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Title: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: euge on September 24, 2010, 06:28:31 PM
Anyone know a picky/finicky Eater? I have several friends- one female will only eat pasta and sauce, cheese pizza or plain cheese nachos and Coke. Well she drinks wine but that's all she eats basically. Going out to eat is Mexican or Italian only.

Another (fiancée of colleague) will only eat meat, potatoes, corn and bread. Beef steaks or porkchops. Doesn't even like mac&cheese. He's from Nebraska so maybe I'm judging him too hard. His bride to be is baffled too.

And another extreme case will only eat white-rice and green peas.

I can't help it but my bias is that these people are somehow mentally deficient. I know it's wrong to think this. But Nacho Lady has a Master's degree. She's intelligent. But doesn't she get tired of eating the same thing over and over?

I blame it on the parents indulging the child at some critically wrong stage of their lives. But that's just an assumption. Just can't fathom it. ???
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: Hokerer on September 24, 2010, 06:37:45 PM
Got an office mate that's strictly meat and potatoes.  Nothing else - and the worst part is, he'll only eat the meat well done - even a good steak!
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: tschmidlin on September 24, 2010, 06:42:20 PM
I work with a guy who won't eat vegetables at all.  We go for thai food - he asks for no vegetables.  Sandwich - no vegetables.  Gyros - no vegetables.  I don't get it at all.  He'll eat french fries, but those hardly qualify as a vegetable anyway.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: weithman5 on September 24, 2010, 07:12:10 PM
when i was a kid my best friend would only eat hot dogs and peanut butter-jelly sandwiches. he would never eat hamburgers until we were bowling one day and he got a "beef" burger at the stand.  i said 'i thought you didn't like hamburgers" he stated that it was a beef burger. he had no idea they were the same thing. 
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: maxieboy on September 24, 2010, 07:23:35 PM


I can't help it but my bias is that these people are somehow mentally deficient.



I can't help it either.  8)
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: beerocd on September 25, 2010, 01:03:19 AM
Anyone know a picky/finicky Eater? I have several friends- one female will only eat pasta and sauce, cheese pizza or plain cheese nachos and Coke. Well she drinks wine but that's all she eats basically. Going out to eat is Mexican or Italian only.

Another (fiancée of colleague) will only eat meat, potatoes,

And another extreme case will only eat white-rice and green peas.

The first one... is a chick.
The second one... will need bypass surgery
The third... will die early of malnutrition

I would probably just serve whatever when they show up - they can go home hungry if the wish. Same with beer - if you ONLY drink "Heineken" for example, well I got a tall glass of cold water for you as an alternate. Yes I like to have happy guests, but I'm not running a restaurant either.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: capozzoli on September 25, 2010, 01:37:13 AM
The third will no doubt loose their mind to. The brain needs fat.

Ever seen Woyzeck?
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: tschmidlin on September 25, 2010, 04:14:27 AM
I would probably just serve whatever when they show up - they can go home hungry if the wish.
This reminds me of the time we had some friends over for dinner.  We served a nice grilled salmon (yes Denny, wild Alaskan salmon) and a cucumber salad with rice wine vinegar among other things.  The whole spread was delicious!

Except one of our guests didn't eat salmon.  Or cucumbers.  So she ate a PB&J sandwich like a child, while our 4 year olds chowed salmon and cukes.   ::)
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: nicneufeld on September 25, 2010, 02:00:28 PM
This reminds me of the time we had some friends over for dinner.  We served a nice grilled salmon (yes Denny, wild Alaskan salmon) and a cucumber salad with rice wine vinegar among other things.  The whole spread was delicious! Except one of our guests didn't eat salmon.  Or cucumbers.  So she ate a PB&J sandwich like a child, while our 4 year olds chowed salmon and cukes.   ::)

Wasn't long ago that I might have joined them!  At least, members of my family would've.  I have long hated things like pickled cucumber salads...throw in potato salad (except the German version), macaroni salad, bean salads, anything dressed in sugary vinegar or mayonnaise.  Salmon I can eat, but years ago I wasn't a big fan of many fish.  Which isn't to say I wouldn't have eaten the dinner out of politeness and put on a brave face about it!

