The Omnivore’s Hundred + Huevos Rancheros

I am finally free of extra work commitments and therefore back to more regular blogging – hurrah! So here we have the best ever meme style list thingy ever to do the rounds – it’s the omnivore’s one hundred. I now know that Jill and Andrew from Very Good Taste had no idea their little list would be so popular.

When I started reading the list and realised I had never actually eaten huevos rancheros I was stunned. So I made some. I have to say, my Food Stories version was pretty fine. I used chorizo and greens in the beans and although very untraditional, ohmygod – they were so good. Especially, with the salsa, avocado, jalapenos and blobs of creme fraiche with a fried egg on top. A sprinkling of coriander and a toasted tortilla to tear into bits and use as a scoop for all the good stuff….

So, onto the list. Here are the rules if you would like to play along…
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

1. Venison (love it)
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros (ta da!)
4. Steak tartare (I LOVE steak tartare. There is something about the meltiness of raw beef. When it comes to actually cooking steaks, I like it just ‘shown the pan’ too)
5. Crocodile (once – can’t even remember what it tasted like)
6. Black pudding (quite a lot, actually. Chris likes it on Saturday mornings)
7. Cheese fondue (Chris doesn’t like melted cheese on Saturday mornings or any other day or time of the week)
8. Carp (at least, I don’t think so)
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush (I like to BBQ the aubergines in the summer)
11. Calamari
12. Pho (I know, I can’t believe it either, it’s a bit of a huevos rancheros situation isn’t it?)
13. PB&J sandwich (I only recently got over my fear of the PB. I had a serious craving for it one day after hating it for years. I ate some on two slices of toast and then abandoned the jar. I did, however, try this when I was a child)
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (We were recently in Reykjavik, Iceland and wanted to visit the famous hot dog stand Bæjarins bestu, which means ‘Towns Best’ but we ran out of time. If the queues are anything to go by however, those dogs are good)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (my dad used to make a lot of fruit wine)
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 (don’t do it – well, not unless you eat a lot of chillies)
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters (so many that I don’t even bother telling you about them any more)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas (had them at lunch yesterday in fact)
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float (I had to look this up! I would try it but I can say for certain I would not finish it)
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea (more than a few)
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo (I honestly don’t think so)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat (so high on the list you wouldn’t believe!)
42. Whole insects (I ate a fried cricket and Ros, Julia, Bron and Pete were my witnesses. Pete ate a chocolate coated scorpion and Ros ate, well, a bit of everything! She really took one for the team I have to say…)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu ( I wouldn’t risk it thanks)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel (oh, maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner….)
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (more than a little overrated I thought)
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi (these sound good, I love Japanese pickles)
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (friends will not let me forget how I once ate some chicken nuggets when VERY drunk so I am in for some serious teasing about the fact I ate a fair few Big Mac meals when I was a teenager)
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine (I had never even heard of this but if I ever visit Canada, I will try it)
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads (a whole lotta offal gets ate at Food Stories HQ)
63. Kaolin (I would try it but I don’t really get it)
64. Currywurst (sounds pretty good!)
65. Durian (there is a shop selling fresh Durian just a 10 minute walk from my front door – I passed by only yesterday and saw a big box of them outside. I must take the plunge!)
66. Frogs’ legs (a subtle, slightly fishy flavour methinks)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette (despite our previously stated love of offal, we haven’t got around to this one yet)
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe (many a forgotten night…)
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie (I’m sorry but that sounds disgusting)
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant (not….yet)
85. Kobe beef (see above)
86. Hare (Chris and I were both a little disappointed with the flavour of hare as we expected it to have a much stronger flavour)
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse (I may have eaten it in Iceland but I’m not sure – long story)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa (Belazu rose harissa is delicious)
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (I had gravadlax and Scottish style smoked salmon, but not lox – to my knowledge)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

So there are 37 items on the list that I haven’t tried and a few that I never will. Some of them will be sampled as soon as possible though, such as the Pho and curry goat. The list is very US-centric, so it’s not surprising that some of these items were completely new to me – the Hostess Pie and s’mores for example. It is a personal compilation of course, so if I were to make my own, I would add things like marmite, ploughman’s lunch and grey squirrel, which I tried to track down at Covent Garden Night Market but couldn’t find. I was also surprised to find that I haven’t blogged many of the items on the list, something which I shall be rectifying in due course!

