And Now for Something Completely Different

We’ve done this with booklists before- following is a list of foods every omnivore should try, picked up at The Kitchen Wench (where I found this tasty-looking recipe for miso-glazed sweet potatoes). She got it from Very Good Taste (a UK foodie blog).

Copy the list to your blog and then bold the items you’ve eaten, cross out the things you’d never try (yes, I had to google some of these, even a couple of them I found out I’d eaten, and one, baba ghanoush, I realized I’d made. Oh, and I didn’t bother with the crossing off part):
The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
(I think. It may have been alligator, but I am pretty sure it was crocodile. Jerky.
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
(I think. I’ve certainly eaten many bowls of noodles in beef broth at a Vietnamese restaurant we used to frequent in Nebraska)
13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
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
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float I don’t like them, but they are a family tradition for the grandchildren to have them with the grandparents. We call them Ebony Bovines.
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal I think, again. I’ve certainly had a curry dish at an Indian restaurant so hot that it seared all my tastebuds off.
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini (Oddly, I have had each separately, not together)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill when we lived in Alaska the police department would call the pastor of a local Baptist church when there was roadkill in the winter, since it was too cold for it to spoil. That pastor would butcher it and divvy it up amongst his congregation. Friends of ours were members there, and they sometimes shared it with us. I think we had moose and caribou stew this way.
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare – rabbit, which I hope counts.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse- I have eaten dog, though.
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano- I gave had mole sauce, but I don’t know if it was made with poblanos or not.
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Roughly 75 percent, I think, which isn’t too bad given that I am a teetotaller and the list includes several alcoholic beverages (I might have had two of them, I wasn’t teetotal in high school, but I also didn’t care so much about the name of what I was drinking, either).

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  1. B. Durbin
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I have had only several of those, but two of them are ones you have not had. Paneer (I LOVE saag paneer) and bagels and lox.

    Kaolin? That’s a food? The only kaolin I know is clay.

  2. Headmistress, zookeeper
    Posted September 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    The clay is what he was talking about. He now has an FAQ up where he explains why he chose the things he did.

    I am sure I would like Paneer. I just don’t know that I’ve ever even seen it. I did used to go buy odd cheeses at a fun shop in Colorado Springs called Par Avion, so maybe I have.

    Bagels and lox I was kind of surprised when I thought about it and realized I hadn’t had it.

    How’s the baby and motherhood, btw??

  3. Amity
    Posted September 19, 2008 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    I have to add, I was going to suggest that you RUN to eat bagels and lox and paneer, preferably with saag (spinach). But b. durbin beat me to it. I’ve never seen paneer anywhere other than in an indian restaurant, but we’ve made it a couple of times. It’s pretty easy.

  4. Lucille
    Posted September 19, 2008 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    Agreed. I’ve never seen paneer available commercially, but I’ve made it a few times. Your best bet, other than making it yourself, is to have some in a restaurant.

  5. Headmistress, zookeeper
    Posted September 19, 2008 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Amity or Lucille, care to share the recipe and instructions you use for making paneer?

    There is an Indian restuarant 45 miles from here, but I don’t think I’ll be able to eat there anytime soon.

  6. Harmony
    Posted September 19, 2008 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    You can make your own paneer. It’s really easy to do. Personally, I like palak paneer (also a spinach/paneer dish – is it the same as saag paneer?).

    I’ve eaten about 35 from the list. Scuppernong grapes count as fresh wild berries, right? I’m ashamed (or not?) to say that I’ve never had a McDonald’s Big Mac meal. Ever. Durian smells disgusting – I could never be convinced to purchase one. Just walking by them at the Asian market is enough for me!

    I posted a similar list recently, but it was the Korean food 100. I’m about as far through that list as I am this one. 🙂

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