Gather 'Round the Table

Thanks, Deb, for letting me filch this meme!

How do you like your eggs? Scrambled, but I’m partial to omelets. And hard-boiled. Let’s just say that I like any egg that doesn’t have a runny yolk. Yik.

How do you take your coffee/tea? Lipton tea with lemon and six sugars (get over it, Twitches!). When I don’t have lemon, orange juice will do in a pinch. Can’t believe iced tea is seasonal in the Northeast—as if!

Don’t like coffee but I do like the smell of coffee on an airplane—brings me back to flying as a child.

Favorite breakfast foods: Apple cinnamon oatmeal. Honey-bunches-of-four-grain-something-or-other? A good muffin. A good doughnut. A good hamburger. (Don’t you get tired of eating traditional foods at expected times?)

Peanut butter: smooth or crunchy? Neither. I don’t like peanut butter—gives me a headache. Don’t think I’m allergic; I just never really liked it.

What kind of dressing on your salad? Ken’s Italian or Hidden Valley Ranch.

Coke or Pepsi? Dr. Pepper (a.k.a. nectar of the gods, next to iced tea). But I’ll drink a Coke every once in a while.

You’re feeling lazy. What do you make? A call to Siam Delight for Thai food.

You’re feeling really lazy. What kind of pizza do you order? Pepperoni, mushroom, green peppers, black olives.

You feel like cooking. What do you make? Crabcakes. Shrimp scampi. Braised chicken. Delmonico steak. Cupcakes (I don’t care what anyone says, store-bought cake mix makes the best cupcakes. Must be all those preservatives that makes them taste so good!

Do any foods bring back good memories? Aforementioned coffee on a plane (no relation to Snakes on a Plane).

Crabcakes remind me of vacation in Rhode Island five years ago, a few months before my then future father-in-law passed away. It was a fluke of a summer with so many young crabs in the inlet next to the house. But Johnny O. was out there with the grandkids crabbing in the hot July sun. It’s been five years but the crabs finally came back this past summer—the experiences have become part of the O’Neil family lore and part of my recent family history.

Do any foods bring back bad memories? Chitlins. Any unrecognizable food from an animal: “fat backs & hog maws & hog jaws & scrapple” (I'm refering to the poem one the left.) Also, pickled eggs, pickled pigs feet, pickled pigs ears, etc.; although, a good pickle can be quite refreshing on the side of a sandwich. It clears the palate.

Do any foods remind you of someone? Godiva makes chocolates in the shape of a seashell with a hazelnut cream—that reminds me of my best friend. We used to send them to each other when one of us needed an “atta girl!” She’s pregnant with baby #2 so I suspect chocolates are on the way, Special K! Atta girl!

Is there a food you refuse to eat? See question about bad memories. And let’s not forget beets. No, they don’t taste like candy.

What was your favorite food as a child? Ice cream. Also, bread and butter. I used to eat those things thinking I would fatten up and fill out. Too bad my master plan was successful 25 years later—all in the wrong places.

Is there a food that you hated as a child but now love? Nope.

Is there a food that you loved as a child but now hate? Scallops—it’s a texture thing.

Favorite fruit & vegetable: Easier to point out what fruits/veggies I don’t like—raw onions. But if I have to pick favorites, I’d say okra, asparagus, and bananas.

Favorite junk food: The Burger King Whopper. The Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich. Yum!

Favorite between meal snack: Yogurt or bananas.

Do you have any weird food habits? I like a bagel with cream cheese and a sausage patty. What else … I like apple pie with a slice of cheese. But I don't have weird habits such as my foods can't touch each other on the plate. In fact, I encourage touching.

You’re on a diet. What food(s) do you fill up on? I don’t believe in diets but I do believe in drinking lots of water. And I don’t drink much soda.

You’re off your diet. Now what would you like? Since I’ve never been on a diet, it’s hard to say. Pizza, I guess.

How spicy do you order Indian/Thai? I like mild to medium spiciness. Food with a little heat is good, but if I can’t taste the flavor of the food, I won’t enjoy it. (And food should be savored, don't you think?)

Can I get you a drink? I don’t know, can you? (That was Deb’s answer so I’m sticking with it.)

May I get you a drink? Absolutely. I like a chocolate martini.

Red wine or white? Used to be a red wine drinker, now I’m leaning toward the white.

We only have beer: Then call me the designated driver! But if you can find a hard cider, or some other “malternative,” I’m in like Flynn!

Favorite dessert? Banana chocolate chip cake. I’m looking for a good recipe so if you have one, send it along. Much appreciated.

The perfect nightcap? The love of a good man. Hot tea with lemon and six sugars (Let it go, Twitches! Let it go.)

US to UK/Aussie/Kiwi Translator
cookie = biscuit
biscuit = scone (savory, not sweet)
fries = chips
chips = crisps


wendy said…
Hi January,

Haven't read the whole thing to work..just wanted to thank you for prompting me to watch When the Levees Broke on HBO. I thanked you on my blog. I'll come back to read your meme tonight.
Deb R said…
I can't believe iced tea is seasonal there either. That's just wrong.

Crabcakes....yummmm. I haven't had crabcakes in ages and that sounds SO good!
paris parfait said…
What fun! Fascinating list and choices - but six sugars??!! As far as I'm concerned, iced tea should be available all the time. I've vexed many a waiter in Britain, insisting they make it!
Vesper said…
i'm doing this one!
January said…
Steal away, Vesper. My meme is your meme.
twitches said…
I will not mention the sugars. But I will agree that raw onions are nasty. In fact, I can't stand them cooked, either.
Jennifer said…
Oooo fun meme. I will never ever eat chitlins! That's just wrong. You have great taste in foods. I like unsweetened iced tea or 1 sugar in hot tea though - SIX!?
Great list! I enjoyed every word of it. Yum! (Except for the chitlins and pig's feet. What in the world is Hog's Maw?--no, don't tell me, I don't really want to know.)

In the Philippines they eat dog, (too many tiny bones...) and duck embryos still in the egg (try THAT!) and goat scrotum soup, and monkey brains.

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