(If you would like to make the beans I used for my huevos rancheros, fry some cooking chorizo, add onions and garlic and then beans (a ratio of 2:1 pinto and kidney) and some stock (just a little to loosen). The throw in shredded greens and let it reduce a bit before mashing the beans up a little. I also added a little cumin. They were fantastic)

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13 Responses to “The Omnivore’s Hundred + Huevos Rancheros”

  1. Niamh

    Great idea! PHO – get out there and try some, Helen. There’s a couple of places on Kingsland Rd that I would recommend. We could gather a few food bloggers together for your pho inaugeration! :)

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  2. Christie @ fig&cherry

    You’ve never had soft shell crab!!! Get thy self to Crazy Bear in Goodge Street and try their version with wasabi mayonnaise – divine!!!!

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  3. kittie

    I love this list!

    I have never tried huevos rancheros either – though now that I am battling through the list I might have to make it on Sunday!

    And I just tried curried goat for the first time at Nottinghill a couple of weeks ago – it was amazing!!

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  4. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Well done! I agree about the fugu and roadkill, although, I would urge you to consider trying the Hostess Fruit Pies. I hate to admit it, but I love them. (Please, don’t tell!) ;)

    The huevos look amazing!

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  5. Peter G

    Great list Helen…I think you’ve done quite well. As for your huevos rancheros, they look quite “smashing”. Great version!

  6. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen

    NICE JOB on the huevos! I adore that – it is one of my favorite breakfasts in the entire world!

    Nice to see you back, chica! :)

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  7. Wendy

    Hmmm, I’ll have to do this sometime…
    There are several things I’ve never heard of – Hostesses something or other intrigues me. Must look that up.
    Surprised that you didn’t find hare very strong. My colleague often eats mountain hare legs for lunch (tufts of fur still attached) as her brother shoots them. I find them really, really strong. To the point of unpleasant. Perhaps there’s a difference between mountain hare and normal hare… :)

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  8. Mike

    I absolutely love huevos rancheros. For a while, I would make it every weekend…not sure why I stopped, but I’ll have to fix that this weekend! It looks so good

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  9. nina

    I swear…we are having guests over and I was sitting here thinking…What can I feed these people? You saved me….this will be a winner, for sure!!!!

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  10. Lizzie

    I’ve never tried Pho either; isn’t that outrageous?! Not through lack of trying though. Whenever I go to a Vietnamese restaurant I want to have it, but other dishes tend to take my fancy.

    Your Huevos Rancheros look absolutely gorgeous. I have all the ingredients in the cupboards too…

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  11. Pete

    So many Pho virgins out there…I reckon a Chicken Pho is the best thing on a cold autumnal day – get yourself to Cay Tre on Old Street, Song Que on Kingsland Road or even one of the branches of Pho behind Oxford Circus or in Clerkenwell.

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  12. Jeanne

    Mmmm, I love huevos rancheros – we had them quite a few times in Mexico in 2005 and I realyl shodul make them at home.

    Impressive score on the list – although I’m quite surprised th see what you say about hare. The hare I had (well, Nick had it and I tasted copiously!) in Madrid was incredibly gamey. But that may also be because it was barely cooked – it was fillet of wild boar stuffed with venison stuffed with hare, and rare, so that the hare in the middle was very very rare. Quite something!

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  13. john

    this food looks so good and delicious. I will have to try to cook this.
    I am a chef and love to make different things.

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