I’ve never eaten that.
I don’t know if it’s because my parents weren’t born in the U.S., or because I ate Italian and Arabic foods growing up, or why, but there are a lot of foods all of you have eaten that I have never even tried! I came up with just a starter list and it is kind of funny.
I’ve never eaten…
Fluff (unless in a rice krispie treat).
Collard Greens.. if that’s even what they are called.
Grits (but I’ve had polenta plenty of times).
I don’t feel like I’ve missed out. Growing up we ate foods that were very different than my friends.
Example: Elementary school, maybe 5th grade. I am sitting there chatting with my friends and eating my lunch- just like everyone else. I had started to become conscious of how hairy my legs were compared to the other girls, especially since they were all these cute blonde kids. I was born with a unibrow. It was not cool. I was kind of like the kid in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, except that my friends were fascinating by how weird I was. My mom bought me flower capri stretch pants that I wore with a big pink top and one of those 80′s clips to scrunch the side. I pulled the bottom of the capris as far as they would go so they wouldn’t show my legs. I would soon ask my mom for permission to shave them, and she would make me use Nair. I’m not sure I ever got over that.
I’m enjoying my lunch, not really listening to my friends and thinking about how to approach the hair subject with my mom when one of the girls yells “WHAT are you eating????”
“Oh, this? It’s a Nutella & arabic bread sandwich. Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread.”
No one had heard of Nutella back then. My nonna would bring it from Italy or we would buy tiny expensive jars from the Italian deli down the road.
“Your mom lets you eat CHOCOLATE for lunch?!?!?”
Yes. Many times my mom gave us kids a Nutella and arabic bread (pita) sandwich for my lunch. Coming from Italy, this was completely normal to her, and us kids loved it! Our lunches were way cooler than our friends with our chocolate sandwiches, fruit, and drink.
For breakfast, aside from cereal, I would sometimes have yogurt. We did not buy flavored yogurt in my house. We had plain that we would scoop in big bowls and top with fresh lemon juice and sugar. Try it sometime, it is really lovely. I have so many memories watching Adventures in Wonderland before school or doing my Mousercize tape (I was obsessed with both) while eating my yogurt with lemon and sugar. Yum.
I love food that has memories, and I know one day, eventually, for most of the items above, they will have a memory for me. Not yet, but soon… especially for the biscuits.. right Jenna? You promised.
Now.. it’s your turn. Share your stories, and the foods you’ve never eaten.