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Food neuroses that drive you nuts


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I have a friend who won't eat scrambled egss, no matter how good, without hot sauce. I mean, he'll freak! That is certainly a preference, but he's so hysterical about it that it  might push him over to neurotic status.

Oh, this is interesting. I have two kids who will not eat scrambled eggs; they have to have theirs so over-easy that the whites are runny (I do not choose to even look at the eggs they want because the slightest hint of a runny white has me running). Oh, and BTW, neither of these kids will have any sort of melted cheese on anything other than pizza. But, the love larb and curry and squid salad and sushi and raw fish and all sorts of odd things, so I do forgive them this dislike of mixed up eggs and melted cheese.

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I only eat 'broken' chips, pretzels, animal crackers or any packaged item in that vein. I will also eat curled/folded potoato chips. I adore the texture of curled/folded potato chips. As for the 'broken' chips and things, well, I feel sorry for them. Yes, you read that correctly, I.FEEL.SORRY.FOR.THEM.

I know, it's crazy, I know! I just can't help it.

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I have one that drives myself nuts- I must eat m&ms two at a time, and they have to be the same color.  Then when you are at the end of one color and you only have one left of that color, you have to decide whether to eat it by itself, or mix it with another color.... I've tried to stop myself, and the only good strategy is not eating m&ms at all.

Otherwise I'm pretty normal.

OMG!! I about fell on the flour laughing when I read this. Apparently there are two of us in the world who do this! I don't know what it is either. And only with the plain M&M's, not the peanut.

I don't know where along the way I decided that eating a single M&M was too small a serving and that two at a time was much better, but I've been doing it for years.

My solution to the errant extra colors that don't fit in the 2x2 category ... lump them together at the end and just throw them in all at once.

Perhaps we should form a 12 step group to overcome this.

Good Lord, I didn't know this was classified as nuts :shock: But, I just realized I do the same thing with Skittles....except it has to be two different colors UNLESS it's the purple ones. The purple ones go in two at a time :unsure: I'm not going to sleep tonight worrying about this.......

And Good-n-Plenties... Must eat them two at a time, never mixing the pink and the white... :biggrin: And Smarties (the American kind--I think the Brits have a completely different idea of what these are)... I open a package, arrange them in groups by color, then in a "pyramid" from most to least, throw away the orange ones (which taste like baby aspirin), and eat the color with the largest quantity first, working my way through to the color with only one representative... Unlike May, I'm pretty sure I need help. :unsure:

On the other hand, Necco wafers can only be eaten one at a time.

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On the other hand, Necco wafers can only be eaten one at a time.

After crinkling open the packet and taking out the black ones. And tossing the two on each side that might have touched. There's just something transferrable about that dusty powder that conveys the licorice taste to its neighbors.

And I LOVE fennel and basil and anise stars in stuff---just no black lickrish.

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OK, I'll admit it, I'm a freak. I don't know why but ever since I was young I'll eat a meal one item at a time. I'll put rice on my plate, finish that then on to the vegetable, then the meat. I have no problem being served with all the food plated but given the chance I'll revert to my "habit". A relative I hadn't seen for years remarked about this recently at dinner, otherwise I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

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...I can't bear to use food colouring in cooking at all, even though I do know that it isn't that bad for you and also it's not like I avoid it in prepackaged foods and drinks.

I have one that drives myself nuts- I must eat m&ms two at a time, and they have to be the same color.  Then when you are at the end of one color and you only have one left of that color, you have to decide whether to eat it by itself, or mix it with another color.... I've tried to stop myself, and the only good strategy is not eating m&ms at all.

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Apparently there are two of us in the world who do this! ............

And only with the plain M&M's, not the peanut.

Good Lord, I didn't know this was classified as nuts :shock: But, I just realized I do the same thing with Skittles....except it has to be two different colors UNLESS it's the purple ones. The purple ones go in two at a time :unsure: I'm not going to sleep tonight worrying about this.......

I only eat 'broken' chips, pretzels, animal crackers or any packaged item in that vein.  I will also eat curled/folded potoato chips.  I  adore the texture of curled/folded potato chips. As for the 'broken' chips and things, well, I feel sorry for them. Yes, you read that correctly, I.FEEL.SORRY.FOR.THEM.

I know, it's crazy, I know! I just can't help it.

