I saw a food meme, “The Omnivore’s Hundred,” over at The Kilowatthour and found it pretty interesting. For one thing, I love thinking and talking about food, and for another thing, I love trying new dishes, so the meme got me thinking about all of the things I haven’t tried yet, but would like to (like sweetbreads – I still haven’t gotten a chance to try them, dammit).
It’s also interesting that the blogger who compiled the list is British — the things that seem exotic or a “must try” there are assuredly different than the things that would be so here, so it’s fun to see what made the list and what didn’t. Catfish, where I grew up, is simply de rigeur, but It might not be so common there. (I also wonder whether they really meant “crocodile,” or whether that should be “alligator.” DO people eat crocodile?)
And that brings me to this: do you know that there are people out there who don’t eat seafood? Because they think it is gross? And they have only ever tried one or two types of fish? And are terrified of sushi because it may contain raw fish? Well, there are, and it makes me feel blue. I started thinking about all the fabulous kinds of seafood I have tried and loved over the years, and I realized that in comparison to some, I might be considered a fairly adventurous eater. Here are some lists of fish and seafood-type things I have eaten:
Shellfish, Molluscs, Reptiles, and Other Weird Things That, Okay, Might Not Be Seafood, Technically: lobster, shrimp, crab*, softshell crab, crawdads*, oysters, mussels*, scallops, clams, squid, octopus, eel, escargots, alligator, shark, salmon roe, sturgeon roe.
Regular Fish-Type Fishes: salmon, halibut, catfish, many kinds of trout*, tilapia, pollock, sturgeon, mahi mahi, amberjack, anchovy, plaice, cod, flounder, herring, sardines, monkfish, orange roughy, sole, sea bass, snapper, whitefish, a million kinds of tuna.
*I even caught these myself, and I will thank you to keep your crabs jokes quiet thank you.
I’m sure I am forgetting a few things there, and I’m also sure I have eaten things either at sushi restaurants or while in Europe that I couldn’t have identified, or whose names I didn’t understand. Nonetheless, that seems like a lot of kinds of seafood, doesn’t it? I’m not trying to brag here; rather, my point is that there are a LOT of different things out there, and they all taste different and can be prepared in a million different ways. There’s just so much to try, and I bet everyone, even the squeamish, would find something to like.
Things I have Yet to Try: sea urchin, langoustine, conch, blowfish, spiny lobster, sea cucumber.
What about you? Do you share the love of all things that swim, crawl, or slither underwater? Feel free to make your own list here or on your own blog (and then post a link to it in the comments so’s I can take a gander).
What is your favorite? I am really into seared tuna and softshell crab lately.