Since I’ve been working on my cookbook, which is all about modern Asian cooking, almost everything edible that comes out of my kitchen has been Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian or Korean. Yes, it can be tiring and I’m considering starting a new blog called “Steamy Kitchen, UnAsian” just to break the monotony. Gimme some Brazilian! Moroccan! Australian!
My family has been begging for something different, and everytime that I ask the kids, “so what do you want for supper tonight?” They chime excitedly, “McDonald’s HAPPY MEALS! Hip, hip, HOORRAYYYY!”
Which is fine. I give in. Because I do love me some McD french fries dipped in soft serve ice cream. I know, You’re groaning. It’s a leftover habit and craving from my pregnancy days.
Please tell me that I’m not alone in this craving! Please tell me that you, too have strange culinary cravings and secret flavor combinations that just make other people squirm uncomfortably in their pants.
Tell me and I’ll enter you in the drawing to win one of three gorgeous Cooking Light The Complete Cookbook – this baby is MASSIVE, weighing in at 4.4lbs with 1,200 recipes, 630 color photographs and a companion DVD. Plus I think there is an offer for 1 free year of Cooking Light magazine subscription inside.
OHOHOH! And there’s a bonus…at the end of this post.
Perks of Being My Friend
I get many cookbooks and products for review. Things I don’t like, I don’t mention on the blog and just give it away. The things that I do like, I review, write about it and give you all a chance to win the product for free. One of the many perks of being in close proximity of my mailbox each day at 4pm when I check my mail is that you can be the first to call “dibs,” as I often give the book or product away when I’m done with the review.
MiMi (grandma), visiting from Buffalo, just happened to be there right as I was opening the box from Cooking Light’s PR agency. She called dibs and happily flipped through the book as if it was hers already.
But then later that evening, I finally had a chance to flip through it. HOT DAMN!! I love the book! And I’m keeping it. There’s no way I’m letting this baby go! (Sorry, Mimi, you’ll just have to enter in the contest and see if you can win it!)
The reason I love this book so much is the variety of flavor combinations that I normally wouldn’t have come up with myself. See recipes below.
adapted from Cooking Light The Complete Cookbook. The recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks. What I did instead was use whole bone-in chicken thighs, had Scott grill them outside on the BBQ grill, and just made the sauce separate to pour over when the chicken was done grilling. I love this recipe- this is definitely a keeper and all my dinner guests raved about it.
Moroccan Chicken: Figs, Olives and Honey
Prep : 12 min. Cook : 16 min. Serves 4
2 teaspoons olive oil
1-1/2 lbs chicken skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into large 1-1/2″ pieces
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup quartered dried Calimyrna figs
1/4 cup chopped green olives
3 tablespoons sweet Marsala or Madeira wine
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Stir in chopped parsley and next 9 ingredients; reduce heat to medium and cook 8 minutes; stirring occasionally. Garnish with parsley sprigs if desired.
inspired by Cooking Light The Complete Cookbook. Original recipe was Grapes and Grappa with Quail. But I didn’t have a quail handy and craved a warm salad instead. The original recipe called for Prosciutto, but when I went to the market, Prosciutto was *#$@!* $8.00 for 6 paper-thin slices. WTF? So I know this cookbook is cooking LIGHT. But I wasn’t about to pay that kind of money for crappy prosciutto. So I used bacon instead.
I think I just upped the caloric intake by a hundred or so. Feel free to slap me.
Grappa is an Italian liquor distilled from grape pressings left over after winemaking; cognac is a good substitute.
Grapes, Grappa and Bacon: A Warm Salad
1 bag of salad greens
1/2 lb grapes, cut in half
4 slices of turkey bacon, bacon or prosciutto
2 ounces grappa
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
OPTION #1: I’m gonna give you a choice. If you’re gonna use bacon or turkey bacon, the cooking light way would be to crisp in the microwave on paper towels. Once it’s cooked, crumble and set aside. Heat a medium, nonstick skillet over high heat and add 1 tbl olive oil. When oil is hot, add the grapes and cook for 15 seconds. Add cider vinegar, grappa, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 seconds and pour over salad greens. Top with crumbled bacon.
OPTION #2: Using prosciutto. Cut prosciutto into small, bite-sized pieces. Grab a large skillet, add 1 tbl olive oil and heat over medium heat. When hot, Add prosciutto. Fry crisp. Add grapes, let the grapes sizzle in the olive oil for 15 seconds. Add grappa, vinegar, sugar, S&P, and mustard. Let simmer on low for 30 seconds. Pour over salad greens. Eat and then go jogging around the block.
OPTION #3: The shameful, sinful method that I used. Cut bacon into small, bite-sized pieces. Grab a large skillet and add bacon in skillet. Cook bacon over medium heat. until crisp. You should have about 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan. (wince!) You can spoon some of the fat out if there’s a lot. Add grapes, let the grapes sizzle in the fat for 15 seconds. Add grappa, vinegar, sugar, S&P, and mustard. Let simmer on low for 30 seconds. Pour over salad greens. Eat and then go jogging around the block.
Drawing for the free Cooking Light cookbook!
All you have to do is comment below. Tell me a flavor or ingredient combination that isn’t mainstream. It doesn’t have to be strange or exotic – just maybe a little different, innovative or…ok, strange is cool too. p.s. I like pickles + pate in a baguette too.
Here are mine:
Seaweed sprinkled with salty/sweet plum powder (li hing)
Canned smoked oysters + apricot jam
Winners have been announced!!! See who won.
I will really regret typing this…
But for shits and giggles, when I announce the 3 winners of the cookbook in a couple of weeks, I will let YOU vote for which strange flavor concoction for met to try. I will make it and videotape myself eating it, all for your sick and twisted enjoyment.
You’ll decide in a couple of weeks. And maybe…just maybe I might do this on television.
Now, that’s web-ertainment. Beat that, Zimmern.
Contest is over, but come vote for which strange flavor concoction that I will try (and whoever you pick also gets a nice Steamy Kitchen care package.
I stumbled upon your site recently when my husband and I got up the courage to try our hand at pho a few weeks ago. I happened to buy grappa last night and am looking for something to make for dinner, and lo and behold, you have something on grappa too!
But that’s only background to let you know, over three years after you posted this page, that I’ve lived all over the U.S. and am pretty sure that dipping fries in ice cream is at least a country-wide favorite (particularly Wendy’s fries in their chocolate Frosty). They go together like salt and… well, sugar!
Thanks for the amazing site.
LOL thanks Sarah! My new fav is Dairy Queen fries in their Oreo shake! π
There is nothing like a good warm salad with lots of leafy greens and some bacon bits to spice it up! Love that it has grapes too. Scrumptious would be the right word to describe your dish!
pickled beets and blue cheese dressing! OMG this is GREAT STUFF!
Go to a local restaurant salad bar and use their beets (often shredded!)… and the blue cheese dressing in restaurants is often amazing!
another one I like is mayo on asparagus out of a room temperature can! Buy the long ones, and you can dip em in the mayo! (NOT Salad Dressing!… REAL mayonaise!)
I know I missed the opportunity for the cook book – but I like these two things so much I figured I’d share them with you anyway!
I know not too weird and one held by many (I think!) but like dipping fries in mayo
I like to dip my potato chips.
I love just about anything that can be flavor-enhanced with cheese or chocolate!
Some of those pictures look so delicious!
I love anything salty.
PEANUTBUTTER AND SYRUP
the weirdest thing I do is mix my cereal with peanut butter.
please enter me π
I’m not sure how weird either of these are:
I like to dip french fries in ranch dressing… yum!
I put potato chips on my cheeseburgers to give it a little crunch.
Grilled chicken marinated in black pepper, cardamom and honey. Yum.
Tuna and Salsa
Definitely eggs and ketsup!
Pop Tarts with Thousand Island dressing
Coarse ground pepper is GREAT on cantaloupe! (Garnish it with frest mint.)
I don’t think it’s strange, but people I know do: I like to drink V8 when I eat Triscuits.
After reading through the replies I realized one. I like to mix barbeque sauce and ranch dressing and put it on hamburgers and use it as dip for fries. Is that unusual? I’m not even sure.
Cheetos dipped in mashed potatoes.. yum!
Guava paste and cream cheese on salty crackers…yum!
Good balsamic vinegar on vanilla ice cream! YUMMY!
I have a quirky habit- when I eat ice cream in the winter, I have to have a cup of hot tea with it. My husband thinks it’s weird. But I love the combination.
Hershey Bar and Potatoe Chips
I love to dip my pizza in Italian dressing. The look on my husband’s face the first time he saw me do it was priceless. The best part is, he does it now too!
Happy Mothers Day!
Sigh – I don’t think I have any wierd food pairings, but some of the suggestions here are definitely strange. When I was younger, I did enjoy popcorn dipped in mustard. I’d love to win the cookbook!
