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I am quite a pernickety eater, if something doesn't look right or smell right then there's no way I'm eating it. Many of my dislikes come from either my Mum trying to do best and getting me to eat certain foods 'because they're good for you' (which just made me dislike them even more!), or from primary school dinners. Granted, my dislikes are pretty tame compared to some of the foods I've seen other people list, but to me, they are still my idea of the worst meal I could ever eat.In no particular order, here we go.
Not for religious reasons - I simply cannot stand the stuff. Pre-packed ham that's been injected with brine leaving it un-naturally pink, shiny, wet and plastic looking is truly awful. If I'm in the work kitchen and someone comes in and makes a ham sandwich, I have to beat a hasty retreat. Bacon is a weird one as I love the smell of it raw and I can happily munch store bought bacon sandwiches as they get the bacon dead crispy - I can't do this and home cooked bacon sandwiches are to me, the worst snack food. Pork is a very lean meat which means that it can end up quite dry when roasted or grilled. I find it quite tasteless, plus, it's so dry it squeaks when you cut it (I was about 5 and my dad jokingly told me that it was the 'piggie squealing' which put me right off!).
Jelly & evaporated milk whisk.
This is one you may not have heard of and I blame Blue Peter for this concoction. You remember how they would do recipes about once a week? my Mum always used to watch this part of the programme thinking that if the recipe was sent in by another Mum it must therefore be good. This one was packet jelly made up in the normal way and poured into a bowl to set. When it was about three quarters set, open a tin of evaporated milk and whisk it like a demon. Gently stir this into the setting jelly - you can either stir in fully or partially so it ends up marbled. You end up with a set milky foamy jelly. At first this was quite nice, but when it's served every other day and you reach Orange Jelly flavour, my stomach rebelled. Even typing this brings back memories of being on a caravan holiday and my Mum making a massive bowl of the stuff and me realising I was trapped and had to eat it as in a caravan, there is no-where to hide!
This is one that is going to be on everyone's list. My reasons for hating them are that my Mum (again!) always insisted on putting 4 of them with my dinner each Sunday. They smelt awful so of course I'd leave them and then try the "can't eat them - I'm full up" routine only to be told that they're good for you so eat them. By then they'd be freezing cold and my Mum would sit and watch me struggle to eat these green balls of satan and I'd be fighting back the urge to be sick at the horrid indescribable bitterness. She eventually realised one day when I ate one and projectile vomited over the kitchen table that I REALLY didn't like them and recently apologised to me for being so awful (bless her).
Now, of course my Mum never cooked me these, although growing up in the East End she probably could have got hold of some if a friend told her they were good for you! I remember as a child running bare foot through the garden after a rain fall the previous day and crunching on one of these - the sight of the crushed shell and the twangy gunge between my toes is just one of those memories I really don't want so there's no way I'm ever going to try them sautéed with a little butter and garlic thank you very much. Who on earth thought these things could be nice (and did they try slugs first I wonder?).
Another school dinner 'delight' which many children loved. To me, the sight of semi-set gloopy neon-pink strawberry flavoured slop turned my stomach and its weird cold lumpy texture turned my stomach. Needless to say I got my Mum to add this to the list of foods I could not eat pretty quick!
As I said, all 'basic' stuff that we probably all grew up eating (with the exception being snails!). The Boyf says that as we grow older, our taste buds change, things that we loved we now hate and vice versa. I daresay that is true but there's no way I'm sitting down to liver and bacon, Brussels sprouts and carrots, finished off with a nice portion of apricot Angel Delight to see if he's right!
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