50 things to eat...I found this list by way of The Ministry Blog, which was compiled last year by the BBC, of the "top 50 things everyone should try a bite of in their lifetime". Omnivorous by nature, I've sampled all except those which are underlined, and am struck by how many are regular fare in the Caribbean.
- 1. Fresh fish. Well nigh impossible not to eat fresh fish if you’re from the Caribbean.
2. Lobster - I’ve had this a few times, each time a monumental let down. Why does everything seem yummier on the Food Network?
3. Steak - Ack. I’m not big on large cuts of meat.
4. Thai food - That’s kind of vague.
5. Chinese food - I once had a lovely Chinese gentlemen (and kick arse cook) thank my then room mate and me profusely for helping put his children through school. Szechwan pepper beef … Hmmm…
6. Ice cream - ‘Nuff said.
7. Pizza - ‘Nuff said.
8. Crab - See Lobster.
9. Curry - I’m guessing they meant curried dishes of which there are many. Hard to imagine a world without curried something.
11. Moreton Bay Bugs - Apparently a variety of Australian lobster.
12. Clam chowder - The first dish I ever attempted solo. Now, while I admit to substituting evaporated milk for cream, I still contend that there was something amuck with the recipe. The paternal unit refused to go anywhere near it. Come to think of it, so did the cat.
13. Barbecues - Barbecued what?
15. Pasta - Oh come on, that’s like just tossing the word ‘bread’ onto the list. While we’re at it, ‘rice’!
17. Cheesecake – Sheer unmitigated joy.
18. Lamb - Greasy
19. Cream tea - Is this something British?
21. Oysters – Generally good if fresh. If not, report to the nearest emerge’.
23. Chocolate – Certifiable chocoholic.
24. Sandwiches - Let’s get specific here.
25. Greek food - Can we say ‘Baklava rocks’?
27. Mexican food - What’s not to like?
28. Squid - See Octopus.
29. American diner breakfast - I hear this is also known as a heart attack on a plate. I thankfully didn’t make it through mine which is probably why I’m still with the living.
30. Salmon - A little delicate for my palette, but quite useful when cured.
31. Venison - A Canuck friend once told me it tasted gamy, whatever that means.
32. Guinea pig - Oh dear.
33. Shark - Grilled shark steak with lemon butter sauce and fresh rosemary. Very nice.
34. Sushi - I’ve had a few sushi misadventures but still keep going back for more.
35. Paella - The real stuff is quite good but can’t hold a candle to the East Caribbean Pélaw.
36. Barramundi - What’s this? Sound’s vaguely Aussie.
37. Reindeer - I’m not sure how I feel about eating Donner and Blitzen.
39. Scallops - Yum. Especially when kebabed.
40. Australian meat pie - Which means what? Mystery meat?
41. Mango - There’s a mango variety out there for everyone.
42. Durian fruit - I’m googling this as you read.
43. Octopus - I’ve had it done several ways, including by my maternal unit, all quite good.
45. Roast beef
46. Tapas - This is reason enough for me to visit Spain.
47. Jerk chicken/pork - Like with most spicy Caribbean dishes, a cast iron stomach is required for proper enjoyment.
48. Haggis - I have issues with the concept.
49. Caviar - Been there, did that, no need to repeat.
50. Cornish pasty - I once spotted something claiming to be a Cornish pasty. It seemed a wee bit dodgy.
Do you think the Beeb left anything essential out?