And Good-n-Plenties...  Must eat them two at a time, never mixing the pink and the white...  :biggrin:  And Smarties (the American kind--I think the Brits have a completely different idea of what these are)...  I open a package, arrange them in groups by color, then in a "pyramid" from most to least, throw away the orange ones (which taste like baby aspirin), and eat the color with the largest quantity first, working my way through to the color with only one representative...  Unlike May, I'm pretty sure I need help.  :unsure:

On the other hand, Necco wafers can only be eaten one at a time.

On the other hand, Necco wafers can only be eaten one at a time.

After crinkling open the packet and taking out the black ones. And tossing the two on each side that might have touched. There's just something transferrable about that dusty powder that conveys the licorice taste to its neighbors.

And I LOVE fennel and basil and anise stars in stuff---just no black lickrish.

I think there is the invitation list to a perfectly delightful party here.

Easter's coming - may I invite y'all over?

We can display our oddities, laugh at each other & ourselves, and secretly cringe when forced to watch someone who's ticks dont conform to our own.

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That not being able to watch thing?

The 3.5 year old munchkin experiments a lot with food.

Last night it was dipping fried chicken into strawberry yogurt. Her father couldnt look - it made him gag. I asked him how it was so different from the afghan lamb and cherries dish he loves so much, but that didnt seem to bring him comfort.

Its funny to watch her propose something, him start to respond, and me cut him off with 'try it honey, you might like it'. He also twitches when she dips meat in mango juice, tho he loves sweet'n sour sauces. His revenge comes when she wants to taste the raw eggs. Maketh me unto shudder, that does.

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Perhaps there is a kind of continuum ranging from personal preferences to obsessive-compulsive disorder or eating disorders. Once a person's preferences become so noticeable or so numerous as to interfere with their own pleasure or the pleasure of others at the table it's hard to just call it pickyness. If you can't stand the cranberries touching the potatoes (and I agree it isn't an appetizing combo) and your solution is just to put turkey in between, you're happy, no one's the wiser and everyone has a nice dinner. But if someone serves you dinner already plated who doesn't know that about you and you get upset and ask for another plate, that's crossed beyond picky eating preferences.

I think some people need to draw attention to themselves with food issues.  Look how much attention kids get when the are fussy eaters. I know people that have just never grown out of their childhood eating patterns.

i freely admit that mine is probably more OCD related than food related. . .and yes, i also only eat one thing at a time. that is, as my wife has remarked to me, i start with the protein, or main item on the plate, eat that item until finished or done, then move on to each side item on the plate, one at a time. if i'm at a plated reception, if the food is egregiously touching, i'll use my fork or knife to create space, then i'll eat the items one at a time. my main problem with plated receptions is that the salads often come pre-salad dressinged, and i hate salad dressing. it's funny when i'm cooking for people and i do this plating stuff for everyone, then when i sit down at my plate, the one i stacked and did all this stuff to, i'll take it apart, move the items so they don't touch, and eat one thing at a time.

i've never considered it as a call for attention, rather, it just seemed more logical to me to eat things that way. i don't think i've ever asked for another plate and re-made a plate, unless there was a sauce (which is another story) on the plate that made it impossible for me to continue. :smile:

my wife's sister, on the other hand, claims not to like the taste of meat, even though she has freely admitted that 1) the way meat had been prepared when she was growing up was probably not the best example of how to prepare meat and 2) she is actually more afraid of the physical pains associated with reintroducing meat into her diet than the taste of meat. there are other issues, obviously, but those are to what she admits.

edited to add- by the way, i just had to put in my view on waffles: i cut mine up first, then add the syrup (i do the same thing with pancakes), and no butter. ooooooh. . . . .

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On the other hand, Necco wafers can only be eaten one at a time.

After crinkling open the packet and taking out the black ones. And tossing the two on each side that might have touched. There's just something transferrable about that dusty powder that conveys the licorice taste to its neighbors.

And I LOVE fennel and basil and anise stars in stuff---just no black lickrish.

I'll eat your black Necco wafers! (You can have the brown ones)

ETA: I'm game for an Easter candy exchange!

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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.

my late mother would not eat orzo for the same reason. i think orzo looks more like maggots than rice, but then to each her own....

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This thread is very disturbing.

I dont know I feel very validated by this thread actually :wub:

Me too, just another reason why eGullet always feels like "home" to me. You're ALL nuts :wub::wub::wub: I say that in the most affectionate way possible, of course.

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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.

my late mother would not eat orzo for the same reason. i think orzo looks more like maggots than rice, but then to each her own....

I have the same issue with little pastas and rice. I wouldn't call it a neuroses yet, because if necessary I can eat them, but I certainly won't seek them out or make them myself. Rice in sushi is ok, probably because it's clumped together and sticky rather than being loose and ... maggoty looking. Grandma used to make some particularly vile "chow mein" dinners that didn't help with the rice thing, either.

