Idiosyncratic Personal Recipes: You Say Yummy, I Say Yuck!
July 21, 2002 5:39 AM   Subscribe

Idiosyncratic Personal Recipes: You Say Yummy, I Say Yuck! Who the hell says de gustibus non disputandum est? On the other hand, doesn't everyone have a secret culinary delight that would have the rest of the world heaving and retching at the very mention of its ingredients? I know I do. Don't worry, though. Comfort is at hand, whatever your mental age: for we are not alone. Bwahahahaha!
posted by MiguelCardoso (102 comments total)
I admit it.

I dip my Mickey D's fries in my strawberry milkshake.

They're so happy (and yummy) together.

In other news, ranch dressing could be the only condiment you ever have to use. Not quite Emeril-level cuisine, but I've managed to gross more than a few people out with the various things I'll dump ranch dressing on.
posted by precocious at 6:27 AM on July 21, 2002

We had fruit baked with sugar, butter and... ...curry powder for desert last night. The host claimed this was not unusal in the USA(?!). (actually tasted good)
posted by andrew cooke at 6:38 AM on July 21, 2002

ranch dressing could be the only condiment you ever have to use

Three cheers to that! Ranch on pizza, ranch with fries, ranch with my egg and bacon sandwiches...

It's insane, how something like that snowballs.
posted by rocketman at 7:06 AM on July 21, 2002

Vinegar and salt on a plate. I like chips, but they aren't the necessary ingredient.
posted by pracowity at 7:14 AM on July 21, 2002

Gin and Tonic with a chocolate bar (preferably bittersweet).
posted by donpardo at 7:17 AM on July 21, 2002

*plucking up courage*

I love the livers from freshly charcoal-grilled red mullets with fork-mashed boiled-in-their-jackets potatoes. Sardine livers and monkfish livers are almost as delicious. Failing the potatoes, hot buttered toast is a more than acceptable substitute. With grossly over-chilled, bone-dry, very young white wine. Heaven!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:28 AM on July 21, 2002

Crack two eggs in a bowl, mix with bbq sauce, cheyenne pepper, tabasco and chives. Scramble it, put it on english muffin with bacon, melt cheese over it.

My arteries are fine... so far.
posted by tomorama at 7:34 AM on July 21, 2002

Oddity # 1:

Take small candy bars (typically called "fun size" here in the States - seen the most at Halloween) and wrap them in canned (Pilsbury) crescent roll dough, seal 'em up, bake them according to the directions on the dough.

Butterfingers work best. Crispy and brown pastry shell, melty goodness on the inside.

Oddity # 2:

Grilled peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches. Smear butter on the outside and grill them like you would a grilled cheese sandwich. Call me Elvis.

And ditto on the far.
posted by ebarker at 8:11 AM on July 21, 2002

Take small candy bars (typically called "fun size" here in the States - seen the most at Halloween) and wrap them in canned (Pilsbury) crescent roll dough, seal 'em up, bake them according to the directions on the dough.

Isn't that just pain au chocolat?
posted by Summer at 8:19 AM on July 21, 2002

Isn't that just pain au chocolat?


There are hordes of Frenchmen on their way to your house bearing torches and pitchfoks, RIGHT NOW!

Devilled Ham ain't pate, neither.
posted by donpardo at 8:28 AM on July 21, 2002

I was raised on white bread, and all 3 of my guilty pleasures are built around it.

1) Saturday morning breakfast: make sure Mum is asleep. Ask her if we can have golden corn syrup and white bread for breakfast. She makes some random noise that my sister and I interpret as "yes". We sit down in front of the Bugs Bunny cartoons with several slices of white and about a cup of gold death each. Mmm!

2) Potato chip sandwiches: butter 2 slices of white bread, lay in a layer of chips. After my sister turns into a Bay City Roller fan, we substitute McDonalds french fries to make chip butties. Even our Mum likes them.

