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Food Quiz #2 (Meme)

Courtesy of slymongoose.

1) Confess! Do you have an odd Comfort Food? (No judging, here. It's Comfort Food and, as such, it knows no rules.)
I have a comfort meal that always goes together because it's how Mama used to do it. Macaroni & cheese, pinto beans, and what we called "summer sausage." Those three things together are a strong comfort meal for me.

As far as weird single things go, I guess it's kind of a quesadilla. I take a tortilla, sprinkle shredded cheese on it, add spices and maybe a little meat if I have some left over from something, and then either toast it in a toaster oven or microwave it for a minute. Nice and warm and gooey and bubbly and yummy.

Now, you want weird? Here's your weird. I like what are variously called field peas, silver-hull peas, pink-eyed purple-hull peas, and crowder peas. But I like to add mayonnaise to them. Mmmmm! Mayonnaise on peas is scrump-dilly-icious. I'm serious. Give it a try before you pooh-pooh it. It's also the only way I can eat black-eyed peas. And mayonnaise was originally meant as a sauce for vegetables, anyway. It's true! I read it! First I wrote it down, and then I read it!

2) What is the oldest item in your fridge?
Well. I'll be cleaning out the fridge, now. Thanks, Mongoose. Really. There were some pickles in there that...well, let's just say they were very close to evolving into another life form. They had already discovered fire and were working on developing a language. I hated to destroy their burgeoning civilization, but...really, it was for their own good. Look what civilization did for us. For I am come, the Destroyer of Picklekind. Fear my mighty wrath, for I shall destroy thee in the Garbage Disposal of Doom!

3) Favorite Fruit? (use a Food item answer ONLY, Please!)
This is tough, but...I'm going to have to say that a nice, juicy, ripe peach is probably my choice, here. This week. :) Cherries in season (now!) are also tasty, as are kiwi. And apples. Oh, and....

4) Food item(s) I cannot stand. Icky! Eugh! Ptooie!
I'm not so much on anything that has tentacles (squid, octopus, cuttlefish) or looks like a tentacle (eel) or is an organ meat (liver, pancreas, kidneys). Or looks like it fell out of something else's nose (natto, snails, slugs). As for food I just simply cannot stand...I'd have to say that I'm not fond of eggplant. It has an unpleasant texture and taste. Oh, yeah. I also loathe cooked greens that aren't spinach. Collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, poke, whatever.

On the other hand, I'm pretty open to food, and I'll try (almost) anything once.

5) Favorite Potato Dish?
Cream of Potato Leek Soup with Dill

6) Favorite dish involving Rice?
Jambalaya. My favorite rice, though, is "wild rice," which isn't actually a rice, but the seed of another species of grass altogether. But it's mighty tasty, regardless, and has a nice "toothsomeness." Since it's horribly expensive by itself, I generally end up buying rice mixtures that contain several different strains of rice, including wild. My favorite right now is Royal Blend Texmati white, brown, wild and red mix. It's fast-cooking, but still takes 25 minutes, so it has a good texture and isn't like that awful Minute Rice stuff. I make it simply with broth/stock, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic (almost nothing I cook doesn't contain garlic). Rice. Love it.

7) Your Chile bowl has Beans or No Beans? (Yeah, I'm using the New Mexico Spelling. Deal.)
I can take either one, but I prefer beans to no beans. Probably because of the way I was raised. Those of you who didn't grow up eating beans at almost every major meal probably won't relate to this, but there weren't too many meals in our house that didn't involve beans of some type. Mostly pinto. If you make a huge pot of pinto beans, they're good on the first day, but each day you warm up the leftovers, they get better and better. By day three, they're foodgasmically good. Unfortunately, I don't know how good a four-day bean would taste, because my mother always made chili out of the beans on the fourth day. :)

8) What's the best way to cool your mouth after a too hot/spicy dish?
Ice cream! It has dairy and sugar, both of which help to kill the burn, and it's ice-cold on top of that. Can't beat ice cream.

9) Your favorite Snow-Cone flavor?
I don't remember the last time I had a snow-cone. I don't really like them. Call me strange.

10) Favorite Pizza Topping(s)?
Meat. And garlic. And meat. But mostly meat. And cheese. And meat. Oh, and meat. I don't know if I mentioned that. And pineapple. And meat. But NOT BBQ. Gag.

11) Favorite shape of Pasta? (This question is in Honor of Dar on FedoraMUSH.)
Farfalle. Although that's just aesthetically. For to eat, I like penne cooked slightly al dente. :)

12) What and Where was your Worst Meal, EVER.
Well, I tend not to remember really bad meals, because why waste neurons on experiences I'd rather forget, right? However, one I did post about was the one where I was eating chicken livers (It was a phase, okay?) and I bit into one that still had the bile duct inside it. Intact. It was...an unpleasant experience that rather killed the whole meal, as you can probably imagine. Luckily, chicken bile comes out of clothing.

