Archive for the ‘Omnivore 100’ Category

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*sigh*

January 13, 2010

I am feeling slightly kitchen deprived. I have had the 365 day challenge to occupy me somewhat but not enough. Now that I have “diagnosis” and a plan of attack to not treat my knee as though it is injured perhaps I can start up again? but on the flip side I’ve got 36 days until I head overseas and one should really be food conscious before going away because of the extra weight one will gain whilst away! Especially in light of the fact that I intend to tick off as many of these as possible!

To pass some time right now, when I should be at the gym and yet aren’t due to said injury I thought I’d do a meme entry – why not hey?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Obviously this is only based on limited knowledge/experience/understanding of what it would actually be like, but the Scottish Highlands ideally, but Scotland in general would be great for me. Some people find cold/wet/snowy weather miserable. Me? not at all, I thrive on it, the longer it lasts the happier and more content I feel. It’s refreshing to me, having said that I do live in Sunny Queensland, and experience a lot of sunshine – much to my chagrin but this is where I live, and I wouldn’t move really, I like being near the Clan, I’d miss them, and if my mother would just hurry up and move over, all would be good in the world!

Which cuisine (don’t say “desserts”!) fascinates you the most and why?
I’m fascinated by them all for different reasons, mostly to do with the interesting and bold ways flavours and textures are mixed together in different cuisines in ways that I as a person influenced heavily by her British Grandmother would think was right/normal/would work. I love seeing and trying different ways people work with different foods.

Celebrity chefs – a godsend or completely overrated?
Ahhh well, I guess it depends on what you hope to get from them. A revival in people cooking again? then a godsend, a plethora of people who just want to dine out in these peoples restaurants then overrated!

Dinner of a life-time… what would it be?
Simple – Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding with all the trimmings and Apple Pie and Custard for dessert. It’s a simple dish, and one that I always love to eat. ALWAYS! it would be my deathrow meal! I food don’t get me wrong, and if anyone asked I’d say Italian food is my “go to” comfort food, but this dish would and always is the perfect thing at the end of a day!

Apart from dessert, what do you take the most enjoyment out in life?
Honestly? I’d love to say just baking/cooking (since this is a blog about that) as it is something I love an enjoy and I use it extensively to make myself feel better, and to show people that I care about them. I’d also like to just say the Husband, and the wonderful pure love I feel from him each day, the way he can calm me down in a storm of emotions simply by being him and his stable self. But, I also love the work I do (at the moment anyway, perhaps I’ll burn out one day and stop) I am a social worker, and I do it because I love it, not because of any monetary benefit, not because of any recognition, but purely because I like to help people! At a basic level that is what it boils down too, whatever way it is that I’m helping them, small or large, if it helps that person in their space then I feel that warm fuzzy feeling and so I guess perhaps I don’t do it just for them? because I do get something out of it yes? but these 3 things are what keep me going, each day, what give me a purpose and a direction.

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British One Hundred

September 5, 2009

I came across another ‘100’ and I couldn’t resist.

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…1st

August 2, 2009

You need to start somewhere don’t you? Maybe a direction for you to head in? So I’ve chosen this list as my starting point because it allows me some direction in that if I even get stuck for things to try as the “new/different” I can use something of this list maybe? I’ve used images obtained from flickr but will gradually update the images with my own (I did start with PB&J Sandwich today…but will have to r/v photos first)!

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.
PBJ sandwich
14.
Aloo gobi
15.
Hot dog from a street cart
16.
Epoisses (this is a very famous amazingly stinky cheese)
17.
Black truffle
18.
Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19.
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
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 shot
39.
Gumbo
40.
Oxtail
41.
Curried goat
42.
Whole insects
43.
Phaal (apparantly the hottest kind of curry made in india – noticably hotter than vindaloo)
44.
Goat’s milk
45.
Single malt whisky
46.
Fugu
47.
Chicken tikka masala
48.
Eel
49.
Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50.
Sea urchin
51.
Prickly pear
52.
Umeboshi (japanese pickled plum)
53.
Abalone
54.
Paneer
55.
McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56.
Spaetzle
57.
Dirty gin martini
58.
Beer above 8% ABV
59.
Poutine (Canadian dish – basically french fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in brown gravy)
60.
Carob chips
61.
S’mores
62.
Sweetbreads
63.
Kaolin (basically food grade clay)
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 (distilled sorghum drink – chinese)
77.
Hostess Fruit Pie
78.
Snail
79.
Lapsang souchong
80.
Bellini
81.
Tom yum
82.
Eggs Benedict
83.
Pocky (some kind of japanese crackery snack stick)
84.
Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85.
Kobe beef
86.
Hare
87.
Goulash
88.
Flowers
89.
Horse
90.
Criollo
91.
Spam
92.
Soft shell crab
93.
Rose harissa
94.
Catfish
95.
Mole poblano
96.
Bagel and lox
97.
Lobster Thermidor
98.
Polenta
99.