The Omnivore’s Hundred

I saw it at Katie’s, and then at Sylvie’s, and thought ‘how fun’! This is Andrew’s Omnivore’s Hundred, a list of 100 things he thinks every omnivore should try!

If you want to do it, here’s what to do:  

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 here at linking to your results.

And here’s mine:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
Foie gras (and I would never do it again. a) unnecessary  torture of the geese, b) didn’t really like the taste or texture.)
Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted
cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (Covered in chocolate!)
44. Goat’s milk (didn’t like it much, but wouldn’t rule out trying it again.)
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal (and I’m not proud of it!)
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
Kobe beef
86. Hare
88. Flowers
89. Horse (and I didn’t like it!)
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
Mole poblano
96. Bagel and
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake


That’s 48/100! Well, not too bad! Also, there doesn’t seem to be many things I wouldn’t try/eat again! I wonder if I really would try anything… I do like a challenge! 😀

Is there anything that you wouldn’t eat?





ROUND-UP: Eating with the Seasons – AUGUST

Many thanks to everyone who took part in this month’s event! I apologise for such long delay in posting the round-up. I was away, and then when I came back I was incredibly busy with work, life, etc. Mainly work, unfortunately. So busy that I even didn’t have the time to take part in my own event… Shame shame on me… I missed my blog, but here I am again! Ready to crack on!

Enjoy the August round-up! I feel the summer is slipping away, and want to enjoy the last of the summer bounty while I still can. Join me for a tour of the best that August has to offer!







Dumplings in blueberry syrup ~ Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen (London, Ontario, Canada)

In Lisa’s Kitchen, dumplings are simmered gently in a blueberry syrup. I almost feel I can smell them… 🙂 She says that the final result is surprisingly similar to a baked pudding.


Cantaloupe (& grapes)


Cantaloupe & Grape Juice ~ Trupti from Recipe Centre (USA)

Chilled juice to ease the heat featuring gorgeous seasonal fruit.





Cherry and Almond Muffins ~ Beth from Jam and Clotted Cream (UK)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that cherries and almonds go together beautifully! 🙂




Mango Milkshake/Smoothie ~ Sangeeth from Art of Cooking Indian Food (USA)



Instant mango pickle ~ Mythreyee from Paajaka Recipes (California, USA)

This good-looking South Indian mango pickle is made with raw mango and seasoned with turmeric, chili, asafoetida and mustard seeds.   




Peaches ~ Kat from Best Health Blog (Canada)

I totally sympathise with Kat’s dilemma: should we cook with peaches, or just eat them? Both are gorgeous. Check out her Banana and Peach smoothie with yogurt and mint. Beautiful!



Peach Upside-down Cake ~Sumi from Sumi’s Kitchen  





 Chocolate-dipped Strawberries ~ Mansi from Fun and Food (California, USA)

Mansi’s strawberries dipped in dark chocolate make for a luscious and satisfying desert. Not to mention visually beautiful!



Strawberry lemon iced tea ~ Cham from Spice Club (California, USA)

Cham makes a lovely lemony strawberry iced to to ease the summer heat. She also makes some gorgeous colourful popsicles. Check out her post to see for yourself!



Watermelon (& mixed



Nature’s Best Drink ~ Yasmeen at Health Nut (Cleveland OH, USA)

Yasmeen says blueberries, cherries, strawberries and watermelon are the best in this season in North East US. She uses them to make a healthy cooling drink.





Beet greens & Swiss



Soba Noodles with Soybeans, Beet Greens and Swiss Chard ~ Bee and Jai from Jugalbandi (USA)

The luscious beet greens and Swiss chard are home-grown by Bee and Jai, and the dish is a result of inspiration, getting the best out of this veg. Also, they say, the greens are incredibly easy to grow!




Maharastrian Carrot Salad ~ Neha from Tasty Recipes (Singapore)

Whoever says carrot salad salad is boring could not be more wrong! Neha definitely wows with her fabulous Maharastrian Carrot Salad (gajarchi koshimbir), in which carrots are mixed with chilies, crushed roasted peanuts and lime, and flavoured with a tempering of mustard seeds, urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves.





Stuffed Bhindi (Okra) ~ Simple Indian Food (India)

Here is an interesting way of cooking okra/ladiesfingers. Okra / ladiesfingers is stuffed with coconut and spiced with chili and cumin, and then fried till tender.  



