I'm NOT A Picky Eater!

Yesterday, Shaun came home and told me that our family had been invited to dinner with another couple.  Then he went on to tell me that his response was that it would be fun but before we accepted he wanted to let them know that we have a few dietary restrictions in our family.  Then he reminded his friend that his oldest daughter was a vegan…and that his wife and youngest child were very picky eaters

I just looked at Shaun like he was nuts and calmly asked him exactly what he meant by stating that Mimi and I were picky eaters.  (I was more than a little outraged at his preposterous claims.)  I indignantly proclaimed that we were more adventurous than most at trying new things and that he’d better fix this.   

Instead of seeing the error of his ways, Shaun decided that it was better to convince me that I was a picky eater.  He reminded me of the time we were dining with friends and that I couldn’t eat one of the dishes. 

Me: I couldn’t eat that, it was gross! AND she told me the name of the dish was “fungus”                                                                                                         

Him: That’s only because she had to translate it in her head.

Me:  At least I didn’t spit it out like I wanted to.  You should be proud of me.  What else do you think I’m picky about?

Him: Would you eat chicken feet?

Me: No!

Him: Would you eat pig ears?

Me: Blech!

Him: Would you eat the inside lining of a cow’s stomach?

Me: No, tripe is disgusting.

Him: Would you eat fugu?

Me: Probably not….what is it?

Him: It’s puffer fish.  It has to be prepared very carefully to get all the poison out so you don’t die as soon as you eat it. 

Me: NOBODY eats stuff like this!  How could say I’m picky just because I don’t want yucky things?

Him: Fugu is a very expensive delicacy in Japan and all those other things are very common in Asian dishes.

Me: I’m not Asian, you aren’t Asian and neither is your friend.

Somehow, living on the Pacific Rim has given Shaun a taste for Asian food.   While I enjoy sushi and Cashew Chicken, I tend to pass on the authentic stuff.  Not Shaun.  He really does crave all sorts of things deemed gross in our culture. 

I’m okay with him eating that stuff…as long as he doesn’t tell others I’m overly picky just because I won’t eat it.  He’s got some explainin’ to do…


Bit O Life


This is a picture that Shaun just sent me.  Mimi was about four years old and was attempting the feed the cows some grass.  For some reason they ignored her.  Hmmmm…must be picky eaters.

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0 Responses to I'm NOT A Picky Eater!

  1. That’s funny! I once had a friend over for dinner, and before she got here, I asked her if there was anything she didn’t like or couldn’t have. (We were going to grill, and I just wanted to be sure we didn’t fix something she didn’t like.) And, she said, “Oh, you know I love cheese, and as for other foods, I’m not picky… I just don’t like onions, or most vegetables…or fish…or white chicken meat or beef or most pork products, or anything that’s been frozen.” Stunned, I was trying to think of a response. I didn’t want to accuse her of being picky, but her list wasn’t what I would qualify as being “open.” So, I said, “Well, we’re going to grill…what do you normally grill?” She replied, “Chicken thighs…the dark meat is fine…as long as it’s never been frozen.”

    We live in suburbia. My friend does not have a chicken coop in her backyard, and I didn’t have the heart to tell her that all the meat she’s been buying has indeed been frozen at one time or another. My hubby and I agreed to not let her know that the dark-meat chicken thighs had been frozen, and she didn’t even notice. 😉

    Needless to say, (and especially by comparison), you don’t sound like a picky eater at all! 🙂

  2. Stephanie says:

    I must be a picky eater too because I won’t eat pig’s ears or chicken’s feet either. Hmm…and I thought I wasn’t a picky eater. Goes to show how much I know 🙂

  3. Newt says:

    The hubby says I am as well. Mostly because I won’t eat any seafood or fish or anything from the water. And I have texture issues with a few foods. Ok, so I am picky, but even the bravest eaters might walk away from chcken feet and stomah. Blech!

  4. palofmine says:

    I dont eat that stuff either! ICK Belh, BARF! Yes Im picky, just call me SALLY, eh hum Harry?

  5. Hilary says:

    Very amusing post. I love the photo of Mimi. It reminds me of when my cousin’s daughter was 4 (she’s now 26) and was trying to coax my cats out from hiding under the bed. She decided that what motivated her, would work for them. So she waved money at them… much in the manner of Mimi’s offering. Like the cows, the cats didn’t respond either. Picky. Picky.

  6. Jay says:

    I used to be a picky eater, but I’m not any more. I’m willing to try just about anything.

    I’m not a big fan of Asian foods though. If I ever travel to Asia I might starve to death! LOL

  7. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Your husband would hate me because I am a picky eater. But I know what I like and if I have a choice of something I like I don’t see why I can’t have it. I don’t want to try new things usually but if we’re at someone’s house I will at least a small portion of what they have, I just may go to McD’s on my way home. 🙂

  8. Patsy Ann says:

    Shaun should talk, he doesn’t like cassoroles – of any kind or my cooking! And you are not picky – since I am your mother, I know! Cute picture of the baby! I remember when she was that age and still sweet.

  9. cathicollins says:

    i am not a picky eater except when it comes to onions and mushrooms…i WON’T eat them by themselves but if they are cooked up in something…like spagetti or stroganoff…i LUV them…go figure!

