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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 12th Jul 17, 10:46 AM
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    What are the meals you have never tried /cooked for what ever reason
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    • 12th Jul 17, 10:46 AM
    What are the meals you have never tried /cooked for what ever reason 12th Jul 17 at 10:46 AM
    Hi everyone I thought as a bit of a mood lightener I have been thinking about stuff that, for what ever reason I have never tried ,bought ,cooked or tasted so far I have come up with this

    Risotto,: I prefer my rice as a pudding with cinnamon and a thick crispy skin and some single cream (yeah i know its probably evil and unhealthy, and the food nazi's will want to hang me out to dry )) but hey at my age I can enjoy what I like and I like old fashioned HM rice pud so there I do eat a little boiled rice with a curry though

    Stir Fry : never had one or fancied one ,but as I don't like chinese food in any shape or form its hardly surprising, each to their own and I prefer a nice hot curry instead

    Butternut squash : Looked at them and decided that a whopping great squash for me would take me
    A far too long to eat and
    B. far too long to muck about cooking

    I like cooking and probably if it was made for me and I had time to sit down and eat it I may enjoy it .

    Trying to work out why anyone would enjoy eating spinach. I have cooked it, and eaten it but no matter what it to me just tastes of wet grass, a pan full of green mulch that cooks down to virtually nothing and tastes of nothing

    So come on chums lets be truthful what is the food that you think is
    A over rated
    B would never cook in a month of Sundays

    I am sure that often we see stuff cooked on TV and are 'educated' into eating it . At the moment 'kale ' seems to be the veg that we are being 'persuaded to eat, to me Kale is something you feed cattle and not humans

    could be interesting I am not knocking anyone who enjoys the above just its not for me


    JackieO xx

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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 12th Jul 17, 5:00 PM
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    I agree about the tripe I can remember having to eat it during rationing and my Mum cooked it in milk .To me it was like eating a boiled tea towel Also we had off ration, as the government had imported large quantities of this, tinned fish called Snoek. I think from South Africa .

    No wonder they exported it ,revolting stuff but as it was off ration we had to be thankful and eat it up. We had two choices when I was a child ,eat up or go hungry

    Made me almost able to eat anything ,but given the choice I guess that tripe and snoek would be consigned to Room 101 for ever .

    Wasn't keen on 'Woolton Pie ' either Lots of people have rose coloured ideas about food from and after WW2, some was OK but a lot ,looking back was pretty basic stuff and meant to fill you up.

    No one ent particularly hungry but food didn't have the excitement of the herbs and spices of today.

    I agree about jellied eels, whelks, mussle's and apart from crab almost anything that comes with its own house attached cockles winkles and snails definitely off the menu even though I am an eastender not that keen on prawns either .Caviar is overated fish paste but I do like olives ,especially those stuffed ones, and heartily agree that gin should be classed as a superfood ,in fact I would recommend it on prescription if I could

    My late OH loved pigs trotters, which I did cook for him as he had got a liking for them when he was in the RAF in Germany but I kept thinking of what they had been trotting around in and that put me off he also loved sprats, cooked complete in vinegar in the oven heads ,tails the lot he scoffed .

    The smell of mackerel that he caught when sea fishing always reminded me of ammonia from babies nappies

    I wonder what the next food fad will be, no doubt something quite unpronounceable.

    Been interesting to see what peoples different likes and dislikes were though Good job we are not all the same
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 12th Jul 17, 5:12 PM
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    I'm surprised you think of 'stir fry' as Chinese food Jackie. I wonder if you you are thinking of the water chestnuts and beansprouts that are often found in commercial packets or on a take-away menu and they either don't appeal or you dislike them. Stir fry is just small bits of veg (any, but typically peppers, onions, mushrooms, cabbage) and small bits of any meat. Then add a sauce of your choice, doesn't have to be Chinese sweet and sour or hoisin you can make it anything you want or you can keep it plain if you prefer. It's a great way of using up small amounts of things.

    For myself, I'm not confident about fish and reluctant to order at a restaurant in case I dislike it.

    Olives I can't abide. That's something I find overrated and just trendy to eat.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Jul 17, 5:14 PM
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    .... if it's not so good, well I just won't bother again(I'll be honest, I find the idea of deciding you won't like something before you even try it completely incomprehensible). ...
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    Because if you buy something you don't like, you still have to eat it all. Instead of all those horrid meals you've now got to eat, you could be eating something you KNOW you like.

    If you go to all the effort of cooking, then get it on the plate and hate it you're sitting there hungry, tired, with an inedible meal in front of you, you can't cook something else as you spent your money on this stuff....and you know that not only do you now have to force-feed it to yourself .... but you've got more to eat that might be another 4-10 meals worth.