3) Depression era tomato and bread pudding: heat some canned tomatoes on the stove and add torn up pieces of white bread. Be daring and add some salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a curdled looking salmon-coloured mush at the side of your plate. My husband still leaves the room when I make and eat this.
posted by maudlin at 8:29 AM on July 21, 2002

When I was a kid, my favorite early saturday morning breakfast was a jar of cold dill pickles and a tall glass of milk.
posted by crunchland at 8:36 AM on July 21, 2002

toast, peanut butter, sausage, eggs, catsup = breakfast pizza!

and french fries should be dipped in a wendy's frosty not a strawberry shake, you freak!
posted by Mick at 8:38 AM on July 21, 2002

Heat up a frying pan of milk. Add lots of butter, and some salt and pepper. Make some toast - butter it liberally. Take a piece of toast, dunk it in the warm/hot milk JUST until it's all wet, but before it falls apart. Remove from milk, put it on a plate, eat it with a fork. Dad called it Milk Toast and ate it growing up on the farm, but I've no idea if this is a universal thing - I've only heard the term used as a metaphor for blandness - LOL (it's not bad at all when you remember to liberally butter that toast!). My mother would always shake her head and say, "Why would anyone want to eat soggy bread?" and I'd have to defend the idea that it wasn't soggy bread, but seasoned toast. I just love it - I can't be sure if it's the actual taste or the sentimental value though. :-)
posted by thunder at 8:50 AM on July 21, 2002

Mayonaise sandwiches!!!

(Gotta be Hellmans, but any good bread will work.)

I can manage this now only with a hit Pravachol before bedtime -- better living through chemisrty.
posted by fpatrick at 8:54 AM on July 21, 2002

Sourdough bread, liberally buttered and seasoned with fresh black pepper, Tabasco, and garlic. Layer on slices of red onion, slices of any real tomato (i.e. homegrown with actual flavour, not some pathetic pink gashouse thing from a supermarket) and cover with pepper jack cheese. Broil. Serve with ice cold ginger ale or birch beer. Pray that your significant other eats one along with you, for the sake of better relations.
posted by Dreama at 9:13 AM on July 21, 2002

...Creamed tuna on toast (white bread, of course). The dominant thread seems to be strange combos as comfort food.
posted by CINDERELLEN at 9:32 AM on July 21, 2002

In line with Dreama: Sourdough, a generous smear of whole-grain Dijon, pepper, garlic, white onion, extra sharp cheddar, and liverwurst.

I grew up on peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, and mom still makes peanut butter and bacon, but I won�t touch that.
posted by Nothing at 9:34 AM on July 21, 2002

Tabasco sauce on vanilla ice cream.

Also, strong black kona style coffee & pizza, with occasional dunking.
posted by dong_resin at 9:37 AM on July 21, 2002

I'm a sucker for all things beet. roasted beet "coffee", beet "wine", warm roasted beets with ice cream and fudge...
And although the thought of liver turns my stomach, I'll eat it if it's served properly with pickled cucumbers, dill on rye (washed down with vodka, please).
posted by G_Ask at 10:01 AM on July 21, 2002

My mom used to make us peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, too, Nothing. They weren't that bad. Other variations I've made are peanut butter and pickle, as in sweet gherkin, and peanut butter and onion.
posted by y2karl at 10:06 AM on July 21, 2002

warm roasted beets with ice cream and fudge...

Matt, please delete this thread. It's gone too far. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:06 AM on July 21, 2002

I used to love eating the dry Top Ramen brick like a big cracker...followed by a quick cleanup with the dustbuster (crumbs everywhere!)
posted by plaino at 10:18 AM on July 21, 2002

Dry ramen is great! Especially good if you sprinkle on the seasoning packet first. Yum!
I also love plain yogurt mixed with applesauce, sprinkled with cinnamon and heaped with about a cup of white sugar. There has to be enough sugar that some of it melts into the liquid but lots of it stays on top and forms a delicious crunchy topping. Mmmm, sugar.k
posted by bonheur at 10:24 AM on July 21, 2002

There used to be (possibly still is) a recipe on the back of a box of Bisquick for "coffee cake". This recipe contains a sub-recipe for the cinnamon-sugary crap to be spread over the top of the "coffee cake".

