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HotMelly Mar 26, 2009 03:49 PM

Drink milk out of the gallon jug ?
Squirt the aerosol can of cheese in your mouth ?
Ditto with the whipped cream ?
Drop that fillet of fish on the floor and fry it?

What have you done hoping no one was watching ????

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  1. Glencora Mar 26, 2009 04:03 PM

    When I was a teenage babysitter, I used to drink Hersey's chocolate syrup out of the can late at night. Gross, I know. What would the parents have thought? Now, as an adult, I never buy the stuff, but a year ago my mom brought some over for sundaes and I ended up with most of it left behind in the fridge. It's still there and I haven't had single swig. What's happened to me?

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      Caitlin McGrath Mar 26, 2009 05:42 PM

      You grew up, and so did your tastes.

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        KTinNYC Mar 27, 2009 06:54 AM

        Was Hersey's syrup ever any good? I only tried it for the first time and it's more like chocolate flavored corn syrup than chocolate syrup.

    2. Boccone Dolce Mar 26, 2009 04:24 PM

      True Character is how you behave when no one is watching! (I think that's how the quote goes?)

      I confess NOTHING on this thread.

      Ok wait- one time I was also babysitting and I snuck a hunk of a candy bar I found in my Aunt's pantry, right next to her flour, and sugar, and vanilla (can you see where this is going?) Man I NEVER wanted to steal a bite of anyone's 'chocolate bar' EVER again- it was unsweetened, and it was a tiny nibble of hell!

      1. elfcook Mar 26, 2009 04:39 PM

        No to the milk, but I have been known to have a bit of Hershey's syrup from the jug (a la Glencora!) when I am in need of chocolate & have none in the house.
        As for the can of whipped cream, at the mere sound of the can spraying, all 3 kids and the (now departed) dog would line up in the kitchen waiting for their turns! No sneaking possible, that dog had ears like a bat.

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          njfoodiegirl Mar 26, 2009 04:41 PM

          Mine also line up like little birds for whipped cream out of the can.

          As for me, I just scoop out the brown bits from the bottom of the pan after roasting a chicken. I would eat just the fond for a meal if I could............

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            Ruth Lafler Mar 26, 2009 05:30 PM

            Oh yeah, that's good stuff!

            I don't drink milk out of the carton, but I think it must be because of the size of the carton, because I've been known to take a swig out of a carton of heavy cream (I live alone). I'll eat a spoonful of peanutbutter straight out of the jar, but I don't double dip. It never even occurred to me that it was "bad" to take pickles or olives out of the jar with my fingers!

            Whether I apply the five second rule depends on how recently the housecleaner has been in. And actually, I'd better scoop it up in less than five, or the dog will beat me to it.

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              susancinsf Mar 26, 2009 05:51 PM

              it isn't ok to take pickles out of the jar with my fingers? Oh boy, I am in trouble...

              (though in my defense, I think I am the only one who eats pickles in my household)

          2. re: elfcook
            kattyeyes Mar 26, 2009 07:16 PM

            elfcook: Reminds me of that scene in "The Tao of Steve"...do you know the one? I must have replayed that particular part a dozen times. It cracked me up. ;)

            Edit: I found it...sound quality is kinda $#*++y, but "the moment" is at 1:16. Cute flick:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-B23k...

          3. theferlyone Mar 26, 2009 04:49 PM

            My caramel apple cheesecake recipe calls for a 1/4 cup of caramel...the rest of the jar disappears by the spoonful over the next week or so.

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              adamshoe Mar 26, 2009 04:54 PM

              An errant finger sometimes finds its way into the jar of Peanut butter...
              Occasional swig of milk or apple juice straight from the jug...
              Just used the "5 second rule" last nite when my Saltimbocca jumped on to the floor instead of "into the mouth" adam

              1. shaogo Mar 26, 2009 05:12 PM

                Oh, dear. Ice cream, in our home, occasionally disappears in 2-3 teaspoon increments. These are flavors that I swear I really don't care for, so it *can't* be me!

