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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Kiwi Tucker Test

In my travels on the foodie blog trail, I've frequently come across the Omnivore's Hundred, and recently spotted the British Hundred. The first is a list of things that every good omnivore should try to eat at least once in their life, while the second is in a similar vein but covers only British food. Doing these challenges, I felt somewhat diminished by how little of the stuff on those lists I've actually eaten. I'll be honest, I've hardly even heard of a lot of these things. And I've spent a reasonable amount of time in the UK, though admittedly I was on the bones of my @$$ and could barely afford to eat, much less engage in far-reaching gastronomical endeavours.

So here's my challenge to the Brits, and anyone else who would like to see how much good New Zealand food they've really eaten: Take the Kiwi Tucker Test (the New Zealand One Hundred, shall we say?) and see how much Puha, Hangi and Kina you've eaten! Also open to Kiwis, Ozzies, and anyone else willing to give it a try.

I came to realise something while writing this list. Since I tried to exclude recent multicultural influences that feature strongly in local cuisine (such as Turkish, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Japanese, for example) but made an effort to include Maori and Pacific foods and local regional delicacies, it became clear that our British and American (or in my case Canadian) influences tend to lean towards the staid and not terribly healthy unless there's a huge swathe of veges on the side of the plate. So it's jolly good that Chicken Chowmein, Lamb Korma, Sushi and Beef Kebabs have made their way into our tummies and livened up what must have been a pretty bland palate for our parents' generation. With that in mind, I've avoided including those influences on this list in an effort to represent the taste of New Zealand as I remember it as a kid, before things got so flash and tasty. Would I go back to only eating food that features on the Kiwi Tucker Test? HA! No way.

My rules (just like the others):
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) Post a comment at linking to your results.
  1. Sausage sizzle
  2. Puha
  3. Watercress
  4. Whitebait Fritters
  5. Train Smash (luncheon and sauce rolled up together)
  6. Kina
  7. Marmite
  8. Weetbix
  9. L & P
  10. Watties' Tomato Sauce
  11. Muttonbird
  12. Yams
  13. Taro
  14. Weta
  15. Huhu grub
  16. Roast Chicken
  17. Pavlova
  18. Mince & Cheese Pie
  19. Fish & Chips
  20. Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
  21. Milo
  22. Hokey Pokey Ice Cream with Milo
  23. Terakihi
  24. Manuka Honey
  25. Gisborne Oranges
  26. Potato Top Pie
  27. Anzac Biscuits
  28. Mr Hutton's Double Cheese Sizzlers
  29. Pipis
  30. Oysters fresh off the rocks
  31. Weka
  32. Spaghetti from a tin
  33. Watermelon from a roadside stand
  34. Kumera
  35. Rewa Bread
  36. Samosas
  37. Rhubarb Crumble
  38. Vegemite
  39. 'Tasty' Cheese
  40. South Island Apricots
  41. Hawkes Bay Chardonnay
  42. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
  43. Mac's Gold Beer
  44. Bell Tea
  45. Golden Syrup
  46. Mixed Grill Breakfast (Sausages, Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns, Toast, Tomato)
  47. Sausage Roll
  48. Mince on Toast
  49. Packet Macaroni Cheese
  50. Chip Butties
  51. Smoked Eel
  52. Cookie Time Cookie
  53. Watercress
  54. Pork Boil-Up
  55. Vogel's Bread
  56. 2 Minute Noodles
  57. Corned Silverside
  58. Rabbit Stew
  59. Blackberries picked from the side of the road in February
  60. Homemade Plum Jam
  61. Any Burger with a big slice of beetroot in it
  62. Toffee Pops
  63. Marinated Mussels
  64. Hundreds & Thousands
  65. Twisties
  66. Wine Biscuits
  67. Gingernuts
  68. Foxton Fizz
  69. Leed Lemonade (you'll have to be at least as old as me to remember that one)
  70. Cream Donuts
  71. Rasberry Buns
  72. BBQ Steak AND Sausage AND Chops (all at once)
  73. Coleslaw
  74. Cold Potato Salad
  75. Christmas Pudding
  76. Sherry Trifle with fruit
  77. Jaffas
  78. Fresh Snowpeas eaten straight from the pod
  79. Moro Bar
  80. Tip Top Trumpet
  81. Cheese, Pineapple & Onion Toasted Sandwiches
  82. Coromandel Smoked Mussels
  83. Fresh Coconut
  84. Greggs' Instant Pudding
  85. Crayfish
  86. Summer Salad: Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Beetroot, Cheese
  87. Honeysuckle Nectar
  88. Bluff Oysters
  89. Raro
  90. Chicken Roll
  91. Cheerios (Not the cereal - little red sausages)
  92. Mallowpuffs
  93. Wild Pork
  94. Red Lamington
  95. Feijoas
  96. Kiwifruit
  97. Summer Strawberries
  98. Chokos
  99. Pineapple Lumps
  100. Whittakers Peanut Slabs