As a teenager, I would just make the topping recipe X 24, then walk around the house eating it with a spoon. I think I made the actual "coffee cake" twice.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 10:46 AM on July 21, 2002

I used to make toasted peanut butter and chocolate sandwiches. I'm not sure that would gross anyone out, though.
posted by Mars Saxman at 10:54 AM on July 21, 2002

Hot oatmeal with gobs of hot pepper jelly and milk.
posted by HTuttle at 11:02 AM on July 21, 2002

90% of the recipes at that first link involve combining peanut butter with something unexpected. What is it about peanut butter that makes it so... gag-inducing when combined with anything besides toast, jelly or chocolate?P
posted by bonheur at 11:04 AM on July 21, 2002

Also, a layer of potato chips on a hamburger is a good thing.

As is dry Nestle's Quik chocolate powder mixed in with vanilla ice cream.
posted by ebarker at 11:27 AM on July 21, 2002

i used to make the *best* sandwiches for myself when i worked at subway -

wheat bread
6 slices of cheese
little bit of lettuce
layer of tomatoes
layer of pickles
another layer of tomatoes
another layer of pickles
a hearty layer of salt
crushed baked lays
a little bit of mayonnaise

then i'd dip every bite in pickle juice

with cheetoes dipped in nacho cheese on the side :)
posted by mabelcolby at 11:40 AM on July 21, 2002

I heard a good recipe that involves melting butter and then stirring in an equal portion of Kahlua. Then, spreading this butter-and-Kahlua mixture on a cob of corn. Apparently it is quite good but I haven't tried it yet.
posted by Succa at 11:43 AM on July 21, 2002

I'm allergic to peanuts, so peanut butter was out of the question as a child. Many, many times I was forced to scrounge through the refrigerator like a rat in a dumpster trying to come up with adequate substitutes that didn't involve lunch meats with red things in them. Thus, I discovered the marvel of mayonnaise and ketchup sandwiches, and my all-time favorite, relish sandwiches. Mmm, hungry.
posted by dness2 at 11:46 AM on July 21, 2002

mines not gross, just unique. day old macaroni & cheese (with hotdog chunks) fried in electric skillet with butter and sauted onions. anything made in an electric skillet is GOOD for me! especially burnt cheese. homer style ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
posted by sadie01221975 at 11:46 AM on July 21, 2002

We used to make a "scooby snack" at the sandwich shop I worked at in college:

- 1 slice pepperoni
- dollop of cream cheese
- 1 pickled banana pepper ring
- 1 slice black olive
Smear cream cheese on pepperoni slice, squash banana pepper and olive into cream cheese. Eat.

I made a big batch of these for my office Christmas party last year; after people got over the weird combo, they cleaned the plate.
posted by me3dia at 11:50 AM on July 21, 2002

Banana-mayo sandwiches. Tomato-mayo sandwiches. Macaroni and cheese (with mayo). Mayo with anything, to make the list short....
posted by samsara at 11:51 AM on July 21, 2002

Soft-serve (machine) vanilla ice cream spread on saltine crackers--a perfect combination.
posted by troybob at 11:51 AM on July 21, 2002

When you bake potatoes here in England you eat the whole thing: in fact the skin is the best bit, really tasty. So, while staying with my sister who lives in Lyon, I thought nothing of crunching my way through a couple when she served them with fish at a dinner party. The French contingent, however, were horrified: "He's eating potato peel? Ugh!" This from people who eat snails?

Oh, and deep fried Mars bars anyone?
posted by arc at 11:54 AM on July 21, 2002

Prior to altering my lifestyle and turning into a organic looney, I lived on taco sauce with oyster crackers and french fries dipped in ketchup and mayonnaise.

Now it's all about the seaweed.

