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desert

Image credit: theworld.org

That’s desert, not dessert.  Click here (audio) to find out what a “food desert” is. Full transcript here.

Food deserts are something you definitely notice in certain neighborhoods in Washington, DC.  In the past few years, gentrification in Columbia Heights has radically changed the selection in grocery stores and even takeout food.

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Credit: Canadian Family

This is just the weirdest thing ever.  I found this recipe for ketchup cake via a friend of a friend’s twitter (how web 2.0 am I?).  The whole concept borderline grosses me out,  but it’s also intriguing.  Red velvet cake with a Great Northern makeover.  Maybe ketchup is to spice cake what mayonnaise is to chocolate cake—a strange bedfellow, but surprisingly delicious.  Just imagine if Americans were to take a tip from the Canucks and embrace ketchup cake—and universal health care!  For anyone who wants to give it a try, here’s the recipe reprinted from Heinz:

-2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour

-2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder

-1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) cinnamon

-1 tsp (5 mL)baking soda

-1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg

-1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger

-1/2 cup (125 mL) Heinz Tomato Ketchup

-1/2 cup (125 mL) water

-2 tbsp (30 mL) red food colouring

-3/4 cup (175 mL) butter, softened

-1 1/2 cups (375 mL) packed dark brown sugar

-2 eggs

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poutine

#59 on Top 100 List.  Credit: FritWit

This list has been making the rounds on the internet and first came to my attention thanks to Andrea of Food is to Love.  I’m willing to bet it was written by an American, since it includes Hostess fruit pies, Spam, and McDonald’s Big Mac Meal.  Anyway, scanning through the list, I feel grateful to live in a time when it’s easy to sample such a wide variety of food.  Which ones have you tried?  What’s missing from this list?

Here goes:

 

1. Venison – y
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros – y
4. Steak tartare -y
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue -y
8. Carp
9. Borscht -y
10. Baba ghanoush – y
11. Calamari – y
12. Pho -y
13. PB&J sandwich – y
14. Aloo gobi – y
15. Hot dog from a street cart -y
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle -no, but I’ve had truffle oil
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes – y
19. Steamed pork buns -y
20. Pistachio ice cream – y
21. Heirloom tomatoes – y
22. Fresh wild berries – y
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans – y
25. Brawn, or head cheese -y
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche -y
28. Oysters – y
29. Baklava – y
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas – y
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl – not together
33. Salted lassi –
34. Sauerkraut – y
35. Root beer float – y
36. Cognac with a fat cigar – not together
37. Clotted cream tea –
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O shot – y
39. Gumbo -y
40. Oxtail -y
41. Curried goat -y
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Single malt whisky – y
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala – y
48. Eel – y
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut -y
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone -y
54. Paneer – y
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal – y
56. Spaetzle – y
57. Dirty gin martini – y
58. Beer above 8% ABV – y
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores – y
62. Sweetbreads -y
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst -y
65. Durian -y
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake – y
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain – y
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho -y
72. Caviar and blini -y (OMG mmmm)
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie – y
78. Snail – y
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini – y
81. Tom yum -y
82. Eggs Benedict – y
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash – y
88. Flowers – y
89. Horse
90. Criollo
91. Spam -y
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa -y, I’ve had harissa…not sure if that’s the same
94. Catfish – y
95. Mole poblano – y
96. Bagel and lox – y
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta – y
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
100. Snake -y

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