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27 January 2011 @ 12:42 pm
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I woke up with a headache today, which is never good. Kind of sleepless from about 5am onward, with too much running through my head:
1) Composing one of my flood-relief fics (with actors doing the parts)
2) Boys' boarding school? Something? There was mischief, and I briefly rode a horse (thanks, White Collar)
3) Worrying about what our older cat's behavioral changes mean.

So, I have renewed determination (and a web how-to) on taking Tigger's temperature. Other than the increased thirst, a lot of her behavior could easily be explained by being old and really deaf. Still... *is worried*

~*~

Did I miss a new Fringe last week? I hate it when shows change days-- there's always flailing until I adjust. Also, my sister called on Sunday to tell me that I MUST watch Portlandia, which apparently is on the same cable channel as The Onion News. Hellooooo, Torrent!

Both my children are afeared of tangerines now. They were very excited about them last year, but between Christopher's braces and his swallowing problem, he now just wants to "vampirize" them. Yuck. And Lauren has so many freakin' food issues that it just makes me tired, so she will often randomly hate on something she used to love. She loves lemon, and tried lemon bars for the first time about a year ago:

Me: What do you think?
Lauren: It feels like jam in my mouth!
Me: What?

You know, I have foods I dislike, but it's because of the taste. I would never let mere texture keep me from liking something (and I have sensitive skin and all that jazz). Hence, a poll:

Food texture issues...

I haz them. A lot.
7(30.4%)
I has them. Kinda.
9(39.1%)
I can understand why some people have them.
6(26.1%)
Pffffft.
0(0.0%)
Huh?
1(4.3%)

People who have food-texture issues should try to desensitize themselves.

Obviously.
4(17.4%)
Eh.
14(60.9%)
Boo, you whore.
5(21.7%)

Tell me a secret-- about anything!


Ack! The above are not secrets, because apparently that needed to be a separate poll. OTOH, nothing scandalous in there so far. Some interesting comments though!

 
 
 
jeyhawkjeyhawk on January 27th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
I accidentally typoed a 10 in my secret. I'm really glad I caught my mistake. :P

I have loads of food texture issues. It doesn't bother me so much when things taste bad but they better not feel funny in my mouth.

For example, I only eat fresh chicken. Chicken that has been frozen has funny texture. (Probably because most frozen chicken contain a lot of water)

I only eat certain kinds of apples. Nothing too farinaceous*, but on the other hand I only eat farinaceous potatoes.

If it makes you feel better I'm nowhere near as picky about food and texture as I was when I was younger. Now I can eat things with funny texture, even if I'd still rather not.

*I have no idea if I used this word right. I had to look it up
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! That would have made your secret creepy, instead of "W00t!" :D

I've never heard anyone mention fresh vs. frozen chicken. Interesting! I can see where the texture might be a different. Since we mostly only cut them up for stir fries and stews at our house, it'll be less noticeable. Also, U.S. chicken is relatively tasteless compared to what other countries offer.

I've heard 'farinaceous' before, though it was used to mean 'starchy' rather than 'mealy' that other time (it means both). I expect you mean mealy, because a lot of people do not like that texture in apples! I definitely don't prefer it, though I'll eat the apple anyway if it tastes good. But I do avoid Roma apples in general, because that's their usual texture.

I always think that anything that makes life more of a "challenge" is something worth trying to overcome. My older sister asked me how I was able to share bites of food with other people once. I told her that around 5th or 6th grade I'd noticed that everyone else did it and it wasn't killing them. So, despite my doctor parents and an upbringing that screamed "Germs! No-no-no!" I decided to... get over it. :0

Textures are kind of like that for me. But for Lauren? God, PB and jam is inedible because there is jam on the sandwich. No matter how hungry she is! :0
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sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Castle snaggedbadboy_fangirl on January 27th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Things I cannot eat because of texture and gagging:

Cottage Cheese
Mushrooms
Jell-O
Mayonnaise
Hot Cereal of any kind
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
You definitely have some texture issues, then!

I love cottage cheese, and now mushrooms (hated them as a kid, because they tasted like dirt). Jello & mayo are okay.

I'm trying to think whether there's a hot cereal other than oatmeal that I will eat (though I prefer the oatmeal undercooked and to in no way resemble slime or cement). Malt-o-meal, grits, Cream-of-wheat... bleah. They're all gritty, and they taste bad.

I might have a few texture issues, but I can't think of anything where I don't also hate the taste. :0
Jas Masson: cluejasmasson on January 27th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I don't like food with 'bits' in.