                I was caught, by a houseguest, licking off the paddle from the mixer after whipping some butter into a liver pate recipe. Of course, the paddle was about to go into the dishwasher, but I had pate all over my face -- suffice it to say I my dignity was compromised.

                Picking one stuffed olive, one piece of watermelon pickle, a single dill spear, out of the jar -- with my fingers -- I stand guilty as charged.

                Boy, was that a cathartic experience!

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                  Sal Vanilla Mar 26, 2009 09:18 PM

                  I love the pate one. Brought a smile to my face.

                2. ScubaSteve Mar 26, 2009 07:07 PM

                  guilty on all counts.

                  1. kattyeyes Mar 26, 2009 07:21 PM

                    I'm a shameless licker--particularly of dessert plates and any of the whips, paddles or beaters (!) from either mixer.

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                      Sal Vanilla Mar 26, 2009 09:17 PM

                      There is shame involved in such licking??? My dog and I fight for the beaters. She does not buy it when I tell her why I deny her the chocolate ones.

                      I have licked steak juice off my plate.

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                        Samalicious Mar 27, 2009 06:36 AM

                        LOL. What is this "shame" of which you speak?

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                      mojoeater Mar 26, 2009 07:35 PM

                      I will drink straight from the jug of juice/milk.
                      I will eat peanut butter or ice cream by the spoonful, double and triple dipping.
                      I will grab pickles and olives out of the jar with my fingers.
                      I will lick my plate or bowl clean.

                      We almost never have house guests, but I am sure I would not do these things if anyone other than the two of us were to be eating from these same containers...

                      1. Caroline1 Mar 26, 2009 08:31 PM

                        The ONLY time I drink milk from the carton is if there's only enough left to finish it off because drinking from the carton is a shortcut to sour milk!

                        I didn't know they make aerosol canned cheese.

                        Never shoot canned whipped cream straight into my mouth. I shoot it on the palm of my hand. It holds more! '-)

                        I do taste LOTS of stuff from the jar, but I use a spoon and never double dip and sometimes every spoon in the house seems to be dirty. Well, maybe not ALL, but a whole bunch of em!

                        I wash and dry the fish fillets that hit the floor, then cook 'em. But if it's a cooked steak that hits the floor, oh well, everybody dies from something.

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                          Sal Vanilla Mar 26, 2009 09:14 PM

                          Nix on drinking milk from the jug. Bacteria forms and can make the milk bad.
                          I have never had aerosol cheese, but if I did I would squirt it in my mouth regardless of who was around. Ditto on the whip cream.

                          I double dip chips and repeatedly use my spoon to taste even when guests will be eating it. I have not tried to hide that last one, but I would guess anyone who did not know and love me might turn their nose up at that.

                          I would definitely pick up anything from MY floor and eat it. If it can be brushed or washed off it is going down my gullet. The only time limit is if it has gone bad or I spy it later on the floor and cannot recall when that item was last consumed - unless I am desperate. Like when and if I should find an oreo or a nutter butter peanut butter cookie on the floor of my kitchen... heaven help the poor fella that tries to wrench it from my hand as I aim it toward my piehole.

                          One time I slipped an oyster into my mouth, but it tasted funky so I sneaked it back onto the shell which was on my OWN plate. I went to the bathroom, came back and it was gone. Someone at my table thought they were being cute snagging it. I only know it was not me or my husband.

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                            Dax Apr 3, 2009 09:08 AM

                            That oyster story is awesomely gross.

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                            Cinemaverite1 Mar 26, 2009 09:46 PM

                            When no one is looking, after the first few sips of a cappuccino I will use my finger to enjoy the rest of the foam. I know, it's totally uncivilized, but it brings me joy

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                              smartie Mar 27, 2009 05:30 AM

                              what a naughty crowd of CHrs.

                              ditto to licking plates, cake beaters, I have eaten spoonfuls of Ovaltine straight from the tin (must be the malty one).
                              my dogs lick out the mixing bowls of cake mix, and yoghurt pots.

                              1. Davwud Mar 27, 2009 06:02 AM

                                Guilty on all counts Melly. At least, when I used to by aerosol whipped cream.

