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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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    • JIL
    • By JIL 13th Jul 17, 12:58 AM
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    I haven't eaten meat for nearly 30 years. I do still eat fish, I enjoy prawns and battered fish but I will not try any other shell fish. I really don't like the idea of strange other fish, catfish and talapia (sp) no thankyou.

    I will eat any veg, fruit, grains, salad. But I do not like lettuce and cheese together.

    My son has eaten some weird things he went out for a meal I think in Canada where they served rotisserie rabbit and the ears were a bit of a delicacy as they were all crunchy. Another time he had fish, but they served the flesh and deep fried the bones which were also eaten.
    • MsLdn
    • By MsLdn 13th Jul 17, 8:14 AM
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    I'm allergic to prawns and so worry I'll be allergic to other seafood. Consequently I've never even tried crab, lobster or any shellfish. I've also never tried mussels or oysters, they just really don't appeal to me! I don't eat meat, but I used to cook and eat it quite happily once. Not offal though! Can't think of any particular aversions to vegetables, but my partner hates mushrooms and peppers so I rarely get to cook or eat them. Spinach I LOVE. And olives, esp. kalamata olives.
    • juliettet
    • By juliettet 13th Jul 17, 9:29 AM
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    I'm veggie too but my quirks are many.
    Risotto can be a option on a menu but needs to be really well flavoured with herbs and butter. Can be insipid.
    White sauce or hot milk can make me feel sick although I love cheese sauce. I put in a lot of cheese.Also love rice pudding and custard. I know hot milk!
    Tofu. Disgusting stuff.
    Quorn. Needs careful cooking. I make probably once a month a Quorn curry.
    Pasta with aubergine.
    Okra. Yuk
    I like pure flavours. Really have a cheek to come on this thread as I hate thrown together recipes. My Mother said I was a nightmare.
    Probably could think of a lot more.
    I do love spinach and butternut squash though.
    • Out, Vile Jelly
    • By Out, Vile Jelly 13th Jul 17, 10:44 AM
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    I've been a vegetarian since I was 11, so there are whole aisles of meat and fish that I've never tasted as they didn't exist in my childhood; game, fancy fish like bass, chorizo, pulled pork whatever that is (looks like a surgical procedure gone wrong). I hated the taste of meat and fish so don't feel I'm missing out. A lot of vegetarian versions of meat dishes are very unappealing; eg wellington (looks really heavy), fake steaks, fake bacon, fake Scotch Eggs etc (maybe because I never liked the meat originals).

    I eat pretty much all vegetables and am open to all different cuisines, except French (not veggie-friendly at all). I don't bother with risotto as I find it stodgy and dull after the first couple of mouthfuls. Got a recipe for vegetarian gravy, but not sure I'd ever bother when I like the instant granules.

    Re butternut squash, I can see that it's a visually imposing vegetable that looks like a lot of hassle, but it's fanstastic value if you have the space to grow from seed. You can get an awful lot of meals out of one (my first was about 3 times the size of the supermarket wimps); spicy soup, curries, fajitas, stews etc.

    Also re Chinese, don't be put off if you've had a nasty takeaway. I work with a lot of Chinese researchers, one told me in his region they find the concept of sweet and sour disgusting, and flavour their dishes with much more subtlety. A stir fry is a great way to use up veg and is a lighter meal in hot weather.
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    • MsLdn
    • By MsLdn 13th Jul 17, 11:48 AM
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    I'm pescatarian, I guess - I eat fish but only very rarely. Haven't eaten meat for over 15 years. But I'm not keen on tofu, or quorn so don't generally eat fake meat products, the only exception being veggie sausages. I don't really understand the whole fake meat thing or who it appeals to, when there's so many delicious things you can make with veggies, pulses & nuts. Oh yes, okra - yuk!
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 13th Jul 17, 3:48 PM
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    Somebody's mention of jelly reminded me of pork pies - don't like pork pies with loads of jelly. Particularly cold from the fridge. Not good.

    Not keen on fish other than cod, will eat prawns as in small ones like you get in a prawn cocktail, but nothing involving cracking shells open. Quite like crab, prefer the brown meat to the white.

