The Omnivore’s Hundred

This is a neat little survey I found at  Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy, who found it where it originated at Very Good Taste.

Below is 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. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

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.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/ linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp – I caught a large one once
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi – Maybe at an Indian Restaurant once
15. Hot dog from a street cart Not a street cart, but a booth at the county fair
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes -Rhubarb wine from Amana Colonies
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beansLOVE THEM!
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters – Fried not raw
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 – I do want to try it, just not a big fan of okra
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – Chocolate covered ant
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 – Too snakelike for me
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear – Pickled Nopales count?
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 -isn’t this a clay?
64. Currywurst
65. Durian -I would love to try it, especially since Andrew Zimmern turns his nose up at it on Bizarre Foods
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 -Luckily I have not been in a situation that called for a roadkill dinner
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict – One of my favorite things to order at a resturant
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse -I like to ride them, not eat them!
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab -I love crab, but I think I am allergic  😦
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffeeJoffery’s makes a good brew!
100. Snake

43ish out of 100! Not too shabby!

I really am not into eating intestines or internal organs.

Cooking Camaraderie

My friend Jessie of Little Calorie send me a link to a Wall Street Journal article about “cook-through” blogs. This article talks about the new trend in food blogs; these are the blogs that cook and blog about every recipe in a particular cookbook. I haven’t cooked through an entire cookbook myself; but the idea does strike me as very interesting.

I have joined the group The Daring Bakers. Now The Daring Bakers aren’t a “cook-through” blog; but we are a community of bakers that prepare the same recipe each month. I have been a member of this cooking club for three months now and have enjoyed sharing the same recipe each month with hundreds of other bakers world wide. We have a private forum where we can discuss any problems we are having with the recipe. Having so many people working on the same recipe provides a wealth of information, regarding how to fix problems you may have encountered during your preparation. You post a question on the forum and several people will give you an answer what worked best for them.

If I were choosing recipes by myself, I may not be so daring. I joined Daring Bakers to learn new technique I may not have learned on my own. Many of my favorite bloggers are part of Tuesdays with Dorie. These brave people are baking their way through one of Dorie Greenspan’s cookbooks, posting their recipes every Tuesday.

Are you part of a cooking club, or cooking your way through a cookbook? Why have you joined a particular group? Please tell me about it.

Happy Eating!

Rachael Rocks!

Yesterday I found out that my blog post about the Rachael Ray recipe redo I did was posted on the Rachael Ray Blog. How cool is that? I was so excited when I saw it, my brother said I was giddy when I told him the news.

Now I am sure Rachael did not look at my website herself. One of her staffers found my website, but it is still cool someone in the Rachael Ray family read my recipe. I actually thought about sending my recipe to Rachael, letting her know of my tasty redo.

I love Rachael, and have been a fan of hers since I first saw a 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray episode years ago. I know where I live I get to see three 30 Minute Meal episodes a day, unless The Simpsons have a good episode on, then I settle for one 30 Minute Meal. There is still more Rachael to watch, I tune in almost daily to Every Day with Rachael Ray TV show. With all the TV shows Rachael Ray has on the Food Network, I could probably watch her six or seven times a day.

Hey Rachael, if you ever need another person do go on a Tasty Travel with you, or spend $40 a Day, I am your gal.


Joffrey’s Java Beta Test

Joffery’s Coffee & Tea company is offering bloggers a chance to sample their new coffee flavor… FOR FREE. 10,000 spots are available to beta test their new flavor. If you love coffee, especially free coffee, go to their website to sign up to participate. As of Monday morning, their are 810 blogs participating, so you should be able to sign up your blog. ENJOY!

Homemade Glue or Paste

Readers of my blog by now have noticed that my posts are about recipes. Well this IS a recipe, just not an edible one. I suppose you could eat this glue if you wanted to; it contains tummy safe ingredients.

The girls and I have a pretty established routine during the day. After lunch Sasha lays down for a nap. I usually like to wait a little while after lunch before I lay her down, that way she doesn’t go to sleep with a full belly. Lately we have been reading a story, or coloring in the “in between” time. Last week we made a Valentine heart for Alex; Sasha just loved watching me cut out the heart and allowing her to color it. We did another art project today. I cut out three different size circles out of construction paper and stapled them together to assemble a snowman (I could not find the glue). She scribbled on the snowman a little bit and was having a great time, when I suddenly had a great idea. Wouldn’t it be fun to glue cotton balls on the snowman? Scotch tape really didn’t secure the cotton balls. So I whipped up a batch of homemade paste. I hope that someone will find this useful. Sasha LOVED the process of gluing the cotton balls to the snowman. Plus, when she licked her fingers I did not have to worry about what she was digesting.

Homemade Paste

1/2 c flour
1/2 c water

Mix well. This can be made in any amount you would like. Just use equal parts flour and water.

*It may require a splash more water to loosen the flour. The mixture should be goopy not runny.

Yeah for Diversity!

It has been awhile since I’ve posted any recipes. This does not mean I have not been cooking. In fact, it is the opposite. I have been very busy in the kitchen. Every night this week we have eaten a meal that is influenced by a different part of the world. Isn’t it wonderful that the United States is such a melting pot(or mosaic)? We are exposed to many different types of cuisine, even here in Iowa! Check in for my recipes for these meals from Mexico, Denmark and Hungary. I encourage you to step out of your hum-drum meal plans and try something completely new. You may find something that you never knew you liked.

just starting out

Here I am. I am joining the countless number of people who have online journals. Get ready for a peak into my life and mind. Enjoy!