mmmm. food.

so i came across this somewhere and it looked like fun so here goes!

Original instructions:
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. (i can't figure out how to do strike throughs so i'm putting these in parentheses)

i also underlined things that i've never tried that sound particularly interesting or things that I’d just like to know what all the fuss is about.
my favorites are italicized ;)

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 - duh...where do we live now?
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar - i'll just skip the cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – I once swallowed a bug while riding my bike as a kid. Does this count?
43. Phaal
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 - we made jelly from these once...i may still have stickers in my fingers to this day.
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal - yes it’s true I’ve never had a big mac.
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini – I cannot stand gin
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin - you've had it too if you've ever had a "shake" in place of a "milkshake"
64. Currywurst
65. Durian - no,I am not that brave.
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
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam - unfortunately...
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano - a friend here just gave us the recipe
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

so those are my answers. fun huh? the food thing has always been fun for me. i love to go to new restaurants and try new things. we always had to try something at least once when we were growing up. this was a rule my brother and sister had before me and it seemed to work so they reused it when i came along even though it had backfired on my mom. when they were at some small mom and pop place in italy mom had to eat tongue with the membrane still on it. i'm with her. i don't think i could eat something that was about to taste me back...

i'll try almost anything now.
but i don't enjoy blood; so i don't eat beef or other red meats. i've tried, i just don't like it. i was a vegetarian - well the pesce-dairy-egg type vegetarian however you're supposed to say that all fancy like :) for about 12 years. dave likes to say that he got me to eat meat again and in a way he did. i got so sick of eating salads and pasta when we would go out to restaurants (and dave loves to go out) that i started eating chicken. it evolved into eating some pork. and well that's where it stopped.

dave and i both love to cook. we recently (about a week ago) got a grill and we're loving having that to use to burn dinner. fish chicken vegetables. it is all fair game. we even grilled red potatoes last night instead of baking them and they turned out pretty good. i just stuck them around the edges when we started our fish for dinner and left them until the coals died out.

we've also been on this salad kick recently. we tear up some lettuce and bury it in all kinds of stuff. here's what we had for dinner last night.

red leaf lettuce
mandarin oranges
wasabi peas
green onions
raw red bell pepper
shelled edamame
cold cooked bamboo rice
grilled steelhead marinated in teriyaki sauce
dressed with a splace each of:
thai peanut sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic chili paste, lime juice, and honey

just for reference - that is my 4 quart pyrex bread bowl :) we like our salads here.

i'm gonna go throw together a southwestern inspired salad now.


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