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Do you do anything to your food or drinks that other people find odd?

Asked by WillWorkForChocolate (22668 points ) June 7th, 2012

When I drink my coffee, I have to drop in a few ice cubes to cool it off a bit. I just can’t drink it straight out of the pot; it’s too hot and burns my tongue.

The friends and family who have seen me do this think it’s really weird.

What do you do to your drinks or your food that people think is weird?

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Symbeline's avatar

Nothing really odd, but I do offer thanks to Satan before eating something I killed.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

There are two:
* Just plain hot water in a cup if I’m cold and too much caffeine has already been consumed
* Tuna fish salad is made with mustard instead of mayonnaise

chyna's avatar

My food can’t touch. But it’s not all food. Just certain food. The runny stuff can’t touch anything else. Solids can touch though.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@chyna I do that too. Weirdo. :D

WestRiverrat's avatar

I like to drink my red wine hot.

I put Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream in my hot cocoa. But it has to be Haagen Dazs other brand just don’t work for me.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I love hot sauce on scrambled eggs.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Around here you would be considered weird if you did not put hot sauce on your eggs.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I like Tabasco or Cholula on my eggs. =0)

laineybug's avatar

I eat salad without dressing. That’s not too unusual but all my friends and most of my family think it’s weird.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline I want to come to your place for Thanksgiving.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You guys are making me hungry.

Symbeline's avatar

Hot sauce on eggs rocks! Incidentally, if hot sauce cannot be had, I drown those scrambled egg bastards in ketchup. I like them on hard boiled eggs too. When I was a kid I did that all the time, and pretended that I was eating seashells that bled. Don’t ask. I don’t even understand it anymore, myself.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Oh, I forgot- I also like to eat my cottage cheese with lots of black pepper and sunflower kernels in it. Everyone else thinks that’s really weird.

@Symbeline Seashells that were bleeding? ROFL!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WestRiverrat I had mulled wine just before last Christmas. It’s friggin awesome.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate I love cottage cheese with chives and rosemary.

Ponderer983's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Try cottage cheese with chopped up avocado and a splash of lime juice…Yum!!

A lot of things I eat I’m sure people think are weird. I do as the French and eat my French Fries with mayo. I will eat a lemon. Just suck the damn thing dry! I like red wine cold. When I was younger, I ate cream cheese and chocolate chip sandwiches. I ate one recently as an adult to see what the hell I was thinking and the damn thing was still good! There’s a lot more I’m sure.

Blackberry's avatar

Some people think cream cheese and jelly on a bagel is strange.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Blackberry That sounds friggin good. I never thought of that.

JLeslie's avatar

I put an ice cube in soup or tea sometimes. I had no idea that might be odd.

I dislike a lot of mushy food, the worst being soggy bread. I order French onion soup without the crouton/bread at the bottom (every time I get told the cheese will probably sink to the bottom). And, open sandwiches with gravy has to be the worst idea for a meal ever conceived in my opinion. Not keen on French dip either.

@laineybug I do the same sometimes. I kind of eat the salad as a side dish sans dressing. I do that a lot with mexican food.

I also eat salad with tuna salad on top, and then I just squeeze a bunch of lemon on it.

I think most people think it is weird, Americans tend to put heavy dressing on their salads, I think it is gross. I also don’t like dips much for potato chips and other chips. I put the mini-ist amount of dip on the very end of my bite. To me it is the same thing. The dips and dressings are in the same famiy to me.

Blackberry's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Only with blackberry jelly, though. Don’t be a weirdo, lol.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Blackberry LMAO That’s so good.

wildpotato's avatar

In my family we eat French toast with loads of sour cream. When I try it in public other people look at me like I grew an extra head.

Sunny2's avatar

@Ponderer983 Cream cheese between chocolate chip cookies is a wonderful idea! Adds a creaminess to the crisp or chewy cookie and is a foil to the sometimes extreme sugariness of too sweet cookies. I’m going to try it! Maybe beat a little vanilla into the cream cheese. Thank you!

Sunny2's avatar

@wildpotato We can’t have pancakes or French toast without cottage cheese. Sour cream could substitute.This was a tradition with both my and my husband’s family. Our kids have kept the tradition going.

Sunny2's avatar

Cottage cheese with A1 Sauce. But it has to be large curd, creamy Wisconsin cottage cheese from my childhood. Safeway’s Lucerne brand large curd is the only place I know to find it since I’m not in Wisconsin anymore.

mangeons's avatar

When I’m eating salad, I just have it without dressing or anything, so I just eat it out of the bowl with my hands like I’m eating chips rather than with a fork. Apparently, that’s kind of weird.

