Saturday, 27 September 2008


Alright, alright. Here you go...

A disease caught from Jayne with a why...

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 don't know how to score out text so you'll have to put up with a * instead.

1. Venison

Lovely. Especially in the pub at Corfe with a blue vinney cheese sauce.

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile
At Key West, the Californian cocktail joint that used to be at the Bustan Rotana. It was far too successful and enjoyable a place so they closed it and turned into a skanky TGI Friday’s.

6. Black pudding
Topped with apple and pine nuts. Must post the recipe over at The Fat Expat one of the days.

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush
Ghanoush? Yanks! Gannoug or ghanouj in Khaleeji!

11. Calamari
Oddly enough, the Irish Village calamari isn't bad...

12. Pho


* 13. PB&J (peanut butter & jelly) sandwich
Have not, will not. This is just wrong.

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses
It’s a cheese, Keefie. And it’s smelly.

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
My dad always made shockingly bad elderflower wine. One year it fermented in the bottle and turned into amazingly good elderflower champagne.

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
(Non-hybrid toms)

22. Fresh wild berries
Only an American could consider eating something that hadn't been tinned, frozen, preserved or mixed with artificial ingredients as unusual!

23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
I once put them into a duck soup made from the bones of a particularly fiery bebek batutu I'd cooked. A thankfully rare occasion - a total dinner party disaster. Guests clutching at throats and everything. I try not to remember it.

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters
Don’t like ‘em.

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas
HMHB and I were actually nibbling ‘em at the Fairmont Cigar Bar the other night at The Fat Expat Birthday before the evening kicked off and the exotic dancers appeared.

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi

34. Sauerkraut

* 35. Root beer float
I’ve done root beer and it was gross. Ice cream on it? Are you MAD?

36. Cognac with a fat cigar
Before I gave up cigars, aye. Thankfully haven’t given up cognac!

37. Clotted cream tea
Ooh matron!

38. Vodka jelly

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

* 42. Whole insects
Can’t really see the appeal...

43. Phaal
Fal or phall to you mate. Hotter than vindaloo and a mad thing to eat.

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu
Nope. Not really tempted, either, despite a mad foodie’s curiosity.

47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
To my eternal shame, it’s a yes.

50. Sea urchin
Yes.And jelly fish. Both once only experiences, I’m afraid...

51. Prickly pear
Discovered this, cactus fruit, in Jordan. Nice.

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini
A major favourite.

58. Beer above 8% ABV
Obviously. The last one I had was the excellent Chalky’s Ale, brewed to commemorate Rich Stein’s dog!

59. Poutine
Chips, cheese and gravy? Too North American for me...

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores
See poutine

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin

64. Currywurst

65. Durian
I first had it as a Durian Dunkin’ Donut in Bali, believe it or not! The actual fruit tastes pretty good if you can get past the smell! Carrefour sells it...

66. Frogs’ legs
A friend used to have ‘em flown in from Beirut. Lovely!

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain

* 70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
Pig anus. Probably not.

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost
Never come across it.

75. Roadkill
Not knowingly, at least...

76. Baijiu

* 77. Hostess Fruit Pie
You must be mad.

78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
Strangely enough, no

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox
Does gravadlax count?

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake
No. Probably would, but it's never appeared on a menu in my hands...

* 101. Deep-fried Mars Bar
I don’t think I could, Keefie!


Mars said...

everyone's jumping boat, i may just do this soon...

Keefieboy said...

You said you wouldn't! Hah!

nzm said...

Heh - he couldn't resist the challenge. But he isn't anyone until he's done a deep fried Mars Bar!

i*maginate said...

31 - try wasabi popcorn on etisalad airlines... i still don't know how popcorn can taste japanese.

82 - eggs benedict, love it on the fulham road....

88 - flowers - ahem. if not edible, they are on purchase :P flowers girl's best friend dude lol

97 - Lobster Thermidor - yumm...local rabyan rocks

i*maginate said...

deep-fried mars bar a northern thing but somewhat of a legacy coz not freely available - I'd hope they don't reuse the fat they use to make the good old chip butty

alexander... said...

"But he isn't anyone until he's done a deep fried Mars Bar!"

It's one short step from that to a battered deep-fried calzone. The damn Scots will eat anything. I'm not going there. No no no no no.

88. Borage. Lovely. Stuffed courgette flowers. Lovely. Rose petal jam. Lovely. Orange and rose water. Lovely. What a waste giving flowers to girls when you could be eating them!!!! :)

Rose in Dubai said...

i*maginate - of course they do. And to be truly authentic you should sprinkle it with salt and either vinegar or tomato ketchup .... yum

i*maginate said...

*rose in dubai, to top it all off, I like a good sprinkling of black pepper, and a heapful of mayonnaise - malt vinegar as the first topping does it for me!

(Local chip butty in demand)

i*maginate said...

*alexander, good skill to be able to cultivate tasty bouquets and do them well. Bon apetit!

Lady L said...

From your snide comments about North American food I assume your British. Amazing snobbery for a person from a country that is known worldwide for it's terrible cuisine. Maybe you should get off your high horse and actually try some of the foods you have deemed "too North American." May I recommend humble pie?

alexander... said...

Sure. Happy to taste it. As long as it's not horribly over-processed and stuffed full of GM ingredients, powerful chemical flavoids, colourants and cheap natural food alternatives.

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