On the whole I'm not generally considered picky, though...there's hardly a cuisine in the world I'm not curious about trying my hand at, but you just happened to pick one of the few sorts of things I'm not fond of.  I do like cucumbers fresh though!
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: corkybstewart on September 25, 2010, 02:21:14 PM
My daughter will go vegetarian for a few months at a time, then demand a bloody leg of lamb or T-bone.  It's no problem, it doesn't REALLY hurt to skip the meat at a meal once in a while.  But ever since my kids were tiny they never had issues with anything, either meat or veggie.  We told them when they were old enough to understand that we don't run a cafe, they don't get a menu at dinner time.  Eat what there  is or go hungry.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: MrNate on September 25, 2010, 03:20:24 PM
By brother-in-law eats PBJ, plain cheese pizza, and protien shakes. That's it.

He was adopted, and apparently he was started on solid food at an absurdly early age by his birth parents.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: rabid_dingo on September 29, 2010, 09:49:03 PM
I am worried for my kids going that route. But not too much. I feel that I am, and my close
friends and neighbors are, eclectic enough that my boys will learn about good food and
know how to enjoy it. My three year old loves his wasabi covered peas, and my spicy
cooking. Hell, when he was two we went to a YardHouse restaurant and I ordered a spicy
gumbo meal but it was served on noodles not rice. He was loving it. My lips were burning
from the spice. He didn't say boo.
Sadly my wife is right there with them, but getting better.  When we finaly got her a passport
we didn't break it in with a quick jaunt to Canada or Mexico. We took her around the world.
It was a challenge for her to eat in Hong Kong and New Dehli. The food was spectacular.
she stuck to rice...She was the smart one though...We came back and it was about 2 months
before we were "solid" again...

I can now take her out for sushi without her cringing...
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: markaberrant on September 30, 2010, 01:26:26 PM
I read some article a while ago about picky eaters and how it is almost a phobia of sorts for some of them.

I think it all has to do with your early experiences with and introductions to food as an infant/toddler, and how your parents approach food and eating.  When I was young, my mom was usually at home making something from scratch, and she'd always get us to help.  It was a lot of fun.  When she went back to work, I was about 12, and I was told that from then on it was my job to have dinner ready for everyone when they got home.  I loved it, and my parents still rave about the meals I used to have ready for them.  Now my mother learns from me how to cook, I taught her how to make real BBQ last year, how to brine and properly roast chicken/turkey, and my dad just laps it all up!

There is a commercial running in Canada lately with a guy in a kitchen saying, "it is your turn to cook, but everyone wants something different.  Plus, who wants to be trapped in this CAGE of a kitchen?  You need to finger cook!  That's right, get online, go our restaurant's website and click on the items your family wants with your finger and we'll deliver it right to your door."  It just makes me sick.

I have one friend who only eats plain hotdogs, plain baked pizza subs from this one restaurant in town (just pepperoni and mozza), french fries, coke, and KFC.  THAT'S IT.  And he dumps salt on everything.  He tells me that fruit and vegetables make him sick.

I worked with another woman who only drank coffee and coke.  She told me that water "tastes icky."
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: corkybstewart on September 30, 2010, 02:45:53 PM
I read some article a while ago about picky eaters and how it is almost a phobia of sorts for some of them.

I think it all has to do with your early experiences with and introductions to food as an infant/toddler, and how your parents approach food and eating. 
My wife and I are good cooks, we rarely ever eat out and that's how our kids were raised.  We also always had  a veggie garden so from the time my kids could crawl they were eating straight from the garden-literally.  I have pictures of my 8 month old daughter eating tomatoes still on the plant, and my son would pull carrots, wipe some dirt off and start eating.  We never harvested enough broccoli because once the head got a couple of inches across a kid would eat it.  To this day they love veggies.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: nicneufeld on September 30, 2010, 03:48:26 PM
I worked with another woman who only drank coffee and coke.  She told me that water "tastes icky."

Well there is the old chestnut from W.C. Fields regarding why he never drank water... fish...[BLEEP] in it!
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: markaberrant on September 30, 2010, 05:47:06 PM
My wife and I are good cooks, we rarely ever eat out and that's how our kids were raised.  We also always had  a veggie garden so from the time my kids could crawl they were eating straight from the garden-literally.  I have pictures of my 8 month old daughter eating tomatoes still on the plant, and my son would pull carrots, wipe some dirt off and start eating.  We never harvested enough broccoli because once the head got a couple of inches across a kid would eat it.  To this day they love veggies.

Yup, I have fond memories of doing the same thing as a child with my dad and grandfather.  My favourite was kohlrabi.