Although I admit some days I wish I had some ranch dressing to dip my wakame into to kill the taste.
posted by oh posey at 11:55 AM on July 21, 2002

precocious- let me add a "hallelujah" to rocketman's amen. I' am addicted to ranch dressing and I don't even eat salad. As I type this I am eating microwaved fish cakes with a big ol' splotch of ranch dressing for dipping. I started this when I worked across the street from a Burger King and decided that I just couldn't stomach any more ketchup with my fries. It got to the point that the counterpeople started calling me "The Ranch Man." I told 'em, don't knock it till to you try it and several of them did and thanked me for the tip. I betcha BK is still nonplussed about the sudden upswing i Ranch Dressing consumption in the northeast.

Also those shredded mexican cheese in a bag deals? Indispensible. Whenever you've got a frozen meat or vegetable product a la carte, chuck a handful of those on top, and you've got a feast, buddy. Add Bac-O's for extra flavor if you got 'em.
posted by jonmc at 12:21 PM on July 21, 2002

I just finished eating a plantain, sliced, fried in butter, sprinkled with cinnamon, splashed with lemon juice, smothered in... I think molasses is the word? A dark gooey syrup of sugarbeet. Perfect as a dessert, especially as it tends to be (a lot!) more filling than dinner.
posted by disso at 12:26 PM on July 21, 2002

ranch dressing is definitely one of the best things ever. i love dipping my fries in it, but the thing it's the absolute *best* on - soybean chicken patties *drool*
posted by mabelcolby at 12:40 PM on July 21, 2002

I don't know if this counts, but I cannot stand baked beans when they're hot, so I always have them cold straight from the tin to my plate.
posted by wackybrit at 12:58 PM on July 21, 2002

wow a lot of you are really grossing me out :-D


> plain pringles with whipped cream - tastes like pastry
> potato chips on sandwiches and burgers
> cream cheese and any kind of jam on graham crackers - poorman's cheesecake
> orange and onion sandwiches - i have no explanation for this, it just tastes good to me.
posted by t r a c y at 1:27 PM on July 21, 2002

I suppose the UK standards of chips [the fat ones] with curry sauce, gravy or mushy peas or HP sauce [spicy brown ketchup] on toast could been seen as strange to the uncultured palate. And a proper chip butty [sandwich]. McD's fries?! Pah!

Then again, my weekday brakfast of a ceral bowl filled with sprouted beans [aduki, chick peas, lentils & the like] with a splat of french dressing might not be for all tastes.

Or Vitam R - a far tastier version of Marmite / Vegemite - in finger-fulls straight from the jar...

jonmc: I hope that you'll be donating your stomach to medical science ;-)
posted by i_cola at 1:38 PM on July 21, 2002

as a kid I made mustard sandwiches (maybe two spoons of Plochmans on roman meal light sandwich bread) mmmmmmm. Both have to be cold from the fridge though. And my hippie mom made me peanut butter, honey, and grated carrot sandwiches. I still love those. Plus, i can eat peanut butter on/in just about anything. I make late night desserts from whatever leftover ice creams are in the freezer, mixed with equal amounts of peanut butter, nutella spread or hershey syrup, smashed nuts, diced marshmallows, etc..
posted by hulette at 2:01 PM on July 21, 2002

jonmc: I hope that you'll be donating your stomach to medical science...

Nahhh...I'll send it to these folks, they'll know what to do with it.
posted by jonmc at 2:09 PM on July 21, 2002

At my highschool there was a coke machine, and a coffee machine, so I made the best of my situation: One part Coffee to three parts Coke, served cold.

I give you: The Cokeachino
posted by Newbornstranger at 2:18 PM on July 21, 2002

my my, what we will put in our mouths...

i am both intrigued (endorphin salsa, WAHALLA sandwich) and disgusted (fish livers - my dad will eat fish skin) by these suggestions.

i'll try almost anything though, but if you're looking for some comfort: give me some fresh pineapple with salt and pepper if you can find one here in america that's not too sweet.
posted by priyanga at 2:28 PM on July 21, 2002

A woman brought batter-dipped, deep fried wonder bread slices to a potluck at the telemarketing company I worked for during college. I can't say that I tasted it, but it is an idea...
posted by internook at 2:43 PM on July 21, 2002

This is similar to the tomato-bread pudding above...take one can of tomato soup (I like the chunky Progresso kind), about half a box of croutons, hot pepper flakes and parmesan cheese. Heat soup, dump in croutons and top with parmesan and pepper flakes. You get kind of a big spicy cheesy bowl of tomato mush.

