Hey Shayna’s Mom – are you saying you would not like my curried liver enchiladas, heavy on the onions and chiles, and slathered in coconut chutney garnished with fresh cilantro[?][?][?]
I was kind of a spoiled child. I have two older brothers, and whatever I wouldn’t or couldn’t eat, they would, as soon as my mother or father turned their head. Or else my mom wouldn’t bother to cook it for me because she knew I didn’t like it. This is funny to me now, but I didn’t eat any tomato products when I was a kid. This included pizza, spaghetti and ketchup. Isn’t that funny? I started liking them as a teenager. However – and you people will probably just not believe this – I could never, from birth, ever eat anything with onions or peppers in it. Gag City. Underline that three times. How have I gotten through life? Don’t worry, I’ve managed fine. Oh – and another big one – coconut. Just the idea of the texture makes me shudder! If I eat something that has a hint of it in it, I’ll panic. I never liked Jell-O with fruit in it, but lately have been known to eat it with mandarin oranges in it. I don’t eat marshmallow anything, with the exception of chocolate marshmallow ice cream.
I don’t mind the smell of onions frying, say, at a cheesesteak place, but again, the grill had best be scraped clean before you make me something there. No onions, I tell you!
I can’t tolerate even the smell of Mexican or Indian food. No liver or other organs. No water ice with "pieces" in it (such as Rita’s), and no water ice that’s like a snow cone. I have literally gotten a bloody tongue from those snow cones. They’re a waste of money. Must be real water ice. I don’t like the combination of peanuts and chocolate (ie "Reesie" cups), but if I’m desperate, I’ll do it. I really do not like orange juice with pieces in it.
What I find "full-circle" is that my boyfriend doesn’t like tomato products. Kinda limits food choices sometimes. And ever since my daughter found out what eggs really are, she won’t eat one on its own. Wonder why it took her so long to realize what one was!
And I’m still trying to figure out why I have a three-quarters full bottle of cilantro leaves in my spice shelf. I’m throwing it out as soon as I finish this post, which is right now.
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Curried anything, pepperorni and yuppie flavored coffees (make my Joe strong and black!) are on the avoid list.
The literal translation of gwailo is "devil man", but the actual usage in Chinese refers specifically to "foreign devil". In other words, if a local Chinese were thought to be possessed by the devil, he would not be called gwailo. Only a foreigner would.
I love the hint of garlic in any number of dishes, but I will not eat garlic
(well, OK, I’ll eat a roasted garlic) and I will not eat dishes loaded with that awful raw garlic flavor. For that reason I wiil not eat snails- my first experiences with snails were in the 60’s and they were LOADED with garlic – the dish was all about garlic , forget the poor sanils. To this day i cannot face up to a snail. Can’t think of anything else I wont eat except canned mushroom soup or any sort of casserole made with that awful stuff. Come to think of it Idon’t much care for casseroles…
I won’t eat BRUSSEL SPROUTS, but love cabbage. As far as OFFAL goes it isn’t awful, it is great. I quess it depends one how it is cooked, or whether or not it was a major part of your diet when you were young. OFFAL was garbage meat therefore inexpensive, read cheap.As far as some of ther other things mentioned, if you’re walking point and are tired of C-rats or K-rats, or have run out, and really want a hot meal, then monkey, dog, cat, rat, lizards, insects, or any thing else that can be caught, gutted and cooked over a very low source of heat can be really good. Although it was tough to beat pound cake and peaches. However it could be difficult to get somebody to trade those treats for your hamhocks and mother f*****’s. But I quess that was what virgins were for. Enjoy
I will no longer eat hot dogs or sausage, although I admit that I wish I could change my mind about the sausage…it usually smells pretty good. I won’t eat hideous processed chicken products (you know the sort I mean…like McNuggets) or any kind of fast food beef. Now that I mention it, I’ve begun to shy away from ground beef altogether, it seems.
I’ve never tried any liver other than chicken, but I do like those.
Hmmmmmm . . great topic. If I may add …
Don’t like: Liver, peas (remind my of zits); beans of pretty much any type, salmon (so many people rave about it, I just can’t seem to develop a taste for it), sushi (tried it once when it was all the rage, almost hurled, could’t for the life of me understand all the hype), sardines.
Never tried, don’t intend to, "just can’t do it": Squid, octopus, any type of organs that you can’t play in church, tripe (stomach lining, that is, not the fish), headcheese, tongue, anything with the word "blood" in it.
As for the chop suey story: I read once about a woman who, when she was pregnant, had almost insatiable cravings for chop suey with peanut butter and jelly mixed in. Her husband was so grossed out he had to leave the house when she ate it. I had some pretty odd cravings when during my pregnancies, but that tops all mine.
There are very few things on my ‘won’t eat’ list. Have tried nearly all N. American domestic and game animals and most parts thereof. Sure, b-b-q snake etc. My wife was on vacation in the UK this spring and brought me a canned Haggis from Scotland. That is the stomach of a young sheep stuffed with oatmeal and….err I don’t know what all. Gag!!! Eating this stuff would make a catfish commit sucide.
As mentioned above, liver is one of those foods which I would rather starve to death than eat. As a child, it was forced upon me in many disguises, none of which deceived me. My father actually lied to me a number of times, telling me the food placed in front of me was "steak", or "veal cutlet", and when I trustingly began eating, I discovered his subterfuge.
This experience led me, during childhood, to be somewhat paranoic about liver. I can clearly recall asking my mother questions like, "If you are in the army, will they force you to eat liver?", or "What if you’re in jail and they serve you liver?"
(Time passes. Calendar pages ruffled by the breezes of the passing years, tear off and disappear.)
As a teenager in the 1960s in southern California, I was an eager participant in hippy culture, and did eventually run away from home to San Francisco (Haight-Ashbury). When apprehended, my mother decided to send me to juvenile hall to "teach her a lesson". Can you guess what the first meal was? Yes, indeed, it was really liver.
No, they didn’t force me to eat it. It did, however, prove to me that my childhood fears had been fully justified.
Foods that I enjoy the taste of but which I must avoid because they create considerable physical distress: peanuts and tomato juice.
Also, I can’t chew gum due to TMJ (and the popping noises my jaw makes drives anyone unfortunate enough to be my companion to distraction).
What about ape-ricots?
I’ve always said that the first bite makes you curious, it’s the second helping that actually makes you a cannibal.
So much to say on this topic that I’ll do multiple posts:
Chain restaurant I absolutely refuse to eat at: Arby’s. What "passes" for cow in that establishment makes wet cardboard appetizing by comparison.
Chain restaurants I’d only eat at in emergencies: McD’s, Denny’s
Foods that I will avoid under any circumstance (i.e., I’ll spit it out and starve to death rather than allow it to touch my taste buds):
liver and other organ meats, anchovies, hardboiled eggs.
Things I’d prefer not to eat under any circumstances (but, if starving to death on a desert island, would nonetheless consume): sushi, oysters, lima beans, anything coconut "flavored", smoked fish.
Oh, and I absolutely love cilantro … can’t get enough of it … pile it on almost any food product mexican or asian.
I don’t suppose there’s any food I would refuse try on purely ideological grounds, except for endangered species or personal friends.
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