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A lot of people think that I'm weird because I like to eat my cereal dry. Besides my love of tofu and most things soy, I think that most people would consider my eating habits pretty standard. My mom, on the other hand, is the queen of weird sandwiches. One of her favourites is icicle pickles and Cheez Whiz sandwiches. What do you enjoy that most people would consider odd or unusual?

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  1. here's the link to a similar topic from earlier this year. we had some fun with it!

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/404973

    1. I also eat my cereal dry.....hate soaking wet soggy cereal! The weirdest food I eat is RAW pasta.......for some reason I love it and will eat a few pieces for a snack. Even better if u mix it with shredded cheese. My mom has been telling my I will get worms or something but I do not believe it.

      I do also have some weird combos that I totally LOVE. Soy sauce on popcorn....yummy and salty. My favorite topping on french fries is parmesan cheese. Please always give me dirty look when I do that for some reason. The weirdest thing that I love is to cook cucumbers in the oven like roasted squash. I also some times hollow out the seeds of my cucumber and use it as a cup for ginger ale.

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      1. re: phimoez

        I also love uncooked pasta! I love to grab a small group of sticks of of spaghetti and bite them from one end to the other kind of like Bugs Bunny eats a carrot. Ehhh... What's up Doc?
        Oh, and on the topic of pasta, I also like raw Ramen noodles.

      2. i get dogged for putting ketchup on too many items... particularly love it on steamed cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, green beans, eggplant, etc.

        yay for dry cereal!

        when i eat cottage cheese, i like to nuke it so it gets gooey, and the curds kind of congeal beneath the liquidy layer... i also add a little stevia and cinnamon before nuking

        not unusual, but my friends make fun of me because of the ridiculously large volume of grape or sugarplum tomatoes i can eat in a sitting... at least one of the large plastic boxes from Trader Joe's... i'm not allowed to buy the big box from Costco

        i also used to like taking cookie dough, stick it in a bowl and nuking in the microwave on a medium setting til the outside was firm and middle just barely cooked enough. then i would spoon a bite of cooking and a bite of frosting together.... ah the old days

        1. For a few years I liked eating just caraway seeds. It was a strong craving and I would eat the equivalent of a McCormick's little bottle at least every day. Of course that got to be way too expensive so I found a way to buy the caraway seeds in bulk so that I could feed my addiction. I have asked around and done some research, but not all that much, trying to find the significance of this obsession, if any. All I could find is that eating a handful of caraway seeds might be good for a toothache. Gradually the cravings diminished and then stopped but I'm pretty sure I could eat several handfuls of caraway seeds right now and enjoy them. If anyone else has experienced this odd addiction or has any idea of why this might happen I'd love to hear about it.

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          1. re: givemecarbs

            I immediately thought of mukhwas when I read your post! Have you ever been to an Indian restaurant where they have an assortment of small sugar-covered seeds to eat after dinner? The mixture is supposed to be a breath-freshener and digestive aid. It often contains caraway seeds, along with fennel and sesame seeds.

             
          2. I like hearts of palm and anchovies.

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            1. re: Veggo

              when I was a kid, my standard breakfast was oatmeal (unflavored) with American cheese melted into it. This is the way my mother ate it so I never though much of it, but you should have seen the stares I got when I told my friends let alone the one in those rare occasions when I was served oatmeal in a context outside my home (say, at camp) (thank goodness the one time that was the only breakfast option, it was under circumstances where we were going to be away during the lunch hours, so they had placed breat and cold cut plates out on the table along with the breakfast things, so that sandwitches could be assembled, so there was cheese readily available) I'm older now and don't eat nearly as much oatmeal, but those rare occasions when I do, that it still the way I eat it. I actually find the standard "sweet fixings" revolting in oatmeal (come to think of it except for pancakes none of the breakfasts I eat regularly have a "sweet" taste (no sugary pastries, no Jam on toast, etc.) Guess it's all down to what you gre up on.
              Oh that reminds me when I was in my early years of school, my favorite sandwitch was peanut butter and cream cheese.

            2. My Dad used to put peanut butter on pizza. I've never tried it - ugh - but he said he had it in Germany when he was a young strap in the military. He LOVED peanut butter so my guess is he tied one on one night at the local biergarten, stumbled home, had nothing but peanut butter and leftover pizza and voila!