Also, when I was a kid I desperately wanted to try a taco, but my family was pretty resolute in their pursuit of bland food. So I used to take Pringles and top them with bologna, yellow mustard and canned pears and pretend I was having tacos. No, it wasn't very good, but I thought myself very cosmopolitan.
posted by kittyloop at 3:41 PM on July 21, 2002

I like peanut butter and pickle sandwiches... preferaby with Heinz Genuine Dills sliced long-ways.

A layer of french fries on a Mickey D's cheeseburger is a good thing.

So is mustard on a rolled-up piece of baloney.

Damn, I'm getting hungry now...
posted by spilon at 3:46 PM on July 21, 2002

...Ranch dressing on fried chicken, roast beef, pasta, perogies...
posted by precocious at 4:25 PM on July 21, 2002

...Ranch dressing on...perogies

Quit looking in my window! :)

Also, my nonna when I was a kid, would mix sugar with raw egg yolk for us as a snack. We called it an "egg frosting." I assume it's a northern Italian thing, although I don't know of anyone else who's had it so it may just be an "our family thing." Sure is tasty though.
posted by jonmc at 4:31 PM on July 21, 2002

toasted dime bar sandwich. white medium sliced with marge. simple but effective.
(that bloke's a nutter...)
posted by asok at 4:38 PM on July 21, 2002

I couldn't sleep right tonight if I didn't tell y'all about fried spaghetti, from my friend AB. I suppose it's not particularly gross in and of itself, but I've taken to having it with tofu and those crunchy little toasted soybeans since going vegan. (Toasted soybeans are amazing with a Rice Dream bar, by the way.)

Also, I always thought my mom was the only person who ate ketchup and ice cream together. Now I feel bad for shaming her mercilessly. Especially since one of my favorite meals is cornbread, purple hull peas, and buttermilk in a bowl, covered with hot pickled pepper juice.
posted by littlegreenlights at 4:41 PM on July 21, 2002

My all-time favorite, tuna fish in the Spagetti-O's, seems tame by comparison.

However, there is the sweet gherkins wrapped in bacon and grilled...
posted by datawrangler at 4:54 PM on July 21, 2002

Oh, yeah, and I once caught a roommate--a girl, no less!--leaning against the kitchen counter putting my cat's canned food on toast and eating it. She said it tasted like filet mignon.
posted by littlegreenlights at 4:58 PM on July 21, 2002

That's weird: I posted the tomato-bread pudding, but kittyloop's soup-and-mushy-croutons doesn't seem appealing to me at all. Of course my husband, who is squicked by the tomato-bread pudding, always puts a pile of crushed crackers in his soup. Maybe we're hardwired to accept wet bread products only in certain contexts. (Milk toast? Urgh!)
posted by maudlin at 5:28 PM on July 21, 2002

My girlfriend makes pancakes and then adds:
Refried Beans,
Cream (not sour cream, not sweet cream, but the Central American kind, which is somewhere inbetween)
Jam of whatever kind,
And then the syrup.

I couldn't handle it, but it was damn funny the first time i saw it. And yes, ranch is great for anything. if you can't eat it with ranch, and it's not a fruit, it's not worth eating.
posted by Ufez Jones at 5:31 PM on July 21, 2002

Ufez, the only part of that recipe that seems repulsive to me is of course the pancakes.

No, seriously, it's the refried beans. The rest is quasi-acceptable pancake accompaniment.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:45 PM on July 21, 2002

I eat my breakfast cereal without milk (in the bowl).

Most people I know find it extremely strange.
posted by jazon at 6:01 PM on July 21, 2002

Most people I know find it extremely strange.

