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December 19th, 2008


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12:44 pm - I don't know why I'm posting this, but I guess I'm just in a mood.
For some odd reason, I'm in the mood to talk about food preferences. Or maybe, better said, lack of preferences.

I have a few foodstuffs to which I have allergies. These include barley and its products, including most beer and whiskey. It also includes cantaloupe (sp?), and because of the vigor of the response to the latter, I avoid most melons. It's quite sad because I like both those products. *Sigh*.

Then, there's foodstuffs that I have something of a religious aversion. I don't eat ham, pork, or most other forms of pig product, with the only exception of bacon. I also don't eat catfish, though I do eat pretty much all shellfish, and swordfish as well. I'd call those culturally-mediated avoidances. Bacon was introduced to me as a youth, and never left my palette of foodstuffs. I also don't pay attention to the Jewish avoidance of the combination of milk and meat; a cheeseburger is a definite pleasure, not to mention steak smothered in blue cheese (yum!).

I don't tolerate eggs in practically any form. No omelettes, no quiches, no over-easys. This has been true for far over forty years, and I don't expect any change in the near future.

I don't like eating chicken that's pink in the center, but I also don't like eating chicken that's so dry that you need to drink four ounces of water to unstick it from the back of your throat, either. Perfectly cooked seems to be impossible, these days, at restaurants, so I tend to avoid ordering chicken at same.

I don't eat coconut. I think it's a texture thing. I love Thai soups with coconut milk, so I think it's just the solid matter, in its form, that bothers me on some level.

I gave up caffeine some time ago when I realized that it was giving me heartburn. I never took to coffee, and rarely drank tea, but I survived my internship on 2 1/2 liters of Coca-Cola daily; when I switched to ginger ale, I lost 17 pounds in two weeks. Now, I'm in the process of switching to water. I don't expect such a profound change.

Diet soft drinks taste odd to me, and I won't drink them. Give me diet water, anytime.

Outside of those constraints, I'm pretty open to tasting anything. Folks who come to the Carnivore's Feast can attest to that...

(36 comments | Speak, or forever hold your peace)

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From:crwilley
Date:December 19th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
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It's amazing how many people who don't normally eat meat, or don't normally eat pork, will make an exception for bacon. :)
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 19th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Very odd. You'd wonder why. And then, you taste it, and the skies open up, and the Heavenly Choir begin singing hosannas.

Or something.

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From:fearthainnlent
Date:December 19th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
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The pink chicken thing, use a meat thermometer. ALWAYS. Best way to be sure (ex was a health inspector--guess who helped him study?)

sugared coconut I do not like, too sweet. I do like coconut milk w/coconut meat and redbeans or tapioca (canned in thailand) lovely treat and the coconut meat isn't gritty textured.

Detest catfish--just . . . ugh!
Beef no longer on the menu due to elevating painlevels.
Guess Buffalo woudl do same thing?

What do you think of Silk Soymilk?
Cowmilk I don't like anylonger (however still an icecream eater). But if I can find a soymilk greentea icecream I'm a happygirl.

Uch! Time to get ready for work.
My old TL that moved to the nice account? He thinks I would fit well there! Now if I can survive until I can hopefully make the switch . . . .
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 19th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
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So, you want me to stick a meat thermometer into a chicken at a restaurant? That'd get me a lot of positive responses, no doubt about it...

Buffalo is a lot less laced with fat than is beef; it might just be edible for you. You'd have to confirm that with the doctor who forbade you beef. While you're at it, ask about ostrich and kangaroo; both meats, as is bison, are much healthier than is beef for those who are watching their saturated fats, and both meats are accessible in the US.

I've had Silk, and I wasn't impressed with the taste. I wouldn't pursue it, but I'd use it if it was all that was around.

