Bucket List of unusual food / beverages to try

Ok, so I got this idea from a facebook link.  I’m not that keen on the privacy aspects and auto sharing of information in some of these apps but love the concept.  I  have adapted bits of this and have also added some stories and descriptions for some bits that were unfamiliar to me.  This was interesting and fun to do….and I surprised myself as to how many of these I have tried…and how many I have no desire to try.

 1. Abalone  √    Similar to New Zealand Paua which can be eaten as soup, minced in patties or sliced, beaten with a beer bottle then fried. 
 2. Absinthe  √  Tasting this was a requirement during by Hospitality teaching days.  Dianne also had a go at making Absinthe….. there is a whole story in that alone..   
 3. Alligator  √  Professional development activity when I worked at Rainbow Springs – Salty chicken taste 😦
 4. Baba Ghanoush √  Aubergine (eggplant) based dip. Yummy
 5. Bagel and Lox  √  Bagel, Cured Salmon, Cream Cheese and capers…. ahhhh
 6. Baklava  √  Honey, nuts, spices, pastry & butter all layered up …. this is YES food
 7. Barbecue Ribs  √  Just re developed a taste for these and enjoyed them at The Glen
 8. Bellini Traditonally Sparkling wine with Peach Puree – the version I have tried was sparkling wine with peach schnapps
 9. Bird’s Nest Soup   NO – wont try a soup made from a Birds nest that is made of Bird Saliva – not happening
 10. Biscuits and Gravy A breakfast dish of soft flour cakes and a meat sauce from Southern USA… maybe one day
 11. Black Pudding  √  YICK
 12. Black Truffle  √  Have had Black Truffle Oil as a garnish…. wonder if that counts as a yes?
 13. Borscht  √  Best made with Fresh beetroot, not canned, for that earthy flavour.
 14. Calamari  √  YES, YES, YES. Crumbed, Battered, Pan fried, BBQ’d
 15. Carp  I have tried lots of different fish but dont specifically recall trying carp in any way.
 16. Caviar    Little pearls of yummi-ness  – mostly had the cheaper version on sushi.
 17. Cheese Fondue  √  Loving the  70’s food.  Melted Cheese and Bread.  Whats not to like?
 18. Chicken and Waffles  Bacon, banana and maple syrup waffles, fruit and yoghurt waffles but not chicken waffles – not yet anyway.
 19. Chicken Tikka Masala  √  More than once…and will do again
 20. Chile Relleno  Roasted chiles stuffed with loads of cheese, battered with an airy egg coating, and fried until crispy equate to the Mexican version of comfort food. Must try this.
 21. Chitlins   From Southern USA – Intestines of Pigs. Chitlins can be added to stews or soups, and some people prefer them cooked and then deep-fried dipped in mustard, or other spicy condiments.
 22. Churros  √  Southbank Markets in Brisbane have these and one is never enough.  
 23. Clam Chowder  √  We make chowders or thick soups with Pips & toheroas which are a bivalve shellfish similar to a clam
 24. Cognac  √  When the budget allows for it…. although I do prefer Scotch.
 25. Crab Cakes  √  The Asian way of making these is light and flavoursome – love Crab cakes
 26. Crickets  Shudder at the thought
 27. Currywurst  Fried German Sausage with a warmed curry ketchup…. I could try this – sounds nice
 28. Dandelion Wine  I have had wine made from Feijoa, Kiwifruit, honey, japonica apples, quince,  pumpkin, beetroot, strawberry and rose-hips to name a few… but not yet a dandelion wine.
 29. Dulce De Leche  √  Not made traditionally – but if you simmer a can of Highlander Sweetened condensed milk for about 3 hours….this is what you get
 30. Durian  √  OK, so I cheated. I have had Durian Lollies sent to me by my sister when she was in Malaysia. My friend Thomas Likes them way more than I do.
