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The Omnivore’s 100

Andrew, over at Very Good Taste, create a list of “100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life.” Things I’ve eaten are in bold. Things I’ll never eat are crossed out:

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile (I’ve had alligator several times. Does that count?)

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloogobi –hmm, have to google this. I’ve never heard of it!

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes I’ve got the whole Mormon, don’t drink alcohol thing happening here

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream (I don’t like ice cream very much.)

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries(blackberries–mmmmm!)

23. Foiegras (I strongly suspect this is what the unknown substance was that I tasted at the Hilton last month and promptly spat out into a napkin. It’s really disgusting, IMO.)

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (ouch!)

27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagnacauda

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  See, here’s a double Mormon whammy–alcohol and tobacco.

37. Clotted cream tea   I seriously love clotted cream! Would this count if I did it in a tisane instead of tea?

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat (I’ve attempted to order cabrito at Mexican restaurants, but they’ve never actually had any when I’ve ordered it.)

42. Whole insects  A world of no way.

43. Phaal. Another one for me to Google

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikkamasala

48.Eel

49. KrispyKreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52.Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer.  I heart paneer.

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal. I detest Big Macs.

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin. Another one for Google.

64. Currywurst

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain. I LOVE tostones!

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini. Do I show myself to be a heathen if I tell you I detest caviar?

73. Louche absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost. I don’t know what this one is, either.

75. Roadkill (Thank you, but no.)

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsangsouchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum. The list of things I’m not familiar with is growing appallingly long!

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. I’ve had multiple bagels. Not so much with the lox.

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake. I tasted rattlesnake once.

S0, a sad little 42 out of 100… fun stuff! What’s your number?

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Friday’s Feast

Appetizer

When you drink soda/pop/coke, do you prefer to drink it from the bottle, a can, or after pouring it into a cup?  It just depends. I’d rather have it in a glass, with ice, unless it’s in an icy-cold can. I honestly don’t drink it much now, though, since I quit caffeine. (over a week–lol–woohoo!)

Soup

What television show are you willing to stay up late to watch?  Judging by the fact that we canceled our cable TV service and don’t have any antennae for our television sets, you could probably guess that I don’t watch much TV. Give me a good documentary DVD, though, and I’ll stay up for it.

Salad

Name one person, place, or thing you think of as brilliant.  Geoffrey Chaucer’s body of work

Main Course

Would you be willing to work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days in order to save gas?  Not only would I be willing to do so, I’d very  much prefer to do so. Not only for the gas savings, but I’d love to have 3 days off in a row.

Dessert

If you were a superhero, what would you call yourself? Chauceriangirl! Oh, wait, I already call myself Chauceriangirl. Does that mean I’m a superhero? Cool!

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Thirteen Things I Like to Cook/Bake