I also sometimes put salt on fruit like apples, watermelon, and cantaloupe (I rarely do it anymore, as it’s not very good for you) and some people think that it’s crazy. But it’s actually really good!

laurenkem's avatar

@mangeons I also salt my fruit, and you’re right, it’s probably not good for us, but I always have – on all of the fruits your mentioned. Then again, I salt everything – even pizza! My favorite, though, is my best special chocolate with a little sea salt on it.

hey, it’s good! and I have a sodium deficiency, lol

bewailknot's avatar

Nearly everything mentioned above didn’t sound odd to me, I do many of them. I think my strangest food thing was more the repetition than odd – I ate the same romain lettuce with flaked tuna and Italian dressing for lunch at work – for about 6 years. My coworkers kept telling me that was odd.

I know someone who puts hot sauce on his oatmeal – so much it turns orange.

DominicX's avatar

Some people think the fact that I put a lot of soups over rice is very odd. Some soups come with rice, though. I just like to add a lot more…

Ponderer983's avatar

@Sunny2 See, you made it make more sense. Actually, that’s not what I did. I’m talking I took 2 pieces of bread, spread cream cheese on them, put chocolate chips (not the cookie, the actual semi-sweet morsels), and made a sandwich.

JLeslie's avatar

@bewailknot Do you still do it? Be careful of too much mercury. Fish daily can have negative consequences. Now tuna caught off California has 10 times the radiation than before the Japan quake/tsunami/nuclear plant disaster.

bewailknot's avatar

@JLeslie I stopped about 3 years ago. I now have access to a very nice cafeteria and have something different every day.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I love putting ketchup on baked mac & cheese. I think that’s a regional thing though because I know some others that do it, but most people seem to think that it’s weird.

Nimis's avatar

I do a lot of things that were already mentioned. I just didn’t think it was that weird.

Sometimes I like to dump out all the contents of a taco, pour on some hot sauce, mix it all up, then spoon it back into the taco shell.

I like to precut all of my food before eating. I don’t think it’s that weird. But my dad used to always yell at me for doing it.

ShadesOfWhite's avatar

Mmmm…You guys had be at boiled egg…..Yummm…

ucme's avatar

I sprinkle beef stock cubes on beans, tomato soup & my roast dinner, not so much odd, more like fucking crazy, but I like it.

augustlan's avatar

I dip french fries in a vanilla shake (only McDonald’s will do), and eat Grape Nuts with butter rather than milk. I eat pizza with a knife and fork. And I eat ‘cheese salad’: Shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, hard boiled egg if I have one, raisins, ranch dressing and croutons.

bookish1's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate: I do that too. I’ve heard it called a “cat’s mouth” if you are very sensitive to hot things. I become enraged if I burn my mouth on hot tea or coffee. Plus, I prefer it lukewarm so I can ingest the caffeine as soon as possible :-p

I guess one thing that I do that most people find strange is I put TONS of black pepper in most things I cook. As in, about sixty cranks of fresh black pepper for a pot of homemade soup or pasta sauce. When I cook for other people, I have to find out how wussy they are about black pepper.

JLeslie's avatar

@bookish1 @WillWorkForChocolate FYI: if you burn your mouth immediately hold some ice cold water in your mouth (not straight ice) hold a few seconds swallow, repeat three times. You can prevent a burn.

My husband can’t tolerate very hot food or liquid nor touching hot plates and things like hot food out of the toaster oven or microwave that I can grab with my hands. When waiters say a plate is hot, it never is too hot for me to touch, with the exclusion of fajitas on a metal pan.

wildpotato's avatar

@augustlan I love that mix! My favorite is the fries/shake combo at Johnny Rockets.

@bookish1 Black pepper rules. I also get surprised at how little most people use.

@JLeslie Nice tip; I’ll try that next time I burn my mouth.

mangeons's avatar

@DominicX I know a guy who only likes rice if there’s ketchup on it, so yours doesn’t sound so weird to me!

JLeslie's avatar

@wildpotato It’s true for any part of your body. Burn your hand cooking, put it under very cold water immedately. Running tap from the sink is fine if yours runs cold. If the burn is minor, a quick touch of something hot, the cold water many times completely relieves it then and there. If it is more severe you still might get some redness or blistering, but significantly less than if you had not cooled it quickly.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Cottage cheese with “drained red horseradish” stirred in, as a dip.