 31. Eel  √  Smoked Eel is OK but has lots of bones. Last one we caught was donated to our neighbour
 32. Eggs Benedict  √   Hollandaise sauce on anything – yummy
 33. Fish Tacos  On my to try list – love fish and love tacos. Why have I never tried this??
 34. Foie Gras     As pate – yes.
 35. Fresh Spring Rolls  √  The local restaurant near my work makes these and they are an awesome, tasty and healthy lunch option
 36. Fried Catfish  I have tried lots of different fish but dont specifically recall trying catfish in any way.
 37. Fried Green Tomatoes  I have had Green Tomato jam….but not fried green tomatoes
 38. Fried Plantain  √  Fried bananas…with cinnamon sugar YES!!!. Plantain is a less sweet banana, but still a banana.
 39. Frito Pie √   Had to google this before i said yes.  Corn chips, covered in chilli, topped with cheese and heated through.  Often eaten as a weekend munch.
 40. Frogs’ Legs   I recall Mum and Dad trying frogs legs at Marsdens…but we didnt get any, thankfully.
 41. Fugu  Japanese Puffer fish – not on the plans
 42. Funnel Cake  Googled, found on the MUST DO list. Fried batter coated with sugar…..um
 43. Gazpacho  √  You either love this or hate it…I love it – a great summer soup
 44. Goat √ I hoped Not – but my Dad assures me my Uncles Bruce and Frank supplied us with goat hind quarters that we had roasted.  2014 See how I cooked it myself
 45. Goat’s Milk  Only as a cheese – not as milk
 46. Goulash √  Beef & Paprika  slow cooked and flavoursome.
 47. Gumbo     According to wikipedia Gumbo is a heavily seasoned soup or stew that combines several varieties of meat or seafood with a sauce or gravy – and on that basis I have had plenty.
 48. Haggis  √  Made a haggis from all the icky bits of animals…cooked it in the Hangi for my sons 21st.  It was Amazing.
 49. Head Cheese  Not actually a cheese but a Jellied meat dish made of the meat from a pigs (or other animals) head – I know it a brawn
 50. Heirloom Tomatoes √  These are trending currently in many restaurants  
 51. Honeycomb  √  We had beehives when I was Growing up – honey comb was what we ate… still love it.
 52. Hostess Fruit Pie   Will need to travel to the USA for these. Have had pre packaged pies though.
 53. Huevos Rancheros  Googled, too easy, Eggs and Salsa on tortillas…..breakfast for tomorrow maybe  2014 now a weekend breakfast regular
 54. Jerk Chicken   Made some Jerk Chicken when one of the Children was studying Jamaica for a school project. Love the spice combination
 55. Kangaroo  √  This is Australia Mate – we eat Kangaroo
 56. Key Lime Pie   Have only had the Ice-cream version made by Baskin & Robbins….yummy
 57. Kobe Beef   √   Wagyu beef is beef grown from the Wagyu cattle. It was once nearly exclusively raised in Kobe, Japan.  Much of Wagyu beef is now grown outside of Japan, making it distinct from   Kobe beef. Most food experts cite no significant difference between the taste of Wagyu beef versus that of Kobe beef.
 58. Lassi  √  The only thing to drink with Hot Indian food
 59. Lobster   Lobster, Crayfish, Moreton Bay Bugs, Nom Nom Nom. Best are the Crayfish from Kaikoura and TeKaha
 60. Mimosa  √  OJ and Champers  – great for special breakfasts
 61. MoonPie  √  Crackers, marshmallow filling with a chocolate coating
 62. Morel Mushrooms  These look pretty and apparently they taste good so if some came my way – sure I’m keen to try
 63. Nettle Tea   Used for its metal chelating action to remove heavy metals and to detox the body. Sip nettle tea for its benefits as a mild diuretic to relieve fluid retention.  
