Rhys’ New Foods List – January/February

Yeah, this is way, WAY overdue…I apologize.  This will be my last entry in this series for now, unless something MAJOR happens.

1/3 – Roast Pork Neck:  If they hadn’t told me it was neck, I wouldn’t have known really.  Quite hammy.
1/6 – Pork Knuckle:  This was AWESOME.  Think of the most succulent and tender babyback ribs you’ve eaten and multiply that a few times.  Very tasty and a Prague specialty.
1/10 – Horseradish: A bit too spicy in a different way.  It was freshly made, too, not that packaged Arby’s stuff.  Tolerable, though.
1/12 – Czech Hot Dog:  Interesting.  A sausage a little larger than a frankfurter placed inside a hollowed-out baguette, surrounded by mustard and ketchup.  Brilliant!
1/16 – Battered Sausages:  Not the corn dog I was looking for.  Just can’t do much greasy sausage.  The spices don’t do well in my insides.
1/17 – Paprika Carrots, Polenta:  Paprika is a good spice in moderation, and it made the carrots eatable…but just barely.  The consistency of cooked carrots always gives me pause.  Polenta is an Italian dish of cornmeal, bolognese sauce, and some other seasoned ingredients that wasn’t my cup of tea, but Indi ate it up…literally.
1/18 – Weetabix, Orange Marmalade, Guinness:  Weetabix are more horrible than Oatmeal Squares, and that’s saying something.  I was very happy to finally try one of Paddington Bear’s favorite foods, but the marmalade was a bit to saccharine sweet; I prefer a fresh orange.  Guinness is now my favorite drink.
1/23 – English Fruit Cake:  Soaked in rum, the English version of the perennial Christmas treat is much different than the American hot-potato do-not-want brick.  It’s not bad, and the piece I had was homemade.  And rummy.
1/25 – Steak and Ale Pie:  Quite similar to the meat pies of New Zealand, but with the added flavors of a local ale.  Made in many pubs with individual recipes, it became an instant favorite.
1/28 – Worcester Crisps:  Just like it says.  Potato Chips flavored with worcester sauce.  WAY TOO STRONG!
1/29 – Steak and Ale Crisps:  Of course these were amazing!
2/6 – Hot Box Noodle, Japanese Rice Ball:  Hot Box is the local term for an extremely spicy (to me) dish in Cardiff and it made my nose run.  Not big into that much spice.  The Japanese Rice Ball was totally not what I was expecting, as it was battered as well.  Too heavy…which was sad.
2/9 – Yogurt & Muesli, Damsens, Steamed Cabbage:  Can’t say I’m a big yogurt or muesli fan, but the Damsens were great!  Small reddish fruits with pits that were slightly bitter.  Steamed Cabbage, well, once was enough for now.
2/10 – Jaffa Cakes, Bakewell Tart:  Extremely successful day.  Who doesn’t like Jaffa Cakes, with their chocolate-covered biscuit with orangey center?  The tart was raspberry flavored and may have awakened my desire to try pie.
2/12 – Stew:  I have a hard time with hot, salty soups and stews.  Reminds me of salt water when I’m sick.  I enjoyed the flavor, but had a hard time getting past my mental association.
2/13 – Lamb Shoulder w/mint sauce:  I love lamb.  The mint sauce was a nice addition.
2/19 – Spinach & Artichoke Dip:  Totally love it.  Spinach is one of my biggest success stories, as I like it quite a bit now.

So, that’s that.  The challenge now is to seek out the foods I like and not just fall back into the old eating habits I had before I left.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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One Response to Rhys’ New Foods List – January/February

  1. Carol says:

    Weetabix I eat them every morning, bakewell tarts I can eat a box of 6 in 30 minutes especially if there the ones with icing with the cherry on top.

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