Does it embarrass you, or do you get a secret thrill in defending it almost to the point of bragging?
Edited by Pepper Grind - 6/8/15 at 2:08am
I like to mash pasticchio all together!
Growing up and to this day I ate (almost) any veggy raw but did not always like them cooked:
unusual veggies were: parsnips, asparagus,potatoes, peas, yellow beans, sunchokes, ratabaga, rosehips.
also, I still enjoy eating the stem heart of romaine lettuce and celery.
also enjoy eating wild vine tendrils when hiking.
Sunchoke aka Jerusalem artichoke, topinambour...
They grow wild in North Eastern America. Easy to grow in a garden.
I grew up with a pretty bland menu. The "strangest" thing was braised ox tails..... i loved them as a child and still love them now. Though now i save the bones for stock!
Not exactly odd but my mother's family was Hungarian and I grew up thinking there was something wrong with food that didn't have a heavy dusting of paprika on it. Everything got the treatment, even though the tinned paprika available in grocery stores when I was a kid had virtually no flavor to speak of. I was well into adulthood before I realized that potato salad was not usually a pink food and it took even longer for me to look without suspicion at an un-dusted piece of white-fleshed fish. The paleness just seemed unhealthy to me.
Now, I rarely, rarely use paprika except for the smoked, Spanish variety.
I was brought up on chopped liver ( I guess chicken I have no clue though since I didn't buy it :P), and a lot of people seem to find that gross...
As for odd foods which I still eat, I would say that I have a strange addiction to yellow mustard. Basically I will put it on many things that make a weird combo for others. At first it was bagels and cream cheese, now i put it on things like tuna fish sandwiches. I've drank mustard from the bottle too.
I also am an avid lover of hot sauce, and have known to make weird combos with that also.. Again bagel and cream cheese, tuna sandwiches, in soups, all sorts of meals, etc. Basically if hot-sauce can be added, it will. I would say my hot-sauce addiction is far worse than that of mustard, and yes I do drink hot sauce from the bottle sometimes... :P.
Basically I equate myself to the "Mayonnaise" lover from "Gintama" called "Hijikata"
If you want to see what I mean, go check it out on youtube, as I'm not too sure if it's okay to link them here or not.
Chicken livers are delicious, though I think I would have not liked their richness when I was a child. I put them under the chicken when I roast one and then eat it, soaked in the chicken fat. So delicious.
Beef liver is a different thing altogether. We were forced to eat it--only occasionally, thank god--but I would never, ever make it now. I still object to the smell and the flavor still haunts me, and not at all in a good way. Yuck.
lol... the masses have caught on to how good they are!!! My butcher used to keep them in the back and not in the case becasue it "looked bad and scared people" It was the whole tail and he would cut them up as you ordered them. SO darn cheap!!! Now ..here... they are almost $8 a pound retail.
I'll only eat chicken livers and foie gras. Beef and lamb livers...shudder. But boy are chicken livers tasty. I flour and fry them and drizzle with salt and lemon. Delicious little snack.