 64. Octopus  √  Andy killed and cooked the one that got into the cray pots at TeKaha. Ate some…. Chewy stuff.
 65. Oxtail Soup  √   Grew up on Oxtail Soup and Oxtail stew…before it became an expensive gourmet food.
 66. Paella   A spanish rise dish flavoured with Saffron, Seafood, Chorizo, Chicken etc  Why have I not tried this yet √ 2014 Why was Paella never on my list – see my recipe here
 67. Paneer  √  Great component of many Vegetarian Indian dishes
 68. Pastrami on Rye  √  AKA Meat on Bread – but the combination of pastrami on Rye is a classic combination
 69. Pavlova  √  Kiwis created this fantastic Dessert and we all have our favourite recipe
 70. Phaal  A British Asian Indian curry dish, which originated in Indian restaurants in the UK, it is one of the hottest forms of curry regularly available, even hotter than the vindaloo. Will give this a miss
 71. Philly Cheese Steak  √    A sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll
 72. Pho     Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef or chicken.  The soup includes  rice noodles and is often served with Asian basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts.
 73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese √    This was around in the late 70’s. I recall having it with salads and on crackers                                                                                                                                               
 74. Pistachio Ice Cream  √   Thanks to Baskin and Robbins 
 75. Po’ Boy   Traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. Filled with roast meat or fried seafood,  served on baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust yet fluffy centre, the bread is the key.  2014 We do eat roast meat rolls so i guess without going there…I have had Po’Boy
 76. Pocky   A Japanese snack food  that consists of a biscuit stick coated with chocolate. It was named after the Japanese  word for the sound Pocky makes when bitten.   4/5/2012 Dianne Could not believe I hadn’t tried these and brought home 2 packets which we consumed a a pre dinner snack.  
 77. Polenta  √  Love fried polenta
 78. Prickly Pear  My research shows these are a weed in Australia.  I had a large cactus plant that looks like these  as a child near the letterbox.  The fruit is eaten in Sth America and Mexico. 
 79. Rabbit Stew  √  Just did the Rabbit Stew & rabbit pies for easter
 80. Raw Oysters  √  Bluff Oysters from the Deep South of New Zealand are THE BEST – raw, fresh and unadulterated.
 81. Root Beer Float  All the ingredients are here…. must try  2014 tried. very sweet
 82. S’mores  √  Camping essential but also common in our backyard after a BBQ
 83. Sauerkraut  √  We used this on the menu at the Masonic hotel in Napier and made the Korean version, Kim Chi, at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. i tied both and prefer the later.
 84. Sea Urchin  √  Known as a Kina in NZ.  YUCK YUCK YUCK….. and the next days ‘Kina Farts’ of those who ate them are a thing of pure evil particularly in a tent!!!
 85. Shark   Unless specified, most of the Fish for Fish’n’Chips in NZ is Lemon Fish (also known as shark)
 86. Snail  Dad ate these with a business colleague in Rotorua.  I watched, gagged and abstained.
 87. Snake  No way, never….
 88. Soft Shell Crab  On my list to try
 89. Som Tam  Thai pawpaw hot and sour salad – I may try this one day
 90. Spaetzle  Free form pasta made from a soft dough that is dribbled into the boiling water.
 91. Spam  Another camping essential.  Not Gourmet but versatile.
 92. Squirrel  Never tried and dont think I will – squirrels are too cute to eat 
 93. Steak Tartare  √  OK so not truely a steak tartare but I have had Carpaccio which is an entree of thnly sliced, rather than minced, raw beef with a dressing.
 94. Sweet Potato Fries  √  Sweet Potato, known to me as Kumara – Roasted, mashed, soup, hangi, boil-up or fries. Serve the fries with sour cream infused with orange rind.
 95. Sweetbreads √  As for Oxtail, we had these when they were cheap offal.  Now they are gourmet we cant afford them.
 96. Tom Yum √  Either with noodles or as the base for a Hot Pot cook off at our favourite Shabu shabu restaurant – Antarctic Circle in Brisbane
 97. Umeboshi  A japanese salted plum that tastes OK in a sweet & sour kind of way
 98. Venison  √  Wild venison is far superior to farmed in flavour and texture. 
 99. Wasabi Peas  √  Whats not to like about Wasabi Peas. 
 100. Zucchini Flowers  Im sure I would try these if they came my way
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  1. 1. Abalone √ Similar to New Zealand Paua which can be eaten as soup, minced in patties or sliced, beaten with a beer bottle then fried.