                                Ditto to the chocolate syrup.
                                I'll also dip crackers into the jar of PB.
                                I too pick olives and pickles with my fingers.

                                DT

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                                  Sharuf Mar 27, 2009 07:29 AM

                                  Getting pickles and olives out of the jar? That's why God created fondue forks.

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                                    Davwud Mar 27, 2009 07:35 AM

                                    And fingers.

                                    DT

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                                      Sal Vanilla Mar 27, 2009 11:37 AM

                                      What a great idea Sharuf! I had been using chopsticks.

                                    2. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 27, 2009 09:04 AM

                                      OH, where did all the ice cream go with the little spoon scrapings....and
                                      OH, who took their fingers and tore off a hunk of cake..........and
                                      OH, who broke in half or squeezed the chocolates to see what was inside and put them back in the box? Wasn't me.................

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                                        Sharuf Mar 28, 2009 04:56 AM

                                        When will they ever learn?

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                                        thinks too much Mar 27, 2009 09:21 AM

                                        I pick the brown crusty bits off the pan or the oven sheet after the meal is over and before I wash the dishes.

                                        I also take a single poonful of icecream out of the container. Because of the double-dipping thing, it keeps me to only taking one... so they tend to be agenerous spoonful

                                        1. LindaWhit Mar 27, 2009 11:40 AM

                                          Well, I live alone, so drinking out of the milk carton is de rigueur. :-)

                                          Spooning out of the peanut butter jar when I just want a quick peanutty taste is also habit, and same with ice cream when I just want "a taste."

                                          And I always pick out the bits of crusty roasted potato bits left in the roasting pan when I'm cleaning up the dishes.

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                                            nkeane Mar 27, 2009 11:47 AM

                                            milk straight from the jug?check.(and even if bacteria can spoil the milk, A gallon lasts about 3 days around here, so I aint real worried about it)
                                            Whip Cream straight from the can?yes sir!
                                            using my fingers to get at/sample anything and everything in my pantry/fridge?damn straight!!!

                                            man is it good to live alone!:-)

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                                              mojoeater Mar 27, 2009 12:41 PM

                                              I also recall the cooks in some of my old kitchens enjoying the whip cream spray can. But they weren't after the cream! There were times it was hard to find a can that still had nitrous in it!

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                                                LindaWhit Mar 27, 2009 12:50 PM

                                                LOL! That's exactly what I was thinking when I read about the whipped cream canisters. I used to share a rental with someone who'd go to the supermarket and wouldn't even buy the cans - she'd somehow get the whippets to give her the nitrous and she'd come home high with her friends. @@

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                                                  mrbigshotno.1 Mar 27, 2009 05:15 PM

                                                  Yep, we had to lock up the reddi-whip in the joint I worked in because of that

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                                                RGC1982 Mar 27, 2009 12:52 PM

                                                I'll eat leftover food off my daughter's plate after clearing the table. This is one of the reasons I am not skinny :)

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                                                  relizabeth Mar 27, 2009 01:10 PM

                                                  For as long as I can remember, Ive eaten brown sugar from the container. Now, Ive moved onto molasses sugar from the box. Usually a teaspoon or 2 will suffice per day. It is funny, I love my molasses sugar, but a few sweets are too sweet.

                                                  And sometimes, we will go 2 weeks or so without Italian food, and somehow the parmesan in the fridge disappears. I just cant help myself.

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                                                    smartie Mar 27, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                    try molasses brown sugar with thick whipping cream - omg haven't done that for years!

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                                                      Sooeygun Mar 27, 2009 01:28 PM

                                                      I like those darker lumps that sometimes form in the brown sugar. I suck them like a hard candy.

                                                    2. hyacinthgirl Mar 27, 2009 02:17 PM

                                                      I have two weird ones... Enjoy:
                                                      I love the burnt bit of cheese that's on the pan whenever you're cooking something cheesy... I really love it. So much so that I don't always feel the need to cook something cheesy. Sometimes, oh, just sometimes... a hunk of cheddar might find itself in the middle of a plate. And that plate might find it's way into the microwave. And that melty bit might find it's way into my mouth.
                                                      The other... well... I may or may not have been caught dipping my finger into the olive jar, Just to lick off the brine. My lawyers have advised me not to comment further until the trial is over...