Note that I actually will eat and have eaten fried bugs (cricket, grasshopper... not bad, all they needed was a little salt), so you can chalk me up as completely irrational.

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It's interesting, I think when the thread was started, the idea was to mention things about OTHER people's food issues that bother you.

I like what it's become better. I don't feel quite as nuts now when I spend 5 minutes evenly spreading my jam to every edge of my bread. :laugh:

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I honestly don't find other peoples' preferences annoying! Well, there was a man, almost 30 years ago- he put ketchup on EVERY bit of food that he was served. But, I simply kicked him to the curb-et finis! It's our own quirks that we must live with!

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I think there is the invitation list to a perfectly delightful party here.

Easter's coming - may I invite y'all over?

We can display our oddities, laugh at each other & ourselves, and secretly cringe when forced to watch someone who's ticks dont conform to our own.

Why, Thank You, Ma'am, I accept with pleasure, and hope to see all the other invitees, as well.

Promises to be a fun time. We've always gotten along really well at this cyberparty.

And feedmecOOkies: Where were YOU all those years that I made zillions of fancy little party sandwiches for folks every weekend? I coulda used a chef of your particular talents. :biggrin:

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A friend won't eat any dishes containing mushrooms because "they're grown in shit". And other crops aren't, effectively?

One Thanksgiving after bringing home a couple of wrapped chickens from the butcher, my mother shrieked from the kitchen - the feet had been left on. She wouldn't continue with prep until her husband removed and discarded them.

A cousin by marriage (lest anyone think I have these strange genes :hmmm: ) won't eat sour cream or mayonnaise, yet happily devours my mother's Jell-O mold (with a layer of sour cream in the middle) every holiday he can. He assumed it was whipped cream, despite the texture and flavor difference. I threatened for years to tell him, but was guilted into not doing so - when he was told he ate mayo by mistake some years prior, he got violently physically ill. He finally asked for the recipe last Christmas, and was told honestly what was in it after some hemming and hawing. "Dang. Really?" he said. Go figure.

My SO's mother cooks pork until it is shoe leather. The reason? "Trichinosis." It took a long time to convince my SO to eat pork - and it was a revelation when she did. Same mother won't eat crunchy things in salad, a neurosis which was also inherited and has taken some time to remove.

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OK, I'll admit it, I'm a freak.  I don't know why but ever since I was young I'll eat a meal one item at a time.  I'll put rice on my plate, finish that then on to the vegetable, then the meat.  I have no problem being served with all the food plated but given the chance I'll revert to my "habit".  A relative I hadn't seen for years remarked about this recently at dinner, otherwise I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

Er... how do you eat asian food?

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My brother does this too. He also likes to mush all his food together and only eats ice cream after he stirs it to a near soup like consistency. We are talking about an adult here. Drives me nuts

Do you mean swirled ice cream soup is not normal? Wierd, because that's how I always do it.

On another note, some of the folks who are very picky about eating equal numbers of peas or stew pieces or certain specific never to be varied orders strike me as hitting somewhere on the autistic spectrum. I dont intend that as an insult, rather I am observing that being overly focused on counting and on the order of operations are both characteristic of the condition.

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I honestly don't find other peoples' preferences annoying! Well, there was a man, almost 30 years ago- he put ketchup on EVERY bit of food that he was served. But, I simply kicked him to the curb-et finis! It's our own quirks that we must live with!

Really? This only makes sense if you never have guests.

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I also spread very evenly to all the edges. This has been made fun of by others in the past.

Oops.... and here I was thinking that I didn't have any food neuroses until I came to that line above! I'm not as nutso about it as I used to be, but after all, what's a PBJ sandwich if you don't have PBJ in every bite? And when I was a kid, with 7 in the family and not a lot of money, occasional Saturday dinners were bologna sandwiches-- using the chunk bologna that you slice yourself. We'd each slice our own for our sandwich and I remember being heckled a bit for trimming my slices so that every single millimeter of that bread slice was properly covered with bologna!

My post was originally going to be about my brother, who eats each item entirely before going to the next. I still recall a family dinner at a restaurant when he ordered steak. But of course he had to eat each side dish first..... then complained that the steak wasn't hot!! :hmmm:

Oh, and referring to one of the early posts about the nasty associations with rice... This same brother used to be a city mechanic, working on trash trucks. Guess what the workers there called "Uncle Ben's Perverted Rice"?

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