For example, freshly squeezed orange juice or fruit in yogurt. Freshly squeezed orange juice TASTES BETTER, I know. I know.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! When Lauren was a baby, she used to pick the fruit bits out of her yogurt and give them back to us. Yuck!

Little did I know where all of THAT was goingt o lead. :0

She doesn't like orange juice with pulp in it, still doesn't like fruit in yogurt, and jelly/jam are completely inedible to her.

When I was little, I preferred orange juice without pulp, but I got over that. Especially since it sometimes taste weird and weak with that much modification. :0
Trinaninasis on January 27th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I hate coconut. Can't stand it. Not because of the taste - because it is rather tasty. But the texture is disgusting. It's like this gross, horrible mixture between finding a hair in my food and chewing on Styrofoam. Eating it makes my skin crawl.

I usually refer to it as Satan's Pubic Hairs, because it is THAT disgusting to me.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha!

I like your description of it.

I can see why you don't like it-- I'll admit, I'm not fond of the texture myself. I like chunks of it (as in, pried out of a coconut shell), and I like it in Almond Joy (where it's really moist and cohesive).

But its flaky form... yeah. Not so much.

Worse yet, my mother loves it and has a tendency to randomly throw it on cake to make the cake more special.

That's about on par with adding mint or walnut food flavoring to a chocolate-chocolate cake with the idea that it "needs something." Not, it doesn't! It was already perfect before you tainted it! Gah. :0

Edited at 2011-01-27 10:14 pm (UTC)
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 27th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
i have a texture issue with flan - it's not solid, but not pudding. it's like jello but... not. i like jello, but i want it to be nice and firm in its wiggle, and flan is just a hair too custardy. and cream of wheat kind of grosses me out because it's grainy. i like oatmeal, so i think it's the texture of the wheat grains vs the texture of oatmeal. (bigger bits are totally fine. :D but hot cereal in itself doesn't bother me, just the particular kind.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of things I hate that are on most people's texture lists:

flan/custard: too "eggy" tasting
cooked pudding: the "skim" layer does not taste good. Like cooked milk or something.
cream of wheat/malt-o-meal: icky taste. Is it the wheat? Ick.
polenta: yuck. Tastes like cornmeal (corn chips & cornbread, yay! cornmeal... no)
risotto: yuck. Tastes like rice.
rice pudding: see above.
tapioca: looks disgusting, taste is not worth the calories.
cheesecake: tastes like cheese, which is not good in a dessert.
avocados: hate the taste, except in guacamole (lemons & garlic FTW!) The basic fruit is kind of... bland.

I do have a hatred of fatty/greasy things. So, I like fried chicken and fried shrimp (but I don't eat them), but I don't want any other kind of meat fried/battered/gravied. German food is like a personal nightmare to me.

Maybe I'm self-medicating away from my grandmother's gallbladder condition. :0

I have tangerines in my lunch today. Love them! They are the special stash from a coworker, who has a Satsuma Mandarain tree. Mine is a Clementine, which is good but... lesser. I've planted a Satsuma, but it's only a few years old and it's not producing fruit yet.
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the reluctant lobotomist: Ash Stymestfourfreedoms on January 27th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
I have tried to desensitize myself, especially because many things that I have texture issues with taste good. But it's like touching something you don't want to touch. Ultimately I'll just eat something else.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Awwww. That's so unfair!

I can understand about the touching thing-- I have pure hatred for removing the insides of pumpkins. Ugh! Slimy, stringy, and it won't let go. Yick!

Clearly I must rethink on the desensitizing issue!
JJ: jensen surprisedjolietjones on January 27th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness it's so interesting to read everyone's comments! I love the coconut one above! And I totally agreed with someone about the walnut/pecan thing. HAHAHA.

It's peach skin for me. It's GNNNNYYUUGH! (I'm pulling a funny face just thinking about it!)

Also, did you used to get Tapioca as a kid? Very unpleasant.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
I love the coconut one above! And I totally agreed with someone about the walnut/pecan thing. HAHAHA.

Me too! I agree with both of those, and I now understand how oatmeal could be icky to some people. Personally, I prefer it the way my Dad likes it-- undercooked, so it's still a little nutty/crunchy. And god forbid, no milk.

I don't like peach skin either-- I'll take it off. What's funny is that it doesn't bother me on apricots (much less fuzzy, too), but I find that I really only like dried apricots. The fresh ones don't seem as flavorful. Isn't that odd?

