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Sep 18, 2009 02:55 PM

What's the weirdest thing you grew up eating (or eat now)?

My dad always ate peanut butter and onion sandwiches; I tried them when I was about 10 and loved them. I also discovered I liked peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, and later tried dill pickle relish or onion relish on PB sandwiches and loved that too.

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  1. I grew up in East Africa and ate fried grasshoppers. Tasted like shrimp, and they were super-fresh.

    1. My current wierd thing is canned shoestring beets (drained), canned white beans (drained), and Ina Garten's Creamy Vinaigrette. The beets and beans are merely a vehicle for the dressing which I LOVE!!! I really like beets and beans too so I've managed to get a lot of my favorite tastes into one very odd dish. I'm thinking of adding arugula to the mix next... it might just be perfect then! ;-)

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      1. re: schmoopy

        This sounds like a much better version of something I ate only one summer in college. It is important to note that we were poor and had access only to a tiny beverage refrigerator so our options got even more limited. But each of my roommates and I would open one can of something - options included canned beets, green beans, corn, peas, garbanzo beans, kidney beans etc and then toss the three items together with ranch dressing and store bought crutons. We called it veg-all and I swear at the time, it was delicious.

        1. re: Meredith

          Hey, I can totally see how that probably tasted quite good! AND you probably fulfilled your day's requirement of complex carbohydrates and fiber!! :^)

      2. I don't think it's "weird" but chittlins', pig ears, feet, "souse" , etc.

        From Wikipedia, under "head cheese", as eaten in various countries.

        "The Caribbean

        Souse is pickled pork. The cooked meat is cut into bite sized pieces and soaked in a brine made of water, lime juice and cucumbers. It is usually eaten on Saturday mornings especially in St. Vincent and Barbados. Souse is also popularly served with pudding."

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          1. re: Shrinkrap

            Why Saturday mornings? Does it have to do with avoiding meat on Fridays (if still done)? Or something to do with weekly market cycles? Do you know?

            1. re: karykat

              I don't "know", but I am determined. My dad was old school African American in Alabama, with chitterlings, pigs feet and the like. My mom was first generation West Indian from Nevis, probably closest to Trinidadian, from the "recipes" I wish I had. Both deceased, and now I wish I knew......Help!

              FWIW, my husband was born in Jamaica, so all is not lost....but he INSISTS it's "rice and peas", not "peas and rice"...ARGHHHH!....

          2. For breakfast........a cooked hamburger patty between two pieces of buttered toast. Ketchup on one side of the patty and strawberry jam on the other. Kind of a Breakfast McBurger.

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            1. re: Antilope

              Actually, that's the 1st thing I've read here that sounds disgusting! I am glad you enjoy it, Antilope, but I'm not coming for breakfast. (I don't think ketchup belongs on a burger, let alone strawberry jam!) Grasshoppers, yes, they are ok. Eaten frequently in southern México. Headcheese can be delicious. Never had souse. Some of my friends think it is weird that I put bacon on my PB sans. How could that be weird?

                1. re: MazDee

                  How about a plain McDonald's hamburger dunked in Coca-Cola before each bite?

                  1. re: Antilope

                    Or, you could just slide it around on a dirty floor between bites.

              1. Peanut butter and potato chip sandwich on white bread.

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                1. re: Antilope

                  That sounds delectable, right at the moment. Nice contrast of textures, for one thing.

                  1. re: Antilope

                    That was a pretty common sandwich in my elementary school cafeteria.