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From:fearthainnlent
Date:December 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)

yumma yumma yumma yumma

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Ah, well if at a restaurant I can and do send it back.
Even at a BBQ place--sorry blood showing in the joint even I do not eat on chicken (neither pork for that matter--which pork no longer agrees with me . . .)
Bacon? BACON!!!!!!! yes, heavenly choirs for certain sure--but nitrates (I think) drive up PL so eat sparingly.
Beef, has naturally occurring msg "savory" in Japanese food taste sucessful lobbying of adding to sweet sour etc.. MSG = MIGRAINE FROM HELL and overall pain ^ so possible relation there?

You teh awesomes are.
Me to work goes.
(yoda speak--also modifiers in Korean are other placed as well)
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 19th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)

Re: yumma yumma yumma yumma

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Um.

OK.

Have a quiet day at work, then.

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From:forestcats
Date:December 19th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Yet the flourless cake called chocolate sin is beaten egg whites with the chocolate added in. So in the correct form...
Do you like the egg yolk sauce at Ron of Japan's on the lobster?

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From:mycroftca
Date:December 19th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Not so much. I used to scrape much of it off.

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From:brokenheather
Date:December 19th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Well, I was an omnivore until I figured out that whole gluten thing. I'm beginning to think I need to cut grapes out of my diet too (they upset my stomach for some reason). And I learned that splenda does not agree with me (tho I'm a nutrasweet fiend, and before that it was saccharin - never developed a taste for sugar soda).

Yah, chicken's not supposed to be pink in the center. It needs more cookin'!
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 19th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
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I bet you aren't old enough to remember when diet soft drinks were made with cyclamates...they tasted almost exactly like the sugared sodas, back then. (Sometime in the late 1960s)

I run into that problem with the chicken primarily at busy restaurants, especially at Chinese restaurants with the food quickly wokked. I do eat chicken at home regularly, and sometimes at places that cook institutional food: the chicken may be overcooked, but never under.

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From:pondhopper
Date:December 19th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Chicken has to cooked through or it can be dangerous so no pink chicken is a good thing. I agree it's really hard to find it well cooked anywhere...well, maybe at my house.
;)
(My husband is on a low fat diet and we consume lots of poultry around here and I just about had to learn to cook it right).
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 19th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
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forestcats has started taking boneless chicken breasts, pounding them out to a thin hunk of meat, and then cooking them in various ways. It's always nicely finished when she's done.

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From:roadskoller
Date:December 20th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)

fly

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I hear you on pork. It's not a religious thing for me, but the pork has to be in the form of ham or bacon. Cured, I guess you could say.
And chicken at restaurants....not so much.
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 20th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

Re: fly

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Exactly.
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 20th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Brussels sprouts?
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 20th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Up against The Wall!

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From:meneleth
Date:December 21st, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
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I cannot stand any seafood (fish or shellfish) but tuna. My parents tried for years to get me to eat fish but I finally said, stop! I hate the stuff! Something about the taste of coffee in any form, drink, candy, ice cream, whatever makes me gag, although I like the smell of it percolating. Don't drink soda either, but I drink 2-4 cups of tea on a work day.
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 21st, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
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Personal preference is so variable. I can't imagine how restaurants can manage to please anyone at all...

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From:trizia
Date:December 23rd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Been veggie for nearly 20 years, bacon was the hardest thing to give up.

Have a mild problem with gluten but know how much is 'safe' to eat.

Shouldn't have dairy but still eat cheese as there is no acceptable alternative.

Hate olives, raisins, sultanas, coffee (though I love the smell of coffee beans), most fizzy drinks.
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 23rd, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Does beer count as a fizzy drink?
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From:darkviolet9
Date:December 24th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
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I am soooo with you on the eggs. If I can taste egg it comes right back out... hopefully there is a napkin handy, cause I have about a three second window before more than the egg makes a comeback. I have no idea why, I used to *love* eggs when I was a kid.

I don't care for pork either, unless it's very well done bacon.

And get rid of all the onions, too. Although I really like garlic.

I avoid restaurant chicken for the same reason.
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From:mycroftca
Date:December 24th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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When I was about three years old, my mother served me extremely runny eggs for breakfast. I vomited them up. Thereafter, I never ate eggs again.

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