Even now as an adult I loathe all of those fake chocolate flavourings, desserts and sauces. It's one of the reasons I can't stand tiramisu, profiterols and such like.
I remember the first time I ever tasted tiramisu. It was at a work function at an expensive restaurant and I recall hearing everyone else exclaim with delight when they heard what the dessert was going to be. The name 'tiramisu' sounded so lovely that I looked forward with anticipation to a taste sensation.
I can't tell you how disappointed I was with that very first mouthful. In fact, I wanted to spit it back onto my plate and demand a dessert with REAL chocolate and not fake tasting chocolate sauce that I could buy from any supermarket. Grumbling quietly into my coffee a little later, I swore I would never try it again... but then at a later time someone talked me into trying a home-made tiramisu, encouraging me with the promise that it was divinely delicious.
They lied. It tasted like fake chocolate.
I guess it's not really much of a food issue is it? But then I realised I also disliked certain food combinations and it took me some time to realise what they were. I loathe eating the following meats together:
- chicken/turkey with ham or bacon;
- chicken/turkey with prawns (shrimps);
- beef, pork or lamb with chicken/turkey;
- beef, pork or lamb with prawns; or
- prawns with anything other than seafood.
"Huh?" I thought to myself, "It's taken me over 40 years to recognise this in myself. I wonder why I don't like those combinations?"
I pondered on it for a few months and eventually came to a conclusion that may not be all that serious or close to the truth, but it was the best I could come up with:
Food made from creatures with a certain number of legs do not go with food from creatures with a different number of legs!
Therefore meat from two-legged chickens does not go with meat from a four-legged cow, pig or lamb. And prawns have so many legs they really should be in a class of their own.
To finish, I thought I'd share some images with you that may put you in mind of certain dishes. Perhaps you have others you would like to suggest...
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