We all know food trends come and go in our lives and the places around us, one week you loveee that traditional lasagne cooked by Mum, then by the end of the week you never want to see it again you’ve eaten so much!
A lot of people like to set goals for themselves or have some sort of bucket list to accomplish certain things in life like earning lots of money, having a successful job or even building their own house… Others on the other hand just want to try as many different foods as they can!
Are you a foodie just like us? Well if you are, you’re in look as we’ve picked out the most delicious and bizarre must-try foods and drinks that everyone should try at least once in their life, even if you’ve never heard of them, you will not regret trying them!
An anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium, together with green anise, sweet fennel, other medicinal and culinary herbs. Absinthe has a natural green colour, but may also be colourless and is very strong as the percentage of this alcohol can range from 45 to 74%!
Alligator is really healthy for humans as it’s very high in protein and low in fat. It has a very mild flavour and is quite firm in texture. It can be cooked many ways but some of the most popular ways to cook the meat are by deep frying it in batter, served as “gator nuggets”, boiled and braised then cooked in a stew or also fried in a pan and added to stir fry.
Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and held together with sweet syrup or honey. It’s a very popular dessert in Turkey and also some Middle Eastern countries. It is a very delicious dessert and if you have a sweet tooth, this dessert is one for you!
4. Barbeque Ribs
These guys are to die for and if you have not tried these yet, then you are missing out! The ribs are boiled until tender, then cooked with your favourite BBQ sauce. They are amazing and very popular in American style restaurants.
5. Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits and gravy are a popular breakfast dish in the US, especially in the South. In the UK, our biscuits are sweet whereas, in America, they are savoury. They are covered in either sawmill or meat gravy, made from the drippings of cooked pork sausage, white flour, milk, and often bits of sausage, bacon, ground beef, or other meats.
6. Black Pudding
Black pudding is a type of blood sausage originating in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is made from pigs blood, with pork fat or beef suet, and a cereal, usually oatmeal, oat groats or barley groats mixed. It is most commonly eaten with an English breakfast but people also do have this as a side with their lunchtime meals.
It’s a delicacy consisting of salt-cured fish roe and is eaten as a garnish or a spread. The roe can be "fresh" or pasteurized, with pasteurisation reducing its culinary and economic value. It's one of the most expensive delicacies in the world with top dollar caviar coming from rare sturgeon species that take much longer to develop roe than more abundant species.
8. Clam Chowder
Clam chowder is any of several chowder soups containing clams and broth. Other common ingredients include potatoes, onions, and celery. Other vegetables are not typically used, but small carrot strips or a garnish of parsley might occasionally be added primarily for colour. The taste is very creamy with a subtle seafood flavour.
Currywurst is a fast food dish of German origin consisting of steamed, then fried pork sausage typically cut into bite-sized chunks and seasoned with curry ketchup, a sauce based on spiced ketchup or tomato paste, topped with curry powder. It’s a pretty simple but tasty snack that everyone will love!
10. Dandelion Wine
The taste of dandelion wine is rich, golden and warming – more like a good brandy or whiskey than wine. Although the dandelion is a flower, the smell is more grassy than floral. In the early to mid-20th-century, dandelion wine was quite a big hit among Britain and North America, now you don’t seem to find it locally and is quite difficult to get your hands on.
11. Frogs Legs
Frog legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Chinese cuisine. They are often said to taste like chicken because of their mild flavour and the texture is so similar to a chicken wing. The legs of edible frogs are also consumed in other parts of the world, including Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and many other countries.
12. Fish Tacos
Tacos de Pescado ("Fish Tacos") originated in Baja California in Mexico. These fish tacos are traditionally loaded with all the best toppings, including cabbage, pico de gallo and a simple homemade white sauce, or “crema”, and they can be ready in less than 30 minutes.
13. Funnel Cake
Funnel cake is a regional food popular in North America at carnivals, fairs, sporting events, and seaside resorts. They are made by pouring batter into hot cooking oil in a circular pattern and deep frying the overlapping mass until golden-brown. The batter is commonly poured through a funnel creating its texture and also giving its name!
Gazpacho or “Andalusian Gazpacho” is a cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables. A classic of Spanish cuisine, it originated in the southern region of Andalusia. It is widely eaten in Spain and Portugal, particularly during the hot summers, as it is refreshing and cool.
Goulash is a stew of meat and vegetables usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from medieval Hungary, goulash is a popular meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe. It is one of the national dishes of Hungary and a symbol of the country!
Gumbo is a Creole dish popular in Louisiana, USA and is the official state dish. It consists primarily of a strongly-flavoured stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and what Louisianians call the "Holy Trinity" of vegetables, namely celery, bell peppers, and onions.
It is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal's stomach, though now often in an artificial casing instead. It also doesn't look that disgusting – once it's removed from the sheep's stomach, that is.
18. Head Cheese
Head cheese or brawn is a cold cut that originated in Europe. A version pickled with vinegar is known as souse. Head cheese is not a dairy cheese, but a terrine or meat jelly often made with flesh from the head of a calf or pig, or less commonly a sheep or cow, and often set in aspic.
19. Huevos Rancheros
Huevos rancheros is a breakfast dish consisting of eggs served in the style of the traditional large mid-morning fare on Mexican farms. It consists of fried eggs. fried or charred corn or flour tortillas topped with a salsa made of tomatoes, chilli's, onion, and cilantro. Refried beans, Mexican rice, and slices of avocado or guacamole, with cilantro as a garnish.
Lassi is a popular traditional dahi-based drink that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It's is a blend of yoghurt, water, spices and often fruit. Traditional lassi is a sweet-savoury drink, sometimes flavoured with ground and roasted cumin. Salty lassi, however, contains salt and other spices, instead of sugar, and is similar to doogh.
21. Morel Mushrooms
Morels are one of the most desired wild mushrooms in the world. They are not farmed like most grocery store mushrooms. The flavour is deep as opposed to strong and distinct without being weird. Their texture is meaty but in a tender way.
22. Nettle Tea
The herb's diuretic action also flushes excess uric acid from muscles and joints, helping to relieve arthritic pain and inflammations. Also in its role as an anti-inflammatory, nettle tea is effective in treating the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing common in allergy season.
Paneer is a fresh, unsalted white cheese. ... Paneer has a mild, milky flavour and a dense crumbly texture that goes beautifully well with strong spicy flavours used in many classic Indian dishes. Because it won't melt like other cheeses, chunks of it can be stirred into soups or curries and remain intact.
Pavlova is a delicious meringue-based cake named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream. It is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.
Phở or pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken. Phở is popular street food in Vietnam and a speciality in several restaurant chains around the world.
Polenta is a dish of boiled cornmeal that was historically made from other grains. It may be served as a hot porridge, or it may be allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf that can be baked, fried, or grilled.
27. Root Beer Float
An ice cream float or ice cream soda, coke float, or spider, is a chilled beverage that consists of ice cream in either a soft drink or in a mixture of flavoured syrup and carbonated water. When root beer and ice cream are used together to make the beverage, it is typically referred to as a root beer float.
A s'more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. First made by Joseph Michael Arnott in England then came over to America.
Venison is the flesh of a deer. Venison can be used to refer to any part of the animal, so long as it can be consumed, including the flesh and internal organs. Venison, much like beef or pork, is categorized into specific cuts, including roast, sirloin, and ribs.
30. Wasabi Peas
Wasabi peas are green peas that have been roasted and coated in a mixture of starch, sugar, salt, oil and wasabi. They may also contain artificial colouring, depending on the brand. Wasabi itself is a form of the horseradish plant grown in Japan. The root is harvested and made into a paste or powder for flavouring food.
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