Friday, November 13, 2009

Picky eating

While I was sitting around, waiting for my bagel to get cold, it occurred to me that I have really odd eating habits. And then it occurred to me that I should share them with you!

So. Bagels. I really like bagels. I can eat them plain with nothing on them and they make me pretty happy. But my favorite way to eat a bagel is to toast it, slather it with cream cheese, and then put it in the fridge and wait for the whole thing to get cold again. I also prefer brownies and pies cold, but unless I'm really hungry, I'll wait until my ice cream gets soupy before I'll eat it.

When I eat cookies, I can't just take a bite out of the whole cookie. I have to break a piece off in my hand and nibble on that. The same principle applies to bananas. I cannot eat a banana unless it has been sliced first. And I won't eat corn on the cob, but I'm happy to eat it once it's been cut off. Whole carrots, though? Not a problem--I don't even bother to peel them. I eat the skin of kiwis, and with apples, the skin is just about all I eat.

I am a vegetarian, but I will not eat onions or peppers. I also dislike rice and all other whole cooked grains. When I buy snack mix, I throw the pretzels away.

I don't put milk on my cereal. I don't put butter on my bread. I don't put dressing on my salad. I don't put sugar in my tea (in fact, I never drink tea, or any other beverage except water, unless someone gives it to me).

I eat oatmeal uncooked and dry.

I eat pizza with a knife and fork. I eat quesadillas with a knife and fork. I eat muffins with a knife and fork. In fact, I eat just about everything with a knife and fork, unless it is the type of food that will fall apart if you cut it. Or if it would be better eaten with a spoon.

I'm sure there are more culinary quirks that I could think of, but I bet my bagel is nice and chilly now, and I'm HUNGRY! So I'll sign off, and while I'm gone, you can tell tell me: What sort of bizarre things do you do when you eat? Surely I'm not the only one... right?


Tariq said...

I thought I might be the only one in the world who eats dry cereal (when I eat it at all) or bread without butter. But tea without sugar? That's not tea! Salad without dressing? That's rabbit food. Hmm, I do eat raw oatmeal, but I have a special recipe for it--it's definitely not dry.

One weird thing I do is to eat almost everything out of a bowl with a spoon or a fork + spoon combination. I don't like knives much. Oh, I also drink tea without milk and according to some, that is not tea. If I'm eating a fruit salad, I make sure to avoid bananas. When I eat pancakes, I tear them into strips and roll them up (actually, the Dutch do this with their pannekoeken; it's a neat way of eating).

I think you take the cake though for strange eating habits.

Anonymous said...

Well I must say I've been quite surprised that you like to eat so many things cold. I eat cold things if it's a hot day, but other than that I avoid cold food like the plague cause it makes me cold. For instance, I refuse to have cold pop (soda, whatever) cause I freeze afterwards. No cold water. Anything that tastes halfway decent hot, I will eat hot cause it warms me up. All I can think is that your penchant for cold pie and bagels must overwhelm your dislike for being cold.

PS I don't like pretzels either, not by themselves, not in snack mix. Bleh.. You know it's gotta be bad if my old dog Jake wouldn't eat them (and he would eat onions and peppers and apricots and pretty much anything... but not pretzels.)

I think I'll have some tea now, cause I'm freezing...