Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.
I’ve had a bit of time to think about this, and I really cannot come up with anything.
I remember when I was a kid, the concept of peanut butter and jam was such a disgusting concept, but then I tried it and it was like a rainbow had exploded in my mouth, and like with any new discovery, all I wanted to eat after that was PB&J sandwiches. My parents, however, realised just how much sugar I was consuming in doing so, and then told me that I could only have it if I was a good boy and did all my chores… which meant pocket money AND a PB&J sandwich.
6 years old and totally smashing life!
One of the other things that I absolutely loved were chip sandwiches – where you get hot chips, and put them between two pieces of bread. Even to this day, it’s something that I absolutely love, moreso if the chips have gravy all over them. Mmmmm gravy *drools*.
Or, I’d have the other kind of chip sandwich where you get something like crinkle-cut chicken chips (crisps) and put them between two pieces of (heavily) buttered bread. It’s soft and crunchy all at the same time. Sometimes I would change it up and have twisties instead of crisps, which was also just as yummy.
Since then, I had a very limited palette. I didn’t eat a lot of vegetables because they would make me feel nauseous, or actually cause me to vomit, or they were just simply gross (I’m looking at you, corn!). It wasn’t until I was in my teens, and literally eating anything and everything in the pantry, that my food tastes got a bit skewed.
Vegemite and cheese. Now, Vegemite in itself is one of those foods you either love or hate. It’s a kind of salty-yeasty spread, and we usually spread it on toast with a bit of butter. It’s an acquired taste. But I used to love eating vegemite on toast. Mainly because I’d go through half a loaf of bread (if not the whole thing) as just toast; smothered in butter and vegemite and then sit down with multiple cups of tea and watch saturday morning cartoons. That was heaven for me. Until one day I heard about somebody eating it with a slice of cheese… so I tried it. It was different, but just like my PB&J episode when I was a kid, it was happening again. We would go through so much cheese as a result. And then if that wasn’t bad enough, sometimes I’d actually put it under the grill to melt the cheese… now THAT was delicious.
When I moved out of home, I discovered microwave rice. I would cook arborio rice in either chicken or vegetable stock in the microwave until it was at a ‘risotto-like’ consistency, then I’d put in a couple of tins of tuna, a giant handful of grated cheese and a heap of cracked black pepper and stir it all together until the heat from the rice warmed the tuna and melted the cheese… and I would eat that whenever I was hungry. Usually dinner, or a late-night snack. My housemates thought it was bizarre.
Nowadays, I don’t really eat anything too weird, like that. I think the closest I would get is having pb & nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) sandwiches, but that’s not really that strange. Although, admittedly, the other week I did make a vegan chocolate mousse with avocado, coconut oil and dark chocolate… that was… um… different. And when paired with an organic peanut butter, was actually kind of alright. I wouldn’t rave about it, but it was a lot healthier than a bowl of ice cream.
…although I would have preferred the ice cream.
Turns out organic crunchy peanut butter and ice cream is also an interesting combination… you should try it.