Not me. i eat it with the milk, but without the bowl.
posted by jonmc at 6:03 PM on July 21, 2002

yeah crash, the beans were definitely the wild card. i like honey and syrup on my flapjacks when i have them, which is rare. but beans? for the love of...
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:09 PM on July 21, 2002

Maybe we're hardwired to accept wet bread products only in certain contexts.

Well yeah, like in french onion soup, but only if it's slathered in cheese. Otherwise, bleeeeeegh.

Speaking of which, ranch dressing with a packet of onion soup mix makes a killer dip for anything that's, well, not a fruit that's not a tomato.

Ranch potato salad

And did you know, there really was a Hidden Valley Ranch? It's a guest ranch where the mother of all dressings, nay, all condiments were born.

"Brindled Eggs," with leeks, mozarella, horseradish, garlic, pepper, alfalfa sprouts, shell pumpkin seeds and (you guessed it), Ranch. There's also an interestingly disgusting looking "chocolate scrambled eggs" there, and no, it's not a euphemism for some sort of kids treat-- it's really chocolate. In eggs.
posted by precocious at 6:49 PM on July 21, 2002

Boiled silkworm grubs, known as bondaeggi here in Korea. Quite yummy indeed.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:51 PM on July 21, 2002

You win.
posted by precocious at 6:52 PM on July 21, 2002

Yeah, that's the winner right there. I surrender.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:03 PM on July 21, 2002

damn, my eating habits are so bland to some of the things here.

Chedder cheese sprinkled with sugar. (real cheese, not the processed crap)

Tuna sandwiches *must* have fritos on them, or it's not worth it.

A banana wrapped with a slice of american cheese.

M&Ms eaten in the same mouthful with popcorn at the movies is also the way to go....
posted by Windigo at 7:10 PM on July 21, 2002

I too eat my breakfast cereal dry, and in a bowl. But my favorite is to take pear halves (if canned, the kind in juice) and put a dollop of mayo and sharp cheddar cheese on them.

Funny, I can't stand pears any other way.
posted by somethingotherthan at 7:11 PM on July 21, 2002

Orange circus peanuts dipped in cherry cough syrup. Preferrably Robitussin.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:26 PM on July 21, 2002

I'm sorry Kevin. I know it's late and the end of the thread, but that's just sick. I wouldn't have brought it up - in the real sense of the word - if not for that gratuitous Robitussin mention. ;)

Summing up, for the sake of closure: the idea of gastronomic delight here on MetaFilter seems to be some ghastly combination of white bread, peanut butter, chiles, syrup, milk products and that mysterious Ranch sauce - which, alone of all ingredients mentioned, is enticing. Or, more starkly: salty and/or fiery combinations of sugar, starch and milk-based fat.

It's all politically incorrect and harks back to childhood memories or disobedience. It has that winning combination of rebellion and tradition, liberty and socialism (nothing expensive, foreign or pretentious) which is so American to these European eyes. Bravo!

On the other hand, just reading this thread is a diet aid like none I've ever seen. :)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:45 PM on July 21, 2002

Pooh, and I haven't even brought up the Laotian panfried water beetles--4"!--on rice recipe yet...
posted by y2karl at 9:16 PM on July 21, 2002

mrs jonmc just looked over my shoulder and asked if everyone on MeFi was pregnant.
posted by jonmc at 9:21 PM on July 21, 2002

Windigo, you and I sort of agree. I also can't eat a tuna sandwich if it's not accompanied by Fritos. I just prefer to keep them on the side.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:40 PM on July 21, 2002

Yeah, it's the end of the thread and I'm late - but does nobody else dip their kosher pickles in sour cream? Anyone?
posted by yhbc at 9:46 PM on July 21, 2002

does nobody else dip their kosher pickles in sour cream?

No, but pickles and chocolate milk -- now that's a combo that you don't have to be pregnant to enjoy.

