Haggis (nope and I have no plans to try it - when I was in Scotland I saw canned haggis in a tourist shop - good grief!)
69. Fried plantain (goes quite nicely with the aforementioned beans and rice - Cuban style)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (I don't think I'd eat the chitterlings, and I'm not sure what andouillette is, but I have had andouille - thank you New Orleans)
71. Gazpacho (it's cold soup - I need mine hot)
72. Caviar and blini (blini - yes, caviar - no; how about those beluga lentils??? yum.)
73. Louche absinthe (tasty and very, very strong)
74. Gjetost, or brunost (have not come across this one)
75. Roadkill (why?!?! we make jokes here all the time, but really - why?!?!)
76. Baijiu (I'll be looking for this)
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (a few...)
78. Snail (I've tried the broth, but couldn't convince myself to actually eat one of the critters)
79. Lapsang souchong (I want to love this tea, but it's just soooooo smokey)
80. Bellini (yes, please - another round!)
81. Tom yum (thank's Tom - your soup is really good...)
82. Eggs Benedict (not for me)
83. Pocky (I remember this)
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. (not yet - if given the opportunity - of course!)
85. Kobe beef (no, I might take a tiny taste if offered)
86. Hare (same as rabbit? not my favorite)
87. Goulash (well, my relatives are Hungarian... ask me about my paprikosh...)
88. Flowers (nasturtiums, marigolds, lavender, jasmine, rose, hibiscus, chrysanthemum... I grow them and add them to salads)
89. Horse (never. ever.)
90. Criollo chocolate (if it's chocolate, I'll take two)
91. Spam (I regret this)
92. Soft shell crab (I was born in Maryland, but I still can't eat a crab with its shell, but pass the Old Bay, please)
93. Rose harissa (I'm dying to try this)
94. Catfish (many times - a southern staple; fried in cornmeal and served with okra - alllllllllllright)
95. Mole poblano (it's becoming more and more common here)
96. Bagel and lox (I love a good bagel - no lox, please)
97. Lobster Thermidor (is there really any reason to eat a lobster any other way than steamed with drawn butter??? I ask you. Really. Sheesh.)
98. Polenta (I love polenta! and grits (with cheese)...)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (wasted on me, I'm sure, as I'm no coffee connoisseur)
100. Snake (it's surprisingly good...and...tastes like chicken...)

3 comments:

Yeon said...

Wow. That is a quite extensive list. Sorry it took a while to visit back - I must have missed your comment while I was out of town. What a nice blog with so many gorgeous photos and recipes!

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januarygypsy said...

Thanks Yeon! Nice to hear from you. I saw the FNP article on your blog - congrats! It's looking quite nice.

natrontheape said...

Did you know that "baba ghanoush" means over-indulged in some middle eastern tongue? That's pretty cool eh?