Pretty much everyone has at least one quirky eating habit. Today, the Chicks share ours. You will either be horrified – or discover a potential new unexpected tasty treat!
I probably shouldn’t even admit these food foibles in public. But I love to delicately dip forkfuls of breakfast sausage into a quarter-plate of raspberry jam (with seeds, of course). I’ll never forget the look on my Irish relatives’ faces when I introduced them to that combo (I converted them, though, once they got over their shock and awe). I’ve also been known to eat strained baby food peaches as a side for just about anything, including hamburgers. I ate it straight from the jar until middle school, then picked this delicacy up again when my kids were babies. (They’re lucky they didn’t starve: “One for you, and two for ME!”). The nurses at my dad’s assisted living also used to very sweetly add an extra peach dessert for me to his tray. I used to not care whether it was Gerber’s or Beechnut, but now Gerber’s mixes their peaches with gross things like squash (what halfway-discerning baby or full-grown adult would be fooled by that?). Added bonus: I easily meet my daily nutrient requirements (potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, carbohydrates) for six-months-old and up!
I love peanut butter and bacon – even turkey bacon – sandwiches. As I write this, I’m craving one. It’s odd because I’m not particularly nuts about either individually, but adore them together. It’s just this awesome combo of sweet and savory.
When I was a kid, I used to make pretzel and potato chip sandwiches on white bread. No joke. Again, a delicious, if carbo-packing treat. I’ve been so tempted to make one of these again as an adult but just can’t bring myself to do it. It’s one of those things where you wonder, will it taste as good as I remember it?
I’m guessing it will.
So, like Ellen and Leslie I have my own perverse take on the peanut butter sandwich. When I was a kid, I loved sandwiches with peanut butter and sliced sweet pickles. I still maintain sweet pickles are superior to jelly. It’s like jelly with a crunch! I also like mayo on French fries. I always thought I was just weird until I learned that Belgians typically eat their fries with mayo. Now I feel very continental! BTW, according to legend, French fries were invented, not by the French, but by a group of Belgian peasants in the 17th century. If Belgians invented fries, then their preferred condiment should be the standard, right?
The only thing I can think of is popcorn with a little bit of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and paprika sprinkled on top. I have no idea where that came from–college dorm life, maybe? It’s a strange combination but it’s somehow satisfying. Like: not exactly delicious…but interesting. (Of course real butter is the best but I could never use that without feeling guilty.) And I never really got into the shaker thingies with flavors intended to spice up your popcorn–probably because I don’t like salt added to anything. Okay, this is pathetic. I’m open to suggestions. How do you like your popcorn? Please help. 🙂
Even though Ellen already called dibs on the peanut butter and [insert surprising ingredient here] sandwich, I’m going to play copy cat. Because there’s just something about peanut butter that makes us yearn to combine it with unexpected foods. Elvis, after all, famously loved PB&Banana sandwiches (sometimes with bacon, too, Ellen—so you’re in good company). And my mom frequently orders PB&Mayonnaise sandwiches for lunch at her assisted care facility.
Me, I just love me a PB&S—the S standing for Sriracha—which turns the sandwich into a luscious, spicy, Thai-inflected meal. I think peanut butter is actually a sort of miracle food, given how equally at ease it is with both savory dishes and sweets. (And some day, perhaps, I’ll figure out why the French detest it so.)
Readers, do you have any unusual food favorites? Drop us a note in the comments below!
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