Cayenne pepper on pineapple slices or sliced peaches, on the grill or cold.

Mariah's avatar

I feel so shady at college in the dining hall when I crush up a pill and pour it into my food. My body can’t digest it whole.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Mariah Don’t sweat that. That sounds fine to me.

Mariah's avatar

I feel like it looks like I’m roofie-ing myself or something. xD

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Mariah The roofie thing might be a little odd. :)

laurenkem's avatar

My fave is still a really good salt bagel, sliced in half, slathered with real butter on both halves, then mounded high with original flavor Fritos, top back on the bagel and smooshed into a sandwich.

And yes, I’m still bitching that I can’t find a salt bagel in FL to save my life!

josie's avatar

My girlfriend will ask for a couple of ice cubes at Starbucks, so you would get a pass from me on that one.
I eat salad without dressing. I don’t think I am unique in that regard, but my friends think it is weird.

LittleLemon's avatar

Not sure if it’s a Southern thing or not, but I still put peanuts in my soda from when I was a kid living in North Carolina.

Sometimes I’ll eat a plate of sliced cheese by itself (has to be the Kraft Singles kind). But to make it taste good, I have to fold the slices into equal-sized squares, piling on top of themselves like a pyramid before I can put it in my mouth.

Edit: I’ve heard someone say that it’s called the “Golden Spiral”. I’m not a math person, so I don’t know. Looking on Wikipedia, it does kinda look that like. Interesting!

DominicX's avatar

^ My mom has a “White Trash Cookbook” and one of the recipes is called a “high calorie pick-me-up” and it involves peanuts in pepsi. :P

LittleLemon's avatar

@DominicX I always wanted to be white trash! I’m so proud in this moment.

bookish1's avatar

@JLeslie: Thanks for the tip indeed!

@LittleLemon: Peanuts in soda? O_O Do you… drink the soda up and then eat the pepsi-marinated peanuts, or sort of crunch them as they come up? I am intrigued! I love peanuts and will probably try that!

Oh, Oh! I have one! It’s an Indian thing. (Indian from India, dammit. Sorry, I’m in France right now and everyone thinks I am an American Indian.) I put salt in my lemonade. It’s like homemade Gatorade. You really need extra electrolytes if you live in a hot place and are sweating buckets.

LittleLemon's avatar

@bookish1 It depends on how much I pour in the can. Sometimes you can’t drink around them, so you crunch them as they come up. The best is when you reach the bottom of the peanut jar or pouch, because you end up putting in the peanut dust along with all the intact peanuts. Makes fer some goooood sippin’.

laurenkem's avatar

@LittleLemon Now that’s a variation of what we did when we were kids growing up in the south. It had to be an ice cold real (glass) bottle of Dr. Pepper, then we would pour the salty peanuts right into it. Yum!

JLeslie's avatar

@LittleLemon I’m going to go with peanuts in soda being southern, I never heard of it, and like @bookish1 want to know what you do with the peanuts exactly? Do they sweeten up?

The American cheese is just middle America, goyisha to me, which would include the south for this example. Well, only my Jewish friends might throw in the goyisha part. Same with drinking milk with dinner, mayo on white bread, ketchup on a hotdog, not that you mentioned those, but it is that same realm in my mind. Not odd, because so many people do it, but odd to a certain group of people.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@bookish1 That’s interesting. During the winter months, my sister and I used to heat up lemonade in a pan, and then dip pretzel pieces in it. The pretzels we had were more like the German style, only dried out instead of soft. They were covered in salt, which made a tasty combination.

bookish1's avatar

I’m enjoying this thread. I’m surprised no one has mentioned Marmite yet. I’m a Yank who likes Marmite. There might be a few others, haha. I discovered it in desperate times when I was hunting for a snack and had almost nothing. I spread some on plain rice cakes and became fond of it. I’m a big fan of savory anything. I also have gotten in the habit of having a cup of Marmite ‘tea’ when I am sick. It’s also good as a soup base, but the Marmite on rice cakes/crackers thing really weirds my friends out :-p

@Pied_Pfeffer : Sounds good! Was that a family tradition or was that your own invention?

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@bookish1 My British bloke brought over UK delicacies when he met my family for the first time. One item was a squeeze tube of Marmite. All of the family members gathered around the kitchen table at Mom’s house (about 12 of us) to sample them. I prepared buttered toast, and my American flock cautiously spread a taste of the noxious looking substance on a corner. What was interesting is that the males took an instant disliking to it, but the females loved it.