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              1. re: lynnlato

                There is a place in Kansas where they serve their pizza with honey to drizzle over it. I've never tried it but hear its absolutely amazing!

                1. re: amylynn5656

                  I actually make a pizza at home with pear, prosciutto, and gorgonzola and i drizzle just a bit of honey over the top while it's still warm. it melts in with the toppings and it is amazing. if i tell my family i'm making pizza for dinner, they always ask to make sure i'm making the prosciutto one. it's a hit.

              2. Herrings in cream sauce. I don't think it is weird because my whole family eats it (Norwegian), but my friends look at me like I have 4 heads when I eat it.

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                1. re: MattInNJ

                  Matt, I've noticed in my experience that a lot of straight up classic Scandinavian foods squick non-Scands out. All the herring, the roes, my Finnish family's liver-rice-raisin casserole. I always see Scandinavian food as sort of tame, but yes, we're sporting four heads when we eat it!

                  Cay

                  1. re: MattInNJ

                    Pickled herring in cream sauce is a New Year's Eve tradition in my family.

                    1. re: MattInNJ

                      Matjes herring. The oldest herring shop in the world and the sardine museum are both in Stavanger, Norway. Try Polish herring in South River NJ too. Or make your own!
                      Had det godt in NJ.
                      Mark

                    2. If I ever eat cereal (about once a year) I eat it with water, not milk.

                      PB, bacon and sweet pickle sandwiches (but not since I became a veg)

                      1. My hubby flips me out when he eats frozen Eggo waffles. With NOTHING on them, just a naturale, plain. UGGGG!! That just reeks to me of "drunken/stoned food" that someone eats out of lame desperation. *LOL*

                        I guess i'm none to talk, with my admitted love of beef of chicken boullion cubes, licked as a rare (but craved!) treat, like a lollipop. That weirds him out to no end.

                        Oh Cayjohan: I'm still discovering my culinary history, after finding out my father's family are all from Sweden. I want to try herrings in cream sauce, I want to try lutefisk, I even want to try some of the more "unique" Swedish foods I have recipies of. But, i'll be eating them in solitude, as my DH refuses to try! (he can be such a PITA!)

                        I'm ordering lutefisk mailorder, for the holidays. I hope it dosen't suck as much as some have told me.

                        I also adore PB and bacon sandwiches, freaks all my co-workers out, and amuses me to no end! Their loss.

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                        1. re: Honeychan

                          Honeychan, add some tomato and garlic to your PB and bacon sandwiches and hear the angels...Oh My.

                          Cay

                        2. My mom used to cut up hot dogs and pan fry them. Then she'd toss them will egg noodles, butter, parm and parsley. It was sooooooo good. I will still eat it a couple time a year :) Then there's always the cream cheese and jelly sandwiches on white toast.

                          1. My Dad loved Little Debbie marshmallow snack cakes with a slice of that preformed cheese food. Guess my taste comes from him.
                            This year my husband and I have gone offal crazy, we have eaten beef tongue, beef heart, beef kidneys, and will be receiving a whole pig's head for Thanksgiving. These cuts are so cheap and it's easy to get them at our farmer's market so we've grown to love them.

                            1. Does homemade head cheese count?

                              1. I'm surprised hardly anyone outside of New England has heard of a Fluffernutter...a peanut butter & Marshmallow Fluff on white bread sandwich. They were a childhood staple in our house, even more so than PB&J.

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                                1. re: al b. darned

                                  I just assumed most folks were familiar w/ fluffernutter sammies. Huh. I never thought they were limited to New England. I just checked out my giant tub of Fluff and sure enough, it's from Lynn, MA (no relation to me - Ha!). They were big in PA back in the 70s when I was growing up. My 10 yr old daughter is a fan, but I try and steer her towards more nutritious choices. But a fluffernutter sandwich on occasion is a treat.

                                  1. re: lynnlato

                                    My wife is from Philly and she never heard of them.

                                    1. re: al b. darned

                                      I grew up in the midwest and I'd heard of them there.

                                    2. re: lynnlato

                                      fluffernutter mix on nilla wafers, with or without a slice of banana! yummy

                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                        I'm from NYC and was born in 1979 however went to summer camp in Lennox, Mass. I think that is where I had my first fluffernutter.

