A couple of the questions were slightly trickier given my dual nationality context... and I could have cheated and answered 'haggis' to most of these.
My first ever Friday Five is dedicated to Nikki, sister RevGal, who was hungering for an opportunity to write about Haggis. With that introduction, today’s FF is all about food!
1) Is there a food from a foreign land whose reputation led to trepidation when you had a chance to give it a try? Given I grew up in a country that rejoices in having a go at eating 'weird' foods such as snake, emu, kangaroo, croc, witchetty grubs, etc. not a lot phases me. I did slightly baulk at snails the first time I confronted the dish in a fancy French restaurant.
Did you find the courage to sample it anyway? Yes
If so, were you pleasantly surprised or did you endorse the less than favorable reputation that preceded it? Bleurgh. And again I say bleurgh. The taste wasn't the problem - it was smothered in garlic. The texture was just...yuck. *shudders* And in the name of all that's good and holy, never, never again. Actually, while you're at it, I'm quite happy to pass on the rollmops, thanks.
2) What food from your own country/culture gets a bad rap? HAGGIS!! It's marvellous stuff, especially with a wee dram. Or, nodding in the direction of Australia and Marci...Vegemite. Wonderful if scraped thinly on hot buttered toast.
3) Of what food are you fond that others find distasteful? Well, given some folk baulk at haggis... but apart from that, ceviche infused with Tanqueray Ranjpur gin is something I could become very fond of.
4) Is there a country’s food, not native to you, that you go out of your way to eat? I could, of course, cheat here and say HAGGIS!!! But as my grandparents were Scots, it's kinda in the genes. Um, does Danish pastry count, or indeed, Haagen Daz? :)
5) What is your guilty pleasure food? Chocolate. And cookie dough Haagen Daz [disclaimer: other brands are available]
Bonus: What was your most memorable meal (good or bad), either because of the menu, the occasion, the company, or some other circumstance that makes it stand out? This year's incredible edible event was the 'Seven Courses, Seven Gins' meal in the company of three other intrepid diners. A pal was the common link between the four of us and thought it would be a fun experiment putting us all together in the same room to see what sort of conversation might occur. Pal of hers - and now friend of mine as well - is an amazing cook and he offered the gin-themed meal. A different kind of gin was used in the making of each course, and as each course arrived, a shot glass of the gin also appeared.
For our aperitif, and kicking things off in style - Edinburgh raspberry gin fizz...
Hendricks cucumber sandwiches
Tomato and Adnams gin soup
Game terrine with Brokers gin
Tanqueray Rangpur gin ceviche
Sipsmith jelly as our palate cleanser...
Pork in Beefeater sauce
Saffron gin rice pudding.
A very merry evening indeed - and remarkably not one hangover the next morning. Which is perhaps why it is actually a 'memorable' meal. Given I am not really a drinker, this was out of the ordinary on several levels.
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