    B: √ Paua/Abalone on beach/open fire and Battery Road and Burke St.
    2. Absinthe √ Tasting this was a requirement during by Hospitality teaching days. Dianne also had a go at making Absinthe….. there is a whole story in that alone.. B: √ Love this taste!
    3. Alligator √ Professional development activity when I worked at Rainbow Springs – Salty chicken taste 😦
    B: √ In PNG – Pork texture but chickeny taste [fed on leftover Kaikaruk]
    4. Baba Ghanoush √ Aubergine (eggplant) based dip. Yummy
    B: √ Home made in Burke St.
    5. Bagel and Lox √ Bagel, Cured Salmon, Cream Cheese and capers…. ahhhh
    6. Baklava √ Honey, nuts, spices, pastry & butter all layered up …. this is YES food
    B: √ Introduced to this in Melbourne by Anne Louise.
    7. Barbecue Ribs √ Just re developed a taste for these and enjoyed them at The Glen
    B: √ Pork or Lamb or Spare-ribs…Yum!
    8. Bellini √ Traditonally Sparkling wine with Peach Puree – the version I have tried was sparkling wine with peach schnapps
    9. Bird’s Nest Soup NO – wont try a soup made from a Birds nest that is made of Bird Saliva – not happening
    10. Biscuits and Gravy A breakfast dish of soft flour cakes and a meat sauce from Southern USA… maybe one day
    11. Black Pudding √ YICK B: √ Once only – YICK!
    12. Black Truffle √ Have had Black Truffle Oil as a garnish…. wonder if that counts as a yes?
    13. Borscht √ Best made with Fresh beetroot, not canned, for that earthy flavour.
    B: √ Homemade @ Burke St
    14. Calamari √ YES, YES, YES. Crumbed, Battered, Pan fried, BBQ’d
    B: √ Will eat this anytime anywhere if there are no Garlic Prawns available
    15. Carp I have tried lots of different fish but dont specifically recall trying carp in any way. [Another name for Goldfish]
    16. Caviar √ Little pearls of yummi-ness – mostly had the cheaper version on sushi.
    B: √ Norwegian gave us tubes of black or red roe in Burke St – Love it.
    17. Cheese Fondue √ Loving the 70′s food. Melted Cheese and Bread. Whats not to like?
    B: √ You forgot the white wine…..
    18. Chicken and Waffles Bacon, banana and maple syrup waffles, fruit and yoghurt waffles but not chicken waffles – not yet anyway.
    19. Chicken Tikka Masala √ More than once…and will do again
    B: √ Homemade these days….
    20. Chile Relleno Roasted chiles stuffed with loads of cheese, battered with an airy egg coating, and fried until crispy equate to the Mexican version of comfort food. Must try this.
    21. Chitlins From Southern USA – Intestines of Pigs. Chitlins can be added to stews or soups, and some people prefer them cooked and then deep-fried dipped in mustard, or other spicy condiments.
    22. Churros √ Southbank Markets in Brisbane have these and one is never enough.
    B: √ Couldn’t agree more Janey! Yummy.
    23. Clam Chowder √ We make chowders or thick soups with Pipis & toheroas which are a bivalve shellfish similar to a clam
    B: Prefer these freshly gathered and cooked on the beach.
    24. Cognac √ When the budget allows for it…. although I do prefer Scotch.
    B: √ Had Cognac once at someone else’s place – loved it. Dee bought me a small “Bunch of Grapes” bottle of Armangac for my 21st B’day – it was beautiful!
    25. Crab Cakes √ The Asian way of making these is light and flavoursome – love Crab cakes
    B: Must try these one day soon!
    26. Crickets Shudder at the thought
    27. Currywurst Fried German Sausage with a warmed curry ketchup…. I could try this – sounds nice
    28. Dandelion Wine I have had wine made from Feijoa, Kiwifruit, honey, japonica apples, quince, pumpkin, beetroot, strawberry and rose-hips to name a few… but not yet a dandelion wine.
