Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Omnivore's Hundred

I found this over at Ms Mac's and as a dedicated omnivore who is currently obsessed with food (how many points left?) I felt it was my god given right to do it - well if I'm blogging about food I can't be stuffing it in my gob!

Here’s what I want you to do:
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 linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:
1. Venison - it's alright, a bit chewy really. My parents live in France and it's often available legally and illegally (road kill)!

2. Nettle tea - not had it, would try it.
3. Huevos rancheros - yum!
4. Steak tartare - yum! Had it in France and the UK, I love carpaccio too.
5. Crocodile - whilst staying in Zimbabwe it came as part of a surf and turf in a restaurant in Bulawayo. The turf was an ostrich steak. The crocodile was "chickeny".
6. Black pudding - yum, love it.
7. Cheese fondue - lovely but I like vegetables dipped in it more than bread.
8. Carp - haven't tried it, would try it.
9. Borscht - yum, my gay best friend makes a sweet sparkling version as a dessert too ~ very funky.
10. Baba ghanoush - love aubergine, love "dips" - double yum.
11. Calamari - delicious whether battered or just griddled. Never cooked it myself I should give it a go.
12. Pho - I'd give this a go as long as I could guarantee there was no tripe involved.
13. PB&J sandwich - haven't but what's not too like? What jelly should it be? Is it the same as jam? The only jelly you get here that I have seen is bramble jelly. Oh and sweet chili jelly - not sure I'd fancy that.
14. Aloo gobi - yummy. I work in a school where the children are 40% Sikh and many of my colleagues are Asian so I get to eat a lot of homemade Indian food and share lots of recipes. he trick apparently is to not break up the cauliflower too much. Mine is getting there.
15. Hot dog from a street cart - yum, yes at a cart in WDW ~ I'd love to try one in New York though.
16. Epoisses - yeh why not, I like most cheese - not keen on anything too crumbly/dry like Caerphilly.
17. Black truffle - I have one in the freezer and a little one in my egg box ... it seeps through the shell and you have instant truffle omelette. Well not "instant" you have to cook it but you know what I mean.
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - I've had peach wine, that delicious.
19. Steamed pork buns - nope but they sound good.
20. Pistachio ice cream - yum, yes in France one of my stock phrases during childhood was "deux boules svp, pistache et fraise".
21. Heirloom tomatoes - the village where my parents live has a farmer's market during the summer ... 7 stalls in the village square - it's a bit of an excuse to drink cold beer in the warm sunshine and gossip. One of the stall holder's sells the most amazing heirloom tomatoes ... organic, funny shapes, all different colours, picked hours before you buy them. They make amazing tomato salad drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with flaky Maldon sea salt.
22. Fresh wild berries - yep, straight out of the hedgerows.
23. Foie gras - oh yes, yes, yes! I LOVE foie gras - just spread it right on my hips.
24. Rice and beans - not had it but I'd happily scarf it.
25. Brawn, or head cheese - yep, as a 3 yr old I could explain how it was made having watched my "auntie" (friend of my mum's who used to child-mind me) prepare it.
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - hell no!
27. Dulce de leche - yes, it's what goes in the middle of my Banoffi Pie. My friend Ruth will eat it spread on digestive biscuits ... she deserves to be the size of a house that girl.
28. Oysters - yep, they're ok. I'd rather have a bowl of mussels.
29. Baklava - yum.
30. Bagna cauda - nope, no thanks, I think the thought of it puts me off but if I was to give it a go it'd probably be lovely but right now - nah! I'm probably judging it harshly.
31. Wasabi peas - don't know what they are ... off to google. Ah ... you get those in the Japanese rice cracker mix ... lovely.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl - not had it would love to try it.
33. Salted lassi - no thanks, not keen on yoghurty drinks.
34. Sauerkraut - no thanks, don't think I'd like it.
35. Root beer float - no thanks root beer smells/tastes like germolene and what a waste of ice-cream.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - cognac yes, cigar no thanks, not again.
37. Clotted cream tea - yum, yum, yum.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - sounds good, marrow rum is nice too.
39. Gumbo - sounds good, not had it.
40. Oxtail - I like oxtail soup does that count?
41. Curried goat - I've had goat, it was tough and chewy. I actually watched it being killed. I imagine that currying it would make it tenderer, so yes.
42. Whole insects - never again after the mopane worms in Gaborone
43. Phaal - no thanks, too hot for me. I can manage a madras but that's about it.
44. Goat’s milk - I think I'd like it, I love goat's cheese.