It is all about appreciating simple, basic foods that are high quality.  Sorta like homebrew!
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: glitterbug on October 01, 2010, 03:56:31 AM
I couldn't care less what other people eat and I don't think I have the right to judge what other people do with their bodies.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: euge on October 01, 2010, 10:43:21 PM
Which of course is your peragotive.  I however think the subject is fascinating. 

Am I being judgmental? Certainly. Hard not to be in some circumstances.

Ever see a toddler staggering around like drunk with a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos in one hand and a bottle of Big Red in the other? Face and hands stained an artificial crimson?

I see it nearly everyday. Hard to not judge when their obese elder siblings have developed health problems and already have silver caps on their milk teeth. Hard to get a kid to eat anything conventional and halfway healthy after lavishing junk-food upon them from the start!
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: capozzoli on October 01, 2010, 11:21:00 PM
+1

I care where it applies to my family. Its really good for a kid to grow up in a house where there is cooking. In fact I think cooking goes hand and hand with having kids. It not only provides healthier meals it makes family bonding time. Not only are you preparing and sharing a meal together you are creating a family environment that kids will remember in their adulthood.

Plus being around that they will learn skills that will last their whole life. Learning how to cook and eat right will make life less expensive, tastier and probably healthier.

Two rules for our grocery list.

1. Whole foods.(some things organic like milk and the problem produce)

2. If not whole food then nothing with artificial colors / flavors or lots of other crap. Short Ingredient lists basically.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: nicneufeld on October 02, 2010, 01:00:09 AM
Learning how to cook and eat right will make life less expensive, tastier and probably healthier.

The triumvirate goals of good cooking.  Great taste, economy, and good nutrition.  I have kind of gone in that order.  First started being able to cook things that were tasty, then figured out how to do so efficiently without triple digit grocery bills, and more recently I've been trying to retain the first two while improving the third.

I dislike many types of raw veggies.  But I love cooking with them, and a few of them raw are nice.  I'm partial to thinly sliced cucumbers and spinach.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: markaberrant on October 02, 2010, 02:45:33 PM
Plus being around that they will learn skills that will last their whole life. Learning how to cook and eat right will make life less expensive, tastier and probably healthier.

Don't forget the whole social experience of cooking and sharing a meal with friends and family.  And then throw on top of that the opportunity to grow some of your own produce and/or getting to know local producers.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: markaberrant on October 02, 2010, 02:47:25 PM
Ever see a toddler staggering around like drunk with a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos in one hand and a bottle of Big Red in the other? Face and hands stained an artificial crimson?

I was walking into a store this week (can't remember which one), and a very young toddler in a shopping cart was howling on the way out the door.  The mom says, "don't worry, we'll get you a slurpee right away."

I just about wanted to puke when I heard that.  If that makes me judgmental, so be it.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: beerocd on October 02, 2010, 03:48:05 PM
.  I'm partial to thinly sliced cucumbers and spinach. FETA

much better now.  ;D
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: capozzoli on October 02, 2010, 04:23:13 PM
We make cucumber salad a lot.Thinly sliced cucumbers mixed into a dressing of mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and black pepper.

Its one of those things that is better the next day.

cucumbers and spinach sounds like an odd combination. Is that a hot dish?

We cook cucumbers quite a bit in a few dishes. People always ask what it is cause it is different when it is cooked.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: glitterbug on October 02, 2010, 08:54:50 PM
I see it nearly everyday. Hard to not judge when their obese elder siblings have developed health problems and already have silver caps on their milk teeth. Hard to get a kid to eat anything conventional and halfway healthy after lavishing junk-food upon them from the start!

I know it is popular to attack the fatties, but one day judgmental people who "know whats best for you" will come for your bacon and your beer  :D

(For the record: I am a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle)
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: bluesman on October 03, 2010, 12:45:12 AM
(For the record: I am a firm believer in a healthy lifestyle)

Nothing wrong with that...I try to but sometimes you just have to say (insert your own expression)
I try to balance my diet but it takes an effort of which I struggle to muster up sometimes.

I am an avid gardener...I love fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.
One of my favorite starters is sliced mozzarella chese topped with fresh tomato and red onion with a sprinkle of fresh basil
dressed with aged balsamic vinegar and EVOO (for the RR fans)...salt and pepper. Shazaam!!!

Back on topic: My wife can be finicky when it comes to spiced foods.  :(
I have to apply spice on the side which can be difficult sometimes.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: nicneufeld on October 03, 2010, 12:55:55 AM
cucumbers and spinach sounds like an odd combination. Is that a hot dish?