    29. Dulce De Leche √ Not made traditionally – but if you simmer a can of Highlander Sweetened condensed milk for about 3 hours….this is what you get
    B: √ Used to make this Caramel Sauce – yummy!
    30. Durian √ OK, so I cheated. I have had Durian Lollies sent to me by my sister when she was in Malaysia. My friend Thomas Likes them way more than I do.
    31. Eel √ Smoked Eel is OK but has lots of bones. Last one we caught was donated to our neighbour
    B: √ Had this at Hangi’s and Marae visits in Rotorua area – loved it.
    32. Eggs Benedict √ Hollandaise sauce on anything – yummy
    B: √ Love this on Baby spinach out of the back yard.
    33. Fish Tacos On my to try list – love fish and love tacos. Why have I never tried this??
    34. Foie Gras √ As pate – yes.
    B: √
    35. Fresh Spring Rolls √ The local restaurant near my work makes these and they are an awesome, tasty and healthy lunch option
    B: √ Favoured food at home or out and about.
    36. Fried Catfish I have tried lots of different fish but dont specifically recall trying catfish in any way.
    37. Fried Green Tomatoes I have had Green Tomato jam….but not fried green tomatoes
    B: √ Only the jam for me too – so far!
    38. Fried Plantain √ Fried bananas…with cinnamon sugar YES!!!. Plantain is a less sweet banana, but still a banana.
    B: √ Ate these in PNG – Green – floury taste – used a vege with meat dishes.
    39. Frito Pie √ Had to google this before i said yes. Corn chips, covered in chilli, topped with cheese and heated through. Often eaten as a weekend munch.
    40. Frogs’ Legs I recall Mum and Dad trying frogs legs at Marsdens…but we didnt get any, thankfully.
    B: √ These tasted a bit chickeny too – not much meat!
    41. Fugu Japanese Puffer fish – not on the plans
    42. Funnel Cake Googled, found on the MUST DO list. Fried batter coated with sugar…..um
    43. Gazpacho √ You either love this or hate it…I love it – a great summer soup
    B: √ Made this in Burke St
    44. Goat √ I hoped Not – but my Dad assures me my Uncles Bruce and Frank supplied us with goat hind quarters that we had roasted. √ 2014 See how I cooked it myself
    B: √ Had roast hind leg of Nannygoat home done in Burke St – [Billy Goat taste too strong – Yuk]
    45. Goat’s Milk Only as a cheese – not as milk B: √
    46. Goulash √ Beef & Paprika slow cooked and flavoursome.
    B: √ Still do this dish – now in Slow Cooker
    47. Gumbo √ According to wikipedia Gumbo is a heavily seasoned soup or stew that combines several varieties of meat or seafood with a sauce or gravy – and on that basis I have had plenty.
    48. Haggis √ Made a haggis from all the icky bits of animals…cooked it in the Hangi for my sons 21st. It was Amazing.
    B: √ Used to make this in Burke St.
    49. Head Cheese √ Not actually a cheese but a Jellied meat dish made of the meat from a pigs (or other animals) head – I know it a brawn
    B: √ Long slow process, only made it a couple of times in Burke St.
    50. Heirloom Tomatoes √ These are trending currently in many restaurants
    B: √ Have grown our own up on the Sunshine Coast.
    51. Honeycomb √ We had beehives when I was Growing up – honey comb was what we ate… still love it.
    B: √ I love the honey but not the waxy comb [supposed to be good for Sinus sufferers – we sold it from our hives for $2 per 2 litre Carton]
    52. Hostess Fruit Pie Will need to travel to the USA for these. Have had pre packaged pies though.
    53. Huevos Rancheros Googled, too easy, Eggs and Salsa on tortillas…..breakfast for tomorrow maybe √ 2014 now a weekend breakfast regular
    54. Jerk Chicken √ Made some Jerk Chicken when one of the Children was studying Jamaica for a school project. Love the spice combination
    55. Kangaroo √ This is Australia Mate – we eat Kangaroo
    B: √ An enjoyable not too gamey tasting meat.