  1. Bread. I absolutely love baking bread. I made my first loaf when I was around 12, and I didn’t realize that you had to let it rise a second time. It was as hard a brick of bread as you can imagine. Tasty, but hard. My favourite recipe is from an Amish cookbook I bought some years ago. The book has seen hard times, and is in two separate pieces without covers, but the recipes still work.
  2. Soup. I almost never use a recipe, unless I’m trying something completely new. The point of soup is to experiment and see what wondrous things you can create with a hodge-podge of ingredients. That also means, of course, that I never make it the same way twice. I remember once 10 years ago making my husband take some soup to the bishop late one Sunday when the bishop was still at church. His wife called me the next day and wanted to know how I made it. I told her the steps and ingredients I used, and she dolefully told me the following Sunday that her husband said hers was good, but mine was better. :D
  3. Christmas cookies. That’s what I call them, anyway. They’re oatmeal cookies with dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and chopped walnuts, and they’re absolutely delicious. I’ve made variations, that I call kitchen sink cookies, that have oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, nuts, and whatever else I feel like experimenting with. Either way, they’re good.
  4. Brownies. I have a tried-and-true brownie recipe that makes an incredibly rich, fudgy 8″-square pan of brownies.
  5. Lemon bread. I first encountered it when I was living in Austin, and my roommate gave me the recipe. After you pull it out of the oven, you pierce the loaf with a large fork, and pour a lemon-glaze over it. We devoured at least half the pan that evening.
  6. Meatloaf. Like soup, I never use a recipe except as a starting place, and it never tastes the same twice. And when you pair it with mashed potatoes and lightly wilted cabbage, it’s a truly droolworthy meal.  I particularly crave it in the winter after I’ve watched A Christmas Story.
  7. Corn chowder. I know I already  listed soup, but my corn chowder is a thing apart. I actually do have a recipe for my corn chowder, and autumn hasn’t officially arrived until I’ve made a pot.
  8. King Ranch Chicken. It’s the ubiquitous Texas casserole with layers of shredded chicken, onions, and bell peppers in a creamy sauce, tortillas, and cheese.
  9. Seven-Layer Dip. The homemade version is way better than the stuff you buy in the produce section at the grocery store.
  10. Butterscotch brownies. My husband is very sensitive to chocolate, so I rarely have it around the house. The butterscotch brownies, made with brown sugar, are sweet and chewy, and he really likes them (not as much as the chocolate stuff, but there’s not much I can do about that).
  11. Cornbread stuffing, the kind where you start with a pan of cornbread that you made a day or two ago. By the time you’ve tossed the crumbled cornbread with celery, onion, melted butter, turkey stock, sage, salt, and pepper, it tastes so good you could eat it before it ever makes it into the oven.
  12. Coffee cake. This is another recipe from my Amish cookbook, and it’s really a simple recipe. After you’ve put the dough into two cake pans, you poke little bits of butter into the dough and sprinkle on a mixture of brown sugar and lots of cinnamon that into gooey goodness.
  13. Fudge, the easy kind that you make with marshmallow creme. Even in the years that I didn’t do any other cooking or baking to speak of, I made at least one pan of fudge every year. The best part? Scraping the bits out of the pan that hardened too quickly to get them into the dish to cool. Fudge is something I make with the incomparable Izzybella, and we’re pretty good about sharing the scrapy bits.

If you want any of my recipes, leave me a comment with your email address, and I’ll send them your way. Well, there are no recipes for the soup or meatloaf, but I can tell you approximately how I put them together. And if you want to share any recipes, please do!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Thursday Thirteen – #22

Thirteen Fun Things to Do in Ft. Worth (and a bonus extra)

  1. Go to the Kimbell Art Museum, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, or the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
  2. Ride the Tarantula Train from Grapevine to the Stockyards, enjoy a shopping trip & dinner at Riscky’s before hopping the train back to Grapevine.
  3. Visit Sundance Square on a Friday evening. Enjoy the good food, live music, street artists, and lively atmosphere.
  4. Go catch a concert at Billy Bob’s, and dust off your boots for some two-stepping.
  5. Have an incredibly delicious vegan lunch at the Spiral Diner.
  6. Ride your bike in Trinity Park.
  7. Go to the zoo.
  8. Visit the Botanical Gardens. Remember to take your camera!
  9. Don’t forget to visit the Water Gardens in the heart of downtown.
  10. Go shopping in the upscale boutiques of Camp Bowie Blvd., paved with red brick.
  11. If you’re interested in antiques, make a stop in Historic Handley and visit their charming antique shops.
  12. Enjoy some Middle Eastern food at King Tut’s. I can recommend the fellafel.
  13. Catch a play at Hip Pocket, Circle Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, Casa Manana, or the Bass Performance Hall.
  14. Whatever you do, give me a call, and I’ll join you if I can!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Another meme,

because I’m bored today. Doesn’t that just rock your world?!

Instructions: Type your responses to each question into the Google Image search, and then pick an image from the first page of results.

Age at next birthday

(What? You really expect me to tell you? Please. Besides, I pick a different age every year.)

Place I’d like to travel

Favourite place

Favourite objects

Favourite food

Favourite animals

Favourite colour

Town in which I was born

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Me Meme!

