brains weren’t on the list but i’ve eaten them

…and no, i’m not a zombie, as far as you know.

these are the alleged 100 things to eat before you die, and it seems i’ve eaten at least 75 of them (they’re the ones in bold type). i’ve probably had chitlins and sweetbreads too, due to my great-grandmother Emily – she’s why i can cross “head cheese” off the list. i suspect that i’ve had frito pie and dandelion wine at some point too (possibly at the same time?), but i’m not positive so i didn’t count them. same with nettle tea and rabbit stew… they sure sound like something i would have been exposed to by now.

i’ve no interest in bird’s nest soup or haggis, but i’ll give black pudding a go (i was even talking about it with nephew the other night). also, kimchee isn’t on the list but it should be there and since heirloom tomatoes are listed, vidalia onions should also be there. they’re lovely.

hmmm… i should probably make my own list – it would begin with a raspberry martini – but for now, there’s this:

1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel and lox
6. Baklava
7. Barbecue ribs
8. Bellini
9. Bird’s Nest Soup
10. Biscuits and gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar
17. Cheese fondue
18. Chicken and waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
21. Chitterlings/Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder
24. Cognac
25. Crabcake
26. Crickets
27. Currywurst
28. Dandelion wine
29. Dulce de leche
30. Durian
31. Eel
32. Eggs benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes
38. Fried Plaintain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frog’s Legs
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat
45. Goat’s milk
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb
52. Hostess Fruit Pie
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa
61. MoonPie
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheesesteak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple and cottage cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po’ boy
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S’mores
83. Sauerkraut
84. Sea Urchin
85. Shark
86. Snail
87. Snake
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle
91. Spam
92. Squirrel
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison
99. Wasabi Peas
100. Zucchini Flowers

my husband accuses me of being willing to put most anything in my mouth. i guess he’s not wrong.

4 thoughts on “brains weren’t on the list but i’ve eaten them

  1. I see you haven’t tried a lot of Indian (from India) either.

    I’m shocked that you’ve never had chitlins, considering you lived in the South (although Florida really isn’t too Southern is it?).

  2. i’ve never been a big fan of indian food. a friend’s mom grew up in india and she says that i’ve just not had proper indian food.i think it’s an issue with sweet AND savoury… and i don’t like sneaky raisins in my food, and i don’t like bell pepper at all. i’ll have another go at it one day – she should be able to direct me towards a dish i’d like.

    i suspect my great-grandmother fed me chitlins, but she was particularly fond of cracklin’ cornbread and scrambled brains & eggs herself. my home ec teacher in HS fed us all fried brains one day as we walked into class, and THEN she told us what it was. gross.

    where i’m from in FL is very small and very VERY southern. the way i describe it to people who have no clue what it’s like (and i think you’ll appreciate this and know IMMEDIATELY what it’s like) is that it’s a cross between Dukes of Hazzard, My Name is Earl, and Jerry Springer’s guestlist.

    i graduated high school with 31 other people, most of whom can be found on my FB friend list (heh).

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