    56. Key Lime Pie √ Have only had the Ice-cream version made by Baskin & Robbins….yummy
    57. Kobe Beef √ Wagyu beef is beef grown from the Wagyu cattle. It was once nearly exclusively raised in Kobe, Japan. Much of Wagyu beef is now grown outside of Japan, making it distinct from Kobe beef. Most food experts cite no significant difference between the taste of Wagyu beef versus that of Kobe beef.
    58. Lassi √ The only thing to drink with Hot Indian food
    59. Lobster √ Lobster, Crayfish, Moreton Bay Bugs, Nom Nom Nom. Best are the Crayfish from Kaikoura and TeKaha
    B: √ Introduced to Lobster Thermidor by Tony’s boss from Steamships on Bougainville – to die for!
    60. Mimosa √ OJ and Champers – great for special breakfasts
    B: √ Favourite breakfast drink with German Sausages, sauerkraut, chops, etc…, farewelling people from Bougainville before they emplaned to ‘go pinis’
    61. MoonPie √ Crackers, marshmallow filling with a chocolate coating
    62. Morel Mushrooms These look pretty and apparently they taste good so if some came my way – sure I’m keen to try
    63. Nettle Tea Used for its metal chelating action to remove heavy metals and to detox the body. Sip nettle tea for its benefits as a mild diuretic to relieve fluid retention.
    64. Octopus √ Andy killed and cooked the one that got into the cray pots at TeKaha. Ate some…. Chewy stuff.
    65. Oxtail Soup √ Grew up on Oxtail Soup and Oxtail stew…before it became an expensive gourmet food.
    B: √ Loved making this – much easier nowadays in Slow Cooker.
    66. Paella A spanish rice dish flavoured with Saffron, Seafood, Chorizo, Chicken etc Why have I not tried this yet √ 2014 Why was Paella never on my list – see my recipe here

    67. Paneer √ Great component of many Vegetarian Indian dishes
    B: √ An easy to make Indian style cheese – add sugar and it is Chenna.
    68. Pastrami on Rye √ AKA Meat on Bread – but the combination of pastrami on Rye is a classic combination
    69. Pavlova √ Kiwis created this fantastic Dessert and we all have
    our favourite recipe
    B: √ Love making these for special occasions..
    70. Phaal A British Asian Indian curry dish, which originated in Indian restaurants in the UK, it is one of the hottest forms of curry regularly available, even hotter than the vindaloo. Will give this a miss
    71. Philly Cheese Steak √ A sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll
    72. Pho √ Vietnamese noodle soup, usually served with beef or chicken. The soup includes rice noodles and is often served with Asian basil, mint leaves, lime, and bean sprouts.
    B: √ Like making this one too – quick meal on Sunshine Coast.
    73. Pineapple and Cottage Cheese √ This was around in the late 70′s. I recall having it with salads and on crackers B: √ Favourite at Port School parents do’s.
    74. Pistachio Ice Cream √ Thanks to Baskin and Robbins
    75. Po’ Boy Traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. Filled with roast meat or fried seafood, served on baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust yet fluffy centre, the bread is the key. √ 2014 We do eat roast meat rolls so i guess without going there…I have had Po’Boy
    B: √ Love the Subway Version.
    76. Pocky A Japanese snack food that consists of a biscuit stick coated with chocolate. It was named after the Japanese word for the sound Pocky makes when bitten. √ 4/5/2012 Dianne Could not believe I hadn’t tried these and brought home 2 packets which we consumed a a pre dinner snack.
    77. Polenta √ Love fried polenta
    B: √ Have made occasionally – should try more often.
    78. Prickly Pear My research shows these are a weed in Australia. I had a large cactus plant that looks like these as a child near the letterbox. The fruit is eaten in Sth America and Mexico.