(just a bit odd.)
posted by precocious at 9:56 PM on July 21, 2002

oooh, pickles and sour cream...yum! Of course, I am actually some of the weird stuff I've been eating is beyond the pale. :)

For a while, I was on a liverwurst and applesauce sandwich kick...then I moved on to potato pancakes with black olives, sour cream and pineapple bits on top. Rumor has it that the cravings get even weirder in the 3rd trimester. I feel so sorry for my poor husband. :)
posted by dejah420 at 11:20 PM on July 21, 2002

Sorry Miguel ;) Upon further review I made myself sick. This is what happens with too many espressos and and many more MST3K episodes.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:36 PM on July 21, 2002

A very cool thread. And I was speaking to my sister this evening about it, and she added one I had forgotten about - we used to call it "superfries." French fries hit with salt, sugar and chili powder right out of the oil. Sometimes dipped in mayo.

I'm ready for my new arteries now, Doctor.
posted by ebarker at 11:49 PM on July 21, 2002

And a proper chip butty [sandwich]. McD's fries?! Pah!

i_cola - you hit the spot, I haven't had a chip buttie (sp?) for years. Has to be proper chips, though, rather than fries.

One of our favourites growing up was dripping sandwiches. My mother used to collect the fat from baking meat etc and, spread thickly on fresh white bread, is lovely in a way that you would not be able to even consider in these cholesterol-aware days.

My partner does the dipping Macca's fries in her shake thing, except that her choice is chocolate. Makes me feel sick just watching it.
posted by dg at 11:55 PM on July 21, 2002

There's a restaurant chain out here that will serve you a burger with a damn fried egg on it. The first time a friend ordered one, I about plotzed. Then I had one myself.

The best goddamn burger I've ever eaten.
posted by toddshot at 12:04 AM on July 22, 2002

toddshot, here it's called an eggburger and is quite common. Also quite nice.
posted by dg at 12:09 AM on July 22, 2002

Well, I haven't seent this one yet--my dad used to carve the Sunday (or whenever) roast on a wooden butcher's block... when he was done, the juices from the meat were quickly sopped up by me and my brother with pieces of white bread. The roast was usually rare; the bread would be... let's be honest, blood coloured. It tasted divine.

Don't do this anymore, though.
posted by jokeefe at 12:25 AM on July 22, 2002

That's a shame, jokeefe. Do that with crusty sourdough and the juices of a grilled rare London Broil, and you have a tread indeed.
posted by Nothing at 12:45 AM on July 22, 2002

You people are making me hungry. Just about everything on this thread sounds good to me. Here in Aus, fried eggs on burgers are pretty standard optional extras, and beetroot (pickled beets) is also common (and yummy). I haven't eaten witchetty grubs (larvae of a large moth), but I'm told they're good. Honey ants are delish. Vegemite squicks most furriners. Oh, and if any MeFites are visiting Australia, take note that you'll have to bring ranch dressing with you. I've never seen it here. (I agree, it's good on everything -- why the prejudice against ranch on fruit?)

On preview: jokeefe and Nothing, you've found my weakness. Uncooked meat (you call it rare, I call it raw) is a parasite infection waiting to happen. *shudder* I guess everyone has their gastronomic Room 101..
posted by sennoma at 12:51 AM on July 22, 2002

The first time I smoked herb, many many years ago, we got the munchies something fierce. It was canned pork 'n' beans, (cold, of course) and mac 'n' cheese or nothing, so that's what we ate. Delicious. I have never enjoyed that combination since ;-)
posted by Lynsey at 12:55 AM on July 22, 2002

Sennoma--with the right cut of beef, salmon, or tuna, I prefer it raw, but rare is often the best one can do.
posted by Nothing at 3:09 AM on July 22, 2002

(Best one can do for supplier reasons, that is. Wouldn't trust supermarket meat.)
posted by Nothing at 3:12 AM on July 22, 2002

Here in Pittsburgh there is a legendary restaurant (now a chain) called Primantis, at which you can get any sandwich imaginable served with coleslaw, fries or fried egg on it. (Or all three.) They do a breakfast sandwich of 2 slices of fried bologna, a fried egg and fries, held together with gooey American cheese. The very smell of one of those will knock me out cold. Gag.

Although I admit some days I wish I had some ranch dressing to dip my wakame into to kill the taste.