No, while I don't always pair them together, they go well together in a cold, unpickled salad.  Slice the cucumber thin enough to be nearly translucent and line a bowl with it, add fresh spinach or baby spinach, sprinkle on some sunflower seeds (and sliced olives if we're feeling rich) and a sprinkling of a good italian dressing.  Simple, quick, and a very common prelude to a meal at our house.  I like to serve it while I am still cooking dinner.

Personally speaking, in a contest between a judgemental person and a frazzled parent of a wailing toddler, tie always goes to the mother with the toddler.  But YMMV.  Speaking of, my 2 1/2 yr old daughter has never tasted a Slurpee!  It may very well be about damn time!  :D 
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: markaberrant on October 03, 2010, 02:29:44 PM
No, while I don't always pair them together, they go well together in a cold, unpickled salad.  Slice the cucumber thin enough to be nearly translucent and line a bowl with it, add fresh spinach or baby spinach, sprinkle on some sunflower seeds (and sliced olives if we're feeling rich) and a sprinkling of a good italian dressing.  Simple, quick, and a very common prelude to a meal at our house.  I like to serve it while I am still cooking dinner.

I pretty much made this exact salad last night, but with tomatoes too!  Had it with rosemary lemon halibut.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: EHall on October 06, 2010, 09:02:52 PM
My wife is very picky. Our first kid was very picky but eventually grew out of it and started trying new things, shes glad she did.
My youngest started off basically trying everything and for the most part liking it.. then as she got older she started liking less and less, example: she used to eat broccoli and corn as a baby, now wont touch it. But shes gone on what I first concidered a downward spiral eating less and less and limiting herself to basically only the 'crappy' stuff. She even got the point on not wanting to eat meat, which baffled all of us as we're meat/potatos folks. But shes coming back around. I chalk it up to cycles. But I also think it has alot to do with what a mother eats while shes pregnant and texture in foods is a big thing too. My youngest used to love a bean and cheese burrito, then BAM one day hated cheese. I know at one point she was eating to fast and choked on a chunk of melted cheese, I think this had something to do with it as well as the texture. I've found that certain things she doesn't like have a 'mushy' texture to them, mashed potatos is a good example. I've also learned from my parents that 'everything in moderation' won't kill someone, and that with the right 'prodding/motivation' she'll try new things. I'm pretty sure she'll come around some day just like her older sister so I'm not to worried about it.. in the meantime I've taught her that fast food is junk and we stay away from it as much as possible... now my wife.. I don't think she'll ever change but she does surprise me every once in  while with trying something new.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: corkybstewart on October 07, 2010, 02:05:58 AM
Both of my kids learned to cook well and its made a big difference in their lives.  They understand the connection between nutrition and food(not the same thing), and even more they treat mealtime as a time of socialization and relaxation as opposed to a time to stuff their faces.  They enjoy experimenting with ingredients and recipes, and they love to cook for their friends who are strangely amazed that people still cook their own food.  Last weekend my daughter's friend watched me shelling peas and kept saying "that's awesome, how did you learn to do that?"  How bizarre that a 26 year old had never shelled peas.  Teach your kids to cook and they'll appreciate it all their lives.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: Kit B on October 12, 2010, 09:50:33 PM
My wife & I cook great meals, but I gotta tell you...
Fritos Scoops & a big bowl of chili & sour cream is darn tempting.
Using only whole foods & restricting preservatives/coloring agents just isn't for me.
I'll eat nearly any type of food you set in front of me.
Ever watch Andrew Zimmern?
I'm pretty close to one of those kind of guys.

My wife has some friends that complain about nearly everything you could serve...
Tomatoes, beans, cabbage...Whatever...
I honestly HATE eating around people like that.
They make my meal less enjoyable, by just being there.
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: thirsty on October 13, 2010, 02:03:02 AM
I'm always amazed that other people care what I eat. I'm somewhat finicky and I've always hated most fish. Why this upsets people I do not know. You can have the lobster, I'll take the potato.

 :D
Title: Re: Finicky Eaters?
Post by: corkybstewart on October 13, 2010, 04:32:45 AM
My son (age 26)will only eat fish when we batter and fry cod on Friday nights for our fish & chip friday, complete with homemade malt vinegar, but he loves to fish and he'll eat any other seafood.  My daughter loves bratwurst, as long as it isn't grilled.  I understand(not really, I'll eat anything)  not liking something and don't hassle my kids about it, but I've noticed over the years their food dislikes have changed, and usually they decide they actually do like a food they've avoided for years.