Service of Least Favorite Foods

April 3rd, 2017

Categories: Dislikes, Food

Garlic

When friend Daniel McHenry, who like me is not a fussy eater, told me the only foods he dislikes are raisins and coconut, it gave me the idea for this post.

Next I Googled the subject and found this list from Kitchen Daily of the “ten most hated foods in the US: Brussels Sprouts; Garlic; Cheese Fondue; Tofu; Celery; Oysters; Mayonnaise; Mushrooms; Licorice and Cilantro.” I didn’t read how the list was determined because my bet is that the items would change according to the backgrounds and region of the country of the people responding to the question.

The only thing I dislike on the list is tofu and I love garlic,Cilantro cheese fondue, mayo, cilantro and my husband makes great Brussels sprouts so I like them now. I might not go out of my way for a stick of celery but I don’t hate it.

Clearly the Kitchen Daily folks didn’t consult George H. W. Bush who in March 1990, according to The New York Times, “declared today that he never, ever wants to see another sprig of broccoli on his plate…” That was one of the things I remember him for along with pleas for a kinder, gentler world and “read my lips, no more taxes,” but I digress.

I would never order liver, grouse, snake, animal guts or unusual parts like brains. And in spite of the March 30 Wall Street Journal article by Annie Gasparro, “Millennial Entrepreneurs Think Americans Should Eat More Bugs,” I’ll let someone else give that trend a taste. I’m not adventurous enough to find out if I like bugs or not. I can hardly look at most when they are alive.

What about you? What foods do you avoid?

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12 Responses to “Service of Least Favorite Foods”

  1. EAM Said:

    I would also say that I’m not an adventurous eater. I once went to the upscale restaurant Felidia, on a date and the sampling menu had grilled octopus, I couldn’t do it, they had to exchange it for me. As a single woman, I get to pick out the things I like to eat. I hate bleu cheese, I don’t even think I can keep that in my fridge. I’m now going thru a bag of jelly beans, I get to pick out the ones I like (red, white, orange, pink) and put back the rest…

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    EAM,

    I’ll give most things a try [bugs and goat’s eyeballs being the exception]. Sounds like you don’t eat the licorice jelly beans. Save them for me.

    Felidia is such a good restaurant that I’d have given the octopus a try. You might surprise yourself. When I left for Turkey I disliked eggplant but it was made in such a delicious way there that I will eat it now when properly prepared.

  3. Judy Schuster Said:

    I dislike brussle sprouts, but love garlic. Can’t eat mushrooms or oysters. Can’t say any of the rest would be on my list, but I do have one and blue cheese tops it.

  4. ASK Said:

    I am amazed at the lengths people will go to for “barbecue,” which I think can include spare ribs and other cuts of pork. The sauces are invariably unpleasant — overly sweet, sharp, hot, or all three. Combined with the fatty cuts of meat — well, for me, it’s why bother risking heartburn or worse. Actually, the only thing on the list I won’t eat is licorice, the candy, that is. A small Sambuca with coffee at the end of a meal is always a treat,

  5. CG Said:

    I consider myself a picky eater but I like six of the “least favorite foods.” Jeanne, I’m with you when it comes to eating bugs. I recently read that cricket flour is going to be the next big thing. Not in my kitchen!

  6. Lucrezia Said:

    My Yetch list: Kale, Lima Beans, sardines, octopus along with a host of unidentifiable “delicacies” inflicted upon unsuspecting guests at various events. These include an assortment of fried and toasted insects and chocolate covered ants served to unsuspecting guests once they have become too tight to be discerning!

    Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for consequences should a reader act on any “bright ideas” described above…..

  7. hb Said:

    I am a fussy eater in that I turn my nose up when presented with food that is not fresh, or properly preserved or aged, that is poorly prepared and spiced, and that tastes badly or sloppily presented.

    I have eaten all sorts weird foods from razor clams which are wiggling around as you swallow them to reindeer, but I did draw the line at that great Arab delicacy, the eye of a roasted lamb. (My host, a dessert Bedouin, was deeply offended, and we did not get his business.)

    Most of us, I suspect, learned what to like or and not like to eat as children. We ate lots of ham, but never pork at home, however, we did once make a considerable detour to eat roast suckling pig in Avila, Spain, which is the same thing. We didn’t eat bread with meals or deserts (except fruit) at home, but did in restaurants. We didn’t eat stews, but often ate curry, again the same thing but with a different taste. We didn’t eat many tubulars at home but gobbled up French fries in restaurants. We didn’t eat canned goods like Spam, but we did eat all manner of sausages and salamis. We did eat fresh fish, but then there were a lot of inexpensive fresh fish available. (One of my favorite meals was baked beans and codfish balls, but, today there is so little cod around that it would be a sacrilege to turn it into fish balls.)
    I remember that my grandfather ate soup at every meal and seldom ate much corn which he claimed to love. Now that I’m old, I know why and love to eat soup and avoid corn myself. Age does change ones tastes.

    The saddest thing, though, is that many of the foods you liked or disliked over the years no longer exist. They have been eaten or genetically altered out of existence. I know that few people now will ever get to taste many of my favorites such as: Spanish baby eels, abalone, wild boar, shad roe, birds nest and shark’s fin soups, plover’s eggs, real caviar. et cetera. et cetera.

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Judy,

    1,000 years ago as a young Air Force wife living in Minot, ND we had friends over for dinner a lot. I bet I served garlic toast and jazzed up veggies with garlic as well. Anyway, I had a chance to see one of these friends in NY a few years ago and she told me that I’d introduced her to garlic–she thought it was so “NY, so sophisticated.” She was from the middle of Illinois. Not a valid survey for sure, but like many strong tasting foods, like cilantro, especially if you’re not used to it, I can see how some might not care for the taste if they’d not encountered it before.

  9. Jeanne Byington Said:

    ASK,

    We go to a BBQ place in Hudson, NY and love the ribs. You can add sauce or not–there are four choices. They also serve chicken. My mouth waters thinking of it! And I had magnificent BBQ in Memphis several times. I can’t say that I’m knowledgeable when it comes to BBQ, but I like it, though I couldn’t eat it every day. It’s pretty rich!

  10. Jeanne Byington Said:

    CG,

    No cricket flour here either. When I lived in southern Turkey for two years, we had to inspect the flour for bugs. The food arrived after years in transit or years in storage but in any case, it had bugs in it. When my mother came to visit, she sent a 5lb bag of flour to arrive ahead of her as she knew I’d make things to celebrate her visit and she wasn’t cool with the idea of bugs in flour even though the vet on the base, who was in charge of determining what foods for people were safe to eat, said not to worry about the bugs.

  11. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Lucrezia,

    I’ll eat kale though find it terribly boring and don’t mind lima beans when fresh and cooked for a short time. I may be mixing them up in my mind with fava beans. Canned or frozen they are mushy and terrible. I haven’t thought about sardines in ages and would have to taste one to see what I thought now. My taste buds change.

  12. Jeanne Byington Said:

    hb,

    I’ll pass on anything that wiggles, clams or not.

    When I was a kid we ate none of these that you mentioned–Spanish baby eels, abalone, wild boar, shad roe, birds nest and shark’s fin soups, plover’s eggs. My parents ate real caviar on occasion but it was never my favorite. I liked the boiled egg white and yolk served with it.

    In fact I love today a lot of the foods we never ate at home such as Chinese food and pizza. My father loved noodles and when we were away in the summer I suspect he ate them, with butter, every night as the freezer filled with goodies my mother left for him was full with the same when we returned. But we didn’t eat pasta with sauce which is a staple for me now thanks to a husband who makes an amazing concoction every Friday night.

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