Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Food Interlude

You may, if you wish, now accuse me of trying desperately to bump up my post count with memes.  You'd be right.

I saw this on a couple of blogs (Stash Haus and somewhere else before that but can't remember) and thought I'd give it a whirl.  The list shows things I have eaten (bold), haven't yet eaten (normal) and would not eat (italic - bold if eaten once and never again, normal if no intention to ever eat this).

I consider myself fairly well travelled food-wise, as it were, and fairly adventurous, but we shall see...

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (the chili would ruin it for me)
4. Steak tartare (yum!)
5. Crocodile (not yet, although even my vegetarian boyfriend has, in New Orleans)
6. Black pudding (took a while to pluck up the courage, but it's pretty good)
7. Cheese fondue (I dislike melted cheese in anything; solid cheese I adore)
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari (this is almost in italics - I'm not a fan of eating molluscs generally, but will tolerate when there's nothing else)
12. Pho (oh, to die for in the heat of a Saigon market or even on the Kingsland Road)
13. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (sorry Americans, I can't even begin to imagine how disgusting that would be)
14. Aloo gobi (but I prefer aloo saag)
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses (of course)
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
(ethical considerations make me hesitate to order it these days)
24. Rice and beans
(presumably this is AKA "rice and peas")
25. Brawn or head cheese (heh, more than once - the boyfriend won't kiss me after I've eaten this)
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I don't do spicy)
27. Dulce de leche in ice cream
28. Oysters (had to be tried, but they taste of something best saved for the bedroom, and cold and slimy at that)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas (yeah baby!  Spicy hot = no, horseradish hot = big yes)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (those pesky molluscs again)
33. Salted lassi or sweet lassi (mango lassi please)
34. Sauerkraut (antipathy more to do with unfortunate intense hangover + liver dumplings + sauerkraut as provided by a loving Austrian mother, not mine)
35. Root beer float (but coke floats yes)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (oh yes... not that I condone smoking)
37. Clotted cream tea (I am from Dorset, and see this post)
38. Vodka jelly (plenty, but I don't see them featuring heavily in my life these days)
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (no different to prawns in my opinion, but the opportunity has never arisen)
43. Phaal (just no)
44. Goat's milk (often - it does taste of goats though, doesn't it?)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth $120 or more (I am decadent)
46. Fugu (would love to!)
47. Chicken tikka masala (oh come on, this is Britain's national dish)
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (I refer you to Anna's poem)
50. Sea urchin (mollusc!)
51. Prickly pear wine
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone (mollusc!)
54. Paneer
55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal (seriously, never, although I have eaten their hamburgers)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini (but I prefer it non-dirty, and essentially just gin)
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (sadly no, not even in Montreal, can't think why we missed that one)
60. Carob chips (why?)
61. S'mores (what on earth are they?)
62. Sweetbreads (not yet, but no objection to offal at all - see head cheese)
63. Kaolin (presumably for indigestion?)
64. Currywurst (but I prefer brat- or bockwurst, ohne currysauce)
65. Durian (I am weird, I like durian and I even like the smell, which led to amusing behaviour in Bangkok)
66. Frog's legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (but no to pressed plantain again, it's very dry)
70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (I really like absinthe - at uni I used to drink it with cola as well as in the traditional method - I even tried to brew my own once from wormwood and what a mistake that was)
74. Gjetost or brunost (sounds good!)
75. Roadkill (but only pheasants so far - no objection to expanding my experiences here)
76. Baijiu (sounds wicked)
77. Hostess fruit pie (never heard of them, but they look synthetic)
78. Snail (they just don't taste of much, so what's the point, oh and mollusc!)
79. Lapsang souchong (tea of choice!)
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (hell, yes!)
85. Kobe beef (first time as a uni post-final exam celebration, yum)
86. Hare (no, but rabbit is yummy)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
(I adore horse meat)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam... has never passed my lips)
92. Soft shell crab (I don't like the shell - yes to dressed crab)
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano (sounds lovely!)
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (no, but civet coffee yes)
100. Snake (it's on my list to try, seriously)

So what else have I eaten of note that's not on the list?  Bone marrow.  Jellyfish.  Shark.  I'd like to try dog some day - we missed out in Vietnam, and I also missed cuy in Ecuador; we visited the wrong regions for both.  Frankly I'll eat anything that's not endangered (or a mollusc), and I love exotic street food.

How about you?


stash haus said...

As for peanut butter and jelly (or jam or preserves) - it's sweet, sweet, sweet. I think Americans love it so much because it's a staple in the diet of most children.

S'mores are another american childhood favorite, especially for those who were shipped off to camp during the summer, or camped with their family. You make a sandwich out of 2 graham crackers (another beloved childhood food - graham crackers and milk were the staple food in my kindergarten classroom) and part of a chocolate bar (usually Hershey's), and a marshmallow that has been toasted over a campfire. Personal preference differs greatly as to whether to "burn" the marshmallow in the flame or to just lightly brown the marshmallow. I'm unorthodox - as I love the graham cracker and chocolate part and detest the marshmallow.

The Hostess Fruit Pie is an american junk food. I even hesitate to research how they make it - I don't want to know. It's mostly fat and sugar.

Ginger Lucy said...

Ah, right, thanks, the S'mores make a bit more sense now - a sort of combination food, right? I hate marshmallows too so they wouldn't work for me. I'll go and mark them as won't eat!

Original Ting said...

I love durian too!! Aaahh,... we used to have durian parties back in Singapore - the stuff you get in London just varies. Thai durians are the best!