    Sushi - absolutely no. Raw fish of any sort, yuck. Tried a smorgasboard once, never again.
    • MsLdn
    • By MsLdn 13th Jul 17, 5:52 PM
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    Yes, I tried sushi once, too. First and last time, never again! The one I tried didn't even have fish in it but there was something in it that my tastebuds just did not agree with ... think it was the seaweed stuff that the rice etc. was wrapped up in.
    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 13th Jul 17, 7:01 PM
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    Tripe; eels (jellied or au natural); any kind of awful...sorry, offal; belly pork (if the dog used to refuse it, it can't be edible); and Green's Carmelle dessert.
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 13th Jul 17, 7:48 PM
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    Who remembers back in the late 1960s those awful tins of pink Olde Oak Ham that were sold at Christmas full of gelatine, yuk.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Jackie, you can still get it! I think it's about £3 a tin. I have an older cousin who used to live in S.Africa and when he came home to visit he would bring us all a tin of their ham. What a difference, it was gorgeous. And another one I never liked was the tinned crab that had too many bones in it and tasted nothing like a fresh crab.

    These are my lists:

    Don’t mind but think they’re over-rated: Spinach, asparagus, sweet potato

    Foods I have tried but wouldn’t have again: Parsnips, butternut squash, aubergine, kippers (too many bones) or any other smoked fish, blue cheese (tastes like soap to me), haggis, whelks (too chewy), jellied eels (bones again) and tripe (bland and tasteless), pigs’ cheek

    Foods I’ve never had - mainly because I don’t know what to do with them - but wouldn’t rule out unless I’d tried them: Celeriac, fennel, artichoke, pumpkin, okra, tofu, quorn

    Foods I’ve never had, nor would I be tempted to even try: Sushi, oysters, olives, chitterlings, pigs’ trotters, sweetbreads

    I don’t like celery or pineapple in their “raw” state but don’t mind them when they’re cooked as an ingredient in a meal.

    As for tripe, my late DF used to like it cooked in milk with onions and DH likes it raw with vinegar and pepper but it’s not for me however it’s presented. Yuk.

    When I was first married, DH once brought home half a cow heel to go in a big pan of stew. I wasn’t keen on the idea but have to admit it was the best stew I’ve ever had! It completely dissolved, leaving just the bone to fish out, and made the gravy thick and tasty. Next day the stew that was left had gone so solid you could cut it with a knife. Until recently, we had a stall in the market where you could get this, as well as tripe etc. DH mourns its demise but secretly I was happy to see it go!
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 13th Jul 17, 11:36 PM
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    I'm veggie too but my quirks are many.
    Risotto can be a option on a menu but needs to be really well flavoured with herbs and butter. Can be insipid.
    White sauce or hot milk can make me feel sick although I love cheese sauce. I put in a lot of cheese.Also love rice pudding and custard. I know hot milk!
    Tofu. Disgusting stuff.
    Quorn. Needs careful cooking. I make probably once a month a Quorn curry.
    Pasta with aubergine.
    Okra. Yuk
    I like pure flavours. Really have a cheek to come on this thread as I hate thrown together recipes. My Mother said I was a nightmare.
    Probably could think of a lot more.
    I do love spinach and butternut squash though.
    Originally posted by juliettet
    My teenage DD has been veggie for a year. Went to school a meat eater and came home saying she wasn't one (no prior warning!). That lasted 3 days, then she tried again a month later and stuck to it. At first I insisted she was pescatarian (you know so she could eat something whilst we established the vegetables she actually liked!) then she changed to being vegetarian a few months later. Fussy as a meat eater, I haven't seen much difference as a vegetarain. Doesn't like cooked cheese (except in a toasted sandwich) mushrooms or spiced food - things that many veggie meals are baed on. Quorn is a mixed bag, seems to like some white meat versions and not dark meat ones. Tofu haven't even gone there. Finally have 2 lots of veggie sausages she likes (Linda M and cauldron). I'm with your Mum Can't wait for my DD to be a self managing adult for her meals.
    • gonebust
    • By gonebust 14th Jul 17, 12:47 AM
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    Omg. I must be a complete gannet because the only things on all your posts that I agree with are tripe, jellied eels and caviar , and that's because yes I've tried them, and still gag at the thought of them lol

