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Food neuroses that drive you nuts


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I was shopping with my mother the other day and, on the way home, she said, "Oh, I forgot to buy eggs."

"No problem," said I. "I bought two dozen. You can have one of them."

She replied, "But I don't like the brown ones."

No amount of evidence was going to convince her that white- and brown-shelled eggs taste exactly the same. I knew not to bother. She'd rather make a whole 'nother trip to the store than eat a brown egg.

I'm sure we've all encountered maddening food neuroses like this. Please do share.

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When I was first dating my husband he didn't eat any meat that had a bone in it. Nope to pork chops, steaks, chicken(!) and don't even *think* about a whole fish or any crustacean. Very annoying. But then I'm the sort who will happily give the meat away and gnaw on the bone, fat and gristle. He's a wee bit better but I really look forward to the day that I can serve a whole piece of meat without having to cut it neatly from the bone, slice it, then finally, serve it. :hmmm:

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He's finally over it but for most of our married life hubby refused to eat pasta. He loved spaghetti and meatballs because, after all, SPAGHETTI IS NOT PASTA! :biggrin:

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Father-in-law "doesn't like curry". You can serve him a vindaloo, masaman, rendang, whatever, and he'll love it...just don't tell him it's a "curry" when he asks what it is. And he's an excellent cook (Italian).

Snort... because let me guess "curry is what they do to hide bad meat"?

That's hysterical.

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my son does not mix food ..he eats his food clockwise and does not like them to touch unless the food is like a curry or something that is good on rice ..or a bowl of Pho is fine with stuff mixed up in it ...but do not mess with his clock wise order of putting the garnishes in!!!...he mixes the soup and then settles each garnish in a clockwise fashion then eats them in order that way.... on a plate with several items they will be in piles all alone and they are consumed one at a time in a clockwise order so he can taste each thing alone ..

he also does not eat mushrooms because they have "vents" not because he does not like them just because of the "vents"

this child grew up went to culinary school and is a fantastic cook but God forbid you interfear with the boys neurosis!!!

My worst and it drives other folks (not me though) nuts is I can not eat off a fork with bent tines ...I have rejected fork after fork in life and would rather eat with plastic than put a fork in my mouth that has bent tines...or three tine forks (shudder) ...I also like my food in odd numbers of three..do not ask ..I know there is medication but it would stiffle my creativity and this is livable because if my food is not in odd groups of three I just eat less until it is!

my dad will not eat bananas ..he is not allergic says he loves them has not specific reason except that someone said it was "bad luck if you eat that banana" one time in his life ...not even banana extract ...

it goes on but I think you get the drift ..everyone in my family is neurotic as Hell ...none are driven nuts by these thingsand we wear it proudly :smile:..but it does make other people crazy sometimes!

I am very accepting of other peoples neurotic tendencies because I really understand!

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My friend will only eat bananas that have NO speckling on the peel - i.e. hard with no taste or fragrance.

I keep telling him that he is eating an unripe banana and it he waited a couple days, it would actually taste like something....

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My mother has an issue with goat cheese.

Cheese from any other animal is fine.

When asked about this aversion, her response is, "But it's from a goat!"

It's not even the fact that she doesn't like the taste of it -- she won't even try it.

I just sigh and neglect to mention the fact that it's in a dish if I know she will be having some.

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Hubby will not eat an egg with runny yolk nor a hard-boiled egg. Fried eggs are fine as long as the yolk is really cooked, Oh, he doesnt' eat any kind of seafood at all. And he married a tropical girl who lived by the seas from a long line of a family of fishermen.

Eldest son would not eat strawberries or mangoes. Or any kind of food or drink that has those flavors.

Youngest son would not readily eat any kind of cooked egg but will eat egg mixed in with other kinds of food.

Me? I'd eat anything except live baby octopus and raw marinated crabs (I can hear Sheena giggling).

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My late friend would not eat rice. She said it reminded her of maggots.

When we were young she ate rice all the time and Chicken with Yellow rice was one of her favorite things. :unsure:

The older she got the more neurotic she became.

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I only have one, I dont eat at other peoples houses and from potlucks or bake sales...

Ive had too many bad experiences.

But my MOM!

She has soooo many, she will put a frozen dinner in the microwave for 2 minutes, take it out, eat the cooked parts, put it back for 2 more minutes, take it out, eat the cooked parts, on and on till its eaten.

She also refuses to EVER try COFFEE.

Oh and she will eat fried onions and cottage cheese (fried together)

But shes a prize winning cook.

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...she will put a frozen dinner in the microwave for 2 minutes, take it out, eat the cooked parts, put it back for 2 more minutes, take it out, eat the cooked parts, on and on till its eaten.

I actually think this makes tons of sense! She's figured out how to make microwavable meals edible!