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                                                        adrienne156 Apr 1, 2009 11:13 AM

                                                        My last roommate would microwave hunks of cheddar and eat them with her fingers. I never partook, but you are not alone.

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                                                          hyacinthgirl Apr 1, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                          Oohh good to know! We can formed a melted cheese club.

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                                                        cimui Mar 27, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                        bravo, chowhounds, for being so environmentally friendly! fewer glasses and spoons to wash, less water wasted...

                                                        this is how my SO and i justify taking swigs from the same OJ bottle.

                                                        1. PeterL Mar 27, 2009 04:58 PM

                                                          I do that even with people watching (except for the floor bit, but I observe the 5 sec rule). What's the big deal?

                                                          OK actually I don't do any of that, but many many years ago I worked in a very dimly lit restaurant and saw a waiter drop someone food on the floor. He picked it up, put it back on the plate, winked at me, and served it to the customer.

                                                          1. mcsheridan Mar 27, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                            I live solo, but even so I don't drink milk out of the carton/jug...ever.
                                                            As to the aerosol whipped cream, I'm with Caroline1 "..shoot it on the palm of my hand. It holds more!" -- but I've been guilty of direct delivery to my mouth as well.

                                                            Five second rule gets broken if I can wash it off *and* cook it off. Mostly, I don't believe in the five-second rule, but there Are exceptions.

                                                            Double-dipping chips...absolutely! It's just me! :)

                                                            And yes, I'll fish pickles out of the jar sans tools...fingers work real well.

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                                                              lgss Mar 27, 2009 05:30 PM

                                                              My husband and I drank our oj (he drinks extra pulp and I drink no pulp, so we each had our own carton) straight from the carton when we were remodeling the kitchen and trying to drastically limit the number of dishes we had to wash.

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                                                                sueatmo Mar 27, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                                I love roast chicken. After I get it gloriously done and beautifully browned, and I pull it from the oven to rest before slicing, I cannot seem to stop myself from picking off browned bits of glorious skin to sample. And later, I alwayis try to get that knob of rich flesh on the bakbone of the chicken. Nibble on both sides. Very good.

                                                                1. L_W Mar 28, 2009 04:45 AM

                                                                  Pretty much everything listed and then some...I lived alone for almost 10 years so I didn't really care about whose fingers found their way into containers (since those fingers were always MINE).

                                                                  PB, whipped cream, nutella...actually I have "sampled" any condiment straight from the container while using it....using fingers, spoons...Obviously all batter for baking is eaten straight from the bowl. I lick my fingers when cooking and also double dip.

                                                                  However, when cooking for others, I do control myself.

                                                                  1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 29, 2009 11:09 AM

                                                                    If I use a utensil and it barely gets dirty then I usually wipe it off and put it away rather than put in the dishwasher. I only do this with foods that I can't cross contaminate other foods like bread, undressed all vegetable salads I usually end up using the utensil again for more messy work and put it in the d/w.

                                                                    1. lucygoosey Mar 29, 2009 09:08 PM

                                                                      I'm pretty big on presentation at home. Nothing fancy, but I don't mind washing a few dishes to have my food look lovely. Maybe I'm a geek, but I choose a plate, bowl, glass, whatever that I think goes w/ whatever I'm eating. It adds to the whole experience for me.

                                                                      Since this does seem to be a place for confessions, I will admit that while camping, I have let my dogs lick my plate, rinsed it in the river and used it for my own breakfast. Many many times. Probably will happen again.

                                                                      1. Axalady Mar 30, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                                        When I was in England last year I bought a hot chocolate drink - Liquid Chocolat from Hotel Chocolat. I chose Aztec Chilli, it's very dark and spicy. It's chocolate flakes.

