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Fifty things

….. To eat before you die. 

Shame on you BBC.

I was watching pointless (a UK quiz show ) and they had a category of fifty things to eat before you die. It was based on a BBC survey apparently. 

Well the survey created a list which only had two bits of fruit on it. Eighteen of the items listed were definitely water dwelling creatures including shark. Nobody should be eating shark! 

(I don’t want to promote it with a link but you can google it if you like.)

A further fifteen were meat including Skippy, guinea pigs (!) and Bambi and bambi’s mum! 

Nobody should eat bambi’s mum. That’s thirty three that are definitely meat.  

There were also ten types of cuisine which are likely meaty but could be without. We are up to forty three now. 

That leaves seven sweet options including chocolate and icecream.


Did nobody point out that the amount of fish species in the ocean including octopus, scollops and lobster are declining. 

Not one single solitary vegetable to be seen. 

I wasn’t impressed. 

Basically it’s not very balanced. I wasn’t disappointed to see meat but amazed there were zero vegetables and about three fruits. Only two desserts. I’d have said many people have a sweet tooth yet it wasn’t reflected very well.  The list was also neither sustainable nor conserving. Crocodile? 

So I’m going to write my own. And I hope some of you might agree that they’re all tasty. (I’ve put a * if they were on the original list)

  1. Asparagus
  2. Roast beetroot
  3. Chocolate*
  4. Chilli (vegetarian of course!)
  5. Pasta*
  6. Avocado 
  7. Grapes
  8. Strawberries
  9. Fried plantain 
  10. Mango*
  11. Pizza*
  12. Garlic mushrooms
  13. Risotto
  14. Chocolate mousse
  15. Tandoori haloumi cheese
  16. Kale chips
  17. Wasabi (anything)
  18. Arancini
  19. Roast red pepper hummus 
  20. Fresh pineapple
  21. Roast parsnips
  22. Roast potatoes
  23. Pan fried Brussel sprouts 
  24. Guacamole
  25. Manchego cheese
  26. Sharon fruit
  27. Fresh cherries 
  28. Crannochan
  29. Raw garden peas out of the pod
  30. Chips with raw onion, ketchup and mayonnaise (Dutch)
  31. Pancakes
  32. Chocolate brownies
  33. Soufflé
  34. Eggs Benedict
  35. Spanish tortilla
  36. Bubble and squeak 
  37. Potato Rosti
  38. Vegetarian pad Thai
  39. Blueberries
  40. Bananas
  41. French Macarons
  42. Beetroot chocolate cake
  43. Purple sprouting brocolli
  44. Profiteroles 
  45. Mushroom soup
  46. Raspberries
  47. Crispy seaweed
  48. Toast and marmite
  49. Aubergine Parmegiano
  50. Lychees

That was entertaining. Maybe with a selection like this there’s a bit more range. I feel like it was more responsible too. 

Do you have an unusual favourite food? 

What does your top fifty look like?



21 comments on “Fifty things

  1. wscottling
    April 20, 2015

    I’m not sure what it’s like over there, but here deer need to be culled because the idiots before us killed off most of their predators (wolves and such) and the deer populations can explode to amazing numbers. They will decimate crops and vegetable gardens without the yearly deer hunting season. Same with rabbits in other parts of the world… They are an invasive pest that will eat humans out of existence. It’s better to eat the meat than kill them just for sport or their hides. That’s my opinion anyway.

    A lot of the stuff on your list is food I eat all the time so it’s not really unusual or special in my neck of the woods. That means the “before you die” part of the list doesn’t really count because we can buy it at the local supermarket. Unless by “fresh” you mean fly to Hawaii and chop the pineapple out of the tree… ^_^


    • lizard100
      April 20, 2015

      I was mainly amazed that their lust was more that 66% meat…. (The different cuisines: curry, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, tapas etc) did presumably have veg in them too though.


      • wscottling
        April 20, 2015

        As an unrepentant meat eater, it doesn’t really surprise me. I don’t eat endangered species, but yeah, I do eat meat. And you are right, most Eastern cultures fill their dishes with vegetables (and they’re yummy!).

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  2. Kerry OReilly
    April 20, 2015

    ?Hi Jonesy, Am still keeping up with your blog and like the bakfiets. Pretty cool. And good that you can ride upright too. Am sending the piccie to Shell.

    Hope you’re having a good term.



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    • lizard100
      April 20, 2015

      It’s a bit scary and wobbly when you’re not used to it. Cheers!!


  3. Kitchen-Counter-Culture
    April 20, 2015

    Tell us about tandoori halloumi! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. wdouglas14
    April 21, 2015

    What a great list. Fans of any cuisine could pick an indulgent feast from that. And the tandoori halloumi caught my eye too!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      April 21, 2015

      It’s heavenly stuff. I guess I should’ve put links in….


  5. Helen
    April 21, 2015

    I think you list sounds a lot more appealing…..


  6. The Chaos Realm
    April 22, 2015

    I’m being lazy today…is beetroot the same thing as beets? Got beet juice, which is supposed to be good for eyeballs…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The Chaos Realm
    April 22, 2015

    I mean, beetroot is good for eyeballs…

    Liked by 1 person

  8. mjh333
    May 3, 2015

    Great list! I’ve sampled most of these delights not the tandoori haloumi sounds amazing. Found your recipe. Just had wisdom teeth out so an on liquid diet at the movement so can’t wait to eat so of theses again. Will have to be awhile though they put a hole in my sinus so no rushing into crunchy veg grr!

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      May 3, 2015

      Oooh sounds really nasty.


      • mjh333
        May 3, 2015

        Sore but good to help you appreciate things in life, like crunchy veg and breath smoothly and blowing you nose! At least their out now 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • lizard100
        May 3, 2015

        That’s the main thing.

        Liked by 1 person

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