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I Hated to Eat

Jul 06, 2013 | From the kitchen of Rose

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I have a theory that kids who hate to eat end up becoming major gourmets. In any event this was the case for me. When I was a child, eating was work. There were few things I enjoyed eating. Of course butter and ice cream were exceptions. When I was 16, and went on the experiment in international living to Italy, I lost 10 pounds. It wasn't until I was 17, and took an obligatory food course in college, that I discovered how wonderful food could taste.

When going through my vast collection of things for our move I discovered this cartoon that I had saved because it so perfectly expressed my former distaste and dispair.

I was very fortunate not to have a mother or grandmother who made me sit before the food until I had finished it (it would have been a long wait). I still remember how awful it felt to have to eat something I detested. My grandmother actually offered me money to have a few sips of the eggnog (yuk!) she had made for my breakfast to stave off starvation. (When she wasn't looking I would pour it down the side of the building.) She would say things like "look at your wrists--I can see the bones sticking out," to which I would say: "look at my behind instead." (I was always a bit of a smart ass.)

Nowadays, I love food so much I can't bear to throw out something delicious so into the freezer it goes. Here are two things I unearthed while moving the contents of the freezer to their new location:

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Spicy chapati from a marvelous tour of the Indian neighborhood in Queens last April, given by Madhur Jaffrey. I fried a peewee egg crisp with runny yolk and inserted it in the pocket of the bread. Yum!

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A mini burger bun I made last year. It was still great. All it needed was some prime aged ground meat and a slice of Vidalia. (The ketchup had already moved to NJ.)

Comments

LOL! Sounds like me too when I was a child.. I hated dinner time..and my mom would get so frustrated with me that she would hit me on my head with her knuckles for not wanting to eat my food. Now I enjoy baking and cooking like a hobby. However, I still have a very small appetite and can't eat much.

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i think it is true for everyone who learns how to cook (nobody is born knowing!), as you learn more how your food is made, then you learn to eat.

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rose Levy Beranbaum
rose Levy Beranbaum in reply to comment from CharlesT
07/07/2013 04:08 PM

charles, i suspect my grandmother didn't enjoy cooking which is one of the main reasons i wasn't tempted by what she made. but when i discovered how wonderful things could taste when i made them myself it was a whole different world!

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Hilarious, Amazing, and YUMMY. thx for sharing.

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"I have a theory that kids who hate to eat end up becoming major gourmets."

That's the origin of my interest in food. My mother was an indifferent and terrible cook, which I didn't realize until I was an adult.

Unfortunately, my gourmet-ness is handicapped by the fact that there are huge swaths of foods that I can't eat due to the unpleasant memories associated with them. I'm slowly overcoming this and should be reasonably normal by my 450th birthday.

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Rose levy beranbaum
Rose levy beranbaum
07/06/2013 12:13 PM

It's been over 40 years--I can't remember what the rest of the caption said.

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The picture itself reflects that, but at the bottom it says something about "lags during tasks" and
"Children under seven cannot." So I was wondering that the caption actually said.

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Rose levy beranbaum
Rose levy beranbaum
07/06/2013 11:34 AM

Jose, it says something different to each person. What does it say to you? To me it shows the despair of a child forced to eat something he or she finds to be distasteful.

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The cartoon is cute, but what does it say?

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