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Foods to try

Some British paper published the results of a poll determining the 50 foods people should try before they die. Some of the "foods" were categories too general to be interesting (e.g., "American Diner Breakfast"), but I would like to make my own list out of food that I've seen mentioned in books but never encountered in real life. Here's a start:
  • Baked Alaska
  • Bananas (the little short red kind)
  • Barley Sugar Something
  • Blancmange
  • Clotted Cream
  • Hot Tea with Yak Butter
  • Melons (the greeny-crackly kind)
  • Pemmican
  • Turkish Delight

All of these are from kids' books. I found a book that looks interesting (translated title: The Realm of Gourmands: the function of food in children's literature) but I will have to wait to read the translation or learn Swedish. Possibly an excerpt will show up within my newly-accumulated wealth of Gastronomicae.

Flossed again!


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Feb. 2nd, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Turkish Delight was disappointing to me, it tasted like perfume and I don't like squishy stuff. I once tried to make pemmican as a child, I dried some leftover corn and pot roast in a corner of my room (well hidden, my mother would not have approved of this experiment), then mixed it with honey. Dreadful. I have had short little bananas, but not the red kind. The Vietnamese grocery sells them. They are a bit sweeter but less banana tasting and mushier than regular bananas.

I would like to try a Scotch Egg and Yorkshire Pudding.
Feb. 2nd, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
I would like to try a Scotch Egg and Yorkshire Pudding.

I've made both of those. Imagine a hard-boiled egg with sausage wrapped around it, and that's pretty much a Scotch egg. Quite tasty and great for a picnic sort of lunch. Yorkshire pudding is kind of a custardy bready thing, very good when eaten hot from the beef drippings (or butter, depending how you make it) and not so good when it gets cold.

I think I have had clotted cream, but it must not have made a huge impression. Turkish Delight is a bit too perfumey for my tastes as well, but I didn't mind the texture.

So many things I read about in kids' books that I have not yet eaten have a distinct flavor in my mind already, it seems almost impossible not to be disappointed when you finally try them out.
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