A Couple of Hateful Lists

I married a total food snob. He has introduced me to some awesome foods, and some awesome ways to cook it (or, in all actuality, to watch him cook it). Dh and I were watching Food Network last night, and a 'wasabi-ginger mayo' was talked about briefly. I cringed. Dh said 'ooohhhh'. See, I hate wasabi. He does not. So I've decided to list foods that I hate, just because I can. Foods I Hate: 1. Curry. You might as well burn your house down after you make curry, because, really, that's the only way you're going to get the smell out. And what a smell. Nasy, nasty stuff. 2. Scallops. This one is a texture thing for me. They're just so rubbery. 3. Dijon mustard. Normally I like fancy(ish) foods, but when it comes to mustard, give me the cheap stuff, thank you very much. 4. Calamari. Eewww.... 5. Kalamata Olives/Green olives. Yuck-o-rama. 6. Cilantro. This stuff is straight from Satan. If it is anywhere on my plate, I have to send it back. It just has the capacity to kill all flavor that was ever there in the first place. To me, it's like someone says to me "Look! I made you a lovely dish. Now let me just grate this bar of soap over it to make it perfect." Cilantro is secretly soap masquerading as food. I would rather shower with it than eat it. (although that doesn't sound too great, either) Cilantro is evil, and has no place in any world I will ever create. Foods I've Never Tried, But I'm Pretty Sure I Would Hate: 1.Octopus 2.Sea Urchin 3.Turkey Ice Cream, Trout Ice Cream, or pretty much any ice cream with a protein base. Thank you very much.


Blogger oshee said...

I couldn't agree with you more.

Especially about the curry. My husband just doesn't understand my disgust either.

6/05/2006 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous cantinflas said...

You may like this webpage I stumbled onto late last week: http://www.ihatecilantro.com/

I don't happen to share this feeling for cilantro, I think it's fine, but in excess it is not fine.

6/05/2006 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous ola senor said...

Octopus tastes kind of like cold ham dipped in seawater. Not bad - the tentacles are a bit rubbery but otherwise pretty good.

Sea urchin - Had it once - didn't die. But have no desire to try it again, not very scary though.

And How can you make a good salsa without cilantro!

Horrible foods
Cream Cheese
Sour Cream

6/05/2006 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Tracy M said...

We watched the burger cook-off thingy too!- and while I like wasabi, the whole thing just didn't do it for me.

I read somewhere that there is actually a gene thing with your taste buds about cilantro- people either really like it or they really HATE it. And the ones who hate it think it tastes like soap- sounds like you must be the latter!

Foods I hate:
Overcooked Zuchini
Lima Beans- ugh!
Peanut Butter- can't even stand the smell!
Watermelon- groossss!! (DH says this is positively un-American)

But I'm with you on the seafood thing- anything with tentacles- no thanks! (I do like cilantro, though)

6/05/2006 05:34:00 PM  
Blogger Trivial Mom said...

Uggghhh curry. I don't mind the taste so much but man the smell! We had indian neighboors (like acutal indians, from India) awhile back and the smell of the curry would seep through the apartment walls. Our entire apartment smelled. The worst part was it got into our closet. We seriously thought something died in there, had maintainence come out and check it and everything. I am still trying to get the smell out of our clothes.

6/05/2006 07:06:00 PM  
Blogger hairyshoefairy said...

Tracy, that's really interesting about taste buds and Cilantro. I love cilantro, especially in salsa, but my hubby totally hates it!

And, like trivial mom, we had neighbors from India for a while and after they moved, their apartment had to be aired out for several months and the carpet had to be replaced because of all the curry. It was nuts! Some other friends lived upstairs from them and left some clothes outside on a line to dry once and had to get rid of them cuz the smell of curry wouldn't come out. I do enjoy a little curry once in a while, though.

My list:
Cooked peas and cooked pineapple(fresh are fine)
Kraft cheese singles - they're vile

6/05/2006 07:20:00 PM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

See! You have to burn your house down to get the smell of curry out! Down with curry!

6/05/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Are you talking about Indian curry or Thai curry?

I love both at a good restaurant. Indian curry isn't very good when I try it at home, and it does smell. It's a good reason to eat out.

6/05/2006 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

What I hate:

-Processed cheez, like Velveeta or Kraft Singles or any "American" cheese

-Jello: it's a texture thing. The jiggliness is nauseating.

-Canned green beans, canned spinach, canned peas. Ugh. I like all three fresh, but they're all disgusting canned.

-Big chunks of raw onions in salads, casseroles, or anywhere that isn't a burger. Smells like B.O., and takes over the whole dish.

-Deer meat.

6/05/2006 07:51:00 PM  
Blogger Dessertfirst said...

