stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
30 March 2012

A few weeks ago I went to the health food shop in Guildford (yes, it has one - and doesn't have a Waitrose yet - sometimes I wonder if I'm living in a parallel universe). I came out with a bag of honey cashews (not relevant to this post), a box of nettle tea and a bar of carob - both of which are on the Omnivore's Hundred. (The list says 'carob chips', but I think the form doesn't really make much difference...)

I hated the carob. I think it was the most horrible thing I've ever tasted. I ate about four squares - the last three were to see if the previous one had really been as nasty as I thought.

The problem with carob (apart from the taste, I mean, which is obviously subjective, and you might love it) is that it's marketed as an alternative to chocolate, but the only thing that it cuts out is the caffeine. The fat is still there, and it needs quite a lot of sweetener to make it palatable. And probably less than 5% of my daily caffeine intake comes from chocolate. So, really, I don't see any point in my eating carob.

The nettle tea, by contrast, tasted quite pleasantly of grass clippings and has joined the colony of herbal and fruit teabags in my desk drawer at work.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
... but I feel that I should let you know that I have now drunk a proper Bellini, made of prosecco and peach purée. It was mildly pleasant, but not something I'd go out of my way to try again.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)

It's [ profile] stonefox84's birthday on Wednesday, and so she got ten friends together last night to go out to Charlie Choy's, a restaurant in Woking (it's just next Victoria Arch, behind that huge rusty sculpture thing). The restaurant is on the first floor, and downstairs is the 'Lotus Lounge' - which was rather a pity from our point of view, because the sound goes straight up and makes conversation difficult.

The idea is similar to the all-you-can-eat sushi conveyors: take what you like the look of. There are two differences: firstly, there are no conveyors. The food stands still, and you move. Secondly, it goes rather further than sushi. Chinese, Indian, Thai, pretty much everything. Plus pizza and chips. 'Marco Polo's revenge,' said [ profile] countertony.

I began with a small portion of stir fry (the ingredients are set out in trays, and you pick what you like, and then they cook it for you - I had noodles, prawns, carrots, and cabbage, in a medium spicy sauce - which wasn't very spicy at all). Next, a little Thai green chicken curry - this was in big old vats, and you helped yourself. After that, chicken tikka, and a rather fantastic peshwari naan.

Puddings were less appetising: I had a little jelly and some peach slices. They brought out a birthday cake for Sarah. I have just eaten my slice; it tasted much like any other supermarket birthday cake.

We then moved on to cocktails. Woo woos were obligatory for the first round, unless one was driving, or Methodist, but I followed mine with a bellini. It was reasonably pleasant, though wouldn't be my default cocktail of choice. That said, it didn't exactly match the rather snobbish description Wikipedia gives. If I find a place that offers a bellini made with peach purée and prosecco, as opposed to peach schnapps and champagne (as advertised in Charlie Choy's menu), I shall try again.

Charlie Choy's would be a fantastic place to take people known to be picky, as the choice is wide, and obvious. The food was pretty good, on the whole. It's a pity it was so noisy and cramped.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a stylised picture of a teapot (Default)
3rd December 2010

I have...

- tried four new recipes (three soups and a pasta sauce), from three books, using the slow cooker and the stick blender
- taken photographs for seven of the Hundred Snapshots
- spent an hour playing my cello
- taken a photograph every day
- released two books
- done quite a lot of Wii Fit
- applied to become a Mystery Worshipper
- posted a commentary on Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending to [personal profile] ancientandmodern
- bagged [personal profile] musicalbible and started filling in verses from the back of the Bible - counting part-verses (which I am) I'm at 17/1001 so far. (I heartily recommend not subscribing to that one if you don't want to get spammed)
- filled in an online form by way of a first step for registering with the Anthony Nolan Trust
- wild-released two books
- tried Currywurst
- watched three TED talks
- more or less finished this year's Yuletide assignment
- prompted by Do Nothing: Christmas is Coming, finished making one Christmas present, and got most of the way through another. I've also been doing lectio divina every night and, when it's got put up before I've gone to bed, filled in the examen at [ profile] wildgodcomm

I think that's it. Whew!


Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:25 pm
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
There's a French market in town today. In this French market there's a German sausage stand. (No, I don't know why, either.) At this German sausage stand I stopped and bought some Currywurst.

Currywurst is Bratwurst (pork and herb sausage) with warm curry sauce poured and curry powder sprinkled over it. I did spend two months living in Germany a few years ago, but for some reason never got round to trying it then.

It's just the thing for a snowy day. It's a bit difficult to eat when you're carrying two carrier bags, plus stick, plus rucksack, mind. I had to stop and put all my accoutrements on a bench while I ate it (the Currywurst, not the bench). Happily, the chap at the stall gave me a paper napkin and a little wooden fork, otherwise I'd have got very sticky.

The sauce is just pleasantly spicy - not blow-your-head-off hot, but with enough of a kick to make sure you know you've eaten it. It was a little too glutinous and sweet for my taste, but nice enough.

OM NOM NOM Would eat again.
stapsdoes101things: Pizza with '101' marked out in green pimento (101food)
Earlier Every Year
Don't eat holly berries, kids. This photograph is for illustrative purposes only.

What's this about?

The Omnivore's 100 is a list of foods that the blog owner thinks every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all.

Why do I want to do this?

My worst enemy couldn't call me a picky eater - I will try pretty much anything if it's put in front of me. I won't, however, go out of my way to eat it. This is designed to push me a little bit further, to be a little more adventurous.

How will I know I've done it?

I'll have eaten ten items in the list below that I hadn't previously tried.

I'll track this below:

Strikethrough indicates that I've already tried this food, so can't count it towards the challenge.
Bold indicates that I've tried this as part of my 101 in 1001

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea - post
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. 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
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 (leaving this one unstruck, because, while I've had dulce de leche flavoured ice cream, I've not tried the thing itself.)
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
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 - post
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst - post
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 - post
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

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