I’ve been tagged to comment on the Travelers Lunch Box forum: Things to Eat Before You Die.
Not so much a Monster’s Ball (the last meal provided to someone before execution) but things you love to eat, or think others should try. I was thinking of hot flaky croissants, stinky blue cheeses, ripe figs, oysters, my favourite cocktails and dishes I´ve tried while traveling. But my list of Top 5 meals really are more to do with the experience, the family traditions and childhood memories.
1. Sunday Roast Dinner, at home, Australia
Golden roasted pumpkin, salted potatoes, carrots, garlic and sweet potatoes, tender beef, fresh mint peas all drowned in homemade gravy which is to be mopped up with (Nan´s) chessy muffins. I feel this meal can only be enjoyed in the home, no restaurant would ever get it right, it must be eaten around the dinning room table with all your family and ´the best´ cutlery, china etc.
2. Tea & Toast, taken in bed.
The main element of this dish is that someone else has to make it for you. They kindly wake you in the morning with the tinker of china, the smell of thick-cut freshly baked and toasted bread which has been spread with far too much cold butter and Bunnyconnellen marmalade. To rise to a 5 star occasion, this treat should be accompanied by the best sections of the morning’s newspaper.
3. Colombian Cuisine, Andres Carne de Res, Bogotá, Colombia
Atmosphere (entertainers, Colombian music, every full room and over flowing), Interior Design (every space covered in art, catholic kitch, all recyled materials and furniture) Great Food (served on wooden & metal plates, half coconuts for juices, painted tin mugs for soups). Andres, has it all. It has to be experienced to believe. This is one place you must visit in your life.
Must orders: Huge patacons with melted cheese accompanied by sauces; a selection of meats and sausages (morcilla – blood sauage with rice is amazing) which come out on a decorated grill with hot coals under it; corns on the cob; bottles of tequila which come with a huge sombrero; frijoles with eggs.
4. Fish & Chips, any beach in the world.
Crispy battered fish & chips (extras can include calamari, scallops and pineapple slices), must be wrapped in newspaper and served with tartar sauce while sitting on the beach watching the sunset. Finger licking good.
5. The First Mango of Summer
The perfect celebration of the arrival of summer. As a kid Mum would always buy a box of mangos from a roadside stall on the way to our beach holiday. She would prepare them for us buy cutting them in half, chris-crossing the flesh and inverting the skins. The juice would dribble down our chins, hands and arms; the perfect excuse to take a swim.
I´m looking forward to finding out what you consider as your ´Must Have´ foods or meals. So far my guesses are:
Barry, foie gras
Anita, anything that Xavier cooks!
And all my other loyal fans… you´ll have to let me know. I just realized that I forgot Tim Tam, what was I thinking!