Sweet pineapple salsa with a glass of white wine!
I love peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches.
I love grape tomatos, fresh pineapple, feta cheese drizzled with olive oil, then salt/pepper.
Although I try to avoid eating it, I love potato chips dipped in ice cream – must be the salty and sweet combo
i really love pineapple and jalapeρos on a pizze, yummers!
Gosh, cooking light is si important for good health
Eggs and ketchup
My daughter loves to melt chocolate bits, and just eat them right of the microwave. I am not sure that that is particulary odd, but its the best I got! THANKS for this giveaway!
You’re not alone! Fortunately for me, my son is a chef and treats my palate to many exquisite delights!
I like to eat Cream of Wheat with an egg and garlic powder mixed in.
My older son used to love “lubricant” sandwiches – butter and mayo on bread. I fix a wonderful marinade that includes lime, soy sauce, oil, garlic, brown mustard and brown sugar.
It’s not too farfetched, but people seem ntrigued when I do it. I make an egg omelette and as it cooks, I spoon mashed potatoes in the middle, with cheese. It actually tastes very very good!
Mine is leftover from my days as an Army Brat in Germany. Although it is not unusual there, I do get a lot of stares here when I eat my french fries with mayonnaise!
Biscuits with ole timey sauage cravey
Hey Jaden! I had this amazing hotdog from Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo, Australia and now it’s one of my fav ways to dress up a dog…hotdog, chili, mushy green peas, grilled onions, chili sauce (sriracha), and topped with a cheese sauce (similiar to bechamel). Another strange but perfect combo (but common here in Thailand) is fruit dipped in a sugar/salt/chili flakes combo — especially great with green apples, green mangoes, green guava. Hope I win! Thanks!
I also love McDonald’s fries dipped in their vanilla ice cream. YUM! I saw someone dip their fries into a vanilla milkshake at a fast food restaurant as a child, and decided to add my own twist to it since I was always at McDonald’s. It’s soooo good.
I love plain donuts dipped in diet soda. My whole family thinks I’m off my rocker π
One of my favorite unusual flavor combinations was something that I had in Quebec – french fries with gravy and this funny cheese that tasted a lot like mozzarella.
Don’t know if someone said this already, but chocolate (especially dark chocolate) and hot pepper goes really good together. There is a company that makes a chili-chocolate ice cream that is excellent. Mexican Hot Chocolate is the same idea too.
well, it would have to be my juice combos – I love orange juice with a pinch each of regular salt, rock salt, black pepper and cumin
Or unfiltered apple juice, with the juice of half a keylime squeezed in, with a pinch of each of the above.
Sooo refereshing π
I like pecan crusted chicken. It is SO good!
I like cocktail sauce with lots of horseradish and lemon on saltine crackers. Another favorite is fried, peppered sauerkraut and bacon sandwiches. My dad was the strange eater of our family and taught us to eat strange things too. He made us brains and scrambled eggs for Sunday breakfasts – served with hot pepper sauce. How about tongue fixed with pickling spices in the pressure cooker… served with ketchup and don’t forget the tongue and ketchup sandwiches. He used to take cooked canned biscuits and break them up into less than a half cup of coffee – Add butter and some sugar and mix it all up and he called it coffee pudding.
Thanks for a fun giveaway!
Cottage cheese sprinkled w/Parmesan cheese is my downfall. Add dill pickles on the side! mmmmmmmmmmm.
How about mashed potatoes with chili sauce.
Actually I would have never thought of putting mole in soup, until I read it in a Cooking Light Recipe and now it is a family favorite.
cornbread and chocolate pudding grape jam and bologna on a sandwich
I like peanut butter sandwiches with sweet pickles – Yum
I don’t think I eat anything really strange but then I’m from Hawaii so what is common local cuisine there is wierd to everyone else so, how about green mangos dipped in soy sauce?!!
Mmmm … I am thinking … wrap thin slices of cold smoked turkey a couple of times around dried cherries which have been soaked in warm amaretto. Roll very very lightly in mixture of toasted fine panko and crushed almonds (2 to 1 ratio). To serve: Dip the end of the roll, every few bites or so, into a thin cream cheese sauce which has been barely dusted with black pepper (not too much, just enough to gently punch up the cream cheese a bit — mustn’t overpower the amaretto flavor those mah-valous cherries). This came to me this minute as I’m thinking of unusual combinations. I haven’t tried it myself, but I will! I am already salivating. Amaretto-soaked dried cherries are food from the gods. Truly divine. I can totally OD on those. I need new excuses to make them. Last time I made some intended as a dessert topping, I nibbled so many straight from the bowl that I had to make another batch to finish the dessert.
I guess I don’t like anything too strange, but I do like to spread canned frosting on rice cakes. (Talk about defeating the purpose of a low-cal snack!)
Ketchup on fat free cottage cheese is just sinful!
Sweet Potato Chips dipped in ketchup
Chocolate chip pancakes with peanut butter spread on top
OOOO…I am hungry now!!
Thank you for the chance to win!!! π
peanut butter and honey sandwich.
Spanish rice and ice cream.
or peanut butt sandwich with arby’s sauce.
Thanks so much
I like to dip tangerine slices in dark chocolate. Pick me, you’ll enjoy this one!
FRIES IN MY BURGERS…AND MAYO ON MEATBALL SUBS WITH LETTUCE
Raisin stuffed grapes
Corn, mashed potatoes, and brown gravy all mixed together.
Raw skate and cookie dough ice cream.
I love grappa and peanut butter. Weird?????
I love cottage cheese and peaches and an egg-in-the-basket with strawberry jelly – yum!
As a kid, we always ate peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches. They aren’t bad, and it helps with the dry peanut butter syndrome.
Peanut butter and melted cheese on toast
watermelon slices sprinkled with black pepper
Beer and gooey butter cake! Believe it or not — it’s wonderful!!
Thanks for sponsoring this contest!
Smoked turkey and brandied pears.
I don’t really eat anything odd, but I love junk food!
Salt & Vinegar chips!
I would love a new cookbook!
Peru has caused me to like some strange things…breakfasts of bread and avocado or rice, beans, fried egg & fried banana…lunch with tuna, red onions, lime juice and plantain chips along with crackers or bread…but US cravings do still include Wendy’s Frosty and Fries. Oh and yesterday I made a stew out of garbanzo beans, pork, chili peppers, cinnamon, cloves, port, and peanut butter. Is that strange?
I had been a faithful subscriber of Cooking Light, even paying the extra shipping charge to have them send it to Peru…up until the $15 regular price subscription turned into $122 for me. So, yes, I would love a complete cookbook. π
I had a thing for a while with ham, pickel, square cheese and mayo tortilla roll ups.. They make me kinda gag now, but for a bout two years that was my craving
For years I have been teased for putting pickles or green olives in my Dr. Pepper or Coke. I can’t seem to stop.
I inherited several things from my grandparents. I love hot cornbread in cold milk. My “paw-paw” would use buttermilk sometimes, but I like it with regular milk. My maw-maw used to make biscuits and we’d drown them in “sugar-syrup,” which she made with 2 parts water, 1 part sugar, boiled down to syrup. Yum.
I’ve always loved the (for American palates) strange combination of beef with tomato sauce, cinnamon and bechamel you get in the Greek dish Pastichio.
The French fry with mayo combination described above doesn’t seem too strange to me, as I love steak fries dipped in good thousand island dressing, or sprinkled heavily with coarse black pepper and dipped in brown mustard. Yum!
Raspberries and Dark Chocolate
Now that it’s almost summer, I love watermelon & tomatoes together. Sounds gross, but it’s delicious!
I grew up eating french fries with mayonnaise!
Not so weird but I love to put honey and mustard in my salads!
I love a big spoonful of peanut butter on top of my ice cream with chocolate syrup.
BBQ chips with a dip of egg salad. Ymmmmmm!
I love popcorn dipped in ranch dressing. It makes my husband want to barf. π
I spent a lot of time in Latin America – and one thing I still crave is a typical breakfast of black refried beans, scrambled eggs, and crumbly salty cheese. YUMMM
I dip my artichoke leaves in miracle whip instead of butter and people are always grossed out but I love it!
The one I always make people try before I tell them what is in it:
Meatballs with a grape jelly and mustard powder based glaze
Always a hit!
As for a combination I’ve tried….I love, love, love potato chips dipped in applesauce. Try it! You’ll see… It completely rocks.
As for some flavors that I’ve heard can be mixed but I’m not going to be the guinea pig (you are) here ya go… tofu and japanese bread crumbs (panko). Go for it!
I like turmeric, curry, pepper, garlic and scrambled eggs in Ramen soup. Most people say it’s too much and I did too until my husband got me hooked on it!
french fries and brown gravy or cold lima beans with cold mac and cheese
My new found flavor love is Indian. There are combinations there that seem odd, but oh, so good!
