Close to the hospital on an empty lot stands an old "Chip Wagon". It is actually a trailer and the flag of Newfoundland flies proudly above it. One of my patients who had been in hospital for three months following surgery made this the destination of her first trip to the outside world. I drive by the stand every day but have never been inclined to stop for a meal.
The Becka severely limits her intake of sugar, dairy and wheat during ragweed allergy season but had a craving for some french fries one evening. We decided to have some real french fries, not the fake, factory moulded items sold in fast food restaurants. The trailer menu was interesting. Newfie fries came with gravy, peas and stuffing! Poutine, the French Canadian artery clogging delight, came with cheese curds and gravy. And the most trendy option was nacho fries with sour cream and salsa. We settled for a small order of plain fries which ended up being large enough to feed a family of four. But the potatoes were real and they were hot, crisp and delicious. We hid incognito under a large multi-coloured umbrella and enjoyed the treat.
Most cultures have a signature dish and we all enjoy comfort foods that tend to be tasty if not the most healthy for us. Earlier this week, Laura from Somewhere in NJ posted a meme called the Omnivore's Hundred. Many of the foods are ethnic specialities. Here it is with my results. I have added some comments in italics. What are your favourite comfort and ethnic foods??
The Omnivore’s Hundred:
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.
2. Nettle tea -a patient brought me a big bag of nettles…not bad
3. Huevos rancheros
Steak tartare -have you seen Mr Bean hide his steak tartare?
5. Crocodile – well it was Alligator, but only once!
7. Cheese fondue- I still have a fondue pot
10. Baba ghanoush -eggplant is my “iff-iest” vegetable
12. Pho – one of our favourite Thai take out items
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi - I love this dish! Recipe on my other blog…
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
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
24. Rice and beans
Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
Root beer float -I hate root beer
Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea- I think this an error. You eat clotted cream with your scones and fruit at tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
40. Oxtail – Mom often made oxtail soup
41. Curried goat- pretty standard fare at Indian buffets
44. Goat’s milk
Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
47. Chicken tikka masala
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut -once
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
54. Paneer- Delicious Indian cheese
. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
Dirty gin martini
Beer above 8% ABV
60. Carob chips
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake -or “Beaver Tails” at the Byward Market in
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail -sounds better when called “escargot”
79. Lapsang souchong -tea lover that I am
81. Tom yum- I made this yesterday but the chili pepper was very HOT!
82. Eggs Benedict
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
90. Criollo chocolate
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish (this is on the list twice)
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
Postscript: My nephew Alex did not think I had enough disgusting food on the list so he has added some of his "favourites". The links are not for the faint of heart or stomach!
None of this stuff is particularly gross, so I’ll add some: