Sunday, August 31, 2008

Food Meme

Tai Haku at Earth, Wind and Water just posted a meme that I too couldn't resist. It is a list of foods that you cut and paste then bold the ones that you have tried. The original instructions suggested crossing out the ones you would never try but there just wasn't anything on the list I wouldn't consider tasting and some I definitely look forward to trying. Like Tai Haku, I added a few comments in parentheses behind some of the foods.
  1. Venison (pronghorn, mule deer, white-tailed deer, caribou, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, bison....all made into many fine dishes. My favorite recipe might be reconciliation chile made from pronghorn. You can find the recipe in Steve Bodio's book On the Edge of the Wild.)
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros (I think I know what I might have for breakfast tomorrow!)
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile (I marked this one even though technically it was alligator not crocodile)
  6. Black pudding
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp (Dad made great fish cakes from carp when he was still bowhunting for fish)
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Calamari
  12. Pho
  13. PB&J sandwich
  14. Aloo gobi (Made this at home after watching Bend it Like Beckham - the DVD came with a recipe and a great clip of the director making aloo gobi with her mother and aunt).
  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 (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries.. I miss being able to pick and eat wild berries - one of the drawbacks of living on the prairie. Oh and my grandmother's wild blueberry pie - a favorite memory of late summer trips to Minnesota)
  23. Foie gras
  24. Rice and beans
  25. Brawn - otherwise known as head cheese.
  26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
  27. Dulce de leche
  28. Oysters
  29. Baklava (I won the Men Who Cook contest one year with a recipe perfected by my wife)
  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 (even better is number 45 with a very good cigar! Haven't done that for a long time).
  37. Clotted cream tea
  38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
  39. Gumbo
  40. Oxtail
  41. Curried goat (not yet but it certainly sounds good.)
  42. Whole insects
  43. Phaal
  44. Goat's milk
  45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (mmm..)
  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 (SuperSize Me pretty much ended any lingering desire to do this one again)
  56. Spaetzle
  57. Dirty gin martini (Laura's favorite)
  58. Beer above 8%
  59. Poutine (a couple months on a French Canadian Icebreaker? - you bet)
  60. Carob chips (only made me appreciate #90 even more)
  61. S'mores
  62. Sweetbreads (surprisingly mushroom like - got to try this one thanks to Steve and Libby)
  63. Kaolin (Like Tai Haku I am not sure why this one is on the list. I just know it as a type of clay and I am not real geophagic)
  64. Currywurst
  65. Durian (been intrigued for years - one of these days I just have to try it)
  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 (not sure about this one but probably. The more I say the name the more it sounds familiar. Many of the original homesteaders in this part of MT were Norwegian and lutefisk and lefse are well known foods around here so there is a good chance I have had this cheese before. In fact, there is a small lefse producer, the Lefse Shack, located in Opheim, a small town just north of here on the Canadian border, that makes and distributes lefse throughout the country).
  75. Roadkill (why not - the pheasant wasn't there when I went to town and there when I came back a short time later. Great meal and the when the rest of the ferret survey crew found out where I got it, I didn't have to share with anyone!)
  76. Baijiu
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie
  78. Snail
  79. Lapsang souchong (one of my favorite teas - probably has something to do with the same taste buds that cause me to like the smokey, peaty scotches too)
  80. Bellini
  81. Tom yum
  82. Eggs Benedict (my favorite breakfast)
  83. Pocky
  84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
  85. Kobe beef (would much rather have good Montana grass fed beef anyway)
  86. Hare (Montana surf and turf - Walleye and Cottontail Rabbit - I know, technically not hare but close enough)
  87. Goulash
  88. Flowers
  89. Horse
  90. Criollo chocolate (Criollo, Carenero, Trinitario, Forestero, ahhh. If you are interested in chocolate check out The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural & Natural History of Cacao with Recipes)
  91. Spam
  92. Soft shell crab
  93. Rose harissa
  94. Catfish
  95. Mole poblano (I was first served mole by a fellow ferret researcher from Mexico. She made some for us one fall and I have loved it since.)
  96. Bagel and lox
  97. Lobster Thermidor
  98. Polenta
  99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (sounds like something I will have to try)
  100. Snake (My research partner Rich Reading and I tried Prairie Rattlesnake one summer to see what the fuss was about. It was about nothing.)
I could add a few to this list like giant barnacle or picorocos (at a dockside restaurant in Puerto Montt Chile - it tasted like lobster) and other assorted animals of one type or another. Like Tai Haku, I am not going to tag anyone, but take a shot at the list if you would like.


Beverly said...


I'm sure you saw this one; but just in case:

Yeah, I had to look it up. Wild (yeah, I'd eat 'em!)

Fun post! Thanks

Steve Bodio said...

We'll have to give you a hare recipe-- very different from rabbit (darker than venison and needs long cooking except for the saddle). Our hounds and hawks provide us well!

John Carlson said...

Thanks Beverly - that movie look just like what I remember.
Steve - would love to have a hare recipe from you!