I think a really odd combination would be the Indian spices with tofu shirataki noodles. Hmmm. Maybe it would make a good combo.
I love scrambled eggs with romano cheese and salsa. My SO thinks it’s strange but it makes perfect sense to me.
Fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Mmmmmm.
I love pickles on pizza. And cold pizza dunked in blue cheese dressing. YUMM!
This is probably not strange to half the world, but it is to my family-I love the combination of curry powder and raisins with any kind of meat. Just add onions, green pepper and a can of tomatoes and it’s the kind of meal I dream about.
I love the Asian combination of peanut and sesame. A hot sesame oil with a peanut sauce over noodles is delicious to me.
Chili sauce and grape jelly to make sweeet and sour meatballs. I couldn’t believe the strangeness of that combination can be so good.
I’m a peanut butter whore. I also eat my PB&J sandwiches with potato chips in the middle. Yum. Now I’m starving and it’s way too late to eat!
Banana salad does it for me. Mix milk, mayo, salt, sugar, pepper, non spotted ripe bananas, and crisp Iceberg lettuce (not the bagged stuff).
It was one of my grandmother’s staple dishes for a big family gathering. I have yet to meet anyone else who makes/eats it.
Tastes best when eaten withing 30mins of prep. I’ve tried mixing it up, but the original version is best.
My husband mixes grape and OJ together to make Grorange Juice, but the one drink that grosses me out is his Smoothie King -Grape, Apple, and dash of Cinnamon smoothie. YUCK!
I like french fries with vinegar and I love to dip a chocolate bar into a hot cup of tea.
French Fries and mustard is my wierdest but some of these sound better.
I love eating “nori komi furikake” (prepared sesame seed and seaweed) sprinkled on popcorn. Someone once gave me a package of microwave popcorn from Hawaii that came with this wild mixture of seaweed and rice crackers to sprinkle on top of the popcorn. It was delicious. So then, I found this sesame seed and seaweed mixture at an Asian market and now I could make my own special popcorn. My daughter is addicted to the seaweed stuff now. We sprinkle it on everything including seared tuna over spring greens.
My husband made me eat a bite of this on a dare: and we loved it!
i made some couscous as a side to a chicken dinner. i didn’t add anything to it, because i like to put this special sauce from the chicken meal on it. My husband didn’t add sauce to his though, and thusly had quite a bit of couscous left on his plate once we were done eating, because it’s pretty bland.
He pulled out some strawberry ice cream for dessert. We were sitting there eating it, and i was giving him crap about not eating his couscous. So, he took some couscous with a spoon half full of strawberry ice cream, and made me eat it. And you know what? It’s really good. He said it reminded him of crumbled up cake in the ice cream, so now we call it “strawberry short-cous” and i make it semi-regularly.
By the way, he loved the card i sent him from sendoutcards. Thanks for that link like a really long time ago!
I love crushed pineapple over chocolate ice cream. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret.
I love eating plain turkey with a big glass of milk! Sounds gross but its great!
HMMM, mine would be potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce on top or beer and dark chocolate. YUMMY!
A-1 sauce on saltine crackers
When I go to the movies, I love to eat popcorn with arare (Japanese rice crackers) or M&M’s. Actually any type of small chunks of chocolate candy would do too. Also, Li Hing on Dried Mango-yummmm!
potato chips crunched up in chocolate ice cream
My family has always been known to eat strange sandwiches and snacks.
-Cheese-flavored popcorn with cocoa puffs for a snack.
-Mixing ranch dressing, Cheese Nips and peanut butter together and using a pickle to eat the mixture.
-Peanut butter and bologna sandwiches.
-Peanut Butter and pickled Jalapeno pepper sandwiches.
-Peanutbutter and bacon sandwiches.
Thanks! This was fun!
slice of dried beef spread with cream cheese and wrapped around a dill pickle
Onion, Peanut Butter, and Mayonnaise sandwiches
cheese whiz on raisin toast.
I don’t know if it’s a weird combination but most people think it’s a weird thing to do. I break up saltine crackers in a bowl, pour on some milk and eat it like cereal.
Well . . . I thought mine was weird until I started reading some of the unique combinations here (LOL!), but here goes: Cottage cheese with ketchup drizzled on top and lots of cracked black pepper. Grosses my husband out every time! Actually, I use cottage cheese as a dip for almost any kind of chip or cracker because I do like to eat (and cook) light!
When eating a salad at home, I open a can of pork and beans and load on several tablespoonfuls of the cold beans, in addition to whatever bottles salad dressing I am using…
I like the combination of guacamole with turkey bacon in a sandwich.
My sister LOVES when I make my own thousand island dressing from scratch! I put ketchup, mayo, and mustard to give it that nice color. Then, I would usually put pickle relish- but lately, i’ve been putting in green olives! It gives it a nice taste!
I like mixing Asian and Mexican cooking. It sounds wrong but you can get some outstading dishes from the combinations of flavors.
I like to dip pretzels in pillsbury chocolate frosting.
I love tapioca pudding made with mandarin oranges & dried cranberries and with a healthy dose of cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Strawberries dipped in condensed milk! π
Cut sectioned Grapefruit, basil, and avocado with a fig vinager drizzle.
Why, I do not know but I do.
Peanut butter, mayonnaise and sprinked sugar sandwich. Can’t get enough of them.
Vanilla ice cream, preferably Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla, but any flavor works, and saltine crackers – better than an ice cream cone.
Food is good
OK, my secret is out. I make Egg Noodles and pour Red Wine Vinegar Salad Dressing over them and eat them. I butter the noodles first. Sounds gross, I know.
Haven’t done this in a while, but I used to like to dip graham crackers in Diet Coke.
Back in college, I learned the joys of lime sherbet and Coke floats. The color combination is rather disgusting (Think about a bad brownish green, somewhat lumby from the melting sherbet) but the flavor rocked me. cool and refreshing!
I love putting my fries on my burger or sandwich!
1.Canned minced clams (drained) with potato chips
2. Caramelized red onions and figs with a little balsamic vinegar,, sea salt and lemon….
I just love hot biscuits, grape jelly, sausage patty and white country gravy!
Waffles smeared with peanut butter and maple syrup
white bread, banana slices, black pepper and mayo sandwich
peanut butter grape jelly original fritos sandwich on wheat or white with a glass of cold chocolate milk
pastrami, cream cheese and red onion slices on a bagel served hot
Doritos dipped in ice cream. It’s the perfect sweet/salty balance!
Grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in ketchup.
Here are just a few…
1) applesauce & cottage cheese sprinkled w/black pepper
2) saltines topped w/tuna, chopped cucumbers & sour cream
3) leftover mac n’cheese (homemade) & salsa– eat it cold!
I hope I win a cookbook!
When I was kid I used to love sausage and marmalade sandwiches.
French’s fried onions over white chocolate ice cream!
my favorite weird combination comes from my childhood when I would wrap carrot sticks in kraft singles. Somehow the combination tasted like peanut butter. Yeah, I was a weird child.
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before, but this one’s even *better*. Brownie-loaded chocolate ice cream drizzled with strawberry balsamic vinegar. Love that sweet-tangy flavor. Yeah, I’m a vinegar freak.
I don’t think this is all that weird, but my husband does π
I like sliced cucumbers soaked in white vinegar for a couple of hours, to get a good bite of vinegar. Good stuff.
deli turkey with dill pickles (sandwich stackers kind) sandwich.
I have only seen this once in a restaurant but I have been eating this combo for 30 years. On a toasted Kaiser Roll it is fantastic.
French fries dipped in white cream gravy. Maybe it’s a Texas thang.
Pretzels all over a great big bowl of ice cream!
Beautiful photos and really tantalizing recipes – great blog!
Would love to own the Cooking Light cookbook; really need to lose 15 pounds too! Maybe it will help to eat more healthy, then I have to learn to get up from my computer once in a while to burn 10 calories or so by making another cup of Chai tea and sitting back down again…good grief…it’s no wonder I’ve gained…I don’t move enough…DUH!
pick me, oh puleeze pick me!
My mother makes a dip that is a combo of chopped and pureed tomatoes, black olives, green chilies, green onions, and vinegar (with a few spices). It comes out in a rather horrid color combo. I seem to be the only one that likes it or at least, is willing to try it in spite of its looks. I’d love to see you
I love boardwalk fries with Vinegar my husband thinks I am insane and hates the way they smell… Mmmmm
Oh…it’s not glamorous at all…potato chips plus Prunes…Also…kim chee and potato chips…!
Pretzels dipped in cream cheese with soy sauce mixed in. Yum!
strawberry jam with ham and egg, sunny side up. yummy!
Avocado with sweetened condensed milk — oooo, yumsome!