                                                                        While I've enjoyed it as hot chocolate I've actually found that I enjoy it best by the spoonful right from the jar. It's really handy when I'm jonzing for chocolate and don't have any in the house. Luckily my husband didn't care for it so he hasn't noticed....

                                                                        http://www.hotelchocolat.co.uk/hot-ch...

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                                                                          Ruth Lafler Mar 30, 2009 08:00 PM

                                                                          Sounds good. But I'm struggling with the concept of not having any chocolate in the house.

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                                                                            Caitlin McGrath Apr 1, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                                            This arises when one has eaten all the chocolate that was in the house.

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                                                                              Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                                              Sounds like poor planning to me. I don't know how long it would take me to eat all the chocolate in the house. You open half the cupboards of drawers in the house and there's chocolate inside.

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                                                                                Axalady Apr 2, 2009 06:52 AM

                                                                                Ruth, my aforementioned husband is the main reason I don't keep chocolate in the house all the time. He thinks any and all chocolate must be consumed "ASAP" and acts on it. I learned very quickly after we were married that if I want chocolate it has to be hidden. I do usually have a bar of dark stashed in my night stand. Apparently he's been like this for many years. I couldn't believe it when I learned his mother hides the chocolate in her home too!

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                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Apr 2, 2009 08:49 AM

                                                                                  LOL! My mom always hid the chocolate from us kids and it got to be a habit: she still hides the chocolate many years after we left home.

                                                                        2. mels88 Mar 30, 2009 08:38 PM

                                                                          I once put sugar on this really rude customer's hash browns back when I worked at a restaurant =)

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                                                                            Caroline1 Mar 30, 2009 09:12 PM

                                                                            LOL! This is the first time I've heard of anyone being sweetly hostile! '-)

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                                                                            lbs Mar 31, 2009 01:19 PM

                                                                            I can't keep pure maple syrup in the house because I always end up doing shots of it.

                                                                            1. BaltoPhilFood Mar 31, 2009 01:47 PM

                                                                              Does this mean that no one has ever taken anything out of the trash...off the top? When you KNOW it hasn't touched anything else? and is only being considered as one regrets the decision immediately after tossing it? No? Me either.

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                                                                                lbs Mar 31, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                                                That is just crazy talk, George Costanza. I have never grabbed that last crust of pizza from the garbage a couple of minutes after rueing the intial toss.

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                                                                                  mpjmph Apr 1, 2009 08:50 AM

                                                                                  Within the past few months I caught a clip of the View... One of the ladies was saying it's not enough to throw the junk food out when you're starting a diet and cleaning out the pantry - you have to dump it in the trash, then pour dish soap on top... To be completely honest though, my trick when cleaning out the pantry at the start of a diet is to just go ahead and eat the food.

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                                                                                    Caroline1 Apr 1, 2009 12:54 PM

                                                                                    My mother used to go on a diet once or twice a year to trim off the ten to fifteen pounds she had gained. She was always so "holier than thou" with her diet successes. One year I was home visiting and we went out shopping (San Diego area, Chula Vista to be exact), and when we had finished shopping, she pulled up in front of a See's Candies shop and said, "I'll be right back." She returned with a white See's bag, tossed it in the backseat, then drove to a McDonald's and got two large black coffees. Then she drove to the beach and parked facing the surf. She retrieved the See's bag and handed me a one pound box of assorted chocolates and kept the other one for herself. I was puzzled. "Mom, what's this all about?" "Well, I'm starting a diet tomorrow and I ALWAYS do this the day before. If I get absolutely nauseous from eating too many chocolates, it stops me from cheating on the diet." She has been dead over a decade now, but I can't help but think of her every time I see or hear anything about See's chocolates!

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                                                                                      kattyeyes Apr 1, 2009 01:24 PM

                                                                                      Funny! I keep thinking I need to work in a chocolate store to get over my chocoholic tendencies...like maybe being surrounded by the stuff would make me want it less instead of MORE! ;)

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                                                                                        Axalady Apr 1, 2009 02:19 PM

                                                                                        Love this story!