Red Spinach


Palak Paneer (Cottage cheese in spinach gravy) ~ Nags from Edible Garden (Singapore)

Nags uses Sailu’s recipe for an all time Indian favourite of palak paneer (cottage cheese in spinach gravy). I find that usually you can’t go wrong with Sailu’s recipe! 🙂   





Tomato Cooler ~ Trupti from Recipe Centre (USA)

This is a little like the Indian cousin of the Spanish gazpacho (chilled tomato soup), but with bold Indian flavours of pepper, chaat masala and mint, spiked with lemon juice. I just love the idea of this!



Mixed vegetables



Horiatiki (Greek summer salad) Suganya from Tasty Palettes (USA)

Suganya’s Horiatiki or Greek summer salad is an epitome of summer with its gorgeous cherry tomatoes, peppers, red onions, mint, et al



Indian-style quinoa salad ~ Srimathi at Few Minute Wonders (San Diego, CA, USA)

Srimathi dresses the Incas’ Gold or quinoa with gorgeous seasonal fruit and veg, Indian style. Gorgeous!



 Grilled Vegetable Salad ~ Trupti from Recipe Center (USA)

The stars of Trupti’s salad are vegetables only. Check it out.







Summer fish 

Mackerel, summer fish ~ Elizabeth at Real Food Lover (Bristol, UK)

Elizabeth from Real Food Lover joins us for the first time, with our first fish entry in the event! Mackerel is a summer fish, in season from June to October. This lovely oily fish has a gorgeous gutsy flavour. Here it is baked with butter, and served with steamed broccoli and asparagus. (Is asparagus seasonal now? Apparently in Cornwall it is. Check out Elizabeth’s blog to find out why!)




Pomphereter Kalia ~ Jaya from Spice and Curry (Kolkata, India)

Jaya shares this lovely fish curry, a Bengali speciality, prepared with freshly-made onion, ginger and garlic paste. Pomphereter, a saline water fish, is bought at a local fish market.


That’s all for August! Thank you all for taking part, and see you in September!

Eating with the Seasons: SEPTEMBER

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the of Eating with the Seasons AUGUST! I apologise for the delay in posting the round-up. I’m working on it now, and hoping to get it up soon.




Join me!




  • Go and find out what’s in season where you live in SEPTEMBER.
  • You can choose: fruit, vegetables, fish, meat.
  • Write a post/text if you are a non-blogger containing a recipe and/or information about your chosen seasonal item. You may post more than one recipe.
  • Post it and email it to me before 15 SEPTEMBER, and I’ll post a round-up in a few days. The plan is to go from 15th to 15th in the month (eventually), so we have some time to enjoy the recipes for dishes that are in season.


To take part: 


Please send an e-mail to maninas [DOT] wordpress [AT] yahoo [DOT[ co [DOT] uk including the following information:

  • your name and country (and town if you wish)
  • your seasonal item
  • name & link to your blog
  • name of your post & link to your post
  • one photograph
  • with ‘Eating with the season’ in the subject line of your e-mail
  • & please link to this post

Off again!


Good-bye my dear blog, good-bye my dear readers! Again! I’ve just got back from Cornwall, but I’m off for a week of cycling in the Channel Islands tomorrow! God only knows how I’m going to manage to pack all the necessities in only 2 panier bags and a rucksack, when I normally need a caravan of elephants to carry my luggage when I travel! They tell me cycling with elephants is not much fun, never mind how much you like them, so I’m having to leave them at home this time. (Don’t worry about me, I’m taking the husband, though!)

I’ll be back with new pics and stories after 11 August! In the meantime, if anyone of you happens to go to Cornwall this summer, these places are a must:

1) The Wave, St Ives – fabulous, fabulous food! MUST VISIT. I cannot stress this enough.

2) The Gurnard’s Head Hotel, near Zennor – great food, great atmosphere, great service by good-looking waiters

3) The Jewell chippie, Newlyn – mmmm lemon sole freshly perfectly cooked, tasty chips, massive portions, good value. daily specials available, and sometimes include scallops!

4) The Kitchen teahouse, Polperro – lovely place, friendly & fun owners, the best cream tea I’ve ever had (those scones… sigh!)

5) Philps pasties, Hayle – delish!

And do try the Moomaid of Zennor ice-cream!!!

Will tell you more when I get back!



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