Also, Alpen macaroni with cheese, caramelised onion, potato and — get this — applesauce. Very Swiss! But I like.
would love the cooking light cook book. I subscribe to the magazine.
wesley chapel fl 33544
I have a couple-
saltines dipped in chocolate milk
cottage cheese with Italian dressing mixed in
ham pickle and mayo roll up
Pea soup with ketchup ( my grandfather started me on this)
I guess it is not that strange as the Germans do it, but I love to make a potato salad with chopped dill gherkins, apples, mayo, potatoes and coarse brown mustard, add some chives and you are set.
My dad taught me to toss peanuts in my coke as a wee child. I still like the salty sweetness, but I think it is gross.
I think spam and mango might be the winner, but I will take second place!
Ever since I was young, I LOVE to dip Ritz crackers in iced tea!
I’m not British but I don’t know why marmite and toast has STILL not caught on here in N. America! Yum Yumm…
Peanut butter, banana, mayo and lettuce (iceberg!) sandwiches!
alright I’ll bite and enter – I like my flavors more regular than most of these guys, GAWD I fear for what you will have to try
I like sweet potatoes fries with cajun mayo- don’t know how out there that is but I like it..
I like to combine a can of chunk tuna with cooked spagetti.
My strange combo is spam and mango in a sandwich!
Gimme sweet macaroni: Campbells tomato soup, scoop (1/4 C?) of brown sugar, half stick butter, in cooked elbow macaroni, served hot. Childhood fav. AND gimme one of those cookbooks. Puhleese? Pick me, pick me.
vienna sausages and daikon pickles (the Vietnamese kind)…mmm…Yeah, I need to be cooking light…
I don’t think this is a weird combo, but my fiance does. I like to dip fries in a chocolate malt or a just a chocolate milk shake if a malt isn’t available.
I have always loved sweet and salty combinations – anytime I have ice cream I have to also have chips, pretzels, or anything I have on hand that’s salty with it.
For a quick breakfast spread for toast or or a waffle, I mix diced bacon , peanut butter and diced apricots or other dried tart fruit and nuke for just a few seconds to incinerate the bacon bits. Doesn’t take long. Mmn – salty, sweet, tart, nutty and charred. Perfect!
Ok, some UnAsian… I’ll give you some Brazilian for you to try: rice and black beans! You can have black beans mixed with lean pork, pork foot, tail and ears (these are optional), italian smoked sausage, smoked bacon – serve with rice and kale and yucca or coarse corn meal stuffing. Yummy!
I’m another mcd’s fries into icecream girl. My Mom claims she’ll know I’m pregnant when I start craving _normal_ food.
I used to love dill spears with cream cheese. yum!
Ripe mango mashed in youghurt and rice π
Hmmm I notice that a lot of people share my french fries + soft ice cream habit haha
What are some more strange and exotic combinations? I confess I’m a “mixer,” and by mixer I mean I’ll take a bit of everything, mix it all up and eat it. And by everything… …
Anyway, it drives my friend nuts. She would eat from a bento box for all her meals if she could.
My husband would be certain it’s the crunchy peanut butter I like with apples, but I’d have to say it’s chocolate ice cream with potato chips. Sweet and salty, yum!
I indulge in fresh jackfruit with pungent ,raw milk cheeses . Almost any good, ripe blue or Epoisses (my favorite) pairs perfectly with the ripe, tropical flavors of the jackfruit.
Hey! I’ll personally Fed-EX a WHOLE fresh jackfruit to you if my combo makes the final cut! π
The salad looks marvelous! Love the grapes and bacon combo!
i love the combination of a dark chocolate bar and prunes.
cheddar and fig compote sandwiches with radicchio.
i love the combination of a dark chocolate bar and prunes.
cheddar and fig compote sandwiches.
hmmm… i thought, i put my weird combo here. guess not. here goes – when i was a kid, i made myself a concoction of fried spam with peanut butter and jelly sandwich and loved it! as an adult, i don’t know if i can still eat that. haha.
This isn’t that strange, but my sisters thought I was weird when I ate this. I prefer to think of it as a tropical twist on the flavors in a creamsicle. I like vanilla ice cream with pineapple juice.
vanilla ice cream with bacon bits on top
my mom used to make grilled cheese with strawberry jam for my college friends.. at first, they stared at each other kinda grossed out but she made converts out of all of them..
i also like ketchup on cold pizza…
oh, and melted american cheese mixed with HOT asian rice with a dash of soy sauce to help the mixing….. add a fried egg on top and it’s quite heavenly…
Mine is not exactly weird, but it turns my family members off, it is chicken roll with peanut butter and strawberry jam slapped between 2 pieces of wholemeal bread.
Rooster + Brownies = Heaven
Nutella + PB + Cinnamon Sprinkle = w0w
I’ve definitely dipped my fair share of MickeyDee’s french fries into MickeyDee’s chocolate shakes, but I suppose my weirdest flavor/food combination falls under the same savory-sweet category.
It may be a New Zealand/British thing… not sure, but I absolutely love baked beans and a fried egg on toast. A childhood friend was from NZ and she introduced me to it, I’ve loved it ever since. Sometimes I’ll even make them into sandwiches (though rather messy π
Something my sister loves: cheeze-its (or just plain cheddar cheese) dipped in ranch dressing… I could never buy into that. She’d make great big bowls of cheese cubes and then smother ranch dressing all over it. *shudders*
Oh, and I agree with Barry too! Pickles an PB may be Elvisesque, but they are very tasty!
I haven’t had this in years, but this used to be my go-to PMS remedy!
In a bowl, combine
1 small bag Chili Fritos
1 bag Reese’s Pieces
Mix with fingers (you’re not going to share, anyway) until they turn reddish from artificial coloring and candy gets sticky.
Serve (yourself) immediately.
Voila! Bitch be gone.
I don’t mean to post again contest-wise, but my fiancι came up with another weird flavor combo last night: red pepper and agave nectar syrup! Strange, right? And here I thought red peppers were sweet! Silly me [smacks forehead]!
I LOVE the following combination for a wrap sandwich:
Wrap, Hummus, Goat Cheese, Mesclun Greens, Kalamata Olives and Grapes.
Even just the hummus, goat cheese and grapes are great together!
i always thought dipping fries in ice cream was NORMAL…was it just something i picked up working 5 years at dairy queen??
When in high school my group of friends would go together to MC D’s, each of us would have fries with our meal, and then we would get an ice cream sundae (chocolate, please!) and those who liked would dip their fries in the ice cream. At first I thought it was weird, but after tasting it there was something about the sweet and salty together that really made it fun to eat!!
Now, I want to participate of the book drawing, so for my weird combination… well, it is not weird at all for me, but at our home we love AVOCADO MILK SHAKES!
Put milk, avocado and sugar to taste in a blender and puree until very creamy and delicious, yummmmm!!! (adjust milk and sugar to your tastes and to obtain a desired consistency of the shake)
It is so creamy, and as much as it might seem weird, I bet most people would like it if they tried.
Maybe you will…. will you?!!
my strange combination is advocado and soy sauce! I know it sounds weird, but to my defense, there’s advocado in california rolls and we all eat california rolls with soy sauce, right?! =P
Scrambled egg burritos with mayo and dill pickle slices. I’ve eaten them since I was a kid and then when I introduced them to my kids, one of them added potato chips to give the burrito more “crunch.” I saw the french fry and ice cream combo mentioned. My contribution for the french fries is to dip them in root beer.
Its mangoes mixed in curd rice. For some its gross, but I like its peculiar taste π
just wanted to tell you- i just finished my midterm today. i made your orange coriander braised chicken, the citrus-soy fish fillet (i used halibut, but overcooked it =/. i did add some butter at the end of finishing the sauce, which made it really nice), and i made the ginger mint lime cooler. it all came out super awesome! my group also made up some green tea panna cotta, ginger-vanilla bean creme brulee with mango-kiwi coulis, lychee banana mint wontons with ginger-cinammon caramel, and some other stuff. i have pix of the dishes and i wanted to send u the ones of your dishes. thanks so much for your recipes, my chef loved them!
I really like the taste of smoky bacon with chocolate or sweet custards
Don’t care so much about the cookbook at this point. I just want to try a lot of these suggestions. But just remembered one of my favorites. And though PB has been mentioned too many times I will add yet one more.
Peanut Butter and Dill Pickle Sandwich
Anyone I’ve mentioned this to, outside of my brother (who also loves it), recoils in fear. It’s got sour, salty AND sweet all tempered by the great moderator – bread. And please, do use the crunchy peanut butter, it goes beautifully with the crunch of the dill pickle.
My kids LOVE McDonald’s fries dipped in their soft serve ice cream! I am not a fan of that combo myself. Nor am I a big food combiner. I did gross out a lot of people in the college dining hall because I put ketchup on so many foods. I think it was due to the lack of flavor of even their simple things like chicken breast or to cover up the bad tasting stuff!
I like to eat unripe green mangos dipped in a thai sauce made with roasted dried thai chilis, fish sauce and sugar.
This isn’t related to your current post, but I was wondering whether you could recommend a deep fryer? Didn’t find any entry on that in your Products Review page, and oh well, just thought I’d ask off-hand since you’re the lady with a lot of gadgets. π No worries if you can’t recommend any!
Thanks for your time and best wishes,
A toasted, buttered bagel with sliced kosher dill pickles piled high on top. I’ve been making that as a snack since high school. Sooo tasty.
Growing up my dad would whip up this concoction of tomatoes, condensed milk and ice into a slush. I would crave it every so often…especially on a hot day for something refreshing. Maybe I’ll add a bit of mint?….
Growing up my dad would whip up this concoction of tomatoes, condensed milk and ice into a slush. To this day I would crave it every so often.
hmm, tomato Jam with cinnamonbread (from Ikea) and goatcheese.
chili-bellpepper chutney with a cinnamon topped on chickenbeast.
When nobody is looking, I dip my pickles in ketchup.
Well, it is really not strange, but my ‘Merican friends think so. Soy sauce on friend eggs for breakfast. From living in Japan. Delish.
Also, not strange, but I sub spicy hummus for mayo when making tuna salad. Add some dill relish and it is moist and tasty and much healthier.
I adore Cooking Light. About 90% of the recipes I’ve made from Cooking Light mags have been great and easy.
Miss Vickies Jalapeno chips dipped in Japanese mayo, you know the one. Kewpie… with the msg. Delicious.
I was raised in a DC suburb, but my parents are displaced New Englanders who used to regale us with stories of a marvelous, magical place called Cabot’s in (Watertown? Newton? don’t remember exactly… somewhere around there) where regulars knew to dispense with the burgers and just order french fries and sundaes. When we finally got them to take us there, it was every bit as great as we had been promised it would be.
I like frozen pancakes, straight out of the freezer and into my mouth.
I will also eat spoonfuls of my Mom’s relish, right out of the jar.
Those are not to be eaten together and are not a flavour combination, so I guess I’ll have to go with scrambled eggs and jam.
Apple pie a la mode with caramel sauce and…hot buffalo sauce! It’s amazing.
and If I could spell omElette that would be even better!
Peanut butter and jelly omlette. I Know it sounds odd, but honestly…the tast is a bit like Phad Thai. Just make your omelette like normal, and smear peanutbutter and jelly inside, fold and eat. YUM. Best with Strawberry jam I think. I prefer jam to jelly anyday.
candy corns and M&ms
Chocolate covered habanero chips (I am the chile-pepper chocolate queen)
(I do the French fries in the chocolate shake too)
I usually hate apples. But I will eat a sour and crisp Granny Smith if it’s smothered in smooth peanut butter. My dad has this gross love for smearing sour cream on bread and sprinkling it with sugar. Blech…my brother and I still cringe when we see him do it.
I don’t know if you guys will think this is odd, but my coworkers and boyfriend give me dirty looks when I eat it– coarse-ground oatmeal cooked in milk with a little extra milk added and apple cooked in, mixed with peanut butter and topped , when possible, with bacon and maple syrup. If I don’t have apple, I sub in banana and switch to honey.
OMG, both the chicken and the salad sound fantastic! Thanks for sharing them with us for Grow Your Own!
Ok, you’ve stumped for a crazy combination. The only thing I can think of is the sardines and crackers snack my father used to chow on when I was a kid. We thought sardines were gross and wouldn’t touch them, but he eventually convinced us. After that he would eat his little snack when we weren’t around because he decided sharing was not so good. We would eat them all!
In the state of Arkansas, we fry just about everything. One of my favorite fried food is buttermilk fried pickles. The interesting twist about this is you dip the fried pickles in semi-sweet chocolate. There is something about the sour-crusty-sweet pickles that just hits the spot.
I adore McD’s fries in ice cream–I advised my boyfriend to give it a go and he looked at me as if I’d just suggested to go jump in the snow in his boxers. Can’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
As a kid, my mom couldn’t get me to eat the egg whites of sunny side up eggs… until she soaked them in maple syrup. I don’t know where she got the idea but to this day, just once in a while, I’ll sneak some on…
Maple syrup with tourtiere is also reeeaalllly good.
For me it is dipping the fake butter super salty popcorn in, the choc top ice cream cones they sell in Australian cinemas. I had a moment of deep sisterhood when I saw one of my best friend furatively doing the same thing. Bliss.
mayonara…mayonara…(is this japanese for goodbye?)
Count on me to turn anything innocently healthy into an artery clogging evil.
Anything (fries, chips, nuggets, fried chickens) dipped into mayo, including eating rice with mayo
Weird food combos? Depends on who you’re asking! My mom thought my love for peanutbutter & jelly was just plain bizarre, while green mangos or guavas (or an other fruit really!) dipped in salt & chily powder was a perfectly normal snack. The green mangos are my personal favorite.
The fries and soft serve was pretty much a given with my group of friends in highschool in thailand. I have no idea where we got the idea from, but you can rest assured that it’s a world wide phenomenon. So you’re not being weird at all, you’re being a citizen of the world!
Crossing my fingers for that cookbook. I need fresh ideas to help stay on track with my ‘non-diet’ sensible eating weight loss plan. I’m resorting to frozen meals for lunch at work, and that’s just not good eats!
My uncle puts Oreo cookies in tuna fish sandwiches… needless to say I haven’t tried it yet even though I love both of those things separately. When I was little my brother and I used to make a dip for Cheeze-It crackers of cottage cheese and ketchup– I guess my mom was trying to sneak some healthy cottage cheese in there. Wow… haven’t thought about that in years.
mmm do you really have to be pregnant to dip french fries into soft serve? hehe because i liked it since i was little! like, say 5? haha i still do it now, when i have mcdonalds which isn’t very often. in singapore we have apple pie at mcdonalds and i’d dip the fries into the apple sauce too =)
ps. i have seen ppl eat bbq flavoured potato chips with nutella and bread haha.
Ooo! I like this one:
Macaroni and cheese with mustard powder. I don’t know how weird it actually is, but my boyfriend insists it’s the nastiest idea ever. I respectfully disagree (naturally).
3 weird things:
1. Quesadilla with cheddar with boysenberry jelly smeared on top.
2. Raisins and cheez-its (one of each in your mouth)
3. Fries dipped first in blue cheese dressing then in ketchup.
1. peanut butter, nutella and banana sandwiches.
2. bacon, peanut butter and honey sandwiches.
3. peanut butter and condensed milk sandwiches.
old fave: fries dipped in wendy’s frosty like everyone else
newest fave: fries drizzled with blue cheese dressing and chili oil
Eating Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups and Popcorn at the same time.
Marshmallows on saltine crackers, heat them up in the oven. YUM YUM
Banana Ketchup on Lumpia!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS
by the time I stop scrolling passed all these cravings I remember I am not pregnant nor am I a woman! Hmmm…cravings, gosh I will say wagyu beef burger, since I just had some shabu shabu samples over the weekend!
This one is easy – butter and cinnamon marinated lamb’s neck, then grilled. Subtly sweet, and no need for mint (ugh) jelly!
Its not very weird, but I love BBQ sauce on my homemade mac & cheese, even better if its spicy Korean BBQ sauce.
If I got to a movie theater I like to put a Junior Mint in my mouth, followed by a sip of a slushie and let the candy freeze.
And in the made-for-each-other category is figs with marscapone cheese and honey. ***drool***
I don’t know that mine is that unusual.
But years ago a coworker used to eat cottage cheese and salsa. I tried it and found it interesting. I started fixing it regularly until a friend pointed out that the coworker was pregnant …
God, I love McD fries and their ice cream, though preferably in the form of a hot fudge sundae… dipping them in the honey packets is also acceptable
Make a really thick, spicy, meaty chili and dip Oreos into it. Sorta eating it like you’d eat it off chips. I usually separate the Oreos in two first.
Variations on already-saids: Summer sausage and peanut butter or cream cheese. On a cracker or just with a knife and spoon. Peanut butter and an over-medium egg between two waffles.
this great aussie burger joint called ruby’s in nyc has this signature burger called the whaley’s which is a burger with beets, sweet chili sauce, a fried egg, and pineapple.
totally hits the spot, you all need to try it!
Mine’s not really weird…but I love to eat cheese pizza dipped in honey mustard! yummy!!
I started doing this as a kid, my parents thought I was crazy. I take a taco shell, break it half, then put a slice of cheese (cheddar or american) on it and rip it so it’s the shape of the shell. Then a cover it with dill pickle chips and make a taco sandwich. Sometimes I’ll add mustard too. That’s my late night craving.
Jayden – that nothing. I love the jalapeno potato chips with any ice cream (yummy) AND I grew up with eating fried apples on Pizza. Now my kids put applesauce on pizza too. I also love hard boiled eggs with PBJ sandwiches. And my sister has to eat a hot dog (with rice and fried apples on the bun) – no condiments for her. Go figure, when you have an asian mother growing up in the south – there has to be some weird food combinations!!!