13) What can ruin dining out the fastest for you?
Unruly children running pell-mell and unsupervised around the restaurant, screaming like little ban-sidhe. Parents should either not take their rotten children out (What the Hell happened to baby-sitters? Do teenage girls not need extra money, anymore? Are the children of today so unbelievably pampered that they can't be without their parents for the two hours it would take for them to go out and have a nice meal?) or control their offspring. You may think I'm horrible to say it that way, but that's too bad. I have had to take the responsibility one too many times for other people's children in restaurants to give a shit what anyone else thinks. You'd be surprised how grateful the staff is to have another customer complain so they can finally go to the offending parents and ask them to control their children. And I'm more than happy to be that guy, even if I get nasty glares from the offend{ed|ing} parents.

To clarify: normal child behavior doesn't bother me. Children acting like they're in their own yard while in a restaurant does.

14) What is your favorite fried chicken part?
Breast. Loves me some white meat. Or wings. On the other hand, thighs make fantastic Chicken 'n' Dumplin's. Egad, I'm hungry. Thanks, Mongoose. Really. :)

I'd also like to take this time to plug Publix fried chicken. Oh, my god. Best. Fried. Chicken. Ever.

15) Best Salad (besides just plain greenery)?
I like a good Greek salad with pepperoncini, olives, feta, onion, cucumber, that kind of thing. And let's face it, Olive Garden, whatever else may be wrong with the restaurant, has salad that's to die for.

I also like to go to a place that has a decent (read: lettuce isn't just iceberg) salad bar (Sweet Tomatoes, Ruby Tuesday, Souper Salad) and load up on lettuce, spinach, celery, carrots, olives, croutons, bacon bits, and cheese, and then douse the whole thing in a goodly amount of either Parmesan peppercorn, bleu cheese, ranch, or honey mustard dressing (in order of preference).

Bonus Question: Can you think of a delicious dish that contains both Fruit and Mustard?
Tomatoes are technically fruit. :) And I like honey mustard dressing on salad, and salad sometimes has tomatoes....

But for the straight answer: the way I make chicken salad, I use baked, cubed chicken, seedless grapes (fruit!), salad pickles, celery, mayonnaise, and mustard! So, there ya go. Fruit and mustard, and it's darned tasty.


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Jul. 20th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Peas 'n Mayonnaise
I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has to have mayonnaise on peas. I almost cannot eat peas without the mayo.

As for another weird "dish": I sometimes have a sandwich with bologna, (bought) chicken salad, and mustard.
Jul. 23rd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Peas 'n Mayonnaise
I have always had a salty/sweet thing. I like to eat a salty snack with a sweet one. So I'd have some odd combinations like Golden Flake Cheese Curls with M&Ms. Or bologna, dry-roasted peanuts, and applesauce Very strange combinations.

I can remember one time my father came home from work and saw me sitting on the couch eating a particularly odd combination and said to my mother, "Have you seen what your son is eating?"

Jul. 21st, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
As far as weird single things go, I guess it's kind of a quesadilla. I take a tortilla, sprinkle shredded cheese on it, add spices and maybe a little meat if I have some left over from something, and then either toast it in a toaster oven or microwave it for a minute. Nice and warm and gooey and bubbly and yummy.

I make toasted quesadillas, too. Usually I put a little bit of stuff like diced tomato, sliced black olives, and jalapeno slices before sprinkling cheese on the tortilla. If I have some taco sauce around, sometimes I'll spread it lightly on the tortilla before putting other stuff on it, and make something more like a Mexican pizza than a quesadilla.
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Same here. I often use sour cream and a little salsa as the "sauce." :)
Jul. 22nd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: #2
Sorry, Pickle People! But it's for the best, really.

Re: #4
OhGOD! Thanks for reminding me. I hate trying to eat Octopi! Groot got some and wanted me to try it once. He assured me it was some of the most tender he'd ever run into. It was like chewing on a thick, rubber, leaky catheter collection bag. EUGH. JUST. EUGH.

Re: Bonus Question
Jul. 23rd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I was somewhere with the local Atlanta gang and we ordered a bunch of appetizers. kungfoogirl had calamari, and I tried one. It wasn't bad, texture-wise, which made one in a row that I tried. However, it had zero flavor. It was like chewing battered, fried tofu.

Ironically, I like fried clam strips. :)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: #8: What a great idea! I usually use bread, which soaks up the oil off'n the tongue; but I'll take any excuse to eat ice cream.

Re: #2: hee. hee hee. hee hee hee.

Re: peas and mayonnaise: Now, that sounds good. I'm going to have to try that. Is it just the mayonnaise, or any spices as well?

If nothing else, it sounds much tastier than honey.
I eat my peas with honey,
I've done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on the knife.


Jul. 23rd, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Just mayonnaise. Preferably a good brand like Helmann's or Blue Plate. :) Just a dollop, not so much that the peas are swimming in mayonnaise.

It's nice and tangy and it gives the peas (which preferably have been cooked with a touch of pork like bacon or a ham hock or hog jowl) a nice...je ne sais quois. :)
Jul. 27th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you're happy now. In the two short weeks since I've heard of this, I've progressed from trying it out to actually craving it.

The American Pea-Growers Association thanks you.


(I guess I do, too. :))

Jul. 28th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)

I created a monster! :)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
On #8: This is why I love the fried ice cream dessert at many local Mexican places. :)
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