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Food Friday: That's just odd 
10th-Aug-2007 07:27 am
Though I'm not terribly picky now, I was a very picky child. My biggest pickiness was not letting food touch on the plate.

It wasn't that nothing could touch each other, but I didn't like to have sweet things touch savory things...or any other combination that was 'weird' to me.

Sometimes, things that I liked separately lost their appeal when combined.

Some examples: pimento cheese. I like peppers, I like cheese. Didn't like pimento cheese. (I still don't like it unless drjoan's making it.)

Carrot-raisin salad. Exactly what it says it is. I couldn't stand it. Still can't.

Jello molds.1 Bits of things in jello/jelly gross me out.

One of the things that seemed the most odd to me was my gram's peanut butter and onion sandwiches.

Nowadays, I'm much more adventurous with food, but nothing could have prepared me for living with ybunny.

Fortunately, other than his penchant for dipping Tunnock's into salsa, he tends to stick to sandwiches for his bizarre matchings.

Recently, he threatened2 me with a cheddar and nutella sandwich.

It might just be good...but it makes me shake my head.

What combinations seem most odd to you? Which ones will you eat anyway?

1- Making disgusting jello molds is an art in the southern US. I can't even begin to describe some of the things that got chucked into perfectly good jello. *shudders*
2- A bit hollow of a threat since he's thousands of miles away. :)
10th-Aug-2007 06:41 am (UTC)
I put jam (strawberry) on the outside of my grilled cheese. I picked up this habit in college, at the local 24 hour diner. I accidentally picked up and put jam on my grilled cheese instead of my toast... and being 3 in the morning, I just shrugged and at it. It was good, so... I still do it. :)

I've probably got other weird habits (I know I'm picky about texture - applesauce is a no-no but apples and apple juice are both okay). But that's the big one that springs to mind.
10th-Aug-2007 06:44 am (UTC)
Now...that is odd. But, I guarantee that Tom will want to try it now.

I'm not an applesauce fan either. The only kind I'll eat is my grams, because it has been through the food processor long enough that it has no lumps at all.
10th-Aug-2007 07:07 am (UTC)
My ex was making custard when he ran out of milk, so he added orange juice because it was a similar colour. I couldn't eat it.

Otherwise I eat most things. Cheese and apple sandwiches are one of my favourites. And I love jelly with fruit in.
10th-Aug-2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Eeeeee...dairy and orange juice. That is a bad one.

I've not had cheese and apples in a sandwich, but now I'm going to give it a go.
10th-Aug-2007 07:28 am (UTC)
smallclanger had a Dairylea and Nutella sandwich for lunch yesterday. It does actually taste better than I expected, and I suspect cheddar and nutella wouldn't be bad either.

I like making toasted sandwiches with cheddar and humous (particularly the caramelized onion variety Tesco sell), but that's about it. I used to live with a bloke who liked Marmite and peanut butter in the same sandwich, though.

[I'm probably in the minority about the bizarreness of PB&J, which to my mind is one of the more disgusting things one can do to a sandwich.]
10th-Aug-2007 08:16 am (UTC)
oooh, toasties with humous does sound good.

But marmite and peanut butter? *shudders*
10th-Aug-2007 07:38 am (UTC)
A cream cheese sandwich accompanied by a V8 disgusts me.
10th-Aug-2007 08:16 am (UTC)
I could see how that would be bad.
10th-Aug-2007 08:07 am (UTC)
Your comment about picky children made me laugh as it reminded me of something my mother said recently:-

"I don't understand how there are so many obese children. You wouldn't eat a thing until you were five and your brother only ate sausages. How they get enough food in them to make them obese is a mystery to me..."

Bless her!

Anyway, I'll eat anything combined with anything. All goes down the same way :)

Except tomatoes and peas. However I will eat mushy peas and pizza pasta sauces etc with tomatoes in. Go figure... :/
10th-Aug-2007 08:18 am (UTC)
That's a good question. I know that my siblings and I were beanpole skinny until we went to boarding school.

Mushy peas....eeeek. I don't think I'll ever learn to like those. :)
10th-Aug-2007 08:15 am (UTC)
Agreed about carrot-raisin salad -- even the thought of it (shredded carrots!) makes me ill.

As for me, I guess I'm not a terribly adventurous eater. I have a theory that everything tastes better with peanut butter (proper US peanut butter, mind) but can say that peanut butter does not go well with oranges. The boy adores jam and cheese sandwiches.
10th-Aug-2007 08:19 am (UTC)
PB and orange, yes...that would be a bit weird.

