Sunday, 7 September 2008

From venison to snake

The Very Good Taste Blog have a recent "100" listing.

What you do is:

1)  Copy the 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.

Some interesting and tempting stuff on there, though the very inaccurately named sweetbreads (you don't want to follow that link if you're a hardcore veggie) is borderline. My score is a not very adventurous 56 out of 100 tasted. 

A few of these I'll probably try on my next US trip, such as crocodile, horse, snake and PB&J sandwich. The Michelin one will have to wait until someone else pays. Fugu sounds really interesting, and with the increasingly exotic range of fish being caught in the creels of Outer Hebrides fishermen as sea temperatures rise, who knows when...

The list:

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
20. Pistachio ice cream
Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
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
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
72. Caviar and 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
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
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Hmmm; it would be interesting to know how many of those 100 could be (a) bought online and (b) delivered to the island of Berneray? Suddenly, a few ideas for an interesting food party one evening come to mind...


  1. Crocodile has a delicate flavour, and the one I ate tasted a bit like fishy chicken. I much preferred kangaroo meat which was like a cross between beef and venison. It's supposedly healthy too. Speaking of beef the Vietnamese Pho dish is nice.Umeboshi is totally disgusting, especially for breakfast. The Durian fruit, despite being very smelly, is quite tasty although I prefer the sweet ones.Surprised squirrel isn't on the list. Reading the list again there's a lot I've never tried before, and maybe never will.

  2. Hi there! I came across your website through Ian & Nikki's. I loved the list and blogged it too...and credited it to you.Thanks!