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Five things to eat before you die

I was tagged again.

This time Curt over at Bucky’s Barbecue Blog tagged me to participate in the latest meme, Foodbloggers Guide to the Globe. The premise is that food bloggers from all over the world are list five things that they have eaten and think everyone should try at least once before they die. I could probably come up with a list of twenty without batting an eyelash but I will stay the course and list only five.

Hmmm…where to begin?

1. Samoan Oka.
Most cultures eat raw fish: smoked salmon, sushi, Bismark herring, rollmops etc. Oka is the way Samoans prepare and serve raw fish. It consists of small bits of fish that have been left to marinate in a mixture of lemon juice, coconut cream, salt and onions. One of best friends who happens to be Samoan adds chopped tomato and cucumber to his. He can always talk me into helping him cook for a party if he is making this.

2. Louisiana Boudain
Boudain is basically dirty rice in a sausage casing. Pork, rice, onion, garlic and bell pepper along with several spicy seasonings, stuffed into a sausage and grilled, smoked or broiled. My favorite way to eat it is to put it in a skillet with a quarter cup of water and steam it until it pops out of the skin. Then I add butter to the skillet and fry it with some onion, garlic powder and cayenne pepper, making sure to scrape up all of the brown bits on the bottom. Lastly, I throw in some tomato wedges just long enought to heat them through and serve it with crusty bread.

3. Donut Bread Pudding w/ Rum Glaze
This dessert is sinful. As if replacing the bread with donuts wasn’t bad enough, the rum glaze that is mad with a cup of rum and a whole box of powdered sugar just puts it over the top. Eat this in small amounts or you will go into a sugar coma. I have never taken this somewhere and brought some home. It’s that good.

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4. Fried Alligator
This is a Louisiana delicasy that surprisingly enough, I have only had in California. I get it at a Restaurant in Hermosa Beach called Ragin Cajun . They have the most authentic and best tasting Cajun/Creole food in Southern California. The fried alligator has a texture that is cross between chicken, fish and calamari. When it is prepared correctly, it is awesome.

5. Saltado de Pollo with Aji Sauce
This is a Peruvian dish that combines chicken with onions, tomatoes and french fries. The ingredients are sauteed and served over rice with a green Aji sauce. I have tried at great length to get the recipe from my favorite Peruvian restaurant, El Pollo Inka, in Lawndale but the most I have been able to get out of them is the ingredients. It contains lettuce, lime juice, jalapenos, salt, pepper and onion. They won’t give up the proportions so they have a customer for life!! The sauce is so good that I eat it on my bread instead of butter while I’m waiting for my meal.

Well that’s my list. I hope you try all of these fodds and come up your own list. Send it to me when you do because I love to try new stuff!

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One Response to “Five things to eat before you die”

Sylvie Says:

Love that El Polla Inka sauce too. I thought about donuts but your bread pudding is sinful. Got to try it.


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