The last time I slithered through the aisles of our all-organic, all-vegan food co-op, I spied (and purchased) an all-vegan, soy-based pseudo-ranch dressing. I haven't tried it yet, we were going to break it out yesterday for a little gathering that we had, but figured we should vett it first. I must admit to a bit of trepidation about it, but I'll eventually get brave and give it a try, since regular Ranch runs afoul of my lactose issues.
posted by Dreama at 3:20 AM on July 22, 2002

One more peanut butter sandwich: peanut butter, bologna, and tarter sauce, preferably homemade. My mom got me started on these when I was little, and I still have one about twice a year.
posted by Miss Beth at 4:05 AM on July 22, 2002

Coffee cheese. Grate sharp cheddar cheese into an overflowing mound in a coffee cup. Pour hot black coffee over it to melt it. Scoop it out onto biscuits or toast.

I read this thread hoping to find some one else who has had this combo, but dong_resin's pizza in coffee is the only thing that comes close. I swear my parents and grandparents made this regularly for breakfast, but when I bring it up to them now, they act disgusted and claim they never would have done such a foul thing at their table.

I must have had recurring coffee cheese dreams as a kid then, although I have made this myself as an adult and I stand by how very very good it is.
posted by jennyb at 4:57 AM on July 22, 2002

with the right cut of beef, salmon, or tuna, I prefer it raw, but rare is often the best one can do.

Now that I think about it, Nothing, my reaction to rare/raw red meat is a bit irrational, since I like sashimi of all kinds. I'll have to work on it.
posted by sennoma at 6:07 AM on July 22, 2002

malt liquor and halva go really, weirdly well together.
posted by interrobang at 8:34 AM on July 22, 2002

jennyb: Thanks for the recipe. I'm actually insane enough to try this, only to find it was a joke. This incorporates my two favorite foods: coffee and cheese. Any ideas on how to work nicotine into the mix?
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 8:58 AM on July 22, 2002

Kevin: It's no joke! Possibly a conspiracy by my family to drive me insane, but there's nothing funny at all about their coffee cheese repression.

Maybe you could hit the big three if you scooped the cheese out onto a nicotine patch instead of toast?
posted by jennyb at 10:09 AM on July 22, 2002

Now I don't feel so bad about flour tortillas spread with cream cheese, black olive slices and strips of roasted green chile. Roll up and eat.
posted by onhazier at 10:28 AM on July 22, 2002

Or stir it with a cigar and then smoke it. No, coffee and cheese combine wonderfully. It's the standard breakfast here in Portugal and although people won't dunk in public (someone is bound to read this as "weren't drunk in public") they certainly do so at home. And there are a few desserts made from coffee, cheese and pastry. So your parents, jennyb, were onto something. Patent anyone?

I don't dunk but (gross-out alert) I do admit to keeping some bread and cheese in my mouth before flooding it with black coffee. And even swirl it around a bit. So I'm definitely with you and Kevin on this one.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:33 AM on July 22, 2002

I can combine the "peanut butter" and "soggy bread" topics.

Make an ordinary peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. (Be sure to use a decent amount of peanut butter. I can't stand the PBJs where people spread on an ultrathin layer of peanut butter like they're painting a canvas. But I digress.) Microwave 20-30 seconds or so. The peanut butter melts and gets all oozy and gooey and soaks into the lower slice of bread. Must be eaten with a fork, since the bottom slice is too soggy to remain in a single piece when picked up. Very messy.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 10:47 AM on July 22, 2002

I grew up eating what started out as normal fruit salads, but with liberal doses of salt and pepper mixed in. Quite popular in the Indian subcontinent, actually.
posted by laz-e-boy at 11:15 AM on July 22, 2002

My grandfather always used to put salt on bananas, which we all thought was weird, but it's really good on cantaloup melons.
posted by crunchland at 11:27 AM on July 22, 2002

Unripe mango & prawn (shrimp) paste
Not bad with an icy beer.
posted by johnny7 at 5:11 PM on July 22, 2002

What's the sound of a technicolour yawn?

posted by dash_slot- at 6:37 PM on July 22, 2002

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