100 Things You Should Eat Before You Die

Over in the forums there is a discussion going on about a meme that has been making its way around the food blogosphere for a few weeks. I do not know who came up with this list, but it's a list of 100 things you should eat before you die. In its meme form, it is just a list and while I enjoy food, I am not shy to say that I haven't had a a lot of these things and didn't know what some of them were. So, I decided to spend some time and get a few sentences, photos and links together so that I could learn what these were as well as (hopefully) help other people to know what they are. Enjoy!

100. Venison
Of late, venison has been used primarily to describe deer. A fairly rare dish due to the fact that not many restaurants sell venison and it is usually the product of hunting. Typical preparations include steaks, roasts, sausages, jerky and ground meat. It has a flavor similar to beef, but is much leaner and the fibers of the meat are short and tender.

99. Nettle tea
Nettles have a long history of use in the home as a herbal remedy and nutritious addition to the diet. The Nettle has long been valued as a medicinal and nutritional treasure. Nettle leaf has recently become a popular treatment for allergies based on one preliminary study. Nettle leaf is highly nutritious, and in cooked form may be used as a general dietary supplement. It is said that the "sting of the nettle is but nothing compared to the pains that it heals".

98. Huevos rancheros
Huevos rancheros (Ranch Eggs) is a classic Mexican breakfast dish which has become popular throughout much of the Americas. The basic version of huevos rancheros consists of corn tortillas fried lightly, and fried eggs with a tomato–chili sauce. Refried beans (frijoles refritos), slices of avocado, fried potatoes, and extra chili peppers are common accompaniments. Scrambled eggs can be used instead of fried eggs.

97. Steak tartare
Steak tartare is a meat dish made from finely chopped or ground raw beef or horse meat (but usually beef). Tartare can also be made by thinly slicing a high grade of meat such as strip steak, marinating it in wine or other spirits and spicing it to taste, and then chilling it.

96. Crocodile
Crocodile is consumed in some countries, such as Australia, Ethiopia, Thailand, South Africa and also Cuba (in pickled form); it can also be found in specialty restaurants in some parts of the United States. Crocodile meat is said to have a delicate flavor; some describe it as a cross between chicken and crab. Cuts of meat include backstrap and tail fillet.

95. Black pudding
Black pudding or (less often) blood pudding is a British English term for sausage made by cooking blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. It is also called blood sausage. Pig or cattle blood is most often used; sheep and goat blood are used to a lesser extent. Blood from poultry, horses and other animals are used more rarely. Typical fillers include meat, fat, suet, bread, sweet potato, barley and oatmeal.

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