The coffee thing is beyond comprehension, though (excuse me as I slurp the last of my Americano).

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During the entire 2 1/2 years I lived with my last girlfriend, whenever I cooked for her I had to destroy the meat in order for her to eat it. I'm not just talking about "well done", but literally cooked to the point of being shoe leather. I could slow cook a nice pork roast or shortribs, but since it was too "wet" she much preferred when I'd take a boneless porkchop, coat it with Shake n' Bake, and then bake it to the point that it was welded to the bottom of the pan. There are brands of beef jerky that were more tender. Oh, and speaking of beef jerky, the big indicator I got from her early on that she leaned this direction was when I totally forgot about some boneless shortribs I had put on the smoker and they cooked for 2 or 3 hours longer than they should have........"oh man, this is the best bbq you've ever done!".

And I won't even get into the whole "over-seasoning food to the point where your tongue bleeds" topic.......the girl liked her salt and dried spices.

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When I have waffles, I MUST put a tiny bit of syrup in each little square. Can't eat it without it.

susan

That's not neurotic, that's just the proper way to eat waffles! :biggrin:

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Two come to my mind, though only one's a neurosis; the other's an oddity.

I too had a friend (who used to eat my cooking regularly) who would cry if the foods on his plate touched or "co-mingled". Sadly for him, my idea of a meal is a main course with many complementary sides, served on what I call dinner plates though others call serving platters, and by design, things co-mingle. One particularly successful night I served a pork roast with 5 sides, and his wife exclaimed "wow - not only does each side go with the roast, they go with each other no matter what combination you take!"

He wept.

The second one is my partner, who when I met him ate like a picky child. No fish, no shellfish, no organ meats, nothing you touch with your hands, etc. With time, all that changed. Now his favorite foods, aside from as much foie gras as he can get, are things like duck thighs (i.e. confit) and braised or confit thighs of pigeon, pheasant, etc. Yet when we go to the Thanksgiving meal, he still takes only white meat turkey. It boggles the mind. Of course, it means I don't have to fight him for the legs or share one, but I find it mind boggling.

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When I was first dating my husband he didn't eat any meat that had a bone in it. Nope to pork chops, steaks, chicken(!) and don't even *think* about a whole fish or any crustacean. Very annoying. But then I'm the sort who will happily give the meat away and gnaw on the bone, fat and gristle. He's a wee bit better but I really look forward to the day that I can serve a whole piece of meat without having to cut it neatly from the bone, slice it, then finally, serve it.  :hmmm:

a female friend of mine is the exact same way. Can't be on the plate with a bone in it.

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When I have waffles, I MUST put a tiny bit of syrup in each little square. Can't eat it without it.

susan

In one of those little "farm women's" magazines, there's a "cute kids' sayings" column. One lady said her grandson requests waffles every time he spends the night, and wants "syrup in all the hotels."

And I agree-no vacant hotels on mine.

ETA: Chris sometimes mentions "Uncle Frank" when we have a dish of mayo on the table. A quart jar of Blue Plate lived on their oilcloth-covered kitchen table, along with the spooner full of silverware, the molasses jug, the thin, waffly paper napkins in a plastic rooster's back, and the ketchup.

ANY meal, Thanksgiving, Sunday Dinner, or plain old supper at home---Uncle Frank would help himself to some of everything, cut his meat into bite-size pieces, and stir everything together, careful not to spil a pea or grain of corn off onto the tablecloth.

Then, he'd take a clean spoon, get a dollop of the mayo out of the jar, clop it down in the middle, then stir everything together AGAIN before taking the first bite. I try to think of it as having a nice many-temperature salad every meal, but gravy and mayo :wacko: ---okra and mayo :blink:. At least he'd leave a nice fried drumstick be. Didn't even dip it.

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When I have waffles, I MUST put a tiny bit of syrup in each little square. Can't eat it without it.

susan

That's not neurotic, that's just the proper way to eat waffles! :biggrin:

Of course, you must remember to put a bit of butter in each square as well! :laugh:

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In reading all of these posts I keep thinking about what really constitutes food neuroses? When does a food preference end and an actual food neurosis begin? Preferring white eggs over brown or yellow sliced processed cheese over white when there is neither a taste nor nutritional difference between them both seem neurotic to me. Ditto with "having" to methodically pour syrup into each square of a waffle instead of just pouring it on freestyle as it were, though that one's kinda cute. :wink:

Most of what I've read here so far sounds like food preferences IMHO, even if they are a bit odd or gagtastic (believe me, I have several of my own that fall into those categories).

Big difference between having to eat the same number of green peas or corn kernels every time after carefully counting and arranging each pea and kernel, and preferring that at Thanksgiving your mashed potatoes don't even come near the cranberry sauce--my rule, which is completely normal of course. :blink: So now, can anyone explain the difference? When does one cross that fine line?

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