And for anyone who's interested in how I did on the other two, read on:
The Omnivore's Hundred

Here are the rules if you would like to play along…
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 linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
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
16. Epoisses
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
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche (caramel)
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
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
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed
50. Sea urchin (Kina)
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone (Paua)
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
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
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
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

The British Hundred, at Food Stories

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) Link back to Food Stories, if you would be so kind.

1. Grey squirrel
2. Steak and kidney pie
3. Bubble and squeak
4. Spotted dick
5. Hot cross buns
6. Laver Bread
7. Toad in the hole
8. Shepherds pie AND cottage pie
9. Scotch egg
10. Parkin
11. Welsh rarebit
12. Jellied eels
13. Stilton
14. Marmite
15. Ploughman’s lunch
16. Cucumber sandwiches
17. Coronation chicken
18. Gloucester old spot
19. Cornish pasty
20. Samphire
21. Mince pies
22. Winkles
23. Salad cream
24. Malt Loaf
25. Haggis
26. Beans on toast
27. Cornish clotted cream tea
28. Pickled egg
29. Pork scratchings
30. Pork pie
31. Black pudding
32. Patum Peperium or Gentleman’s relish
33. Earl grey tea
34. Elvers
35. HP Sauce
36. Potted shrimps
37. Stinking bishop
38. Elderflower cordial
39. Pea and ham soup
40. Aberdeen Angus Beef
41. Lemon posset
42. Guinness
43. Cumberland sausage
44. Native oysters (Well I've had native NZ oysters straight off the rocks - does that count?)
45. A ‘full English’
46. Cockles
47. Faggots
48. Eccles cake
49. Potted Cromer crab
50. Trifle
51. Stargazy Pie
52. English mustard
53. Christmas pudding
54. Cullen Skink
55. Liver and bacon with onions
56. Wood pigeon
57. Branston pickle
58. Oxtail soup
59. Picalilli
60. Sorrel
62. Chicken tikka masala
63. Deep fried Mars Bar
64. Fish, chips and mushy peas
65. Pie and mash with liquor
66. Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (with gravy)
67. Pickled onions
68. Cock-a-leekie Soup
69. Rabbit and Hare
70. Bread sauce
71. Cauliflower cheese
72. Crumpets
73. Rice pudding
74. Bread and butter pudding
75. Bakewell tart
76. Kendall mint cake
77. Summer pudding
78. Lancashire hot pot
79. Beef Wellington
80. Eton mess
81. Neeps and tatties
82. Pimms
83. Scampi
84. Mint sauce
85. English strawberries and cream (I've had strawberries and cream...)
86. Isle of Wight Garlic
87. Mutton
88. Deep fried whitebait
89. Angels on horseback
90. Omelette Arnold Bennett
91. Devilled kidneys
92. Partridge and pheasant
93. Stew and dumplings
94. Arbroath smokies
95. Oyster loaves
96. Sloe gin
97. Damson jam
98. Soda bread
99. Quince jelly
100. Afternoon tea at the Ritz


DANIELLE said...

Like you, I'd say there are less tahn 20 items on your list that I have eaten - mind you I have never been to New Zealand!

lbs said...

Oh, I miss Kiwi food!!! What I would do for a toffee pop or some L&P....