Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Culinary Courage (or something)

Bold those you have tried.
Strike through those you wouldn’t eat on a bet.
Italicize any item you’ll never eat again.
*Asterisk any items you’d be interested in trying but have not yet.
Underline anything you eat regularly (more than once a month-ish).
Mark any items you’ve never heard of with question marks

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 ghanouj
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. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
* 41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal ?
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu (sounds interesting but given the opportunity I don’t know if I’d dare)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel - Yum - unagi (broiled 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
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
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant. ?
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (It’s available at a restaurant in Toronto)
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 got this from Todd Tyrtle.
I took that list into my word program (as though I were going to e-mail it) and stripped the text down. Maybe you could do that in some program or other you have. Word.

And my own personal comments are below:

Snake, catfish, frog's legs, crawdads, rabbit... those things all had to do with being around grandparents in Texas in the 1950's. I marked "hare" even though what I had was undoubtedly jackrabbit from near Rotan, Texas. My dad and some cousins went out, and later in the day we were eating rabbit. I think I was maybe six years old. My Aunt Doris used to raise rabbits to eat in the 1980's in Espanola, but I didn't eat any of it then.

Venison was a staple at my house in the 1960's. My parents were both hunters and we had an upright freezer full of venison and homegrown corn much of the time.

In college in the early 70's I had never seen a bagel and there weren't any in Albuquerque (the NJ contingent had searched). So Michelle Meyerhoff brought one back to me after winter break, in a plastic sandwich bag, with her clothes in her suitcase (I was there when she opened it) and apologized for it being two days old. I bit it like a doughnut and thought it was horrible. She tried to explain how they're cut and toasted and fancied up, but I wasn't interested for another several years. Now they're everywhere in Albuquerque.

Thank you, Schuyler, for the clarifying comment below! Clotted cream tea?! I've had clotted cream, and tea, but didn't put them together.

A roommate in college bought a box of chocolate-dipped whole insects. I looked at them many times, but although they were offered to all visitors, I never saw anyone eat one. So I've lived in the same room with food-intended insects, but didn't eat any.

I just tasted prickly pear, didn't eat it with the intention of thinking much about it or maybe having it again. I've had prickly pear jelly and candy. It's kinda common in Arizona.

I may have had paneer in the course of other things, in a Persian restaurant or something. I've seen it on menus but haven't known myself specifically to be eating any, that I can recall.

-=-McDonald’s Big Mac Meal-=- Not that specifically, but many times McDonald's fish sandwiches (which aren't very good), and a fair number of times on road trips, the breakfasts. Burger King's are better (breakfasts and fish sandwiches).

I had to look "blini" up, because I've had caviar but not with or on whatever blini is.

Marty says he and Brett Henry have been considering going for a kobe beef burger here in town somewhere. They're $30 apiece or so... They're thinking about it.

Salted lassi is a thing Keith likes a lot and I make every couple of weeks (or more in the summer). We make it with lemon juice and salt, or sometimes with mint (from our yard) instead of lemon. The recipe is taped inside the cabinet door.

I haven't had "nettle tea" but I've had "Indian tea," which is made of a kind of flower/grass that grows where I grew up, and you pick it green, fan fold it, tie the stem-end around the bundle, and steep it in a cup of hot water. Haven't had it for years.

I had baba ghanouj just recently. It looks terrible but tastes GREAT.

My husband has huevos rancheros more than once a month, but I don't.

If I'd never been to Ontario, I would never have had any idea what poutain is, but we had it a couple of times and though it sounds like it would be a greasefest, it was really good (and if I lived in the frozen north instead of the sunny south, I'd need more food like that).


kelli said...

OK, this is interesting to me. I'll let you know if I get around to getting it done. Some of them when I read them, my stomach lurched.. blood pudding being one of them. Also thought I'd share that we have Gjetost in our home most of the time, it's a mostly Norwegian goat/cow cheese. It looks like peanut butter but doesn't taste like it at all. Kyra and I love it on crackers and lefse.

Schuyler said...

Clotted cream tea is tea with scones and jam and clotted cream. They aren't in the same cup.

Sandra Dodd said...

OH GOOD! Thank you, Schuyler. Then I have had it but didn't know it had an altogether-name.

Steve Muhlberger said...

I had my first cream tea in Cornwall this summer and it was UNBELIEVABLY GOOD and about the only thing in the UK that was cheap! 6 pounds a person in a china shop/snack bar at a farm.