Perhaps I have a smidge of room left for the brunost.
In yesterday's blog watch we linked to a piece on Tinkering with Dinner that discussed the Omnivore's Hundred, a kind of foodie scavenger hunt that allows you to gauge the types of foods you've eaten or would never eat. The Hundred, originally created by the British food blog Very Good Taste has exploded - just look at those comments on the original post! I decided yesterday that I would fill out and submit my Omnivore's Hundred here on Short Order, and here are my results, as promised.
The list is interesting in that what starts off fairly easy gets difficult towards the end. Brown cheese from Norway? Rank grain alcohol from China? There’s some intriguing entries on here, including some things I’m not ashamed to say I had to Google. There's also nothing I wouldn't eat here, although roadkill gave me some pause. Try it out yourself, and see what you come up with. If you send us a link to your own OH list, we'll post it here. And away we go...
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 here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
5) From TWD: Italicize any dish you've cooked yourself.
1. Venison - My girlfriend's father hunts at his farm in upstate New York each year, and brings back his catch already processed neatly into pepperoni, sausage, tenderloins, stewing cuts, and steaks. We usually lightly grill the tenderloin - so that it's still a brilliant, ruby color inside - and lavish in its gamey, pungent flavor.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros - My favorite local version came from El Torito, a now defunct Pompano eatery. I make it at home quite often, usually with last night's leftover Mexican food. I'll toss in pico de gallo, beans, fried chorizo, guacamole, anything.
4. Steak tartare - I like the Japanese version, yuke.
6. Black pudding - Blood pudding, blood sausage, and cheesy '80s movies all prove one thing: Blood is fucking delicious.
7. Cheese fondue - My queso recipe, different than fondue but better imo:
1 TBS butter
1 TBS flour
1.5 Cup Milk
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 ts. cayanne
1 Cup shredded pepper jack cheese
pinch of saffron, bloomed in warm water
salt and pepper
- Sweat the garlic in the butter. Add flour to make a roux. Add cayanne. Turn heat down, add milk. Bring to a simmer. Add bloomed saffron. Remove from heat, stir in cheese. Season to taste. Eat with chips. Yum.
10. Baba ghanoush - Try the baba at Falafel Bistro in Coral Springs. Beautiful, bubela.
11. Calamari -
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi - Always comes out sort of watery when I make it. :-(
15. Hot dog from a street cart - Not italics because I have never made a hot dog from a street cart.
16. Epoisses - Maybe I'll order some here.
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes - Look for an upcoming post on homebrewed Mango wine, coming to Short Order soon.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras - Four Rivers does wonderful things with foie gras.
24. Rice and beans - I make some mean rice and black beans.
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper - A terrible decision on my part.
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters - Rockefeller, mmmm.
30. Bagna cauda - sounds phenomenal
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
35. Root beer float - A&W is the ONLY way to go. I will defend this to the death, just try to argue with me. Just try.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar -- I've had the Cognac, had the cigar, but never both at once.
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects - Crickets, worms, ants; discussed recently here.
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
54. Paneer - Easy to make. Boil whole milk. Add lemon juice. Strain whey from curds using cheese cloth. Hang to dry. Place in fridge between two flat, heavy objects, like trays stacked with canned vegetables.
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - Every Sunday after church through my freshman year of high school (when I became an atheist, and, coincidentally, a vegetarian).
56. Spaetzle - My best friend's German mother makes amazing spaetzle.
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV - Le Fin du Monde
60. Carob chips
62. Sweetbreads - Favorite: Choo Choo Churros
64. Currywurst – Must. Find. Currywurst.
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake - See 62.
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette - Andouillette yes, chitterlings no.
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict - Hollandaise... a humbling sauce, in my experience. And judging by the quality of eggs benedict in most restaurants,
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. - Not yet.
85. Kobe beef - The real stuff.
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee – Not the real stuff.
-- John Linn