    Because ... you can't simply have a teaspoon of something to taste and walk away if you hate it. You have to commit to buying something ...a whole something.... and then eat/use it all up.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 12th Jul 17, 5:15 PM
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    Can't stand Marzipan - bleughhhhh yuk - love almonds though, weird...

    Also not a fan of Sweet and savoury mixed - saltanas in curries etc

    Also drinks that are 'goopy' Baileys and smoothies - it's a texture thing

    Pasta - not a massive fan, but do eat occasionally as others in the family like it.

    Feet in general are gross too tried pigs trotters and chicken feet - gelatinous and not pleasant

    Never tried or even see tripe 'face to face' seen it on TV - I will skip that pleasure I think
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    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 12th Jul 17, 5:26 PM
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    I'm surprised you think of 'stir fry' as Chinese food Jackie. I wonder if you you are thinking of the water chestnuts and beansprouts that are often found in commercial packets or on a take-away menu and they either don't appeal or you dislike them. Stir fry is just small bits of veg (any, but typically peppers, onions, mushrooms, cabbage) and small bits of any meat. Then add a sauce of your choice, doesn't have to be Chinese sweet and sour or hoisin you can make it anything you want or you can keep it plain if you prefer. It's a great way of using up small amounts of things.
    Originally posted by Spendless
    I agree. I often make it as a side to use up all the odd bits of veg I have. I have a bottle of flavoured stir-fry oil so I don't even need a sauce when I am just making it as a veggie side.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Jul 17, 5:27 PM
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    Ah, since I posted, more ideas.... I'll add to my won't/haven't list:

    mussels, kale, artichokes, fennel, seafood (except crabs), blue cheese, jellied eels, celery, almonds, oysters, black pudding, snails, olives, tinned fish (mackerel, sardines, similar), haggis, marzipan, smoothies.

    And, strangely, cream - I was put off that as a child when it was a creamy blob at the top of a pint of milk. I don't mind if there's a bit in a meal, hidden, but I've never bought any cream myself, ever.

    On the other hand, I can't abide skimmed/semi-skimmed milk.... it's just "not right" to me; I buy blue-top full cream milk.... which doesn't separate like it used to in the 1960s.

    I, too, never eat stir fry - it's a trend from the late 1980s and to me isn't really "food" it's just a bunch of stuff tossed around in the pan for awhile and very unsatisfying. It comes under my heading of "not really food, it's just cheap stuff tossed around and presented as something magical.... not proper food at all"
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 12th Jul 17, 5:37 PM
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    I'm pretty adventurous and virtually have a motto of trying anything new that comes near me.

    I've not been a meat-eater for decades now (bar ***** that have accidentally served me food with meat in - though I hadnt requested it). When I was - I never had yukky type stuff - eg tripe/insects/jellied eels/snails/pigs trotters/anything in aspic.

    I also never had anything that I would have eaten (ie it wasnt yukky) - but it was expensive. Thus first my parents couldnt afford it, then I couldnt afford it - so I've never had things like lobster or venison for instance.

    I can't think of anything non-meat and non-fish that I wouldn't at least try.

    ....and yes I've probably tried out virtually every "fashionable" food and it's sitting there in my kitchen. Still summoning up my nerve to try spirulina and most varieties of seaweed - but I've experimented my way through pretty much everything else/decided I like it/it's there in my kitchen now.
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    • Hollyharvey
    • By Hollyharvey 12th Jul 17, 5:42 PM
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    I'll try most things, but I won't try


    Tripe
    quinoa (I don't like the sound of it)
    tofu






    I don't like:
    most game
    pork, even the smell of it cooking makes me feel ill (although I do like sausages)
    radishes
    dates (including sticky toffee pudding)
    salted caramel, I don't like the salty/sweet thing.
    oysters


    I'm sure that given a bit of time I could probably come up with a long list
    • Judi
    • By Judi 12th Jul 17, 5:51 PM
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    Anything with a head on. I got given a rainbow trout once whole. I was heaving for hours.
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    • Hedgehog99
    • By Hedgehog99 12th Jul 17, 6:01 PM
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    I love butternut squash risotto, so that's two of JackieO's "never cooks" in one meal!

    I have never cooked a Sunday roast. I don't eat red meat, so that leaves chicken or turkey and, if I cook those, I have smaller portions than a whole bird. I'm also not a fan of the cabbage family, so a Wintertime roast is even more out of the question.