  10. Peggy says:

    That is a darling photo of baby KT. It looks as though she has caused the cows to move to the other side of the field.

    As for fussy eaters, bah! You don’t sound like a fussy eater. If I’m inviting folk over, I ask for allergies, religious restrictions and vegetarianism and then I cook. If they eat it, then great! If they don’t I always figure that desert will fill them up.

  11. PrEtTY iN tHE CiTY says:

    I am so embarrassed. I enjoy pig ears and chicken feets so much. =)

  12. Susan says:

    CP~Good thing she wasn’t picky…or very observant!

    Stephanie~Yep, you and me both…I guess…

    Newt~The thing that got me about the fungus was the texture…of course it was rather odd looking too..I guess it’s just what you are used to.

    Hi Pal~ You’re just too silly! 🙂

    Hilary~I wonder why those cats didn’t want any money, hmmmm….

    Jay~Me either. Shaun would thrive there though. He ate all sorts of amazing stuff when he was in Korea. Most of the natives were either very amused or very impressed by him.

    Lisa~I always try everything. I’m fairly adventurous by most standards…just not Shaun’s.

    Mudder~Good point about cassoroles. Are you saying my baby isn’t sweet???

    Cathi~OK, that’s wierd! But I think a lot of people are like that.

    Peggy~I figure if you have lots of bread available it will all even out.

    Pretty~Oh don’t be!!! Shaun really does love them too and he wasn’t raised that way. We are just boring Americans set in our ways.


  13. photowannabe says:

    Love your kicker at the end of your tale. Picky Eater…Not.

  14. Linda says:

    Isn’t it all what you grew up with? My mom was a can cook – I’m pretty sure a fresh vegetable never crossed our lips until we were out on our own. I remember vividly bracing myself on a date the first time I ate fresh lightly steamed asparagus, asuming it would be a gagger like it’s canned cousin… boy was I pleasantly surprised! Still makes you pee stinky though! 🙂

  15. chrisb says:

    From that list I guess I’m a picky eater as well!

  16. Cazzie says:

    Hahha, picky eaters, I have gotta say, I am so with you on the puffer fish and cow guts being grose!!

  17. Marla says:

    I’m not a picky eater either but I wouldn’t put any of the things you mentioned in my mouth!

    And don’t you love how they try to convince you. Like when you are asked, “do you know so-and-so” and you answer no and then they give you the “oh yes you do, remember” and then launch into some long drawn out story that is supposed to spark a memory of a person that you DO NOT KNOW.

  18. Kell says:

    I’m not a picky eater, but I wouldn’t eat that stuff either.

    I’m like Peggy–whenever we have people over, I ask for food allergies or anything opposed to. I always have a gooey dessert just in case the dinner doesn’t turn out, since I tend to treat my guests like guinea pigs and try out new recipes.

  19. Karina says:

    Okay, as someone who is most definitely NOT a picky eater, I’m coming to your defense here. Like Shaun, I’m pretty adventurous with “traditional” Asian foods, and in fact, love most of the really “out there” stuff. However, I do not like and will not eat tripe (which to me is like trying to chew a piece of tire), chicken feet (I just dont’ think there’s anything to eat there), or pig’s ear (again, why I ask? What’s there to eat that’s enjoyable?)…this does not make you a “picky” eater, it just means you have likes and dislikes. And the puffer fish? That’s not picky, that’s smart, why would you eat something that has a HIGH potential of killing you? No thanks, I’ll pass.

    Love the picture, by the way!

  20. Pavel says:

    Yuck! I don’t think that makes you a picky eater either! I wouldn’t come near that stuff. Now, if you didn’t eat any vegetables or something, that’s different.

  21. Lynne says:

    My husband and I love to cook and we like to have people over for dinner. We always ask if there is anything they don’t like. People usually say, oh, no I eat most anything. And then they go on to list all kinds of things that the DON’T like (no vegetables that start with “A”) and lots of common ingredients that we would have fed them. It’s no fun to cook for someone like that!

    Susan, you don’t sound picky to me. I wouldn’t eat that stuff either.

  22. Tink says:

    I’ll try almost anything once. I’ve had kangaroo, rattlesnake, fresh grilled frog legs with the skin still on! But I would never eat any of those things. No way.

    Btw, that picture is awesome.

  23. Betty says:

    Men! They’ll just go to any lengths to be right, won’t they?

  24. gawilli says:

    I love the picture also.

    I am not a picky eater by any means, but I definitely would pick not to eat those things. Although when I was a kid, all the adults would sit around the table at grandma’s house and eat pickled pigs feet on saltines and drink Swedish coffee. I confess to trying it and the meaty part was actually not that bad. It was the knowing what it actually was that was gross.

  25. Who does eat chicken feet and pig ears? And I’m curious to know what the couple served you for dinner?

  26. Cheryl says:

    I got a laugh with the Bit O Life. Picky eater indeed!

  27. Shari says:

    That list of food goes with cow’s tongue and turkey gizzards. How many people eat that?

    If my hubby did that, I’d think he was looking for excuses NOT to eat out.

  28. Susan says:

    ARRRGHH!!! I just went through and responded to everyone. Just as I was about to hit submit, my computer froze up and ate all my comments. (and they were oh so witty!!) I’m not being rude and ignoring you, I’m just being rude and falling alseep on you..

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