The Art of Darkness

Edible Complex

November 2nd, 2008 by Cobwebs

I don’t generally do memes, but this one speaks to the foodie in me. It’s popped up on several blogs, but it’s originally from Very Good Taste.

Here’s what to do:

  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 here or at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

Shadow Manor’s Omnivore’s Hundred:

  1. Venison (I love venison. It’s particularly amusing to serve it at Christmas.)
  2. Nettle tea (I grow a lot of herbs for both culinary and medicinal purposes.)
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare
  5. Crocodile
  6. Black pudding (I love this. I’ve even made my own. It’s…messy.)
  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 (I’ve made my own apricot wine)
  19. Steamed pork buns
  20. Pistachio ice cream
  21. Heirloom tomatoes (I grow my own. I’m very big into saving heirloom varieties of plants)
  22. Fresh wild berries
  23. Foie gras (Someday Shadow Jack will relent and let me raise poultry.)
  24. Rice and beans
  25. Brawn, or head cheese (Meh. Too much aspic for my taste.)
  26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (Not a whole one. I’m not that stupid.)
  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 (I did a speech in college on insects in human nutrition, complete with visual aids. Dry-roasted mealworms taste uncannily like Doritos. If that doesn’t worry you, it should.)
  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

As you can see, there’s virtually nothing on the list that I wouldn’t be willing to try–the only thing I’d be even vaguely reluctant about would be fugu; I’d want some guarantees that I wasn’t about to go meet that Big Maitre’d in the Sky–but I’d try it if it were offered. I think 80 items out of 100 is a fairly decent percentage.

How about you?

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