I totally agree about the curry. I have been known to pretend allergies to get get out of eating it! I have very odd rules with my food. Some call me picky, but I say I am just selective. For example, I like onions and tomatoes cooked, but no raw, I like the taste of mushrooms , but not actually eating mushrooms themselves.

PS I recently found your blog and think it is great, I hope you don't mind if I just jump into the conversation like I've been here all along!

6/05/2006 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I am a texture eater, that's for sure. I like onion flavored things, but not the actual onions - raw or cooked, bleh! Whoever said they smell like BO in salads is hilarious!

I don't like dried coconut, ruins any good dessert! Though fresh is delicious!

I also have a hard time with canned fruit. Give it to me fresh, the canned stuff is too slippery.

I'm on the fence about curry. We have a Japanese friend who makes really yummy curry and it doesn't seem too smelly. However, like some others, we too had neighbors from India in our last apartment and the smell at times was overwhelming. They lived next door, the neigbors to the right were from Mexico and the people living below us were Vietnamese. We lived in an apartment in California with the thinnest walls. You can imagine what the conglomeration of those smells at dinner time did to me in my first trimester of pregnancy...

6/05/2006 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger nestle said...

Yummm fooood. I like this subject. However I must say I like it all. Bring on the cilantro, the calamari, the olives, the yummmy scallops, velvetta.... oh my mouth waters at the thought of putting you on my mac and cheese.... curry any day anywhere sign me up (it's actully one of my favorite foods)

That said I HATE yes, not just severly dislike but HATE
Raw tomoatoes. ugh nothing worse. It actually causes me to vomit. Talking about vomit passion fruit. I had this once and my thought was why in the world would anyone eat something that tasted like vomit. If you ask me what my throw-up tastes like.... passion fruit. yuck. Other than that BRING IT ON! (Maybe this is why I'm on a diet... sigh)

6/05/2006 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Tracy M said...

OH, oh, I forgot: fruit cocktail- it's like slimy eyeballs with plastic cherries- Ewwwww!

And Allison, I totally with you on the jello thing- wouldn't even eat it when I was a kit. That and marshmallows, which also qualifies as un-American...

6/05/2006 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

I served my mission in England. I will forever associate the smell of stale curry and stale urine. (yuck, I know). We only went to places that were "humble" and every stairwell and elevator smells of those two smells. When we bought our current condo, the previous oweners were Indian and we had to replace the carpet too.

Oddly, I do love curry and make it at home all the time...but I must not do it right b/c my house doesn't smell like it.

I LOVE CILANTRO!!!!!! I think that everything tastes better with it. I have noticed that people either love it or hate it...interesting about the gene thing...

6/05/2006 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

- I have a texture thing too. For a long time I wouldn't eat tomatoes, and I still can't stand cucumber or watermelon.

- Miracle Whip

- Organ meats. The word "headcheese" should not even be in existence; let alone the actual food.

- Carob. "Tastes just like chocolate," my butt.

- Anything with rye - which to me tastes like B.O.

6/05/2006 11:42:00 PM  
Blogger NFlanders said...

Good Indian food can't be beat, but you really shouldn't try to cook it at home. And you're really missing out on calamari. If it's rubbery, then it's probably not very good calamari.

But as for food I hate, I HATE CAPERS!!! Absolutely vile.

6/06/2006 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger miggy said...

I feel like you posted an entry in my diary that I would have written on opposite day. I love, LA-HOV all those foods you just mentioned. Not just love, but those are foods/ingrediants I look for on a menu as my comfort items--"oh good, they have curry". If I see scallops I HAVE to order them. Curry is something I cannot go too long without (Japanese, Thai, Indian, what-have-you). I just planted cilantro in my little window sill planter last week. I use dijon mustard, hubby uses regular. . . that was so bizzare to see my favorite foods one after another on your hate list. . . not that you even know me, but still . . . I guess it's good we're not friends. Sad.

6/06/2006 01:23:00 AM  
Blogger FluffyChicky said...

I am obviously in the minority here...I love Indian food. My husband and I found an Indian food joint in Washington that we would go to when we were in school and we became addicted. We were really sad when we both graduated because we would be moving back to southeast Idaho where they have no idea what Indian food is. But, my husband found us a Indian cookbook and the recipies are soooo yummy. It is not quite the same, but it is a really close second. I do have some food hates though: Cooked carrots, cooked peas, and beets in any form. I also do not like chili very much, unless you're talking about a chili-dog. Mmm-mmm good. I'll eat (or at least try) everything else though. Now I am hungry thinking about all this food. Crap.

6/06/2006 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

miggy, I'll still be your friend, just don't bring me a meal if I'm sick. I'll even go out to dinner with you, I have no problem with other people eating these foods, I just personally hate them. (my husband loves to order curry when we're out, since I refuse to have it cooked in my house)

Tracy- you hate watermelon? I've never heard of that! Of course, my husband hates all other forms of melon, which is kind of bizarre, since he'll eat pretty much anything. I'm with you on the marshamallow thing, though. When people spread them over yams...gross...