                                      2. re: al b. darned

                                        I heard of them growing up in NJ in the 70's, but never ate one.

                                        1. re: al b. darned

                                          fav childhood staple of mine was nutella and fluff on white bread....so heavenly

                                          1. re: bitsubeats

                                            Okay, now that's just a crime! Crime of passion, that is! Sign me up. My daughter will be all over that one.

                                            That said, she did make some smores recently w/ organic chocolate peanut butter and fluff. She's a smart kid. :0

                                          2. re: al b. darned

                                            OMG!!! I grew up with a mom that did not cook, so my whole childhood consisted of PB and Fluff. And in regard to other posts on here, I love cereal dry or mixed into yogurt.

                                            1. re: taboo

                                              I thought I was the only one who put yogurt on my cereal (or is it cereal in my yogurt?) Grape Nuts or granola are particularly good candidates, tho most any kind will do.

                                              1. re: al b. darned

                                                nah, that's common practice. people have been doing it for years...even McDonald's offers a yogurt parfait with granola!

                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                  Oh, yeah, I used to eat grape nuts in my yogurt all the time. But only grape nuts, never corn flakes, cheerios, etc.

                                                  And if McD's offers it, you *know* it's become mainstream.

                                                  1. re: Louise

                                                    that's funny, i think the first cereal i ever put in my yogurt was Grape Nuts...i used to stir in the cereal let it sit for a while so that i didn't break a tooth trying to eat those little pebbles!

                                                    when i was in Australia i got hooked on muesli with yogurt, so now i stir oats into mine.

                                                    i just thought of another thing i love that's sort of unusual. in fact, i had it for breakfast this morning...it's basically a sweet egg white frittata. i whisk a little vanilla protein powder & cinnamon into the egg whites, cook them on the stovetop, sprinkle some maple sugar over the top and then stick it under the broiler for a few minutes to get a nice crispy, sweet crust on top. it sort of evolved from the bodybuilding meals of my younger days.

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      I love to put grape nuts on my ice cream. I have been doing that since middle school. Yumm!

                                                      1. re: phimoez

                                                        I think Grape Nuts was the first cereal I did it with as well. Also liked to heat up Grape Nuts on its own. Ceareals I mix in now are Cheerios or one I order called SMAPS. They look like chocolate rice crispies but taste like maple and have protein in them. Or...I mix in All Bran which works just as well.

                                              2. re: al b. darned

                                                Or to bypass any effort whatsoever, an open jar of fluff and an open jar of peanut butter, and a spoon.Tastes like Monday afternoon!

                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                  I grew up in PA and never heard of, or had a fluffernutter.

                                                  When I moved to CA I heard of it, but still have never had one (don't like marshmallow)

                                                2. i love tomato sauce on white bread and when i was little i would mix flour and water and make dough and eat it raw infact when mum would bake bread i always ate some raw yummy suprisingly

                                                  1. I eat it dry and drink milk, or a latte, on the side. And as for tofu, I've lived in the SFBA so long and visited so many Chinese & Korean restos that soy doesn't even register on my weird-o-meter.

                                                    On the other hand, my Ohio relatives (weirdness, in Ohio?) have a traditional family recipe that includes large pearl tapioca, brown sugar, coconut, raisins, plus milk, baked so that the milk curdles, with meringue on top. A picture of it is in the dictionary next to 'revolting'.

                                                    1. I love to eat Life cereal with orange juice - actually DIPPING THE CEREAL INTO THE JUICE, which is probably the weirdest part. And years ago, I went through a phase of making sandwiches with wonder bread, cheddar cheese, mustard, mayo, sliced pickles, mild salsa and crushed-up potato chips. Most people find that pretty unusual!! :)

                                                      1. Durians =.= you know those spiky fruits that people find disgusting and banned in airports?

                                                        They're not smelly, THEY'RE DELICIOUS!

                                                        1. Are we talking normal foods in weird combinations?

                                                          The only rather uncommon, but really not all that weird combo I can think of is that I loved peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk on toast. I'll still occasionally have a slice, buts it a sugar and fat overload and definitely only a sometime treat.

                                                          I also eat cartilage wherever and however I can get it...from pork ribs, from chicken drumsticks,etc. That and shrimp shells (grilled or pan fried only, not steamed or boiled).

