This week we’re talking about our five favourite foods that we cannot live without.
I’ve never been a ‘foodie’, and was brought up with the motto ‘eat to live’ rather than ‘live to eat’. Biscuits and cake were rationed as a child; I was forbidden to eat more than three biscuits at a time (“to stop your gut expanding”). Mum always drummed it into me that nobody needs to eat anything after 6pm, and I have kept to this for the majority of my life. Plus the fact that I have a dairy and caffeine intolerance, and you end up with somebody who only thinks about food when she’s hungry.
I don’t eat the usual things that people love. I don’t have a sweet tooth, and turn up my nose at anything icky-sweet. I haven’t eaten chocolate, cheese or biscuits for more years than I can remember, but I’m lucky in that I don’t feel as though I’m missing out. I only drink water, green tea or fruit teas. I’m a nightmare to take out anywhere, and prefer to eat at home.
So, I’ll try to answer the question about my favourite 5 foods. I cannot say that I crave any foodstuff in particular, but I do like (unbattered) plaice or salmon, lamb or chicken casseroles with loads of vegetables and dumplings, roast potatoes, pineapple, and thick doorsteps of hot buttered toast.
I can (and do) live without sweets, chocolate in all forms, eggs, cheese, cow’s milk, chips, crisps, and fry-ups. I rarely drink alcohol, but think nothing of it. My worst evening out would be spending it sitting in a restaurant or in a pub. My last meal out was in 2014 when Sam and I went out for a Valentine’s meal and he ended up fainting in the chair after eating lobster soup! If I come and visit you, I will bring my own teabags. The family have got used to me now, but I’ve often received the evil eye from non-family members after producing a lemon and ginger or a rooibos teabag.
Oh dear, perhaps you’d better not ask me to tea!
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