We’re back. With the most fabulous tan. To the most horrible weather. This is Brussels to you! I’m really considering moving abroad (again) somewhere hot and sunny, where you actually get to see the sun. Suggestions?
While I still enjoy what is left of the holiday feel, download our Sardinia photos, consider what to cook next I thought this would be a fun interlude. Andrew Wheeler came up with a very personal 100 he thinks all omnivores should have eaten/ tried out in their lives. The 100 has already done the rounds so why not join in? The interactive game comes with a set of rules:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions. Done.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. Done. And to distinguish them even better, you’ll find my 55 and 1/2 below in green.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. There is nothing in this list I would not consider eating. Maybe not enjoy it, but not not consider.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
1. Venison – love it. One of the best eaten in Volle Gas.
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare – love it. Have it whenever I can.
5. Crocodile – not exactly, but we tried our fare share of exotic meat in Brazil.
6. Black pudding – had it, but it’s not really one of my favorite things. If this counts: Mark loves it!
7. Cheese fondue
9. Borscht – we used to have it as kids, and I am pretty sure I didn’t like it.
10. Baba ghanoush – although we call is caviar d’aubergines around here.
11. Calamari – or simply squid in any shape and form.
13. PB&J sandwich – I don’t really see the point in this, but I will give it a try someday.
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses – not yet, but we are going to Bourgogne in September…
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – Belgians tend to make a lot of fruit wine, so we tried our fare share. I still like my grape wine best though.
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream – although I somehow think matcha ice cream is a little more exotic.
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras – every year, come December.
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper – not sure why I would eat it raw?
27. Dulce de leche – Brazil was all about dulce de leche.
28. Oysters – yeah-ha! Only in the months with ‘R’ though.
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas – yes. Anything wasabi.
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut – ideally eaten in Alsace.
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea – however being continental and all, didn’t like the clotted cream that much.
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
40. Oxtail – and pigs trotters too.
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects – does the fly when you ski count?
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more – that is about 80euro, and it all went on a Japanese whisky once. Import taxes included.
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel– anguilles aux vertes is a true Belgian dish, so almost impossible to avoid.
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
57. Dirty gin martini – however I am not a martini girl.
58. Beer above 8% ABV – are you kidding?
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores – no, but given the highly successful chocolate bananas, I will give this a try too. What’s up with the Belgian S’mores though?
64. Currywurst – almost every time we are in Berlin.
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – hard to avoid. Every fair in Brussels has one. The highlight being the Fiesta Latina.
69. Fried plantain – although we are now very much into fried manioc.
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette – yeah, ok.
71. Gazpacho – one of my favorite summer soups.
72. Caviar and blini – had the blini, not the real caviar yet.
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill – that we have actually killed ourselves? No. Otherwise yes.
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
79. Lapsang souchong
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant – we only did the one-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish – or very similar to.
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta – probably my favorite comfort food.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee