Thursday, September 18, 2008

my vegetarian 100

these "100" lists are going all around the blogs these days. and hey, i'm unemployed, so why not indulge myself for a moment? these are all things one certain person thought that everyone (except vegans, in some cases) should eat in one's lifetime. bold the items you're eaten. here we go! 1. Real macaroni and cheese, made from scratch and baked 2. Tabouleh 3. Freshly baked bread, straight from the oven (preferably with homemade strawberry jam) -probably not with jam, but otherwise, sure! 4. Fresh figs 5. Fresh pomegranate 6. Indian dal of any sort -oh no. i have no idea! i don't remember the names of things, and rarely eat Indian. 7. Imam bayildi 8. Pressed spiced Chinese tofu 9. Freshly made hummus 10. Tahini 11. Kimchi 12. Miso 13. Falafel 14. Potato and pea filled samosas 15. Homemade yogurt 16. Muhammara - come again? 17. Brie en croute 18. Spanikopita 19. Fresh, vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes 20. Insalata caprese 21. Stir-fried greens (gai lan, bok choi, pea shoots, kale, chard or collards) 22. Freshly made salsa 23. Freshly made guacamole 24. Creme brulee - weirdly, i don't think i've ever had a classic creme brulee. maybe a bite. 25. Fava beans 26. Chinese cold sesame peanut noodles 27. Fattoush 28. New potatoes 29. Coleslaw 30. Ratatouille 31. Baba ganoush 32. Winter squash 33. Roasted beets -yuck 34. Baked sweet potatoes - double yuck. man, i love summer food so much more than winter food. 35. Plantains 36. Chocolate truffles 37. Garlic mashed potatoes 38. Fresh water chestnuts - they don't grow in the cans? 39. Steel cut oats 40. Quinoa 41. Grilled portabello mushrooms 42. Chipotle en adobo 43. Stone ground whole grain cornmeal 44. Freshly made corn or wheat tortillas 45. Frittata 46. Basil pesto 47. Roasted garlic 48. Raita of any type 49. Mango lassi 50. Jasmine rice (white or brown) 51. Thai vegetarian coconut milk curry 52. Pumpkin in any form other than pie 53. Fresh apple pear or plum gallette 54. Quince in any form 55. Escarole, endive or arugula 56. Sprouts other than mung bean 57. Naturally brewed soy sauce 58. Dried shiitake mushrooms 59. Unusually colored vegetables (purple cauliflower, blue potatoes, chocolate bell peppers…) 60. Fresh peach ice cream 61. Chevre 62. Medjool dates 63. Kheer 64. Flourless chocolate cake -yes. oh yes. 65. Grilled corn on the cob 66. Black bean (or any other bean) vegetarian chili 67. Tempeh 68. Seitan or wheat gluten 69. Gorgonzola or any other blue veined cheese 70. Sweet potato fries 71. Homemade au gratin potatoes - not sure. mom, did you use a box? 72. Cream of asparagus soup 73. Artichoke-Parmesan dip 74. Mushroom risotto 75. Fermented black beans 76. Garlic scapes 77. Fresh new baby peas 78. Kalamata olives 79. Preserved lemons 80. Fried green tomatoes 81. Chinese scallion pancakes 82. Cheese souffle 83. Fried apples 84. Homemade frijoles refritos 85. Pasta fagiole 86. Macadamia nuts in any form 87. Paw paw in any form 88. Grilled cheese sandwich of any kind - since i lived off these when i was newly vegetarian and still partake often, 1000x yes. 89. Paneer cheese 90. Ma Po Tofu (vegetarian style–no pork!) 91. Fresh pasta in any form 92. Grilled leeks, scallions or ramps 93. Green papaya salad 94. Baked grain and vegetable stuffed tomatoes 95. Pickled ginger 96. Methi greens 97. Aloo paratha 98. Kedgeree (the original Indian version without the smoked fish, not the British version with fish) 99. Okra 100. Roasted brussels sprouts wow. i have some eating to do! be sure to leave a comment and a link if you've done your own 100 list. thanks to tiger & strawberries for this one. *Update: Excuse me! My mother has never made au gratin or scalloped potatoes from a box, and is mildly offended that I might think that she did. Sorry, mom!


Adria said...

Fresh figs are the most awesome thing ever, as long as you can get over the wormy look on the inside!

kelley said...

yep, i can hardly eat the dried ones because of that texture. i should pick some up if i see them, though.

Wandering Coyote said...

Wow - there are a lot of these 100 lists going around! I'll post this one this week sometime. Thanks!

jeff said...

Hi... I just found your blog and I've really enjoyed reading. I found this list myself a few weeks ago and have been able to cross a few things off recently.

Try Indian, btw. A mild, well-prepared saag paneer can be a revelation.

My own 100 is here:

Sophie said...

ooo... i am a tofu super fan! sigh. i want the mapo tofu soooooo badly right now. with rice.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.