Confessions of a picky eater

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I'm picky. I don't eat most vegetables. I'm weird about dairy products. Sushi needs to stay away from me. I'm sure all of this stuff is great - for you - but I just can't go there. Like I said, I'm picky.

So a few weeks ago when I was meeting with my boss and she pulled out some cucumbers sandwiches and offered some to me, I kindly let her know that I don't eat those. Cucumbers? Cream cheese? Rye bread? No, no and no. I don't eat those things, let alone eat them together.

But then they started to smell amazing. And, I'll be honest, I was ravenous. So I decided to try one. And then another and another. They were awesome! All of the flavors went so well together. After that day I craved these little sammies like crazy.

So a couple of weeks ago I bought all of the ingredients, per her specifications, and whipped up a batch of cucumber sandwiches. Looks yummy, right?

After about 3 of them (keep in mind, they're itty bitty), I couldn't smell them, look at them or eat them. Whyyyyyyyy?! They were so good, even crave-worthy, and yet I have a hard time even thinking about them now. It is one of my oddest food aversions to date, and I have some weird ones, such as:
  • I won't drink a glass of milk unless it comes from my mom's fridge (from my own fridge, I'll only put it on cereal);
  • I will only drink room temperature water unless I'm working out (then it can be cold);
  • Green beans must be from a can, not fresh or frozen;
  • Peas must be frozen, not fresh or from a can;
  • I won't eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (although I will eat a piece of bread with peanutbutter and a piece of bread with jelly, but they can't be a sandwich).
I could really go on and on. But liking something one minute and hating it the next is a new eating low, even for me.

In any event, Steve LOVES the cucumber sandwiches...we've already bought more ingredients for another batch of them. So, if you're not a weirdo like me, here are the ingredients:

Cucumber Sandwiches
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1 small container of cream cheese
1 heaping spoonful of sour cream
1/3 to 1/2 packet of ranch dressing mix
Fresh dill
Rye or pumpernickel cocktail bread (the mini slices)

Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and ranch dressing mix. Spread onto the slices of cocktail bread. Top each with a cucumber slice and a sprig of dill.

Are you a picky eater? If so, what's your weirdest quirk?


Keg Design said...

I'm not a cook, but I make these. I LOVE cucumber sandwiches. They are my "go to" for any easy party appetizer...yum!

BigAppleNosh said...

Yum-my! And those are interesting eating facts! I am...not a picky eater, so none to share :)

Mrs. Hot Cocoa said...

I don't eat dried fruit. Blech.

MayLove said...

Oh, cucumber sammies are one of my favorite things on earth. HOWEVER if they get warm, I cannot do it. I kind of weirdly understand your loving it one minute, hating the next. Similarly I will be obsessed with a certain food for days, weeks, months, even years, and then all of a sudden hate it. Currently peanut butter, and sweet potatoes make me wanna wretch, but recently I was in love with them (an no, I'm not preggo - thats what everyone thinks when you say some food makes you nauseous).
I have a few food quirks too; can't drink water unless it is really cold, will not eat fish at all, but love (in small quantities) lobster, crab, shrimp, clams, etc. I can NOT eat shrimp with pasta.

I feel you. Great post!

Iowa Girl said...

I am a picky eater, too! I like salty, sweet, and savory foods but anything even near bitter I can't stand. At all. Texture is a big thing, also. I don't like eating something and it's all one texture than suddenly I hit something a crunchy or hard. Makes me think I just ate a bug!

I also tend to eat foods in even numbered patterns. Like eating two M&Ms at a time and counting my bites (1, 2, 1, 2, repeated. Not chronologically 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.....I'm not THAT crazy!) I eat sandwiches in a specific pattern and eat my dinner in a certain order.

Glad to know there's more picky eaters out there!

Katie said...

I totally hear you on some weird eating rules! Texture is usually what gets me...I can't eat shrimp or other shellfish; they freak me out. And don't get me started with berries. I won't eat them; the little seeds/texture on the outside of strawberries drive me up the wall. I can't eat them...but I will eat things like strawberry or blueberry yogurt (but not the fruit on the bottom kind, ahhhh)...or even a blueberry muffin. I can't explain it...

lavenderpug said...

i would have never guessed that you are a picky eater! those cucumber sammies look very refreshing, though i'm sorry you aren't able to enjoy them anymore. i'm not really a picky eater either, although i'm not a huge fan of overcooked bell peppers.

Laura said...

Haha, I love hearing other picky eating stories!

@Katie: don't even get me started on fruit on the bottom yogurt...OMG, I can't go there.

@Maylove: yes, it's completely like pregnancy where you love then hate...except, definitely NOT pregnancy :)

Me! said...

Wow, those are definitely strange food aversions. Although I am a fan of room temperature water. Don't really understand why restaurants all do ice water.

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