Popcorn and ice cream is pretty much the best thing EVER. Salty, crunchy, warm, sweet, cold and creamy, all in one bite. The only thing the popcorn needs it’s some salt and you have the best ice cream topping ever.
I really like to alternate eating chunks of watermelon and potato chips. Something about the sweet and juicy fruit and then the crispy, salty, chips is just wonderful to me.
I do love the fries and ice cream thing and I’ve never even been pregnant, but my favourite has to be the milk chocolate hot masala chocolate bar..mmm!
Peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, crunchy, chewy, tangy, so dang good.
Stop staring. π
-Peach jam, melted slightly, with lime juice and lime zest, with a pinch of salt and soy sauce – as a dipping sauce for deep-fried fish fritters and onion rings
– Asparagus stir-fried with strawberry jam and black pepper.
Ooooh! That salad looks incredible! I love warm salads…it sort of reminds me of a salad that my grandma used to make with trocadero lettuce and bacon. mmmmm!
You are SO not weird for dipping your fries in soft serve, but I feel it’s my duty to tell you that Wendy’s chocolate shakes are better than plain vanilla. lmfao
My weirdo taste combos? I love to have a glass of milk with my Doritos. I think that’s a throw back from my bag lunches at elementary school. lol And I love baguettes with queso fresco and raspberry jam. And? See that freak flag waving? It’s mine. LOL
You’re not alone — I dip my fries in milkshakes or soft-serve, too! (And I’ve never even been preggers.) So, so good.
My other favorite sweet/savory combo is dipping apple slices in hummus, which I don’t think is weird but makes other people freak out a little bit.
I picked this up from classmates at school.
Fries, gravy (the darker the better), liberally add ketchup, and then salt and pepper to taste.
I don’t think it’s that odd, but I’ve gotten some strange looks.
This isn’t “weird”, but i’m the only person I know who does this – I love love looooove a few drops of tabasco on each chip of nacho cheese doritos. I go through bottles of tobasco very quickly like this. Thank goodness for Costco!
I really dislike omlettes of all kinds unless its made with fish sauce, onions, and scallions, plus it has to be undercooked, kind of jiggly in the middle. I load on the fish sauce to make it super salty to eat with my rice and cucumber slices. Most people cringe at fish sauce in general but i add it to pretty much everything.
Ruffles potato chips dipped in plain yogurt…not really an ingredient combination, but definitely up there with french fries and vanilla soft serve!
Okay, I have 3…always get wierd looks, but SO good! (and I am a die hard fan of Wendy’s fries with a Frosty…but it has to be chocolate!)
1. Peanut butter, mayo, and iceberg lettuce on whole wheat bread. This sandwich reminds me of growing up and it is such a good combo!
2. Fried rice and banana. Just take fried rice and slice a banana on top. Just enough added sweetness…mmmmmm!
3. Oatmeal and baby food. Okay, hear me out on this one. I take a package of instant oatmeal and microwave it to cook it (with a bit less water than called for). Then I add peach baby food. It is a better sweetner than sugar and makes it taste a bit like peach cobbler (to me anyway). Everyone who sees me eat it just think its odd!
Do you think it’s wrong that reading all these posts of wild and crazy food is making me soooo hungry? I’ve seen a few familiar ones in the lists. Here are my favorites:
1) white bread toasted lightly, smear with oodles of peanut butter, and add a layer of dill pickles (sweet pickles will do in a pinch). So good! Have it with a glass of milk.
2) this was a pregnancy thing … cocktail sauce as salad dressing. I had been sick for so long and had no appetite. Had a taste of cocktail sauce and I thought it was the best thing ever! So I put it on everything on my plate. Doesn’t appeal to me now.
3) peanut butter mixed in with plain yogurt, with a little sweetener. So yummy! Add some raspberry jelly and you have PBJ yogurt :-p
Pickles and pate in a baguette, Jaden? That just sounds GOOD!
You really hit a vein with this question! Oddest thing I’ve eaten: I was about 8 years old, cooking scrambled eggs by myself, thought it would be fun to put in blue food color, which turned them green. Had to close my eyes to eat them… Also about that age, I couldn’t pick what to put on my toast so I made stripes of butter, cream cheese and jam… I am amazed how similar people’s cravings/odd things are — any analysts out there?
eating lime jello like cereal….in a big bowl of milk.
I think the worst possible flavor combo that I absolutely adore is chicken nuggets with honey. IMO, that’s pretty normal compared to some of your other readers combos. Heh… I also like putting maple syrup on bacon. It’s that whole sweet and savory thing.
mmmmm…. love the wierd snacks people are confessing to! Mine are:
PB and Onion with Anchovies, or smoked oysters. Easy on the Pb, and stack it all on Dill Pickle Tasty Mini rice crackers.
Mango dipped in a sauce made from chili garlic sauce/brown sugar/fish sauce. Delish. Cottage cheese drained and mixed into ANYTHING hot (oatmeal especially!) Avocado with marmalade and gasp! processed swiss cheese slices. Hot dogs, with the works (mayo, relish, mustard, ketchup, cheese whiz) dipped in coca cola. Or root beer. Which reminds me, cheddar cheese dipped in root beer. And anything involving bacon. Can’t go wrong with bacon. Do alcoholic beverages count as ‘food’?
Banana liqueur and mint liqueur with amaretto over ice.
Whiskey with Limeade…. bet you can’t have just one! Also great for sneaking tequila into children’s birthday parties (um, for the adults!).
1 bottle raspberry vodka, 1 bottle blackberry vodka, 1 bottle dark spiced rum, 1 jug mixed berry juice, 1 jug apple/banana/orange juice= trouble!
And ANY variation on poutine, hell yeah!
It didn’t take a pregnancy craving for me to discover the taste sensation of french fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake! I have been eating them that way for years and have happily passed this culinary idiosyncrasy onto my son as well.
I love chilli! The spicer, the better π I love stirring sambal chilli into my porridge or congee. My hub can’t understand why.
Leftover pound cake…with bacon.
Bacon dipped in (well, smeared in) cream cheese.
Pretzels dipped in creamy italian salad dressing.
Scrambled eggs and maple syrup (it’s the best way to eat scrambled eggs – don’t let anyone tell you differently)!
I’m known to dip bacon in ranch and grape jelly. I dunno. It’s just good.
Also, a brownie with a sprinkling of salt on it. (maybe in lieu of all the salted confections that have been coming out lately?)
Chocolate chip cookies….
with candied bacon bits.
Jaden, I like to dip my bread, bun, biscuit (cream crackers) and prawn/fish cracker in my drink. Be it coffee, fresh orange or coke, it doesn matter to me. usually this wud leave some soggy ‘crumbs’ in my drink and il eat/drink tht too. i dont find it weird at all but hubby sure does look at me weird and squirm. hehe. its not tht weird, is it?
Soft serve ice cream with Golden Grahams cereal sprinkled on top. This was a leftover from my college cafeteria days where you had eaten EVERYTHING in the dining hall and were trying to get through until May when you could go home and eat real food for free at your parents house.
Also, pizza and orange juice. Whenever I have pizza delivered, I always reach for a glass of OJ to go with it.
Hmmm…I’ve never been preggo either, but I have two kind of weird combos. First is actually credited to our favorite sushi joint – it’s an eel, banana and peanut butter roll. I actually despise bananas, but I love this thing.
Another combo is thanks to my dad, and maybe it’s not weird but everyone looks at me odd when I tell them so I dunno – piece of bread, cream cheese and pitted calamata olives on top. Love it.
found your blog today from tastespotting…..love it!
I LOL at your fav combo–mine? fries and milk shakes………
and Hey! I’m from Buffalo also, so howz about picking me? π
….now off to look at more of your blog…love asian cooking…serve it a large percentage of the time (my children born in China, they love helping me cook)
and oh yeah, did I mention I REALLY would love that cookbook?????
(insert cheesy grin here) π
thanks for the the chance to win
from college days: Subway seafood salad sandwich with mustard and lots and lots of pickles. these days: just like to dip breakfast sausages in maple syrup. yum!
Deeeelicious ! π
P.S. Do international participants stand a chance for the cookbook, btw ?
Hey I eat McDonald fries with the soft serve ice-cream… A lot of people where I live, eat it! It’s the best thing! XD (I’m in Australia).
I love eating packaged crinkle cut chips (original flavored) in a sandwich. I don’t think it’s strange but my boyfriend told me recently that it was. :S
Pasta sauce that has fish sauce added to it? It tastes fine to me…
I think this is an asian thing but eating raw mangoes (green) or crunchy nectarines with shrimp paste?? I love that as well.
Weird crazy combo? There’s alot of them commented. Instead of weird, i think of them as interesting π
My personal fav. weird combo, which I don’t find it weird at all, but friends find me weird instead.
