A reply to The Armchair Cook: Foods I dislike even for their names

A reply to The Armchair Cook: Foods I dislike even for their names

Today’s post by Abbie Claire, Chicago Now’s The Armchair Cook, was about “26 foods I hate that you love.” (Catch up to it here.) It moves me to this public reply:

Actually, I dislike many of the same things that you do. I’ll go even farther in one case, yogurt. Never mind not having anything in it, as you suggest: Why would you put anything in that miserable stuff?

Just look at some of the names: Yogurt sounds like something falling on a plate; Cilantro sounds like a brand of soap; Eggplant sounds like it should be either an egg or a plant, but definitely isn’t an egg, and I have to wonder about it being a plant. (Even using the British and French term, Aubergine, just makes it sound like a fancy lawyer.)

So thanks, Abbie, for reminding me what not to eat! I’m off to the grocery store in better shape now!


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  • Uh oh, I like yogurt. (Tries to stand up defiantly but slinks out of room.)

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Oh, that's fine -- more for you means less for me!

  • Yes, I love plain yogurt! And I have grown eggplants--they are beautiful and tasty, too.

  • As for yogurt, see above reply to Kathy. As for eggplants, I'll have to agree with you that I like the color, so yes, they're beautiful. I can look at them anywhere -- except on a plate!

  • Some eggplant fruits are white, so maybe that's the origin of the term. Supposedly there are both male and female eggplant fruits, so that makes them strange. Eggplant parmesan is o.k., but as Sasha Baron Cohen and my father said, why do the Israelis eat mush?

    Cilantro may be aptly named, as some people have a genetic disposition that makes it taste like soap. Related is cumin, which someone said gives tacos that taco smell.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack -- I never knew there were white eggplants. That would explain the word.
    I taste the soapy version of cilantro, but not of cumin... hmm.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I didn't say the cumin is soapy. Maybe I should have clarified in the sense of being Tex-Mex.

    Which reminds me that I was by a Buffalo Grove Greek hot dog shop which was having a scent contest with the next door Indian restaurant. The Indian one won and had a complex, sweet odor.

  • When baking bread, has anyone ever sifted cumin thru the rye?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    No, just the Jimmy Kimnel.

  • In reply to jack:

    Kimnel? A typo, or something else to be wary of?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Every lassie has her laddie,
    nane, they say, hae I,
    but all the same, I smile at ye
    for "cumin thru the rye!"

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