I don't like fruit with my food.
I was just reminded of this while responding to a post on the site.
Want to ruin fish for me? Top it with a mango salsa. Want to ruin salad? Put apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches, raisins, etc. in it. I don't want a sweet fruit compote next to or a sweet fruit glaze on my chicken. No thank you.
To me fruit is something that you have on the side maybe with breakfast or in a fruit salad or in a morning smoothie. I love fresh strawberries with whipped cream for dessert. And I love fruit pies for dessert. To me fruit is either on its own or in a pie. I DON'T want it mixed into my food. (and by fruit I mean what we typically think of as fruit not the actual biological definition of fruit)
Does anyone else have this issue? I don't know anyone who is bothered by it so I'm starting to think that it is very strange.
Different tastes here. My "protestant" chicken salad has red grapes and walnuts, my Veracruz sauce for fish and shrimp has golden raisins with capers and green olives, I stuff duck cavities with apple slices and apricots. I think some sweet/savory combos are delicious. Pineapple and chipotles en adobo with pork and chicken also.
I have a friend like you. He loved steak and I was telling him about one I had at a Spanish restaurant that was served in a fig sauce. He became quite disturbed by the idea of it. We went and he absolutely would not try it. Sounds just like you.
I'm one-quarter German and love German food, so that kind of sets me in the opposing camp. However, I don't care for sweet stuff in most of my food - Duck à la Orange is not how I want my duck cooked, and there'd be dill pickle relish instead of sweet in my coleslaw if it weren't for making Mrs. O happy. Apple in my braised kraut or in a cornbread dressing, yes, but a tart one, please. Sauerbraten and hasenpfeffer are sweet-and-sour, and that's okay, and a few Chinese dishes I've had combining meat and tangy sweet goo I can deal with in moderation. But if I get an empanada I do not want any raisins in it!
Some of my favorite ways to cook meat involves fruit. I love baked chicken with quince jam, prunes stewed with pork, latkes with apple sauce and sour cream.
I don't care much for sweet potatoes, so I get where you're coming from. There also has to be a balance- all of those dishes I love have heavy salt and sour components (i.e. soy and lemon in the chicken).
I don't like it when people (yes my ils for ex) serve fruit alongside the meal. Unless it has a reason for being there, please don't serve it unless afterwards.