Eating sliced fruits (guava, pear, apples) dipped with chili sauce, Be it sambal belachan, garlic chilli or sweet & sour thai chilli sauce. They all are great combos with sliced fruits.
oh yeah… and chunky peanut butter an salt on green apples slices.
bananas dipped in patis (Filipino fish sauce), soft brioche bread dunked in ice-tea, vinegar in spaghetti sauce, raw eggs on pipping hot rice…
long ago when i didn’t know how to make curry, i used to swipe McD’s curry sauce and dunk it on rice.
and what’s so weird about hot french fries in sundaes? my sisters and i have done that since we were kids….
it’s not too crazy, but i made maple bacon ice cream a while back (after trying a version of it at Lola in Ohio) and it freaked everyone out…till they tried it!
I don’t think it’s weird but I’ve gotten weird looks about putting ketchup on my scrambled eggs. Yum.
When I was little my mom used to put white rice in a bowl, drizzle it with milk, and then sprinkle it with white sugar. I loved it then — I no longer eat it that way, but now my kids like it that way.
Maybe this isn’t too weird, but I like mixing salsa/pico de gallo with cottage cheese.
Ever since I was about 12 years old, I’ve loved putting mayonaisse on my white rice with shoyu. My mother thought it crazy, but didn’t mind it once she had a bite. And my husband thinks it’s pretty good too. No one counts calories right???
French toast with ketchup
An oldie but a goodie: Maraschino cherries with mustard.
I like to eat soy beans with balsamic vinaigrette… and if that isn’t weird enough, I buy teddy grahams and then put them in a bowl and pour milk over them to make teddy graham cereal. It is *awesome*
pickled beets with boiled chunks of potatoes, eggs and carrots smothered in good olive oil or mayonnaise!
This was what my housemate used to do..and I got hooked.
Sauce or dip to go with oven baked fries-
2 tablespoon of bbq sauce
2 tablespoon of sweet chili sauce
3 tablespoon of mayo
Well… my Italian subs? Drown in mayo, mustard, AND oil. A lot of people squick at that one.
OK, I was just researching Kewpie mayonnaise and ran across a poster at Chowhound who 1) likes to dip dried squid in it and 2) was fed peanuts wrapped in strips of cuttlefish as a treat.
Two combinations I simply can’t imagine enjoying, but I have trouble with fishy flavors.
Oriental flavored Ramen noodles with a splash of Coca Cola.
I woke up this morning and my husband and 5yr old daughter had made asiago cheese bagels into french toast with PB and J on top. Also,my daughters favoriot smoothie-its quite good-
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1-2 cups soymilk
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup fresh carrots
1 tbsp vanilla protien powder
1/2 teas pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp ground flax meal
1 tbsp berry greens
Just mix the spinach/carrots with the soymilk/OJ in a blender before adding everything else until thay are completely smooth-you might be surprised how much your kids love.
ketchup + potato chips
popcorn + hot chocolate: use a spoon, and put a few popped kernels on each spoonful of hot cocoa before you slurp.
Have a mouthful of cesar salad and take a sip of root beer float.
I came up with this idea a few days back and have been itching to try it: asparagus and chanterelle savory tart – orange zest in the tart crust, ricotta or egg custard herb filling, roasted veggies on top w. a drizzle of orange / balsamic reduction to top it off.
mmm… bacon + chocolate = happy little asian girl
I recently decided to be super weird and make some red velvet cake mixed with extra cocoa and bacon pieces. It was so good! With just a little cream cheese frosting on top. I think the bacon and chocolate combo is my main reason for needing the Cooking Light book, though I do the fries and frosty thing too.
Odd combo – everything bagel with cream cheese, marmalade and jarred jalapeno slices. Good anytime of day! and #14, pb&j with lays!
Really sour green mangoes or Granny Smith apples dipped in Kamayan Shrimp Paste.
Aged balsamic vinegar makes a really wonderful topping for vanilla ice cream and I am betting that it would go even better with a homemade fig ice cream…Just a thought.
Hey, anyone likes cold watermelon with sweet Thai Chilli Sauce? It’s very shiok!
I really like chocolate pudding with saltines… that isn’t all that weird though, I don’t think. My mom always used to eat toast with grape jelly, with a slice of Kraft American cheese on top. My brother ate that too, and I always thought it was gross.
I’m a fan of gouda and strawberry or blueberry jam sandwiches… Actually any fruit/cheese combo is good for me.
If I’m having a McJunkfood craving, the french fries have to be dipped in a mixture of ketchup & McChicken sauce.
One of my first food experiments (at around the age of 8) involved plain potato chips dunked in a cup of instant coffee. Ugh.
My craven wish is a big ol’ deep dish of good chocolate ice cream packed with salt and vinegar potato chips. Sweet, sour and salty. Hmmm. Maybe a bit of fish sauce next time.
OMG and I forgot the biggest and weirdest of all!!! Despite the fact that I’m (oddly and coincidentally) working on a post about it now (but I’ll leave a sneak peak here). It’s a legacy from my grandmother: Cheddar cheese melted in coffee. You drop the cubes of cheese in along with the cream and sugar, then drink the coffee and when you are done you scoop the gooey salty sweety coffee-flavored cheese out and serve on a cracker (export sodas were a favorite). SO good!! I’ll have more about this on my blog soon (ish).
This is just such a wonderful question! OK here are my favorite weirdo-combos:
1.) Snickers bars chopped into little pieces and sprinkled onto a cream cheese-slathered onion bagel (must be onion), schmooshed into a sandwich and washed down with Orangina.
2.) Scrambled eggs topped with LOTS of mayo, white truffle oil, and cayenne pepper. Seriously, I mean LOTS of mayo. Like so much I can’t do it in front of other people.
3.) Alfalfa sprout, dill pickle slices, and mayo sandwiches on soft whole wheat bread. I ate this combination of sandwich every day for lunch and dinner for two months when I was in the fourth grade. My parents were kind of like “Well what other child requests alfalfa sprouts on whole wheat?” and just let me have it. Then one day i randomly woke up and requested chicken.
5.) EZ Cheez on Wheat Thins topped with one M&M (Each chip must be sprayed one at a time in fun little florets and peaks). This was my favorite snack when I got the “munchies” in college.
Oh and to the “ice chewer” above: I also have an odd love of Sunny D over crushed ice. MUST be crushed ice and MUST be Sunny D.
Peanut butter, pickle and mayo sandwich
Ok…these cravings have my stomach doing flips. I thought I was “off” – when I just sat and chewed ice all the time. At least that was one flavour (in a manner of speaking).
i once got so tired of breakfast food at a conference that i tried choco-lizing things. i dipped my breakfast sausage in chocolate milk to degrease and sweeten and smeared chocolate frosting on my roast chicken to broaden a sense of richness and sweetness as well.
Have never been pregnant so I guess those tales are still to come. However I have a thing for oven roasted tomatoes at the moment and will put them with everything I am eating….. cheese, crackers topped with these tomatoes, soft boiled eggs, asparagus wrapped with bacon with again these tomatoes… My husband has a similar addiction to Hatch Chili Jam, it will go on anything he is eating, you have to try this stuff.
Sorry I do not stranger suggestion.
fingers crossed for the draw….
PB sandwich w/ anything salty: bacon, turkey deli meat, leftover fried chicken… Also, strawberry jam on my egg mcmuffins. Yum!
Oh, I think Karla’s Dad and I must be related! I love good southern cornbread (the white, no-sugar kind), crumbled into a big glass of cold buttermilk, with salt & pepper in it. Crushed saltines will do in a pinch if there’s no cornbread to be found. Salted popcorn with a big, tall glass of cold buttermilk has been another fave since I was 2 years old!
Something from my childhood…Have no turned my kids onto it yet…
Peanut butter, chili sauce, red onion, and bacon sandwhiches! Sweet, spicy, crunchy, hot!!
Weird flavor combinations? Huh… the strangest thing I combine is yogurt and unsweetened apple sauce. It’s like a gooey apple pie. Actually, I should really try throwing some granola in there, or some crumbled graham crackers.
As a kid I always enjoyed one of my classmate’s peanut butter and popcorn sandwiches. Jelly ain’t got nuthin’ on warm popcorn.
OH, I can’t pass up entering for this cookbook!
I am a sucker for mixing flavors and textures. My childhood fave is cottage cheese, black pepper, and crushed potato chips. Use a ratio of about half to half on the chips and cheese, with a sprinkling of pepper. This is my go to comfort food. I like the crunch and squish mixed with the tang and saltiness.
Popcorn, Maggi’s chili sauce. Addictive!
I WIN!! ME ME ME ME ME ME!!
I eat peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches. I know it’s not that strange but my hubby thinks it’s gross.
I’m from Estonia and a really important part of our Christmas meal is blood sausages. I personally love any cooked blood product with sour cream and some tart jam. Acquired taste, I suppose.
