As I've said before, my husband loves to (lovingly) mock my strange food creations. If I'm feeding him anything in casserole, soup, pancake, smoothie, or pasta form, he warily eyes it before digging in. He just KNOWS something strange (read: healthy) must be hidden in it. And he's going to begrudgingly admit that he really can't taste the hidden stuff. As much as he hates to say it, added kale or spinach to an otherwise-all-fruit smoothie is actually pretty good. He, of course, grew up eating only "normal" stuff.
We were discussing strange foods with a group of friends recently, however, and I remembered one of his all-time favorite meals: french toast with ketchup. Oxymoron, no? To me, everything about the combination of those words is wrong. When I think french toast, I think sweet. I think cinnamon. I think fruit. I think whipped cream. I think (sugar-free) syrup. Ketchup, on the other hand is for the salt-ified foods. French fries. Hamburgers. Eggs even. But NOT french toast. I tried it once. I think I threw up in my mouth. (OK, not really. But I didn't enjoy it one little bit).
Another friend shared her family's weirdest concoction: mayonnaise, peanut butter, and lettuce sandwiches. WHAT?
I started wondering what would have been considered "weird" in my family. Taco Bell on at least a bi-weekly basis? And then I remembered. In our growing-up household, there was a special remedy for everything.
Herbal Fiber Blend (for "a more thorough evacuation of waste materials."). Just don't be fooled by the "raspberry flavor." I guarantee you've never tasted anything worse in your life. I laugh until I cry thinking about the time I made my husband try it...when we were just dating. Not a good move. Luckily he already REALLY liked me, or he would've run (as soon as he could get off the toilet). Another must-have: Barley Green. Definitely not as bad-tasting as the fiber blend, but not a drink I'd introduce at your next house party. Regardless, it's good for you. And gross. And now my parents' newest obsession? Apple Cider Vinegar. Feeling sick? Drink up! It really does have amazing health benefits, but it still tastes like vinegar.
So I guess french toast with ketchup doesn't sound quite as bad. But I'll still drink the vinegar first! What about you? Did you grow up thinking something others would consider nasty-weird was normal? And what are you feeding your Valentine?