    B: Always wanted to try this – evidently the flesh of the leaves can be eaten as well [especially if you are very thirsty in the desert and it it the only thing growing].
    79. Rabbit Stew √ Just did the Rabbit Stew & rabbit pies for easter
    B: √ Family knew this an underground chicken – had it infrequently – Used to have it a lot when I was a child in Battery Road especially as my Uncle Syd was a Rabbit Trapper.
    80. Raw Oysters √ Bluff Oysters from the Deep South of New Zealand are THE BEST – raw, fresh and unadulterated.
    B: √ Two things my husband regretted teaching me to have – Bluff oysters and beer – since then he had to share with me anytime he bought or was given any!
    81. Root Beer Float All the ingredients are here…. must try√ 2014 tried. very sweet
    B: √ Love that Sarsparilla flavour…..
    82. S’mores √ Camping essential but also common in our backyard after a BBQ
    B: √ Our Grandchildren in Rotorua introduced us to these.
    83. Sauerkraut √ We used this on the menu at the Masonic hotel in Napier and made the Korean version, Kim Chi, at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. i tied both and prefer the latter.
    B: √ Chefs up at Panguna introduced me to the German version – which I liked but have never been able to achieve the same taste when prepping it myself.
    84. Sea Urchin √ Known as a Kina in NZ. YUCK YUCK YUCK….. and the next days ‘Kina Farts’ of those who ate them are a thing of pure evil particularly in a tent!!!
    85. Shark √ Unless specified, most of the Fish for Fish’n’Chips in NZ is Lemon Fish (also known as shark)
    B: √ Shark and Taties – a favourite dish in Battery Road.
    86. Snail Dad ate these with a business colleague in Rotorua. I watched, gagged and abstained.
    B: √ Introduced to these by Stewart Tully at Hervey Bay at at beachside BBQ with Anne Louise, Tony, Chris & Stephen – Britz van trip Brisbane to Gympie and Rainbow Beach before heading off to PNG in 1980’s.
    87. Snake No way, never….
    88. Soft Shell Crab On my list to try
    89. Som Tam Thai pawpaw hot and sour salad – I may try this one day
    90. Spaetzle Free form pasta made from a soft dough that is dribbled into the boiling water.
    91. Spam √ Another camping essential. Not Gourmet but versatile.
    B: √ Ate this during the WW2 – when meat was short in supply or too dear, or we had run out of the month’s coupons.
    92. Squirrel Never tried and dont think I will – squirrels are too cute to eat
    93. Steak Tartare √ OK so not truely a steak tartare but I have had Carpaccio which is an entree of thnly sliced, rather than minced, raw beef with a dressing.
    94. Sweet Potato Fries √ Sweet Potato, known to me as Kumara – Roasted, mashed, soup, hangi, boil-up or fries. Serve the fries with sour cream infused with orange rind.
    B: √ Have made with both NZ Kumara and Aussie orange Sweet Potato.
    95. Sweetbreads √ As for Oxtail, we had these when they were cheap offal. Now they are gourmet we cant afford them.
    B: √ Ate these often in NZ. Offal items [Liver, kidneys, heart, tripe, sweetbreads and brains were cheapest along with Ox-tail and lamb shanks.
    96. Tom Yum √ Either with noodles or as the base for a Hot Pot cook off at our favourite Shabu shabu restaurant – Antarctic Circle in Brisbane
    B: √ Favourite homemade dish nowadays
    97. Umeboshi √ A japanese salted plum that tastes OK in a sweet & sour kind of way
    B: √ Anne Louise sent us the Malaysian/Chinese version of these when she was in KL – loved them. Sometimes available in Sunnybank Hills ethnic Shopping areas.
    98. Venison √ Wild venison is far superior to farmed in flavour and texture.
    B: √ Another favourite game dish very popular in Battery Road and Burke Street when we were given some.
    99. Wasabi Peas √ Whats not to like about Wasabi Peas.
    100. Zucchini Flowers Im sure I would try these if they came my way

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