What have I been doing for 37 years?

I’m still not very au fait with all this blogging business yet. This morning I spent an hour writing a hilarious, well crafted piece which I posted and then immediately tried to edit (due an inconsistent use of Bold…hate that) and promptly lost the whole thing as I didn’t save it…urgh. So below is a slightly shorter, slightly less hilarious and slightly more irritated version! 


I found this little exercise on The Unemployed Cook’s blog and it appealed to my list-making-control-freak side. I’ve pasted it below with her instructions and my comments. 
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 
www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

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 (although only Ping Pong’s 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 (in the gorgeous Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch for my birthday)

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
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. (Nope but I once ran a Johnnie Walker tasting session for all the labels – red, black, green, gold and blue. Alas, after spending £350 on product samples I still winced when drinking it).
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
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
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’m currently making batches of this to have for lunch in an attempt to get thinner. Flamenco dancers eat it you know, well, Pret A Manger says they do anyway….)
72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost
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. (Nope, but I am a regular 1-michelin-starred-bacon-sandwich-eater at St John Bread & Wine. Delicious and very reasonably priced it is too).
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft Shelled Crab
93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermador
98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
100. Snake


Well, I feel slightly embarrassed by the fact I’ve never had hare, paneer or curried goat and vow to sort that out as soon as possible. But on the other hand I am smug in my lack of Big Mac, spam or whole insect experience. Well, I’ve never knowingly eaten whole insects, anyway.

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