Thursday, January 05, 2006

Eggplant


I don't much enjoy eating it - thanks to a childhood spent staring at endless Tupperware bowls of it because my Mom thought it would help me grow big and strong - but I rather like how it shows up on film. Screen. Whatever.

Your turn: Please share a tale of a food you ate in childhood that you never want to see, hear of or consume again. I'll apologize in advance if I'm conjuring up nightmarish images from your past. Have fun with this one!

18 comments:

amanda m. said...

I never cared for eggplant either, until I had it Italian Parmagiana style.

I think that Brussel Sprouts are my most hated veggie. Followed by cooked cabbage, chicken livers and anything else that sounds like it should only be eaten on a dare.

Jennifer said...

Ew...no question...BRUSSELS SPROUTS. They still make me gag...the way they smell, the way they taste...*shudder*
I ain't big on eggplant either. It's so pretty, though. I caught myself looking at it at the store the other day and thinking, "How can I cook this?" before reminding myself that it's just not that tasty. The beauty of it kinds reels you in!

daisy said...

I cannot eat green beans. Everyone LOVES them, but after my grandmother made me sit for hours at the kitchen table because I wouldn't eat them and then forced them upon me I just can't stand the sight of them.

Shelli said...

That would have to be liver. My dad made me eat it once until I gagged and then threw up. I bet he regretted that decision. He never made me eat it again.

Jennie said...

Brussel sprouts. I gag just thinking about them.

patricia said...

Oxtail soup, salt fish and ackee, and cow tongue. Yuck. Ick. Poo. The drawbacks of having a Jamaican mother. But I won't complain about the rice and peas, curried goat or jerk chicken!

It's funny... all the vegetables I hated as a child – spinach, eggplant, zucchini, brussel sprouts, artichokes – I now love. Is that supposed to be a sign of maturity?

Aginoth said...

Condensed Milk and Mashed Banana Sandwiches...excuse me the thought of them just makes me want to throw up now.

Prego said...

Soft shell crab, but that was as an adult.

As a kid, I had a strong aversion to ice cream sandwiches. When I was in fourth grade, our school gave us a turkey lunch for Thanksgiving. For dessert: the dreaded ice cream sandwich. I ate it happily, and proceeded to vomit all afternoon. I couldn't even look at those things for years.

In hindsight, it might have actually been the turkey. Oh well.

Now don't get me started on Ron Cacique.

AverageMom said...

Eggplant was my worst food, too. My mother cooked it with tomato sauce, green peppers, and onions. It made me gag. My daughter wants me to buy one so she can try it (yes, she's an odd 3 year old) but I refuse!

kenju said...

Oh, I had many a nightmare about fried liver and onions. I couldn't even stand to smell it cooking (and still can't) so eating it was out of the question. That is the nastiest smell ever!

Plain Jane said...

Oh boy. Gross green beans. If I never see another one again, I could maybe be happy.

When I was a kid, we were made to eat at least one serving of the vegetables put on the table. Doesn't sound like cruel or unusual punishment (yet). But I detest most veggies and green beans the most.

So, I tried to sneak them to the dog. I got caught, and got more put on my plate (makes sense, right?). I didn't try that anymore.

I tried putting them flat on my tongue and swallowing them whole with a mouthful of milk. That worked for a long time - until the day I choked and the green been went a'flying. I was made to eat more.

The third tale is the worst.

I tried to sneak them into the trash inside my napkin when I was clearing my plate. My Dad found them. I lied and said they weren't mine. He knew I was lying and I confessed. I was made to eat a CAN of them.

I barfed and barfed and barfed after eating them all.

I. HATE. GREEN. BEANS.

Even today the smell of them makes me gag.

Moral of the story for parents to learn: Don't force your child to eat anything. It just might make them barf everywhere.

Plumkrazzee said...

I absolutely LOATHE meatloaf. My mother knew this. One morning while getting ready for school, I walked through the kitchen and saw a big lump of raw meatloaf sitting in a pan. I said, Oh gross, are we having meatloaf for supper? She says," yes, and it's all in your head that you don't like it." I responded, "yea, whatever"....later when dinner time came, I entered the kitchen only to find all the fixin's for tacos on the table. Me: "Cool! I thought it was meatloaf tonight?" Mom: "well, I changed my mind since I know you won't eat meatloaf." I made a taco, took one bite, and said "Criminey this crap tastes like meatloaf!! What is IN THIS MEAT?" She smiled and said..." I cooked up the meatloaf, and then I crumbled it up to see if you'd notice it was actually meatloaf instead of taco meat. (DUH) Now I guess I really know you hate meatloaf. ANyhow, I never had to eat meatloaf again. GAG!

Thumper said...

Brussells sprouts.

If I wanted that taste in my mouth, I'd lick the inside of a gym shoe.

Ick.

Cylithria™ said...

Carmi, this has got to be one of your best photographs!!! Thank you for sharing it. As for the food from my childhood I can not eat, look at, smell or touch without wanting to shrivel up and die - Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

ICK

Jef said...

I thought it was a reflection of the milky way in the fly's eyeball, but I guess eggplant makes more sense as something you ate as a child.

For me, canned vegetables are somethign that I just can't manage anymore. They're like little vegetables with all life force sucked out of them. To quote Edina Monsoon, "Dull, soul-less, dahling!"

kontan said...

hominy! and someone else said liver, i have to agree.

Dave said...

Ugh! Aubergine, horrible (that's eggplant to you guys over there). But the alltime worst and your comments seem to prove it is Sprouts closely followed by Greens which you don't seem to see so much these days. Other no nos are plums, prunes, and semolina.

Vanessa said...

Another post to which I can relate! If I EVER see green bean casserole again, you know, the one with the fake onion rings on top, I'll scream and run away! It was awful and my mom made it at least once a week. Bleh!