20 August, 2008

Omnivore's One Hundred - I'm HUNGRY

A lead from Chocolate & Zucchini which I read from a posting on Very Good Taste. Below is the Omnivore's One Hundred - how many have you eaten? Bold for things I've eaten, crossed out for things I won't try. As you can see, there's plenty more for me to try but I'm not going to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for anyone. Pass the snake instead.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile I've tried zebra and giraffe but not crocodile (and yes that is probably showing off)
6. Black pudding Ever stayed in a UK B&B?
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari

12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich sorry but it just sounds bleah
14. Aloo gobi hey, I live in Britain, where curry is our favourite dish
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream one of the best flavours
21. Heirloom tomatoes sadly this year they'll probably be green
22. Fresh wild berries it's just about blackberry picking time again
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
better still, I remember my grandmother making it for me from pig's head she bought from a rather shocked butcher.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper sorry I'm just not very good at hot.
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters sadly I'm now allergic but they are wonderful
29. Baklava lived in Hackney for too long to avoid it
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi yes please, delicious!
34. Sauerkraut
born in Germany though British, I think my mother cooked it just to make sure we were marked out as odd at school...
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar of course I've tried Cognac but I don't smoke and certainly not cigars
37. Clotted cream tea Hard to avoid
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat I've eaten goat, it just wasn't curried
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more I didn't buy the bottle (if only!) I just made friends with a very nice woman at Clynelish distillery who gave me a taste.
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut I would try one just to appear open-minded but this doesn't sound so good to me. Maybe it's the K-spellings.
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
but not for 10 years ... do I get a prize?
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian stinks to high heaven (I once travelled for a half a day with one in the boot and we all stank of it for days to come) and tastes like a curiously addictive mix of camembert, cream, onions and dog shit
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini I guess lumpfish caviar doesn't count
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill I once spent time with friends trying to run over guinea fowl in Kenya, but sadly we weren't successful
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie I didn't know what this was until I googled it. I will try if I have to but please don't make me. I don't like the twinkie link on the same page, they're not even biodegradable are they?
78. Snail and if the bloody snails in my garden carry on the way they have, I shall be looking up recipes
79. Lapsang souchong the tea of choice of my grandparents so hard to avoid, and now redolent of memories of high tea after a long walk in the woods in Sussex.
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant one day maybe - I can dream...
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam school lunches in the 1970s, in circles, deep fried. Not good.
92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee I guess I would try it if offered but I'm more of a high roast bitter coffee kind of woman
100. Snake

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