The Omnivore’s Hundred: Dandelion Path Edition

While visiting one of my favorite blogs, ”Almost Fit” I found a fun little activity to participate in. It’s originally taken from the Very Good Taste blog. Here’s what VGT has to say about it:
“Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.”

Here’s what you 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 at http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The Dandelion Path Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison - Not yet. I’ve had some in my freezer for a few months that I got from a friend. I just need to figure out how I want to cook it up!
2. Nettle tea (This is very nutritious by the way. I like to drink it with dandelion & mint)
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile Does alligator count? If so, I just had some in Florida this spring.
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (I’m trying to avoid all hot dogs now because of the nitrites)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns (I’ve had barbeque, YUM, but I don’t think I’ve had this)
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes (Just had some this week)
22. Fresh wild berries (blueberries we found while camping as a kid. They were SO good!)
23. Foie gras (I know liver is super good for you but I can’t stand the taste! I would be willing to at least TRY this however)
24. Rice and beans (Haitian rice & beans is our all-time favorite meal around here)
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (Dear friends from the Dominican Republic used to make this for us and it is SO yummy!)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava (This was what was served the day of my home-birth as well as my first birthday! Homemade is the best!)
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (Haven’t had this but it sounds delicious!)
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo (didn’t like it though)
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (This is actually a nightmare of mine! I know some cultures eat them but I’m scared to death to try!)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (I’d taste it if someone else was paying for it ;)
46. Fugu (I’m too nervous they wouldn’t get the poison out!)
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (Hey, when the sign says, “HOT & FRESH” who couldn’t resist one of these on occasion?)
50. Sea urchin (as long as it’s cooked)
51. Prickly pear (not sure if I’d try this one. Isn’t it spikey?)
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores (I actually prefer each item separately though)
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs (I couldn’t eat these after seeing that Muppet movie! You gotta love Kermit!)
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain (This goes very well with the rice & beans)
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict (I can’t believe I haven’t had this yet)
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers (some nice ones are violets, roses & nasturtiums)
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam (Unfortunately I think I HAVE had this!)
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox (Had the bagel but not the lox)
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta (I just made this for the first time a few weeks ago and hope to make it again!)
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Eco-friendly Wallpaper Remover

Well, this weekend we are removing the very LAST of the wallpaper in our house in preparation for painting! I’m very excited about this as I’ve wanted to paint for awhile. I wanted to make sure we used something healthy and eco-friendly though for taking it down. What we did was peeled off the first layer and then sprayed what was left with a vinegar & water mix. After letting it soak for a few minutes we scraped it off with a car window ice-scraper made of plastic. It worked great! We had considered renting a steamer to remove it but this worked so well I’m glad we didn’t bother with that.

I can’t rave enough about vinegar! I use it for cleaning all the time too!

Book Review: I Love Dirt

imageMost of us (adults as well as children) don’t spend the time outdoors that our ancestors did in the past. Because of this we’ve grown rather disconnected from the wonders of nature. Research has demonstrated how beneficial being outdoors is for children’s mental & emotional well-being and yet we may still neglect this part of our lives.
Jennifer Ward has put together a marvelous little book that gives all sorts of creative ways to interact with and explore our environment. Most of her suggestions are simply ways to open our eyes to the details around us. She alerts us to things we may not have noticed before. I know I especially need this. I want to spend time outdoors with my daughter but I oftentimes don’t know what I should be doing out there with her. After reading her book I now have lots of options! Most of her ideas do not require any special equipment other than the five senses. While reading, several art/craft projects did come to my mind that would compliment nicely the activities she mentions. I appreciate how the book is organized by the seasons, so you can just turn to the section that applies to you at the time. In my efforts to live a more simple yet deep life, this book will be most helpful. I plan on purchasing this as one of my primary resources for Emma’s home-school Kindergarten this year. 

Book Review: Goose’s Story

image Here in an excellent children’s book that I highly recommend. It’s the story of a goose with one leg who struggles to survive and to fit in with the other geese. I love that it’s a true story! This book is inspiring for both children and adults. I even found myself tearing up at the end!

The Importance of Eye Contact

image Life can become so busy sometimes that we mulit-task and tend not to make eye contact when speaking. This can be especially tempting when relating to our children. But the truth is, our children desperately need to make contact with us. This is true right from birth when a baby is able to bond with his parents through their loving gazes. Through our eyes we can convey approval or disapproval. It also gives us the chance to make a connection with our kids. It shows them they’re important and that we value what they have to say. I tend to fall into the trap of multi-tasking often and have to remind myself to stop what I’m doing and give my full attention to my daughter.

This is an important skill between adults as well. It can become easy to neglect sitting down with our spouses and having an eye-to-eye conversation with them. The day gets busy, we concentrate on getting our tasks done and find at the end of the day that we haven’t spent any quality time with them.

May we not neglect this valuable human connection. 

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