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I saw this meme at Klosekraft:

From Very Good Taste, “a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all.”

The rules:
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.

My total score: 74/100

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare–I’ve had raw ground beef in the form of kitfo, but never a proper 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–in a salsa, I think, definitely not by itself–does that count?
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/Jell-O
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
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–I want to try this so bad
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads–I might have had this at some point; not sure
63. Kaolin–is this a food? I guess I’ve probably had this to soothe a troubled tummy at some point
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–I always assumed I’d had this, but thinking about it just now, I don’t think I actually have
72. Caviar and blini–I’ve had caviar, but not with 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–like Stephanie, I’ve had rabbit, so I’m counting that.
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse–on pizza, no less
90. Criollo chocolate–I may have had this at Bittersweet, the chocolate cafe; not sure
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


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August 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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Recipes from off our fridge

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Written down for us by Chris (of Chris and Laurel), a vegetarian gumbo recipe:

Gumbo des Herbes

1 bunch mustard greens

1 bunch collard greens

1 bunch turnip greens

1 bunch beet tops

1 bunch carrot tops

1/2 head lettuce

1/2 head cabbage

1 bunch spinach

3 diced onions

1 cup celery

1 cup diced bell pepper

1/4 cup garlic, minced

2 gallons water

5 Tbsp flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 tsp thyme

salt, pepper, cayenne, gumbo file’ powder


Clean greens, chop coarsely. In 12-quart pot, bring greens, onions, celery, bell peppers, garlic, and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cook 30 mins. Strain greens, reserve liquid. Puree greens. In pot, make roux with flour and oil until color of a penny. Add all veggies (except greens) and cook till soft. Add water from greens and bring to a boil Reduce to a simmer, cook. Add greens and cook at least 45 minutes. Add file’ powder, stir well, add seasoning. Serve over rice.
cmmattin at indiana

From Rahul’s mom

Dosas made with dal

1 part urad dal

1 part chana dal or moong dal or a combination of the two

Soak for 1 hour. Blend. Add salt. Cook.


6 Tbsp coconut, grated or dessicated

1 Serrano pepper

A few sprigs cilantro

2 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp lemon juice and salt to taste

Blend everything.


5 red potatoes

10 curry leaves

4 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp salt

4 Tbsp wine vinegar

2 Tbsp oil

Cut red potatoes into quarters. Put in a flat dish on medium flame and add all the ingredients and cook until potatoes are done. Add more salt if needed.

Written by orata

August 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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