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - no thanks, don't like the taste of whisky.
46. Fugu - yes I'd try it ... I might want to see the chef's licence but I'd give it a go.
47. Chicken tikka masala - lovely, often have this or butter chicken.
48. Eel - had it in France I thought it tasted muddy, wouldn't go out of my way to eat it again BUT wouldn't die if someone served me it.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - yes, gorgeous.
50. Sea urchin - I haven't tried it, the look is quite off putting BUT I'd give it a go.
51. Prickly pear - I've had jam made of this in Mallorca, it's delicious.
52. Umeboshi - yes with sushi rice, sour but strangely satisfying.
53. Abalone - as it's endangered I wouldn't eat it unless it was farmed but I love seafood and so I can imagine it would be lovely.
54. Paneer - love it, I make my own. Saag Paneer ~ favourite dish from the local takeaway.
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - yes I have BUT I prefer KFC.
56. Spaetzle - I haven't tried them but they look good when Nigel Slater (I think it was him) cooked them. Or maybe it was ... what's his name that used to do guest spots on Real Food with Rowley Leigh? I always thought they were a couple ... am I allowed to say that?
57. Dirty gin
martini - yum, sounds good.
58. Beer above 8% ABV - not much of a beer drinker to be honest
Poutine - oh my god!! Chips, cheese and gravy??? Oh my god! But yes I'd try it.
60. Carob chips - I've had a carob bar ... but why substitute it for chocolate is beyond me. Just eat the chocolate. But what are carob chips?? Oh my do tell me it's not like Poutine!
S’mores - they sound interesting ... yeh I'd try one.
Sweetbreads - yes I like these, I know you're all cringing now but they're lovely. Ah Noix de Ris de Veau - delicious!
63. Kaolin - umm, don't know why I'd need to eat this.
64. Currywurst - that sounds delicious, yep I'd scarf that.
Durian - delicious, I buy it in the Chinese supermarket in Croydon ... it stinks though.
66. Frogs’ legs - they're ok, not my favourite but not awful.
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - churros / beignets, yum.
Haggis - it was ok, I liked the barley in it.
69. Fried plantain - haven't tried it, I would ... there's a Caribbean restaurant in Strood I must persuade Simon that we need to go.
Chitterlings, or andouillette - no, no, no NEVER AGAIN!
71. Gazpacho - lovely
72. Caviar and blini - more loveliness
73. Louche absinthe - I don't like aniseed - bleugh!
74. Gjetost, or brunost - why not, I like cheese.
75. Roadkill - umm yes, well, you see it's like this ... years ago I worked at a tourist office in South West France and lived with family friends (Monique and Jeannot). Now they had a friend (Mickey) who owned a small supermarket and used to drive up to the Marché Capucins in Bordeaux, buy food for the supermarket and drive back very early in the morning. And if he ever hit a chevreuil whilst going through the pine forests he'd chuck it in the back of the van and then bring it over later that day for him and Jeannot to butcher - highly illegal but delicious all the same!
Baijiu - nope not tried it but I'd give it a go.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie - never heard of it.
78. Snail - love them, the more garlicky the better.
Lapsang souchong - love it.
Bellini - yummy, so much nicer than Buck's Fizz.
81. Tom yum - I love this at Thai 4 Two in Rochester - full of chicken and prawn.
82. Eggs Benedict - yum, yum yum
Pocky - they sound like Mikado in France, love them!
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. - I would love to ... one day a lunch at El Bulli will be mine, or the French Laundry - I'm not fussy!
Kobe beef - sounds and looks good BUT SO expensive. Maybe one day.
86. Hare - had it in France in a kind of a stew ... it was delicious.
Goulash - lovely, lovely, lovely ... paprika and sour cream yum!
Flowers - I've eaten nasturtium petals in a salad, they were lovely.
89. Horse - yep, horse steak and burgers, both good.
90. Criollo chocolate - no is it special?
91. Spam - yum, what's not to like? Spam fritters - yay!
Soft shell crab - lovely, dusted in seasoned flour and deep-fried.
93. Rose harissa - I love harissa, you should try my Lamb and Fig Tajine! In fact come over on Friday!
94. Catfish - not had it, I love fish though.
Mole poblano - nope not tried it but I love Mexican food.
96. Bagel and
lox - deliciousness
Lobster Thermidor - I've had it BUT I think it's a waste of good lobster, I'd rather have it as it is with melted butter.
Polenta - yum, pan fried with some tomato sauce.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee - gorgeous
100. Snake
- umm, no thanks I'll pass.
So that's 57/100 that I've eaten and only 10/100 that I wouldn't touch with a barge pole ... dinner anyone?


Ms Mac said...

You're so right about a waste of good lobster!

I think, legally, you're allowed to say whatever you like as long you preface it with the word, "allegedly".

boliyou said...


I've tried 38 of those on the list. My experience is here: