I have weird taste in food. (Or is that I like weird tasting food?!) I attribute most of it to one of several birth anomalies; I was born with an incomplete esophagus. Apparently it was not severe enough to warrant surgery, or perhaps surgery for such things weren’t available back in the 50s. My parents were told that it would repair (connect) itself in time. The side-affect of it though was that I had to eat bland, pureed food (usually jars of baby food) until I was around five years of age.
Other health problems – including hyperactive thyroid, may have led me to also be fond of salt. I have heard of people that salt melon, but I am the only one I know that salts bananas. Yes. You heard correctly. I salt bananas. I slice them, usually, into a bowl, and sprinkle salt on top. Then I let it sit a while and get juicy; just like putting sugar on berries to bring out the juiciness, salt seems to do the same for bananas. Yum. I have totally grossed out my grandsons on occasion, who stare with bemused fascination as I grab the salt shaker and have at it. I don’t do it as much any more, I admit, since age has brought with it high blood pressure. I also salted ice cubes as a child, and then walked around licking the dripping cube, which my mother told me gave her a clue that there was something going on that was, well, shall we say, a bit abnormal, about me…
What other factors influence our choices of food over a lifetime? Why do we sometimes get it in our heads that we don’t like a food – not based on experience (e.g. having tasted it) or family likes (a parent likes it) or even visual or aromatic. My mother didn’t like beets too much, I love them (but not pickled…) My father almost always made barbecued hamburgers stuffed with blue cheese, and to this day, blue cheese is one of my favorite foods. In my adulthood (well, I am an adult, at least chronologically!) I have taken up crabcakes and Japanese eggplant (crabcakes in particular – when I was recovering from cancer, and even today, my favorite sister Betty remembers that blue cheese, sourdough and crabcakes will bring a big smile to my face!)
Blue cheese is a strange like for someone who spent her infant/toddler years specializing in bland. But I love it. My favorite way is on saltines, or slathered on fresh sourdough. Or, of course in the center of a nice juicy medium rare hamburger… So why do we all have such food idiosyncrasies? There are flavors I like, and textures I don’t like. I don’t like fruit with seeds (raspberries, strawberries etc.) although I love raspberry jelly. I love eggs, but only scrambled firm or hardboiled. I love malt-o-meal but not oatmeal or cream of wheat.
My favorite snack – my closest friends can tell you – Wheat Thins! With spreadable cheese… and a close second is Chex Mix!
I love snack time that includes both salty and sweet.
My favorite dessert for some time now has been homemade snow cones/icees… especially now we are in the heat of Arizona. We have them every night. Give me a huge bowl of shaved ice (with sugar-free homemade topping!) and a side of crackers or chips and I am good to go.
I hate carbonated drinks. (Well, I will drink champagne, but at least there is a buzz there – a payback of sorts!) ALWAYS have. I was the only teen dating who went out for burgers, fries and… non-fat milk?! To this day non-fat milk is my non-alcoholic beverage of choice. I don’t drink as much as I used to, do to increasing intolerance – losing my gall bladder (now where the hell DID I put that thing?!) made some foods bodily unfriendly I am afraid. sigh.
I LOVE chocolate. I have been so excited to see the latest trends in chocolate to be the salted chocolate caramel. Woot, woot! ** Dark chocolate is my preference, and what the hell – give me a glass of red wine and a piece of dark chocolate before bedtime and I will get some health benefits as well! My favorite candy as a child was Pixie Stix. Still enjoy one every now and again… (stolen from my grandsons’ Halloween stash, usually…)
SO what about you? What food(s) float your boat or make you want a vomitorium? Where do you get your likes and dislikes about food from? What new food would you like to try?!
**Woot originated as a hacker term for root (or administrative) access to a computer. However, with the term as coincides with the gamer term, “w00t”.
“w00t” was originally an truncated expression common among players of Dungeons and Dragons tabletop role-playing game for “Wow, loot!” Thus the term passed into the net-culture where it thrived in video game communities and lost its original meaning and is used simply as a term of excitement. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=woot)