As for the lemonade and pretzels, the pretzels were a family favorite for as long as I can remember. They came from a factory in Pennsylvania (a state known for German settlers). The combination was a creation conjured up by my creative older sister.

laurenkem's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Ah, were those pretzels perhaps from Snyders of Hanover? There are a lot of good pretzel makers in PA.

Edit by me because I wanted to add that you can get Snyders in a lot of states now. I buy the pretzel “pieces” (the honey mustard and onion flavored). Yum….

WestRiverrat's avatar

@LittleLemon and @bookish1 I used to add salt to my beer. Usually towards the end of a day at the lake when the ice had all melted in the cooler and everything was warming up.

Supacase's avatar

I tear off part of the top slice of the bun before each bite. That much bread fills me up too fast. It lets me eat less of the bread while still being able to hold the sandwich.

I eat cottage cheese (large curd only, please) with potato chips.

LittleLemon's avatar

@WestRiverrat I have a friend that does that! Says it takes the bite out of the first sip. May have to see for myself.

augustlan's avatar

@WestRiverrat just reminded me of another thing I love, it’s a summer thing, usually… When you’re drinking beer out of a can, squeeze some lemon juice into the rim of the top of the can, then salt it. Very refreshing!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I can drink hot water plain in a mug all day, it makes my tummy feel better.

If I’ve got black tea then I want cream in it.

I don’t eat salad dressings and don’t like marinades or vinaigrettes so a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper is my answer to salads.

Most foods touching is yucky so I don’t do well with buffets or pot lucks lines.

blueberry_kid's avatar

I like A LOT hot sauce. And I like mixing my food.

Kardamom's avatar

I eat tofu, ‘nuff said.

bewailknot's avatar

I love steamed rice with sauteed onions, scrambled eggs, raisins and monterey jack cheese melted on top. Don’t knock it until you try it.

bookish1's avatar

@Kardamom: That’s not so strange. Depends who you ask :)

@blueberry_kid: I like mixing my food too. And it generally needs something crunchy on top, like hot snack mix or potato chips.

bookish1's avatar

One more thing, I have always disliked peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which makes Americans find me very odd. I never even liked them as a kid. Separate is fine though :-p

bewailknot's avatar

@bookish1 How about cream chese and jelly sandwich, or is the “food touching” thing going to mess that up?

bookish1's avatar

@bewailknot: I’m not an anti food touching person and didn’t say I was.

Cream cheese and jelly is great. I guess I just don’t care for the mixture of savory and sweet, although I like almost every other flavor combination.

bewailknot's avatar

When I was a kid I liked peanut butter and jelly, and cream cheese and jelly so I thought peanut butter and cream cheese would be great – hated it.

I like sweet and salty – like M&Ms and popcorn.

jca's avatar

I eat my salad without dressing, and unless I’m at a fancy dinner, I’ll eat it with my fingers.

Cream cheese and jelly is great.

When I was little, my mom used to make me noodles and cottage cheese. It’s great, with a touch of salt.

When I eat a baked potato, I add milk with the butter, so it’s like mashed potatoes inside a potato skin. At a restaurant, I’ll request a little milk and do it up with the butter and salt. I usually have to explain to the waitress that I don’t want a glass of milk, just a little in a pitcher.

laurenkem's avatar

@bookish1 I’m with you on the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I can’t stand them! Well, actually, I should say that I can not abide peanut butter in any form (yes, not even in Reese’s). I just plain ol’ don’t like it.

@jca, your post about a baked potato made me think of how I do mine. First, I make sure that it is scrubbed extremely well, as I love to eat the skin (and I once heard that that is where the nutrients are). Then I rub it all over with olive oil and sprinkle the outside of the whole thing with kosher salt. Then I bake it at 400 like most people, but I like mine pretty soft inside, so I bake it for 1½ hour instead of an hour. Then I scoop out the potato, mix it in a bowl with butter, good sharp cheddar cheese (I like Boar’s Head black wax cheddar), and bacon pieces if I’m in the mood and then I pretty much smoosh it up like it’s mashed potatos. Then I scoop it back into the shell and voila! Basically mashed potatos in a shell, but with the incredibly crunchy skin from the olive oil and kosher salt.

