Saturday, November 8, 2008

food, glorious food

the other day e posted her response to a blogging challenge cooked up by andrew of very good taste (a blog about eating and drinking). I have long considered myself a foodie, however, if what andrew claims is true, maybe not. here's what he says and what to do:
Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

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

5) optional extra extra: annotate the list as desired a la e!

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison - there are hunters among my mother's family, as I child I ate venison. but that was many, many years ago and I would never consciously eat it again.
2. Nettle tea - I don't think I have, but if this is accurate perhaps I should!
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses - I don't think so, annie, have I? if I haven't I definitely want to! sounds divine!!
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - I had a great uncle who made wine from you name it!
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries to eat wild berries while hiking is the best!
23. Foie gras - I have, but as with venison that was long ago before the emergence of my food peculiarities (no cute animals, no organs)
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese - no way!!!
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche - yum
28. Oysters - double yum!
29. Baklava - my mom's is the best!!
30. Bagna cauda - never encountered this, but now that I've read what it is I want to!!
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat - in the category of kim's cute animals
42. Whole insects - depends on the insect, my nephew loves grasshoppers
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - doubt I will experience this
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala - yum I have a great recipe!!!!
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin - I've eaten it and I hate it!!
51. Prickly pear - I did live in texas
52. Umeboshi - and very similar to salty seeds!!!!!
53. Abalone
54. Paneer - yum - saag paneer is a favorite! and I've been told my rocks!!
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - sorry to say I have
56. Spaetzle - my mom's is the best!!!
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV - coincidentally thanks to e I had double dead guy ale the other day!! I give it an A!
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips - but similarly to decaffeinated coffee why bother!
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads -gag!
63. Kaolin -huh?? clay???
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis - no way! ref sweetbreads
69. Fried plantain - yum
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - ref haggis
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe - definitely want to, just waiting for someone to give me a bottle!
74. Gjetost, or brunost - sounds intriguing, definitely interested
75. Roadkill - doubt it
76. Baijiu - sounds dangerous!
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail - yum vehicles for butter and garlic!
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini - sounds yummy!
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky - an impulse item from the asian market!
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare - cute animal!!
87. Goulash
88. Flowers - violets and nasturiums
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate - maybe had some incredibly expensive chocolate in paris
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa - expect I have since I've eaten plenty of dishes of north african origin
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

wow, I have a lot of items in bold, maybe I am a foodie after all. one item that I think andrew should have included but didn't is hákarl - one really hasn't lived until one has tried this icelandic specialty. it is truly disgusting - even worse than uni (sea urchin)!

I love this song!!

photo: I've created a monster - this squirrel is now begging for food every morning at the back door. hum, maybe saturdays will become squirrel saturday on the mouse!


Colette Amelia said...

chock up a check mark in the good side for globalization. Wouldn't we have the most boring diets if we didn't travel or have others travel or emmigration/immigration?

My son Trevor lived in Norway for 10 months and loves brown cheese! He also came back with the disgusting chewing tobacco habit. That can go on the negative side of the globalization chart.

interesting post

Megan said...

Wow, you are a foodie in my book! After reading that list, I realize I have a long, long way to go.

e. said...

i thought for sure it was going to be the spam song...
you have to be careful w/ the squirrels- i think they are starting to freak out my pa! by the way, we have baby squirrels running bout at work right now. they are so cute. bet you wouldn't eat them. haha

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I saw "Oliver" so many times and that was always my favorite tune. Back then I too dreamed of being fat, though not due to lack of food and care. To me, "Oliver" was always "Annie" for boys or "Annie" was "Oliver" in drag.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ca - hope trevor gets off that habit soon! it's worse than hákarl!

megan - well, I do have a few years on you!

e - if I posted the spam song, f may never read the mouse again! spam, spam, spam, spam.....speaking of babies - there's an explosion of baby mice (in the cage)at the house so f's back to being a mouse wrangler.

junk - my favorite song also although "consider yourself" runs a very close second.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Hmm, I make it about 58 that I've tried, including the snake, the haggis, the crocodile and I'm including mopani worms under insects... I could also add shark, elephant, zebra, giraffe... all at a restaurant that served "game" - done it once and have had a guilty conscience ever since!
Love your squirrel!!!

R.L. Bourges said...

the film looks like it was done in one of the convents where I boarded as a child (and where I organized my first guerilla action by raiding the nuns' cold room and grabbing chocolate éclairs for me and my friends. El Pueblo Unido jamas sera vencido! :-)

Never had hakari but if it's anything like the - hold you nose - rotten then canned herring they eat with boiled potatoes in Norway, I'll pass.

Bon appétit!

Squirrel said...

LOVE the squirrel picture!!!

lettuce said...

what a great list!

i've opened a separate browser window so i can read and comment! (wont make 100 comments tho...)
LOVE venison, and nettle tea (not so much steak tartare)
black pudding is great, also cheese fondu.
baba ghanoush is a fave (easy to make too). Hot dog from a street cart - did that in NYC! I used to make some strange and excellent and dodgy fruit wines...
LOVE salty lassi. Haven't ever tried such expensive malt whisky. would like to.
Dirty gin martini sounds as tho it might be good.
Frogs legs? who can be bothered?
spam? not so much thanks.
soft shell crab - also a first in NYC. yum!

thats enough.