Tapioca is pure evil. It's like maggot-froth! I don't much care for the taste (and at my age now, I won't waste calories on something I don't like a LOT). I wonder if there's a corelation between liking tapioca and 'swallowing.' I'll write swallowing in slash (hey, they deserve it). But in a het sense, ewwww.
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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on January 27th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
I just want to tell Jeyhawk she's my hero.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Hee-hee!

Of course, I had to look up tagliatelle to see which pasta shape that was. I don't find it particularly frightening, though I can see the resemblance. :0

So how do you feel about tapioca, then? Maggot-froth? Semen? Or actually an edible dessert?

j: drunkthelalaprincess on January 28th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
My fiance has major food texture issues. He's already on a limited diet because of medical reasons. Add in the fact that he's a super-picky eater and I'm about ready to tear my hair out.

Sadly, the pickiness doesn't always go away with time.

But if it's any consolation, I was a picky eater growing up and I'm not anymore. I used to do the same thing as Christopher with oranges and tangerines and now I eat them whole. So there's hope!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Starry Nighthalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Gah. Your fiance's situation sounds like my daughter's request to become vegetarian (DEnied, until she's out of the house). If you already have dietary limitations, adding more onto the pile just makes it worse. :0

I was always told I was a picky eater, but compared to my daughter (and to a lot of kids)... god, no. Most of the things I disliked were either things almost ALL kids dislike (breadcrusts, beets, asparagus, liver), and a few like rice were unique (and have not changed). But OTOH, I liked spinach and broccoli (still do).

And I grew up in a household where food was put on your plate and you were expected to eat it (even if you hated it and had always hated it), and if you didn't... it would be served at every meal until you finished it.

My mother has no memory of that now, but all the kids sure do. I'm guessing that was the result of my parents' growing up in the Depression. :0

I hope the kids get over their citrus issues, at least. What a waste of good fruit! Not to mention fiber. And I just find the jam thing utterly weird, though reading the comments above shows that it's pretty common!
Clair de Lune: text - i knowclair_de_lune on January 28th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Food texture issues definitely. If I find the texture icky, I can't get past it no matter how I'd usually like the taste. Best example is chocolate mousse: I love chocolate but it the mousse is not firm enough... *winces* I am improving, though. A bit. For example, I stopped filtering juice from squeezed oranges... at least two years ago.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love mousse! But I can see its texture being questionable for someone with issues, especially if it's slight spongy/airy. But oh, the flavor!

The fact that you're improving is encouraging! Maybe there's hope for Lauren yet.

Right now, I'm a little worried about what she'll be living on in 5 years when she goes to college. She likes bread, butter, cheese, and sugar. Hate a lot of vegetables & fruit (which is why the vegetarian thing seems like such a joke), has issues with stews (but is improving), and has SO many foods in so many categories that are just "no."

If she could actually eat the things she shuns due to texture, that would open up over 50% of her rejected foods.

I found out at Christmas that all this may come from my mother, who was a Depression-era child and didn't have the option NOT to eat what was served to her. She says she'd never eat vegetables if my Dad didn't nag her, and she hates stews as a concept. I love them--filling, full of flavor, and you can get a lot of vegetables in there. But texture-wise, they might be too "interesting" for some people. :0

Do you fear crunchy PB? Because Lauren has that, but we don't buy the creamy kind. The rest of the family hates creamy, because it's bland and gummy. Extra-Crunchy Jif all the way! Tastes like actual peanuts.

Oh, wait. France. I keep forgetting the Peanut Butter is not so much a way of life in Europe at all. :0
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Lokiloki_dip on January 28th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Over here to poke around for fic but couldn't help noticing the thread and since food is something I now spend a whole lot of my life thinking about...

I understand the texture thing, I don't eat mushrooms because they're slimy, so can see how others might have the same issue with other foods. But now there are so many things I can't eat (to say that I can't eat half of what's sold in a supermarket isn't exaggerating much) since I developed an allergy I am just thankful that there's very little I don't like. Mushrooms, peppers, liquorice and curry powder. Only things I won't eat. Oh, and couscous - but now I'm allergic I can just play that card!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flirthalfshellvenus on January 28th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Come for the fic, stay for the conversation!

I used to hate mushrooms as a kid, partly because of the slimyness. Then I discovered that they don't have to be slimy-- it's just that my parents are reluctant to throw things away when they should. And more indiscriminant. :0

Have you developed a wheat/gluten allergy? That one's hard-- there are traces of it in almost everything!
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