My theory is that everything tastes better with Thai sweet chilli sauce. :)
10th-Aug-2007 08:26 am (UTC) - Peanut Butter
Growing up in the States, Peanut Butter Cups was one of favorite treats. The Germans however just don't understand - to borrow from that old advert - how "two great tastes taste great together!" It was only recently that the things have even begun to appear on the market here. Going through withdrawel in Sarajevo, I would just spread peanut butter onto a 100 g bar of chocolate mmmmmm. Now, my pallet has developed ... read that, I have come to appreaciate better chocolates, and I have come to appreciate how poor the quality of the chocolate is in the peanut butter cups really is.

My German friends - and wife - also can't appreciate how good PB&J sandwitches are, which I still love to make, ideally open faced on toasted white bread. I can understand my wife's reservations though, since her brother is allergic to peanuts, and has seen what happens when the stuff gets into his system.

American breakfast sausages and syrup is also a great combination that most people don't seem to understand ... but the idea was catchy enough for at least one company to make maple flavored sausages. mmmmmm
10th-Aug-2007 08:38 am (UTC) - Re: Peanut Butter
Sometimes poor quality chocolate is about nostalgia more than taste, I think.

I can't get into the idea of syrup on sausages, but since I'm veggie, it may lose something in translation. :)
10th-Aug-2007 08:38 am (UTC)
My mom and I both like toast, smeared with PB and parmesan (she likes grated, I like shredded).

My most disgustingly guilty pleasure is a smidge of mayo, on hawaiian pizza.

And yes, while I do like jello/fruit salads, I don't like certain 'southern' concotions ... like lemon jello with mexicali corn niblets and chiles thrown in ... *grimace*

Mom and I both agree that the PB/onion and cheddar/Nutella sammies are just WRONG!

10th-Aug-2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Hah. I'll have to try the PB parmesan thing.
Weird, but perhaps worth the try.

Eek, I forgot that one of my other 'no, no!' combinations is pineapple on pizza. I know, I know...my brother thinks I'm a heathen as well. :)
10th-Aug-2007 09:11 am (UTC)
My step-mom eats raw potato and onion sandwiches, gag! I love potatoes everyway you can cook them, but raw, no thanks, and I cannot stand onions.

And you are so right about stuff in jello. My great-grandmother used to make aspic. Noone knows why, even she didn't like it.

I do like rye toast with raspberry jam, not that strange in my opinion, but about half the people I tell to try it seem revolted.
10th-Aug-2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Isn't raw potato meant to be slightly poisonous?

I love rye toast with jam. Especially apricot. :)
10th-Aug-2007 09:22 am (UTC)
I'm from the school of almost anything can go in a sandwich. My favourite so far I think is a lasagna sandwich, although a chilli-con-carne sandwich is also pretty good.

Dislikes, raw toms, courgettes, not too keen on melon, but will eat it.

Most obscure thing ever eaten, not sure how it came about but a while back jacobs did these pots of cracker biscuits, kind of like tuc biscuits, but nicer, and different flavours. It was two garlic flavour biscuits with a white chocolate after 8 mint in between, it was rather nice.

On the weird things I have tried, one from 'dillo, half and half coke and orange juice, looks gross, tastes nice
10th-Aug-2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Lasangna sandwich. Eeenteresting.

Coke and OJ? Don't know if I could bring myself to try that.
10th-Aug-2007 11:29 am (UTC)
My aunt and my mother both love tomatoes with mayonaise. Just quartered slices of tomatoes dipped in mayo, like an appetizer or a snack. They also love homemade french fries with mayonaise. Its got to be a Southern thing that didn't get passed to me because the idea of that much mayo makes me ill.
10th-Aug-2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I do like Miracle Whip and tomato sandwiches, especially in summer time.

Not liking mayo/miracle whip would kill that, though.
10th-Aug-2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's definitely not confined to the South!

When my material grandmother died I inherited all her recipe books. Much to my horror, I now have in my possession far far too many ways to do very evil things to Jello.

She apparently took a course in cooking when she and my grandfather got married--as she'd been raised on a farm so all of her cooking skills were related to feeding far more people than just a small family. All of the menus from the cooking course noted the importance of a salad, and from talking to my mother that often took for the form of vegetables in Jello.
10th-Aug-2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Old cook books should be re-genre'd and put with the humour books, I think. :)

Good to know that the madness isn't regional, though.
10th-Aug-2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
10th-Aug-2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
see, even just the name of that sounds wrong...
10th-Aug-2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Bleh, jello molds. *shudders at the thought* Why can't they just leave it be?
10th-Aug-2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. :)
10th-Aug-2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Not a sandwich, but when I was pregnant, I discovered an urge to eat hard boiled eggs dipped into apple sauce. That particular craving has stayed with me for almost 5 years now!
10th-Aug-2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
That is bizarre. :)

(I have to try it now...)
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