Lisa, according to the last line in her post, has tagged me with this meme! So here you are–more things you may or may  not have wanted to know about me.

My roommate and I once
: Saran-wrapped one of our friend’s cars on his birthday. And after we’d carefully wrapped it tightly in plastic wrap, we tee-pee’d it. And it was fun. :D

Never in my life have I: liked having my feet covered up. If I’m at home, I’m wearing flip-flops or am barefoot. If I’m in bed, my feet are sticking out from beneath the covers.

High school was : ghastly, for the most part.

When I’m nervous : I fidget like crazy.

My hair : No longer has blue streaks, alas.

When I was 5 : I started first grade, and loved my teacher madly.

When I turn my head left : My brain bounces around and makes my head hurt even worse. This blasted sinus headache/allergies has gone on for 8 days without any respite, so far.

I should be : the perfect housekeeper. I’m so not!

By this time next year : it will be this time next year.

My favorite aunt is : actually my husband’s, Aunt Emily. She and Uncle Eddie couldn’t have kids, and we sort of bonded over that. Of course, I loved her right off the bat anyway because she’s completely loveable.

I have a hard time understanding : how people can be as cruel to other people as I frequently see them being.

You know I like you if : I open up to you.

My ideal breakfast is : cold pizza from the night before, and an ice-cold Dr. Pepper.

If you visit my home town : If by home town you mean where I was born, you will be in Lone Star, Texas. East Texas is absolutely beautiful.

If you spend the night at my house : I’ll give you my bed, I’ll feed you well, we’ll talk for hours and have a good time, and we’ll be goofy and my dogs will show off for you until they get tired and fall asleep.

My favorite blond is : My husband.

My favorite brunette is : L-squared. And L-1 is my favourite light-brownette. (Is that a word? Works for me.)

The animal I would like to see flying besides birds : Dogs

I shouldn’t have been : so shy

Last night I: slept on my new futon mattress. It’s soft and cushy.

A better name for me would be : I have the perfect name already.

I’ve been told I look like : No one. I’m unique, apparently.

If I could have any car, it would be: A Chrysler 300.

Now, if you have read this far

CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!

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Thursday Thirteen – #21

Thirteen Sites I Have Bookmarked

  1. THEOI Greek Mythology – Fantastic encyclopedia of Greek mythology.
  2. CBS 11 TV – When I want to know what’s going on locally, I usually go here.
  3. Daily Pollen Count – I’m trying to figure out what I’m allergic to. Based on the counts, I’m guessing fungus and/or grass. At least in the spring.
  4. For Better or For Worse Strip Fix – I’ve been reading this strip for longer than I care to tell you. I wrote Lynn Johnston once, and got a lovely note back.
  5. Mormon Mommy Wars – Yeah, it’s a Mormon Mommy blog, but one that doesn’t make me feel like a misfit just ’cause I have the misfortune to not have kids.  I like the contributors and love the stories. 
  6. Feminist Mormon Housewives - Another Mormon women’s blog, and a good one. Great contributors and lots of lively discussion in the comments.
  7. YouTube – Always a good time-waster
  8. NOAA’s National Weather Service – Joe’s a weather freak, and he’s been known to call me from Chicago or Florida or New York and tell me I have to drop whatever I’m doing and check the weather out.
  9. eChaucer (Chaucer in the 21st Century) – Do I really have to tell you why I have this one bookmarked?
  10. Scribbit – To quote from the header, “a blog about motherhood in Alaska.” It’s really more than that. It’s a blog about motherhood in Alaska, life in Alaska, craft ideas, recipes, giveaways, writing contests.
  11. Shakespeare Insults Generator – Are you looking for creative ways to insult people? Trying to quit swearing, and looking for alternative phrases? Here’s a great place to start!
  12. IMDB - Great for when we’re watching a movie and Joe says the blonde kid is Evanna Lynch, and I say no, it’s a blond boy, and it’s certainly not Evanna Lynch. One trip to IMDB clears up all questions.
  13. MahJong Connect – This is an obnoxious little game to which I’m addicted.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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