That, an ear of really good Florida corn (just got some today, yay!), and I fry up some yellow (summer) squash with onions, and that’s a meal for me. No need for meat, although I’m not a vegetarian, but I just don’t eat it much.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Urm. When I eat pancakes I cut them up first, shove them to one end of my plate, then tilt my plate before pouring in the syrup, so the syrup is totally separate from the pancakes. If the syrup soaks in to the pancakes it feels like water-soaked bread in my mouth. ICK!
I have done this for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories, about age 3 was tilting my plate to keep the pancakes and syrup separate. This is why I don’t order pancakes in public. ._.

Kardamom's avatar

^^ I’m picturing this scenario as an awesome scene in a movie! @Dutchess_III who would you like to play you? I’m picturing Dakota Fanning as a child and Meg Ryan as an adult : )

P.S. now I’m craving pancakes!

bewailknot's avatar

I mentioned this thread to my ex and he told me of his favorite brown bag school lunch. A sandwich made with white bread, mayonnaise, bologna and Oreo cookies. Yum, yum. When we got off the phone he was heading to the kitchen.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^Ewwwwwwww!

JLeslie's avatar

@bewailknot Another mid America goyisha.

Wait…oreo cookies in the sandwich? Now that is a whole different thing. That’s just crazy talk. LOL.

bewailknot's avatar

@JLeslie I told my 6 year old granddaughter about the Oreos in the sandwich thing today at lunch – She said “That’s disgusting.” But then she thought bologna and mayo were also disgusting.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I take a 4 day break from Fluther, and come back to find that no one has gotten naked on a food thread? What the hell is wrong with you people?

augustlan's avatar

<< Doing the nekid dance.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Well, it’s about fuckin’ time!

Dutchess_III's avatar

STOP THAT!!!!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

What, getting nekked or cussing?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

No. I’m fucking nekked. Twit. :D

Dutchess_III's avatar

Turn off the lights and turn up the music!!!00 @WillWorkForChocolate is having sex in the living room again!!

laineybug's avatar

@augustlan Um… awkward.

Symbeline's avatar

not so awkward here

chyna's avatar

@laineybug Ha, love it!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Hey, any loving is good loving.

Kardamom's avatar

Are the pancakes nekkid? I guess that would mean no syrup huh?

augustlan's avatar

@laineybug AVERT YOUR EYES!

laineybug's avatar

@augustlan it’s a little too late for that. I came back into this thread all unsuspecting and then WHAM! There it was.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I drink hot sauce all the time. I used to eat my Farina kasha with kolbasa (when I wasn’t vegetarian). I eat dried squid by the packets. I put ketchup on pancakes. I put bread into my tomato juice. I can mix 10 dressings on a plate and eat that, as a meal. I eat dried fish with its insides, I eat its head. I can’t remember anymore but pretty much everything I eat is weird.

bookish1's avatar

Damn, I missed the pancake orgy?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I can cook up some more, so go ahead and get nekked. We can have a pancake fight, but without syrup, because that could get messy in uncomfortable places…

Symbeline's avatar

pancake boob slap

WestRiverrat's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Go ahead and use the syrup, I gotta change the water and the filters in the hot tub this weekend anyway.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Oh, okay then. Pancake and syrup fight! Somebody’s gotta help me wash all the syrup out of my hair.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Is the syrup real maple syrup?

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe unless you want some of my home made mulberry syrup.

Just remember it leaves a lovely purple stain.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WestRiverrat Oh man that sounds so good. Where can I find a sample?

WestRiverrat's avatar

Well, if the mulberrys recover from the hail we had about a week ago, I will send you some when they are ready.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Thank you. I know you’re serious. I’ll try some at the farmer’s market, if it’s good I’ll swap with you.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What about the furniture people!

bookish1's avatar

@Dutchess_III : Are they invading?

jca's avatar

I’m ready for pancakes now.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Bring my own plate and fork.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Fork @FreeWilly?? This could get dangerous! Lots of nekkid people, in the dark, syrup and pancakes all over the place…and you with a fork!!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Okay, plate and tongue. Dutchess Dutchess Dutchess

Dutchess_III's avatar

What was the topic of this question anyway? Oh ya. Food. It never, ever fails with Fluther, does it!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

That’s more like it! Nekked syrup party with forked tongues running amok!

Dutchess_III's avatar

O! I must needs unfollow now before I find myself in a thong unawares!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thank goodness somebody has some clothes on!

blueberry_kid's avatar

I like to slice my food into itty bitty pieces. Then mix it.

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