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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Mmm - 100 Things Food Meme

Here’s a way of easing back into the working week after the Labor Day holiday that I found on Wouter's Blog
"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.

The rules:
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 linking to your results.
I added Bold and Crossed to indicate stuff I’ve tried but have no intention of eating ever again, unless I’m starving".

1. Venison - I miss truly wild game.
2. Nettle tea - nettles sting, that's the lesson I learned from my childhood
3. Huevos rancheros - brunch
4. Steak tartare - a favourite appetiser.
5. Crocodile - in Austin, Texas
6. Black pudding - my childhood and boudin noir from the markets in Belgium and France.
7. Cheese fondue - Austrian skiing trips
8. Carp - unfortunately, yes
9. Borscht - good winter soup, served with sour cream.
10. Baba ghanoush - meze staple. There used to be a bunch of good Turkish restaurants in Euston, London.
11. Calamari - NY staple but the best was a la plancha on a beach in Spain
12. Pho - a favourite soup, easy, filling and cheap to make or buy. First ate it in Vancouver and got addicted.
13. PB&J sandwich - as a child. Now I eat PB & Marmite. Because I have sophisticated tastes.
14. Aloo gobi - comfort food
15. Hot dog from a street cart - once.
16. Epoisses - in France.
17. Black truffle - oh yes, in many places.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - prunes, pums, damsons, peach.....
19. Steamed pork buns Chinese deliciousness
20. Pistachio ice cream - not my favourite flavour
21. Heirloom tomatoes - late Summer treat
22. Fresh wild berries - Pick 'em and eat 'em or eat them while you're picking them...
23. Foie gras - favourite winter appetiser and holy grail of upcoming trip to Montreal..
24. Rice and beans - Moros y Christianos, as Wouter says: lekker, heel lekker (very delicious).
25. Brawn, or head cheese- along with spam, my childhood is calling and I'm not listening
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - have licked fingers after touching them. Often. And stuck finger in eye. You'd think I''d learn, but sadly, no.
27. Dulce de leche - mmmm
28. Oysters - favourite summer appetiser.
29. Baklava - too sweet for me
30. Bagna cauda - South of France, Holiday food.
31. Wasabi peas - I like wasabi, and peas but together, not so much
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - Boston baby.
33. Salted lassi - mmm, to cool palate after #43
34. Sauerkraut -
35. Root beer float - as a kid
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - cognac yes, cigar no.
37. Clotted cream tea - Of course.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat - Brussels, in the Matonge.
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal - in Nottingham, England, in Birmingham, England, in London, England. Haven't found it in New York
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - see #68.
46. Fugu - much as I love fish, in this case I choose cake.
47. Chicken tikka masala - National dish of England
48. Eel - Belgian staple
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - when the craze was on
50. Sea urchin -Vancouver at great Japanese restaurant
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer - love all Indian food,Indian cheese -yum
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - in Brussels when they first opened.Haven't repeated the experience.
56. Spaetzle - in Germany and Austria and the US. Haven't found a good version in America yet.
57. Dirty gin martini - I'm a classic martini girl, though - three olives, no juice
58. Beer above 8% ABV - Duval, Chimay, Orval, etc etc
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores - yes but wouldn't go there again
62. Sweetbreads - Belgian, French staple
63. Kaolin - no but I put it over an abscess once to "cook" it so it burst.
64. Currywurst - staple in The Netherlands
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs - oui, bien sur
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - Funfair food
68. Haggis - in Scotland, eeuw, yuk even with a whisky chaser
69. Fried plantain love plantain, hate bananas
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - mmmm
71. Gazpacho - favourite soup.
72. Caviar and blini - Mmmm, salty
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost - Norwegian cheese, in Brussels. It's an off-putting brown colour but doesn't taste too bad.
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - eeuw, looks nasty
78. Snail - my favourite appetiser as a child.
79. Lapsang souchong - in the tea drawer in our kitchen
80. Bellini - at our local pizza place, it was their cocktail of the day
81. Tom yum - one of my favorite soups.
82. Eggs Benedict - Standard brunch fare in NY
83. Pocky chocolate covered pretzel sticks - did not know that they were called pocky. Sweet and salty. Yum
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. - Jean Georges in Manhattan. How may stars does The Modern have?
85. Kobe beef and Kobe Beef sliders. I hate the term sliders.
86. Hare - Belgium, Luxembourg and France. I miss game.
87. Goulash - winter comfort food
88. Flowers - prettiness on a plate
89. Horse - in Luxembourg and France
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam as a child. Battered and fried. Eeuw, yuk.
92. Soft shell crab. One of my reasons to stay in the USA
93. Rose harissa - any Harissa improves almost any soup, stew, tangine, or couscous dish
94. Catfish - so often that I'm fed up of farmed "Cajun style" catfish on every menu
95. Mole poblano - mmmm
96. Bagel and lox - I live in New York, it's obligatory and really good.
97. Lobster Thermidor - Definitely NOT my favorite lobster recipe
98. Polenta - The Guy's favourite carb
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake in Austin, Texas

Hmmm, I think I've eaten waaaay too much! What about you?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

One more thing to do today...

Charlie over at Charlie's Design Diary tagged me to answer this meme. I don't normally (EVER) do this sort of thing - sorry about that recipe chain that was making the rounds through the Incorporated Village, it stopped at me - but I'll make an exception because Charlie's blog is gorgeous. It's all about Finland and design. Go over and see what a nice American girl is doing in the Frozen North.

What did you do 10 years ago?
Wonky things in Bruxelles. Campaigning on workers' rights for an NGO in International Development.

Five items on your to-do list today:
1. Finish this post
2. Stay as cool as possible (it's 90F out there at 10.00 AM - the dog days of Spring)
3. Write a piece about copper panels
4. Watch this video again while singing this song.
5. Jump in Pool

Snacks I enjoy:
Does an ice cold, extra dry Gin Martini with three olives count as a snack?

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
I was going to get rid of all the lobbyists in Washington but I think Barak Obama has that covered. I'd also like to give everyone is the USA affordable healthcare but I think he's on his way there too. What's left? Oh yes, education. Where every child gets the same amount spent on them for their education no matter where they live and college doesn't cost the equivalent of buying a home. Of course the billion dollars wouldn't cover it but I'd have some financial clout to do something.
On a less altruistic note:
1. Finish the renovations on the house
2. Go on vacation somewhere I have never been. Indonesia, maybe or Japan.
3. Buy this car
4. Help Mr Jobs to his next billion by buying one of these and one of these.
5. I'd also get this so I could have my mind blown. That's what all the reviews promise and and I'd like to know what that feels like.

Places I would live:

1. Vancouver: beautiful scenery, great food, fantastic people
2. Anywhere in the Bourgogne, Rhone-Aples or Languedoc-Roussillon regions of France: the wine! the food!
3. San Sebastien in Spain: the wine! the food!
4. Brussels: the surrealness, the food, the politics, the food again
5. Manhattan: oh I'm sure you've got it by now

Bloggers I am passing the challenge onto are:

So here's where it all falls apart. Or maybe not. I challenge any other the authors in My Blog Addiction (to the left of this post) and anyone else who's reading this to share with the internets. Then leave me a comment here telling me where I can READ ALL ABOUT YOU.

The necessary:
Answer the above questions about yourself. At the end of the post you pass on the questions to 6 other bloggers and list their names. Then write them a comment telling them that they've been tagged and ask them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know that you've accepted the challenge and refer to your post.