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Tuesday, September 1

Food I've Eaten

Gentle Readers: In days of yore people ate foods that we no longer consider staples. We view the recipes with one eye raised. One 1792 recipe said that duck a bit old (in age) and "ripe" (in freshness) would do very well. Not for me. Here's a list of foods, most are modern, some are exotic. Are you adventurous? How many have you sampled. ? How many would you try if given the opportunity? And how often would you starve rather than attempt the food? I have bolded the foods I have sampled and placed an S next to those I will NEVER try. Those I left plain I would sample.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
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. Trifle
35. Root beer float
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 - S
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu - S
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. Hog's Head
62. Sweetbreads - S
63. Pigeon eggs
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
73. Scotch eggs
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - S
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
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

I've eaten 71 foods and will not eat five. Fugu is a poisonous fish, which, if prepared wrong, will kill you. I will not eat roadkill or insects. The other two choices I refuse to eat are irrational, but my experience in eating head cheese (brain), was such that I will not attempt offal. I thought I was eating tofu in Indonesia when it suddenly dawned on me that I was not.

Posted by Vic, Jane Austen's World


Darlene said...

The very thought of Black Pudding was rather disgusting to me until it showed up on my full english breakfast plate at a restaurant. Being brave I tried it and you know what - I liked it!

Katie Faux said...

I guess I'm not adventurous. My total number # is 46. I will not eat insects, horse, fugu or tripe!

Lynn said...

Wow, that's quite a list... I only will eat or have eaten 14 items on the list. Just picky I guess but I'm O.K. with it. More of the weird stuff for everyone else !

nigel said...

Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut?


Is this the one with the chocalate topping and the sprinkles?
Very Homer Simpson.

Anonymous said...

Sweetbreads are usually thymus glands (not the pancreas) and actually quite tasty. Either way, nothing to do with the later stages of digestion, unlike kidneys.

I was only nine at the time, but fugu seemed a little greasy to me.

Jana said...

I ate roadkill moose extensively as a child. Moose are so large, and their legs are so long, that when they are hit by a car it usually just breaks a leg or two. Sometimes they have to be shot to put them out of their misery.

My dad was part of a volunteer group that the State called to get and butcher these moose, and the meat was then distributed to the poor. And to our freezer. :D

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Vic, how did I miss this post?! Anyway ... several things on the list I'll never try, but the top two are black pudding and McDonald's Big Mac Meal. Three of my favorites on the list are on my blog - delicious - 10. Baba ghanoush, 34. Trifle, 47. Chicken Tikka Masala. Roadkill? Well, yeah, that gets a big "S" from me too!