    I avoid some foods because I don't like the texture, mash, custard, milk puddings all spring to mind. Yet I will eat them if I'm served them elsewhere There's also a lot of veg I don't like but I still get it in me by hook or crook. I find cooking it differently helps, like I'm not fussed on cauliflower but it great braised in oyster sauce and acceptable in a cheese sauce
    • juliettet
    • By juliettet 14th Jul 17, 9:19 AM
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    That was me spendless. At first with no Mum to pander to me, I lived on cheese sandwiches and pasta. I moved to just outside Glasgow and worked in the city for a while. A whole new world opened up. Really good Indian restaurants and proper Italian food. I copied them at home and now eat really well. It has taken time though.
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 14th Jul 17, 4:28 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
    Originally posted by minimad1970

    i remember my mother and aunt making brawn, it wasn't a good sight, a head boiling in a bit pot! tho to be honest I preferred the sight of that to the jellified mass quivering on the table that I was going to be forced to eat
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Jul 17, 4:48 PM
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    Any form of meat or fish - I don't eat it myself, and I'd be terrified to cook it for anyone lest lest I give them food poisoning - and also I can't abide the smell. When one of my canine guests brought two little packets of raw mince with her, to be cooked for her dinners over the weekend she was staying with me, my lovely DH stepped up to the plate and cooked them for her.

    Green leafy things like cabbage - or any other brassica for that matter. Neither DH nor I like them, so we don't eat them.

    Curries or anything else remotely spicy - what is the modern fad for putting chilli in everything anyways? Yuk!!

    Beetroot. Not allowed in my house. Vile stuff!

    Anything I can't pronounce that purports to be food.
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    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 14th Jul 17, 8:13 PM
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    After reading this thread I think I need to start the tripe appreciation society!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 15th Jul 17, 7:49 AM
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    After reading this thread I think I need to start the tripe appreciation society!
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    Possibly founder and only member perhaps
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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 15th Jul 17, 10:23 AM
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    I don't cook meat on the bone, a childhood where the only meat of that kind anyone made was cheap, fatty, gristly stuff I wouldn't have put into dog food made me practically vegetarian for many years! I still don't particularly like beef, lamb & pork except good mince & bacon.

    I don't own a deep fat fryer, too many years of watching my grandparents eat themselves into an early grave with such greasy, dripping, fatty food that everything in the kitchen always had a permanent layer of grease on it that washing up liquid couldn't touch!

    Kale & wheatberries I just don't understand. Stinky cheeses I'm not fond of.

    I hardly ever use my oven except for occasional baking, not much gets roasted in this house. For me, time is a factor so if it can't be cooked on a hob in less than 1/2 an hour, we rarely make it. Most things we eat (curries, stir fry, pasta dishes, chilli, spag bol, risotto) only require a couple of pans & a kettle to make.

    Can't stand shellfish dishes (a year of working in a lab that tested shellfish put me off because of the smell of the stuff we were working with lol) & OH is allergic anyway so we never make those.
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 15th Jul 17, 10:23 AM
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    I find cooking it differently helps, like I'm not fussed on cauliflower but it great braised in oyster sauce and acceptable in a cheese sauce
    Originally posted by gonebust
    Try roasting cauliflower. I had some recently roasted with cumin seeds and spices to go with Indian food and it was a total revelation. I like cauliflower anyway but if you roast it, it's really delicious - it tastes like cauliflower but without the 'ponginess' you get when it's boiled or steamed.
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 19th Jul 17, 8:14 PM
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    Snails.
    Oysters
    cockles
    winkles
    Octopus
    mussels Not very fishy
    Smoked fish/meat/bacon
    Kale Spinach- do have but only because I should
    Pig-Knuckle/trotters only if almost give-a-way and then for soup
    Cucumber makes me vomit
    Black Pudding)
    Liver..
    Olives
    Aubergine, bought one last week to make lasagne and as I thought, I dont like it, slimey & dirty looking

    I never used to have courgettes and blueberries until about 4 years ago when g.son talked me into them, now staples.

    There are some other things but thats enough
    OH GIN nasty
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 20th Jul 17, 9:14 AM
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    OH GIN nasty
    Originally posted by whmf00001
    Heresy! ;-)
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