                                                                                        Kattyeyes, when we were kids we went on a tour of the Hershey Chocolate Factory. It was summer, and it was hot. The heat and the smell of the chocolate was quite overwhelming. I'll never forget it. It put me off chocolate for a short time... but luckily I bounced back!

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                                                                                          kattyeyes Apr 1, 2009 02:36 PM

                                                                                          HA HA, I get the distinct feeling mine would be a very quick recovery from any short-term "chocolate malaise," too! ;)

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                                                                                            Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                                            I've had that happen when I'm doing a lot of baking/cooking with chocolate. When the kitchen smells like melted chocolate for hours, it does make me feel kind of sickly. It's temporary, very temporary, though.

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                                                                                              Caroline1 Apr 1, 2009 03:20 PM

                                                                                              I empathize with your Hershey's chocolate story. I think I was in the fifth grade when I came home to a houseful of freshly baked peanut butter cookies. My mother was upstairs. "Mom, can I have a cookie?" "Help yourself!" I must have put away a couple of dozen of them, along with at least a pint of cold fresh raw milk. Couldn't handle even nibbling the edge of another peanut butter cookie until I was well past forty! Now, if I could just do that to myself with everything that's edible, I wouldn't need a diet!

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                                                                                        RevImmigrant Mar 31, 2009 02:06 PM

                                                                                        Take the shrimp away from the cat, wipe it off with a paper towel and eat it. You don't get poisoned eating after your cat!

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                                                                                          kattyeyes Mar 31, 2009 04:25 PM

                                                                                          Good luck trying to take away shrimp from MY cat! ;) She is absolutely crazy for it.

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                                                                                            Ruth Lafler Mar 31, 2009 04:34 PM

                                                                                            Plus cats have no qualms about biting you. I can take something out of my dog's mouth, but something as small as a shrimp would be swallowed before I could. I'm trying to remember if I've ever eaten anything that was in my dog's mouth. I'm pretty sure I've taken stuff away from her, cut off the part that had tooth marks and eaten it. Oh, I know. I rescued some cheese from the dog and ate it. It was expensive cheese and I was d***ed if I was going to let her have it. Fortunately, cheese washes well.

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                                                                                              kattyeyes Mar 31, 2009 04:46 PM

                                                                                              Luckily, the real kattyeyes is a good girl and only bites in play. Still, I wouldn't get between her and a shrimp. That is her very favorite...second favorite is steak. She, too, is a chowhound. ;)

                                                                                              That's funny about your cheese! But that's where, for sure, I'd have gotten a good chomp if I tried to rescue ANY food from our dog's mouth (RIP, Carly). Take it from someone who had to chase her around the yard trying to get a stolen turkey away from her.

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                                                                                                Glencora Mar 31, 2009 04:54 PM

                                                                                                One of my cats climbs up my leg when I peel shrimp. It can be quite painful. A couple of times she's nosed around and maybe licked a piece of raw fish left on the counter. I cooked and ate it. Cooking kills germs, right?

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                                                                                                  Ruth Lafler Mar 31, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                                                  Hmmm. I was going to say that Kelpie is a good girl who will let me take anything out of her mouth. But if she was really a good girl, I wouldn't have to take anything out of her mouth!

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                                                                                                    Sooeygun Apr 1, 2009 08:48 AM

                                                                                                    My friend was just telling me about her cat that dragged a raw beef roast out to the sink where it was thawing. She caught him after he had managed to get the wrapping almost open. He loved ram meat, especially liver.

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                                                                                                      kattyeyes Apr 1, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                                                                      LOL, I can totally visualize this!

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                                                                                            meg944 Mar 31, 2009 04:37 PM

                                                                                            When no one can see, I have been known to cut up all my food so I can eat with one hand while sitting on the couch and holding a book with the other.

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                                                                                              Ruth Lafler Mar 31, 2009 04:52 PM

                                                                                              Oh, I've done that! In fact, I wonder why I don't think to do it more often.

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                                                                                                fresnohotspot Apr 1, 2009 10:10 AM

                                                                                                When I'm on the road and eating alone at a restaurant, I will try to cut up as much of my meal when no one is looking, then I can read a book and eat one handed.