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                                                          1. re: fuuchan

                                                            fuuchan, I agree on shrimp shells - fried shrimp tails are a lovely thing. And since my dinner companions don't eat them, I get to. Mmmm.

                                                            Smiles,
                                                            Cay

                                                            1. re: cayjohan

                                                              I like the shells of shrimp when they've been salt baked or simply stir fried over very high heat with a sweet soy, ginger and scallion sauce.

                                                              The sauces get caramelized and the shells are crisp while trapping all that flavor.

                                                            2. re: fuuchan

                                                              In the end, eating shrimp shells in excess can be painful.

                                                              1. re: fuuchan

                                                                I can tell you're Asian from that one post. For my own part, pretty much everything I eat as an Asian-American has been labeled odd or unusual by someone around me, whether it be fish/shrimp heads, avocado ice cream, blood dishes or something as simple and tasty to me as prawn crackers dipped in fiery sambal.

                                                                1. re: JungMann

                                                                  Blood dishes are also in Scandinavian (traditional) cuisine. It's hard to sell anyone on blood pancakes. I've tried. No luck.

                                                                  I think every culture has at least one classic dish that wigs out those not of the culture.

                                                                  Cay

                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                    It seems blood sausages are big everywhere but here in the States (for the most part). Break it down and how is a blood sausage scarier than whatever is in McDonald's burgers? Speaking of, do you remember the rumors back in the 70's about McDonald's using "worm meat" in their burgers??? HAAA!

                                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                                      I LOVE blood sausage or black and white pudding as the Irish call them. I'm always on the lookout for them down here.

                                                                  2. re: JungMann

                                                                    Oh no, my Asian-ness is showing! ::zips up::

                                                                    But yeah, Asian food is pretty alien by local standards. I wouldn't trade my diet for the world, though. I gotta give credit to the very Asian parents for my chowhoundliness.

                                                                2. I like chopped up avocados, lightly sprinkled with brown sugar and then covered with milk. My siblings and I all ate avocados as desserts or a sweet treat.

                                                                  My DH and the "outlaws" think it’s a complete waste of avocados as he’d rather eat avocados as guacamole. I like them that way too it's just my preference is to eat them as dessert. I

                                                                  1. My brother turned me on to these, I blame him and his athlete's metabolism for this, I accept no responsibility (but I still -like- it):

                                                                    Peanut butter and braunschweiger sandwiches (works with liverwurst as well)
                                                                    Peanut butter and mayonnaise
                                                                    Peanut butter, braunschweiger, and mayonnaise

                                                                    I haven't had one of these in years, though. I probably couldn't handle it now. :)

                                                                    1. Sometimes I like oatmeal with Tuong Cu Da and kimchi. Sometimes I like it with dried cranberries, brown sugar and milk. It depends on my mood.

                                                                      1. My big three:
                                                                        Peanut butter & strawberry jelly sandwich with sardines layered inside. Tasty and nutritious!

                                                                        A bowl of your favorite ice cream with potato chips crunched up top to bottom. - Divine

                                                                        Sweet bologna sandwhich - soft bread, mayo, and a layer of potato chips, then flatten the whole thing under the palm of your hand, it combines the flavors & textures just right.

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                                                                        1. re: winencheesepa

                                                                          > Peanut butter & strawberry jelly sandwich with sardines layered inside.

                                                                          Some things are just too unbelievable.

                                                                        2. One of my favorite sandwiches when I was a kid was chopped bologna, chopped pickles, mixed with mayo and spread on bread.

                                                                          A favorite snack was saltine crackers with crunchy peanut butter topped with a hamburger dill.

                                                                          Dry cereal rocks!

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                                                                          1. re: C4E

                                                                            We called this imitation ham salad! No ham at all. It used to make my brother puke! HA, good times.

                                                                          2. French toast w/ liverwurst and maple syrup for breakfast! Yum.

                                                                            1. Raw jicama - I like to cool them in the fridge overnight, wash, peel, then slice thin sections. You can eat with a variety of dips, but I grew up dipping the jicama (singkamas in Filipino) in a vinegar and salt mix. I prefer white vinegar with a lot of salt, it is a nice counterpoint to the sweet and juicy jicama.