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Time:09:37 pm
There's been a meme going round about the Very Good Taste list of 100 foods everyone should try at least once. I've tried a fair proportion, but that's considering that I am pretty restricted in what I can eat due to keeping kosher - the only animals I can eat are a handful of mammals and birds, and a small selection of fish (not shellfish). Naturally there are plenty of things on the list i'd love to try but won't.

However, Barbara of Tigers & Strawberries has posted a list of 100 *vegetarian* foods she thinks one should try. Hurrah, these are all open to me! So lets see how I do...

Here are the instructions:
"If you want to play along, here’s how you do it: copy the list, including my instructions, and bold any items you have eaten and strike out any you would never eat, and then post it to your blog. If you want, you can leave a comment here, linking to your results, or you can link back to this post so I can try and keep tabs on what folks have eaten and not eaten. Finally, if you think something else should be on the list–feel free to add that to your post, and add any comments you like to your own posting of the list. I am just as curious to see what people have to say about food as whether or not they have eaten them.

The Vegetarian Hundred

1. Real macaroni and cheese, made from scratch and baked
2. Tabouleh
3. Freshly baked bread, straight from the oven (preferably with homemade strawberry jam) - Sorry, i've never made much jam, and I prefer blackberry or raspberry anyway
4. Fresh figs - wasn't too impressed though
5. Fresh pomegranateyummy!
6. Indian dal of any sort
7. Imam bayildi i'm planning on making this from the recipe posted in the blog a few days ago, as soon as I can get hold of some baby aubergines!
8. Pressed spiced Chinese tofu
9. Freshly made hummus
10. Tahini
11. Kimchi
12. Miso
13. Falafel
14. Potato and pea filled samosas
15. Homemade yogurt
16. Muhammara
17. Brie en croute
18. Spanikopita
19. Fresh, vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes
20. Insalata caprese
21. Stir-fried greens (gai lan, bok choi, pea shoots, kale, chard or collards)
22. Freshly made salsa
23. Freshly made guacamole
24. Creme brulee - i'm almost certain I wouldn't like this, since I don't like custard or things that are extremely sweet. But i'd try a taste if someone offered, just to be sure.
25. Fava beans - Of course, they're called broad beans here. But utterly delicious, even raw fresh out of the pod
26. Chinese cold sesame peanut noodles
27. Fattoush - I had to look this up, but it sounds interesting
28. New potatoes
29. Coleslaw
30. Ratatouille
31. Baba ganoush
32. Winter squash
33. Roasted beets
34. Baked sweet potatoes
35. Plantains - Again, i've stayed away from these because I know I don't like bananas. But at some point i'll probably give it a go just to check.
36. Chocolate truffles
37. Garlic mashed potatoes
38. Fresh water chestnuts - tinned yes, but i've never had the pleasure of fresh ones
39. Steel cut oats
40. Quinoa
41. Grilled portabello mushrooms
42. Chipotle en adobo - i'd love to try this, but they don't seem to be available much over here. Or at least, i've never seen any
43. Stone ground whole grain cornmeal
44. Freshly made corn or wheat tortillas
45. Frittata
46. Basil pesto
47. Roasted garlic
48. Raita of any type Not to my taste though
49. Mango lassi - another one i've never really fancied
50. Jasmine rice (white or brown)
51. Thai vegetarian coconut milk curry
52. Pumpkin in any form other than pie
53. Fresh apple pear or plum gallette
54. Quince in any form i'm pretty sure i've tried a bit of quince jelly at a food fair but I don't remember much about it and it was only a tiny bit so I think I need to try it again
55. Escarole, endive or arugula
56. Sprouts other than mung bean
57. Naturally brewed soy sauce
58. Dried shiitake mushrooms
59. Unusually colored vegetables (purple cauliflower, blue potatoes, chocolate bell peppers…)
60. Fresh peach ice cream
61. Chevre
62. Medjool dates
63. Kheer - had to look this up, but I don't think i'd like it, rice pudding isn't for me
64. Flourless chocolate cake
65. Grilled corn on the cob
66. Black bean (or any other bean) vegetarian chili
67. Tempeh
68. Seitan or wheat gluten
69. Gorgonzola or any other blue veined cheese
70. Sweet potato fries
71. Homemade au gratin potatoes
72. Cream of asparagus soup
73. Artichoke-Parmesan dip - Ooh, that sounds nice...
74. Mushroom risotto
75. Fermented black beans
76. Garlic scapes - no, but I really really want to!
77. Fresh new baby peas
78. Kalamata olives
79. Preserved lemons
80. Fried green tomatoes
81. Chinese scallion pancakes
82. Cheese souffle
83. Fried apples
84. Homemade frijoles refritos
85. Pasta fagiole
86. Macadamia nuts in any form
87. Paw paw in any form - though I think you mean the US version which I haven't tried - what I mean is the fruit also called papaya
88. Grilled cheese sandwich of any kind
89. Paneer cheese
90. Ma Po Tofu (vegetarian style–no pork!)
91. Fresh pasta in any form
92. Grilled leeks, scallions or ramps
93. Green papaya salad
94. Baked grain and vegetable stuffed tomatoes
95. Pickled ginger - I prefer just wasabi on my sushi though, mmmm
96. Methi greens
97. Aloo paratha
98. Kedgeree (the original Indian version without the smoked fish, not the British version with fish)
99. Okra
100.Roasted brussels sprouts - Mmmmmm

66 out of 100.. that's two thirds, not bad at all!

So, what would I add? Lets see...

101. Scones with jam and clotted cream
102. Nasturtium flowers
103. Grilled or fried halloumi cheese
104. Edamame
105. 99% cocoa solids chocolate (I didn't like it all that much, but I have *tried* it)

And that's just off the top of my head...
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Time:2008-09-04 09:45 pm (UTC)
Heh - I haven't fully examined the list, but I think I was doing better on this one than on the other. (I think I had 55 or so on it.)

With you on the pickled ginger. I don't even put soy sauce on my sushi - but wasabi - yes! :-)

And I love creme brulee & kheer. Yum! :-)

Plantains really don't taste like banana - not sweet enough. I like fried plantains. :-)

ETA: OK, now I've gone through & counted. At least 60 items. So definitely better than I did with the other list.

Edited at 2008-09-05 12:03 am (UTC)
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Time:2008-09-04 11:02 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of delicious food in that list. I've tried many of them, just can't be bothered to count - too busy drooling ;-)

Garlic mash is a given, we hardly ever have any other sort :)

I have had fried apples when I was young (cored, sliced, coated in cinnamon and fried in a little butter).

So much food and so little time to eat it...
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Time:2008-09-04 11:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't had imam bayildi (is that the dish with lots and lots of oil?), methi greens, edamame or miso, pressed spiced tofu, but I've had most of the rest.
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Time:2008-09-05 07:39 am (UTC)
Plantains are more like potatoes than bananas. Well worth a try.
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Time:2008-09-05 09:31 am (UTC)
I make it 60, but I might have also had some of the interestingly named things and not known what they were called.

I'm slightly hobbled by my dislike of stinky cheeses
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Time:2008-09-05 09:36 am (UTC)
I've eaten about 27 of the omnivores' list, which isn't bad considering the number of items listed that aren't kosher.
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Time:2008-09-05 09:49 am (UTC)
Mmmm...Baba ganoush! I've not had that in years and just love it! :) I've tried a lot of these things, but some are so hard to get here that I've just given up trying... However with my newly renovated kitchen many new and exciting dishes are appearing on the menu! :) Boy and I getting good at many different Chinese dishes for a start.... drool! :)
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