                                                                                                I pick up bacon or sausage from the plate with my fingers.
                                                                                                I love to eat peaches right out of the can.
                                                                                                I regularly take a swig of OJ from the bottle.
                                                                                                I stab the potstickers with my chopsticks to pick them up.

                                                                                                I feel I should have started this reply with "bless me father for I have sinned". Yikes.

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                                                                                                  Bill Hunt Apr 2, 2009 09:59 PM

                                                                                                  I replied with similar, concerning the "cutting," beforehand. (See below)

                                                                                                  As for the bacon, I've worked with this one for a long time. Going back a bit, we had a protocol coach (long story, but it involved the Queen), and this came up. Her dad (our protocol coach) had been the ambassador to the UK, and her husband was in the State Department. We talked at length, and all determined that:

                                                                                                  1.) it was not likely to be served at a State Dinner
                                                                                                  2..) if it was not crispy, cutting and using the fork (Continental, or US) was best
                                                                                                  3.) if it was crispy, fingers were the only way to do it

                                                                                                  Now, would this play with President Obama and Her Majesty? Hey, who would serve bacon at a State Dinner? Besides, bacon in the UK is a bit different than what we, in the US, think of, when that word is used. It's a great deal easier to eat with knife and fork (Continental, or US).

                                                                                                  Hey, so long as "no one is looking... " who would know?

                                                                                                  For the potstickers, I have the worst chopstick technique that you have ever seen. Still, I can get most things easily to my mouth, but the technique is poor. Wife is perfect with hers, but cannot pick up one grain of rice, as I can. Still, I know how ugly my technique is - but it works for me. Rather a strong-arm sort of approach, but it gets me by. Should our host/hostess be of Asian descent, then I display my method, and let them laugh (in good will), and I then attempt to duplicate their gracious instructions. Usually, they give up, give me "special dispensation" and get on with the meal. Still, I grin at my wife, of the lovely chopstick techniques - so refined and it makes our Asian hosts happy, as I lift one grain of rice to my mouth, or pick up the most slippery potsticker and deftly (actually, the veins on the back of my hand are buldging) place it between my lips. Even thinly sliced pickled ginger is not match for me. Still, if no one was looking, I might "spear" it too!

                                                                                                  Hunt

                                                                                              2. Mattkn Mar 31, 2009 04:50 PM

                                                                                                I used to sneak swigs or squirts of various things all of the time. But then I read a post on here about what saliva does to food molecules. I haven't been the same since! Anytime I've done it since reading that post I am overcome with guilt. Never ever would I drop something on the floor and then cook it...same with dropping it in the sink.

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                                                                                                  maple99 Apr 1, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                                                  ditto on the maple syrup shots
                                                                                                  also dulce de leche straight from the jar

                                                                                                  here in Ontario one of the ways to buy milk is in 1L plastic bags, which go in a plastic pitcher and then you snip the corner off the bag - drinking straight from those is a way more guilty experience than from a carton, by far!!! (You have to get your mouth around it just right so as not to spill.)

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                                                                                                    umbushi plum Apr 1, 2009 03:25 PM

                                                                                                    i do this weird thing with frozen spinach and brussel sprouts which i don't tell anybody about, -
                                                                                                    place frozen spinach portions or brussels on a shallow bowl, heat in microwave until overcooked then put back in freezer to make it icy cold again. i never do this around people.

                                                                                                    1. purple goddess Apr 1, 2009 05:21 PM

                                                                                                      It's posts like this that call for a variation in font size, so I could post this teeny weeny small.

                                                                                                      When it's just Furry and I at home I like to eat with my fingers. Chops, sausage, veggies, mashed tatties... curry, stir fry.. you name it. And I like to share it with him, using my fingers. Although long pasta, I'll use a fork and a spoon, but a pasta bake, or a short spirali.. yeah!

                                                                                                      It just seems to taste better that way!