Oh, and I would have to agree on the beets, the capers {shudder} the processed cheese,and all fruits and veggies canned. Oh, and miracle whip is just wrong. I love raw tomatoes and mushrooms, though.

I've never had deer meat, but I think I'll add it to the list of things I'm pretty sure I would hate.

dessertifrst - welcome to the blog, jump in any time you want.

cantinflas - i think ihatecilantro.com is my new favorite website. It's like a support group for those of us who hate the vile weed. Thanks for pointing it out.

6/06/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous danithew said...

i don't like cilantro either

6/06/2006 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like most of the things you've tried and don't like. If you want to talk about texture: WATER CHESNUTS. And, I hate OLIVES of all varieties.

6/06/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like most of the things you've tried and don't like. If you want to talk about texture: WATER CHESNUTS. And, I hate OLIVES of all varieties.

6/06/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger hairyshoefairy said...

Water Chestnuts? Yuck! And someone mentioned passion fruit tasting like vomit. I like passion fruit. For me, it's papaya that tastes and smells exactly like vomit. Blech! As for Jello, it's okay if it's just that. Jello. If it has anything else? No way! Trust me, I grew up in Utah and have seen appalling things put in Jello. It's just wrong.

6/06/2006 01:32:00 PM  
Blogger Starfoxy said...

My list, several of which have already been mentioned:

-tomatoes in any form that is not pureed. (tomato sauce great, diced ick!)
-Fish in general, especially tuna
-Pecans, they just make my tongue feel weird and sorta hurt.
-nuts in candy. I like nuts, but only when they're salty and not covered in chocolate.
-Dried coconut, fresh is fine, dried is garbage

When my husband heard about those last two he offered to buy me some Almond Joys for my birthday. I almost hit him.

6/06/2006 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger moddy said...

how can anyone hate olives, they are like my faovrite comfort food, I always keep a couple of cans in my pantry. (but only the black ones)

But I'm totally with you on cilantro, it tastes like soap, GROSS!!!

I also don't care for watermelon, it's to slimmy.

6/06/2006 01:44:00 PM  
Blogger Jamie J said...

This is such a fun post! And the comments are great. I love reading what everyone likes and dislikes. It's a good thing there's lots of kinds of food out there! I hate cooked carrots, peas and spinach (but will eat them raw) dried coconut (fresh is good), octopus, and jello too. DH loves it and is always asking for it....um, nope, not going to make it. The other things I cannot eat are things that take too long to chew: like chewy beef or chicken or not perfect ripe bananas. Oh, they make me gag!

Although I LOVE cilantro! It has such a wonderful smell and I love it in fresh salsa! I also love curry when it is made right. It is a thing you have to eat in a restaurant cuz you are right on with the smell. We had indian neighbors above us once and the smell permeated everything.

6/06/2006 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

FOr all you curry lovers who don't like the smell. Buy PATAKS's curry paste (I get it when I go back to England, but you can find it in Indian Markets or online..) You just add a few tablespoons to cocounut milk and throw in any veggies you want (chick peas, diced tomoatoes, onion, carrots--that combo is going to make a few of you sick). You can get Korma or Tikka Masala. Yummy curry, faster then Mac and Cheese and NO SMELL.

Tastes very very similar to Indian curry I have had made in homes of actual East Indians. E mail me if you want the recipie for Eggs in Spicy Cream Sauce or Cauliflour with Tomatoes......:-)

Love this post.

6/06/2006 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger a random John said...

My lurker wife had this page up and I am compelled to comment.

If you don't like passion fruit then you got bad passion fruit. Maybe it was the imported juice which tastes terrible or maybe it wasn't fully ripe. Ripe passion fruit should be shriveled up and looks like it has gone bad to those with American sensibilities.

Also, most varieties require an enormous amount of sugar mixed in with them in order to eat the raw seeds. But generally it is best served as a freshly made juice.

It is incredibly hard to find good passion fruit in the USA. But in my mind when you get a good one prepared correctly it is the best tasting thing on the planet.

6/06/2006 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger Tammy and Parker said...

I am so glad to find out that I'm really not the only person in the universe that hates cilantro! I can't even stand the smell of it growing in my herb garden.

Blech. And one can make OUTSTANDING salsa without cilantro. I make about 40+ quarts each summer to can because I hate the store bought stuff.

6/06/2006 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Sue said...

Curry. Yum.

6/07/2006 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're crazy. Cilantro rules. Nothing is better than cilantro. Except maybe curry. So in conclusion, you're crazy.

6/09/2006 11:26:00 PM  

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