    I've also never cooked a curry. I don't eat them either.
    • maman
    • By maman 12th Jul 17, 6:24 PM
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    Still summoning up my nerve to try spirulina and most varieties of seaweed - but I've experimented my way through pretty much everything else/decided I like it/it's there in my kitchen now.
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention

    I had samphire last week which is close to seaweed and enjoyed it.


    And don't knock laverbread until you've tried it. With a plate of fried bacon and cockles it's yummy!
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    • By building with lego 12th Jul 17, 6:25 PM
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    I'm not even trying to make a list for A 'overrated' but will happily state that I simply will not entertain the idea of:

    1. Mushrooms
    2. Offal
    and also
    3. Cooked brassicas (all of them, although coleslaw is delicious.)


    There are other things, like Spam, squid, mussels, that I'm not keen on the idea of, but if you put it on my plate I'd have a go.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 12th Jul 17, 6:52 PM
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    I had samphire last week which is close to seaweed and enjoyed it.


    And don't knock laverbread until you've tried it. With a plate of fried bacon and cockles it's yummy!
    Originally posted by maman
    I tried samphire and wasnt struck. It would be a starvation food in my book.

    I've had laverbread as well - clue being = recently, ie since I moved to Wales. It's okay but nowt to write home about imo.
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    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 12th Jul 17, 7:42 PM
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    Positively will not try: kidneys. I did my O level biology, I know what they do, & you're not convincing me they're a foodstuff by contaminating chunks of steak with their proximity.
    Nor tripe, by repute. "Boiled knitting", apparently - if you're prepared to (convincingly) disguise it as haggis, I'm fine though.

    Frankly cannot be bothered to cook: Cauliflower cheese. I can make a glorious cheese sauce. Just I have 4 menfolk in the house who presented with a cauliflower suddenly have a passionate urge to be in any other room, or indeed county. I pick my culinary fights carefully - even macaroni cheese has to have bacon added before they'll eat it.

    A bit leery of: Chilli.
    I like flavour, not having my entrails scorched from tastebuds all the way through...

    Other than that, I will give most food a bash - including kale. (Tell you it's a brilliant diet food - it's So Good for you, you only want to eat a few bites before you feel you've had enough to eat!)
    • Judi
    • By Judi 12th Jul 17, 7:52 PM
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    Ive not tried sushi.... or butternut squash. The nearest i came to pumpkin was in a pie.

    I had a sharon fruit the other week. I wasnt impressed.
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    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 12th Jul 17, 8:53 PM
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    Sweetbreads and brawn. My grandad always had brawn in the fridge, it looked and smelt vile As for sweetbreads, they're glands, even the word makes me heave
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 12th Jul 17, 9:43 PM
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    My late ma-in law used to make brawn and my OH loved it but to me anything that has any jelly like substance in is not my cup of tea. Who remembers back in the late 1960s those awful tins of pink Olde Oak Ham that were sold at Christmas full of gelatine, yuk.

    Unless of course its actually proper jelly and custard

    I think the stir-fry thing is perhaps generational, as to me you fry eggs bacon and bangers, but not veg apart from mushrooms .My DDs eat it and enjoy it, but they are obviously a younger generation than I am. I dislike fried tomatoes as well tomatoes to me are cold sliced and in a salad. but then I also like tomatoes sliced up cold and sprinkled with sugar, something my late mum did to use up excess ones from the garden
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    • GrowingPlants
    • By GrowingPlants 12th Jul 17, 9:53 PM
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    Almonds, coconut and oysters are on my don't eat list.

    It's strange cause I like Stolen but not marzipan.
    Not liking coconut can make choosing a curry when eating out difficult, so many have coconut milk in them.
    I have tried oysters once and won't bother again...gritty, slimy things.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 12th Jul 17, 10:03 PM
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    Because ... you can't simply have a teaspoon of something to taste and walk away if you hate it. You have to commit to buying something ...a whole something.... and then eat/use it all up.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    This is certainly why I've never tried some things. But I've discovered I like thai green curry (and prefer it to hot) because I tried it at a 'eat the world buffet'. If this wasn't something I was able to do though, I'd just have to remain none the wiser.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 12th Jul 17, 10:17 PM
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    Will not eat:
    Fish of any type - yeugh
    The aforementioned tripe, kidney
    Honey
    Rabbit
    Cheese omelette- it's the texture not the ingredients

    Will avoid if possible:
    Celery
    Jams
    Olives etc
    Pickled anything except Saurkraut

    Not keen on but don't hate:
    Steak unless I cook it myself
    Beef generally

    Really enjoy eating:
    Lamb
    Pork
    Chinese food
    Liver
    Cauliflower / leeks / peas / mange tout
    Eggs
    Chicken - not whole ones, too much faffing and pulling apart.
    Puddings
    Nuts
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