                                                                                                      1. Lewes17266 Apr 2, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                                                                        stuff my sandwich with potato chips with no one is looking

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                                                                                                          Caroline1 Apr 2, 2009 06:00 PM

                                                                                                          Come onna my house. We do that in front of God and everybody!

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                                                                                                            purple goddess Apr 2, 2009 07:05 PM

                                                                                                            for all my "localvore/organic/ethical" righteousness, I does love me a chip buttie. Hot chips, gravy on a soft white scottish bap bun. Carbo-licious!

                                                                                                          2. Bill Hunt Apr 2, 2009 09:40 PM

                                                                                                            Gosh, I'm thinking. Since we have two Bulldogs, who "hoover" the kitchen, even the 05 sec. rule does not play here.

                                                                                                            OK, I've got one. When I'm at home and on the laptop (as I am now) on the lower deck, I will often put my dinner in a bowl, and actually cut my meat into bite-sized pieces. I would never, think of doing anything like that, when dining upstairs, or out. However, "no one is looking... " Hey, it's hard to type, cut the meat, one piece at a time, and from a plate, all at once!

                                                                                                            There are bound to be others, but I've already bared my sould with the cutting of the meat, and the bowl, so maybe I ought to shut up - for now.

                                                                                                            Hunt

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                                                                                                              melly Apr 2, 2009 11:29 PM

                                                                                                              Eating olives off of my fingers. It reminds me of my childhood..and I like it.

                                                                                                            2. Dax Apr 3, 2009 09:15 AM

                                                                                                              Make and eat tuna casserole.. I would never serve it to someone but I actually like it about once a year.

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                                                                                                                turqmut Apr 8, 2009 06:59 PM

                                                                                                                My 12 year old son has a friend who lives on chicken nuggets and pizza, and will eat hardly anything I make. One day this kid left HOMEMADE COOKIES on his plate, and I'm ashamed to admit I snarfed them right up.

                                                                                                                1. Manybears Apr 15, 2009 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                  SIS: Did you use grandma's recipe for this shortbread?
                                                                                                                  ME: Yepper.
                                                                                                                  SIS: Did you half it? How come there are only 3 dozen? Isn't it supposed to make 8?
                                                                                                                  ME: [guilty pause]................it is truly one of the mysteries of science. Maybe the recipe didn't age well.

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                                                                                                                    Canthespam Apr 15, 2009 08:34 PM

                                                                                                                    When I was first going with my husband, I slipped into the dark kitchen one night and took a huge spoonful from the ice carton while standing in front of the open freezer. (I don't double dip). My husband to be walked past the kitchen, and from the light in the hallway, saw me shoving the ice cream into my mouth. He just stood there in amazement.... .he had never seen anyone do that. He said that I looked like a deer caught in the headlights. I tried to convince him that ice cream has no calories if you eat it standing up!

                                                                                                                    I still do that occasionally, but even after 22 yrs. together, he refuses to do it, thinking it is so uncivilized.

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                                                                                                                      Canthespam Apr 15, 2009 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                      When my brother was in the Army, he was assigned kitchen duty. On Thanksgiving, when the cook pulled the turkey out of the oven, it fell on the floor. He immediately picked it up and said 'thank G-d that clean piece of paper was there". I have used that expression many many times over the years.

                                                                                                                      Of course I will only pick it up to use it - if:

                                                                                                                      1. The floor is absoutely/almost/pretty clean

                                                                                                                      2. And no one is watching

                                                                                                                    2. jboeke Apr 16, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                      ...I add butter to my food. DH & family are health-nuts, which means no fat , low sodium, overcooked everything. So when no one is around to notice, I add these things to my cooking, which they love so much!

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                                                                                                                        Canthespam Apr 16, 2009 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                        My husband hates mayo and celery ,along with a lot of other really good veggies. When recipes call for mayo or celery (soups, stews etc..) and mayo in a sauce ....in they go. He 'thinks' that I might do that, but isn't sure, so he eats and usually enjoys the finished product. If he was allergic, of course I wouldn't do it ... but who hates may, celery, cucumbers, squash, cantelope, watermellon etc....

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