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Monday, September 28, 2009

Omnivore's 100

Here's a fun list I picked up over at Farmer’s Daughter, which is a very cool blog tat you ought to check out. I don't know where she got it from (does that cover appropriate attribution?)

I've added my own answers - what are yours?

1. Venison- nope, although I have eaten moose and elk (I liked moose best)
2. Nettle tea (keep meaning to)
3. Huevos Rancheros - but of course. I make a mean version, if I do say so myself.
4. Steak Tartare - not yet.
5. Crocodile - well, I assume alligator counts. Yes, on a childhood trip to deepest Florida. Fried.
6. Black pudding - nope
7. Cheese fondue - are you kidding me? I adore fondue, one of my top ten meals for company.
8. Carp - not sure
9. Borscht - yes-indeedy-do. Make a good one, vegetarian or beefy, as you please.

10. Baba Ganoush - yup, another favorite of me and my kids. Recipe:

one fat eggplant, pricked with a fork and roasted at $25 until collapsed. Peel and blend, along with: 2 cloves garlic, one big spoonful tahini, several tablespoons best quality olive oil, and juice of two lemons, plus salt and pepper. Blend until smooth: serve with crackers.
11. Calamari - several ways
12. Pho - duh got my favorite place just like everybody else. Yoohoo Pho Lai in Bellingham!!!
13. PB&J sandwich - what is wrong with you people?
14. Aloo gobi - okay, not totally sure what this is, but I'd bet ten bucks I've eaten it.
15. Hot dog from a street cart - in many cities, yes.
16. Epoisses - this is the first stumper
17. Black truffle - yes and yum
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - apple, made by my dear friend Sofie. Made any lately, hon?
19. Steamed pork buns - they're called Char Siu Bao, people!!!
Pistachio ice cream - yes, I like it
21. Heirloom tomatoes - not as many as I intend to

22. Fresh wild berries- I live in the blackberry capitol of the world, not even counting huckleberries, cloudberries, salmonberries, and thimbleberries

23. Foie gras - no.
24. Rice and beans- from three continents. Moros y cristianos is probably my favorite, from Cuba
Brawn, or head cheese - nope
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper- wish I hadn't
Dulce de leche - make my own, from my own goat's milk
28. Oysters- once again, I live in prime oyster country, and I should eat ten times what I do eat. Adore them.
29. Baklava - oh my god shut up
30. Bagna cauda - yes, and if you don't like anchovies, you're a pussy
31. Wasabi peas - luch bag staple
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl- Hello! Land of Ivar's over here
33. Salted
lassi - once. prefer mango
34. Sauerkraut - I am a suerkraut maniac. I'm making my own this fall.
35. Root beer float - don't care for root beer, but a coke float is good.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - this brings back bad memories.
37. Clotted
cream tea - probably shouldn't have, but did. Oh my thighs!
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - never. I didn't pledge.
39. Gumbo - I make a rockin' gumbo, and it's about time. Thanks for reminding me.
40. Oxtail - yes
41. goat - several times, in various incarnations from barbecues on a street corner in Mazatlan to stewed in a garbage can in Yakima. I LIKE GOAT. Which is lucky for me.
42. Whole insects - grasshoppers in Oaxaca
Phaal - hmmm....?
44. Goat’s milk- raised on it
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - don't think so... what's the conversion rate?
Fugu - no
47. Chicken tikka masala - duh
48. Eel -= can you say "unagI?"
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut- One of those things I wish I hadn't
50. Sea urchin - yes, and can't say it rocked my world
Prickly pear "nopal," people. It makes great ice cream.
52. Umeboshi - HATE it
53. Abalone nope, but I found one on the beach
54. Paneer -once a week or so
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal- Do I have to admit it? Oh okay
Spaetzle - not the real thing
57. Dirty gin martini - I prefer voldka
58. Beer above 8% ABV - yes, I live in the Pacific northwest
Poutine - that's disgusting

60. Carob chips -in another incarnation
61. S’mores- I have a thing against marshmallows
Sweetbreads - no, but they're on my list
63. Kaolin - WTF?
64. Currywurst - are you trying to make me sick?
65. Durian I HAVE smelled it. That was enough.
66. Frogs’ legs no indeed. Frogs are a declining species.

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - what sad derived child has not?
Haggis - URK
69. Fried
plantain - I love 'em

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - it was a mistake
Gazpacho - many kinds
72. Caviar and
blini - caviar yes but not blini
73. Louche
absinthe - once
Gjetost, or brunost - huh?
75. Roadkill - no, no matter what my sister says
Baijiu ???
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - oh god damn it, yes, okay?
78. Snail - i don't think so
Lapsang souchong - only smelled it. but I like the smell.
Bellini - I don't know what this is
Tom yum - please. I prefer Tom Kah.
Eggs Benedict - not anymore. I quit
Pocky - yes.
84. Tasting menu at a three-
Michelin-star restaurant- it's on my list
Kobe beef - not to my knowledge. I eat grass fed from the field across the street.
86. Hare - wild rabbit caught by my dog. does that count?
Goulash - I tried to make it once... wasn't impressed. Maybe it's better if you have a Hungarian grandmother.
89. Horse - don't think so.
90. Criollo chocolate - what's this? If it's chocolate I've probably eaten it
91. Spam - to my eternal shame.
Soft shell crab- Only watched my mom eat it, and it creeped me out
harissa - well of course
94. Catfish - ditto
Mole poblano - in Puebla, no less
96. Bagel and lox -yes but I don't like lox
Lobster Thermidor - I don;t know, but I've eaten my share of lobster. If anyone ever can. I think my share is bigger. MORE
Polenta - yes, it's a cheap and easy staple
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - no. My palate isn't that rarified.

100. Snake