Wednesday, 20 August 2008

You Are What You Eat

This food meme that's doing the rounds (like most things online) has rather a US bias to some of the dishes, but it still seemed like a bit of fun to do. (Ones I've eaten marked in bold face. The instructions call for striking out anything you won't even consider eating.) So here goes:

1. Venison (no, but I could, though I have no intention really) 2. Nettle tea 3. Huevos rancheros 4. Steak tartare (At Los Limoneros in Tenerife, where, I am given to understand, King Juan Carlos also eats when on the island.) 5. Crocodile 6. Black pudding 7. Cheese fondue 8. Carp 9. Borscht (naturelment) 10. Baba ghanoush 11. Calamari (and I like it, when done the Greek and crispy way.) 12. Pho 13. PB&J sandwich (Gee, doesn't that make me adventurous?) 14. Aloo gobi 15. Hot dog from a street cart (... and daring!) 16. Epoisses 17. Black truffle 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (Hic. May I recommend the giggling gooseberry, or the palate stripping parsnip.) 19. Steamed pork buns 20. Pistachio ice cream 21. Heirloom tomatoes 22. Fresh wild berries 23. Foie gras (I'm not proud of it, but I tried it. Gross!) 24. Rice and beans 25. Brawn, or head cheese 26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper 27. Dulce de leche (And dulce de leche ice cream. Better than sex.) 28. Oysters 29. Baklava (... and Kadaifi and Galaktoboureko. Now you're talking and now I'm drooling!) 30. Bagna cauda 31. Wasabi peas 32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl 33. Salted lassi (I was born in Birmingham (UK), so of course!) 34. Sauerkraut 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 43. Phaal (fire!!) 44. Goat's milk 45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more 46. Fugu 47. Chicken tikka masala (Ditto the Brummie comment.) 48. Eel (the moray type, at El Mundial at La Caleta de Interián, Tenerife) 49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut 50. Sea urchin 51. Prickly pear (por supuesto) 52. Umeboshi 53. Abalone 54. Paneer 55. McDonald's Big Mac Meal (must I admit this?) 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 73. Louche absinthe 74. Gjetost, or brunost 75. Roadkill 76. Baijiu 77. Hostess Fruit Pie 78. Snail 79. Lapsang souchong 80. Bellini 81. Tom yum 82. Eggs Benedict 83. Pocky (under the name of Mikado in Europe) 84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant 85. Kobe beef 86. Hare (but I've had rabbit.) 87. Goulash 88. Flowers 89. Horse 90. Criollo chocolate 91. Spam (Well, I think they used to call it Luncheon Meat in the UK) 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

Only 32 / 100 - Just like my school reports, this seems to be a case of "could do better." Oh and two half marks for caviar and bagels, not with their blini or lox partners. Certainly, if I am what I eat, I think this suggests that I'm a lot less adventurous than I might have considered myself to be. But then, I'm not American and have avoided eating most animals for most of the last 30+ years. Maybe we should write a more UK / European version? Or a piscitarian / vegetarian / vegan / eater with any type conscience one? Oh and the butcher does sell other meats, apart from venison (as logic dictated): I went closer to inspect. It didn't look too wonderful mind.

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