Rice+Curry mixed together with a good amount of plain potato chips crumbled on top.
Steamed veggies (carrot sticks, beans, broccoli are what I tried) dipped in icecream and then some chocolate sauce.
The first I still love, the second grosses me out now (it was just a pregnancy thing).
Man, I could use this cookbook. As I sit in rain drenched New Orleans having just had a Cochon de Lait Po Boy at Jazz Fest…what? What do you mean you don’t feel sorry for me? I still have to be good when I get back home, so…
Ok, ok. My flavor combo comes from a dinner I had at Meauxbar last night. Vanilla bean roasted chicken. My god it was good. Almost as good as beer can, Madras curry seasoned chicken but I digress.
My favorite flavor is bacon and peanut butter. My father always use to make a horrible face when he saw me eating a bacon and peanut butter sandwich. One day I decided to show him. I took a standard recipe for focaccia, replaced the parmesan with peanuts and peanut butter and the herbs with shredded bacon. It was … different and my Dad ate it. The next time he saw me eating a bacon and peanut butter sandwich, he said – “What? No focaccia?!?”
I gave this up for Lent(just to show how much I love it!)…toasted bagel with plain cream cheese, salami and (the healthy part) tomato slices. When I’m really really bad, I have it with a Peanut Buster parfait from Dairy Queen!
Someone ahead of me here mentioned “otak-otak” which literally means “brains” but it actually is much better than the name implies. I found a shortcut way to make it here…2T of the canned Maesri red curry sauce(from Thailand), mix with a couple of beaten eggs, add a 1/2 cup of coconut milk, add in whatever boneless fish fillets(basa is mild and easily avail), steam till done. Yummy!
Bread, peanut butter, dill pickle slices = craziness. Reading all of these entries…I hear a whole new cookbook in the making…
Microwaved carrots with Hersheys Chocolate Syrup. This sounds pretty gross now, but when I was little, it’s how my mom talked me into eating carrots. I called it Bug’s Bunny’s Surprise.
Not so gross, just unusual:
Plain yogurt with raw, soaked wheat berries. And honey.
Ice cream with the crumbs from the bottom of a bag of pretzels.
In college I used to eat salami and cream cheese sandwiches. On rye, of course.
While I adore french fries and ice cream (or vanilla milkshakes) as well, my #1 fave oddball combination is instant ice tea powder (diet with lemon in it) over vanilla ice cream! I have no idea how I came upon THAT one, but I’ve been enjoying this since I was a kid. Let the ice cream soften up a bit, and stir it all up. The lemon crystals give you an explosion of tang and it’s just heavenly! (Oooh – maybe I should have kept this to myself – will Ben & Jerry be reading this, Jaden??) π
My dad got me hooked on these when I was a kid and I still crave them:
1. a bowl of sliced up banana (not too ripe) with milk ….aaah refreshing
2. Banana with The Laughing Cow cheese wedges… take a bite of banana and a nibble of the cheese… mmmm rich and creamy…
There is something about bananas and dairy that just makes the banana tastes better… try it – you will like it.
I used to love dipping my Wendy’s fries in my Wendy’s frosty. Yum. I miss it.
Strange cravings: Cool Ranch Doritos with cottage cheese
Grilled cheese with Ketchup, Potato chips on any sandwich. I guess nothing too outregous.
i love dipping fries into a combo of ketchup, mustard, and mayo. mmmmm.
and apparently ketchup + grilled cheese is strange to a lot of people i’ve met.
i also love the french fries and soft serve combo? or french fries with a chocolate milkshake .. mm..
Peanut butter, mayo, horseradish all on a cheezit, the big kind.
If you can’t find the big cheezits, saltine crackers will do, but it won’t be as good.
Once I realized I did not have any spoons, so I scooped up yogurt with potato chips and ate them together. Turned out to be pretty good!
Strange, dirty, shame from my days in college:
1 bag of cheetos
some jack cheese
some green taco sauce
Assembly should be self evident. Everything goes into the tortilla, then into the microwave. On high. For “’til it’s done” seconds.
It’s done when the cheetos are soggy from cheese juice.
Dark, dark chocolate (85%) and red wine.
Wait. That’s not weird. LOL. I can’t think of any weird combos. Everything I like is normal. But I would LOVE to win the cookbook!! And hopefully, my entry will win with the votes and you can video yourself eating dark chocolate and drinking red wine. π
I love pepper jelly on my B.L.T. It’s a great combo but my friends wrinkle thier noses and say eewwwww. I love it!
I don’t think I indulge in any weird food combos as an adult, but as a kid, I loved potato chips dipped in chocolate pudding. But not just any chocolate pudding, it was those snack size ones with the metal pull tops (I think I just showed my age, sigh).
The food combo that disgusted my family and I can’t believe my mom let me eat this at the dinner table (the chip/pudding snack was the result of lunchroom trading, she didn’t know about that) was mayonaise on steamed cauliflower. These are pretty mild compared to what others have posted, lol.
Love, love LOVE tuna sandwich and chocolate milkshake…bite of tuna sip of shake OH YEAH!!! Also, salad with a can (yes I go there) of oysters, shredded purple cabbage and mix it up with mayo. mmmmm mayo….lots of mayo.
I really like pineapple on pizza. No meat, no other vegetables. Just perfect Hawaiian pineapple, cheese, pizza sauce, crust. It’ll be nice to have after Passover!
Thank you for entering me π
One of my favorite combinations – which everyone thinks is weird but is SO good – is espresso-covered fillets! I don’t even like coffee, but this combo is amazing!
Please enter me! Thanks!
OK – Jaden, I love you dear, but fries and soft serve?
A dill pickle slice sandwiched between two lays potato chips.
My daughter’s with you on the McD french fries with soft serve. Personally, I’m more of a peanut butter and maple syrup on my waffles kind of gal. Or a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Creamy, crunchy, smooth, tangy. Yummm.
I love eating my fries with mayo, ranch dressing, tarter sauce, or thousand island dressing. I don’t like my fries with ketchup, but will dip my grilled cheese sandwich in them. Yummy!
One of my grandma’s dishes was boiled hotdogs split open, filled with creamed potatoes and topped with melted american cheese. A few minutes under the broiler makes it very yummy! And while I don’t think it’s weird, I get some odd looks when I dump a box of milk duds into my popcorn at the movie theatre– instant caramel corn!!
Crumble the potato chips into vanilla ice-cream
Cheddar cheese and dill bagels with a thick smear of raspberry jelly-and that was before I got pregnant! π
Furikake on cottage cheese-yum!
OMG! I’m a weirdo you know that?!! Well, I guess you know it NOW!! I’m a weird person at eating too … lemme list it below, pick your fav and EAT!
1. BREAD + VEGEMITE + MASHED BANANAS (puh-lease! try THIS! )
2. mix RICE with CORNFLAKES (on days when you need double load on carbs!)
hahaha.. that’s about it! have fun reading (and hopefully eating this)
mine is cornflakes, milk and tabasco. In my opinion, it’s tasty enough for everyone to try at least once π
put kim chee into your tuna sandwich..love this combo.
Cheetos with fried rice. call me KKKrrraaazzyyyy π
Also, feed blitz stopped notifying me when you post a message ( thank god that I check every hour for an update;)). They mad at me or somethin’ π
I never thought this was odd until I went from living in the Southwest to college in the Midwest, but there is nothing I like more than a grilled cheese sandwich with roasted green Anaheim chiles! Layer cheese of choice (I’m going through a medium cheddar phase) and strips of roasted chile on slices of hearty, nutty bread and toast the whole thing with butter in a frying pan…
The nuttiness, the warm cheesiness, the fruity, smokey heat from the chile- augh, I’m homesick already!
Also love roasted green chiles on pizza, chips and cheese, steak… the list goes on!
A nice, fresh macaroon with a raspberry shoved into it just before eating it. I also have it on good authority from my friend’s 9 year old son that grapes go well with ketchup, but I’m not ready to try that one!
eating avocadoes with soy sauce =]
omg! my favorite thing in the whole world is to order fries and a milk shake (preferably chocolate mixed with strawberry), stick a fry in the straw, and suck the milkshake out through the fry/straw. everyone thinks its really gross when they see me do it, but i love it!
It’s unconventional, Asian fusion, Chinese-Canadian and so good: I buy freshly cooked, sliced bbq roast pork (cha siu) at the local Chinatown and I put it in a sandwich.
I like to toast my bread (white, brown, it doesn’t matter) and slather it with mayonnaise (Best Foods) and layer the sliced bbq pork on the bread, sandwiching it. Don’t put tomatoes in there (too wet) and don’t even think about putting any lettuce in there. If you want greenery, you can add slivered green onions. That’s yummy and goes really well with the bbq duck! It is so succulent and delicious and simple. I’m the only person I know that does this. I practically lived on this when I was pregnant.
You should hear what I do with Chinese BBQ duck!
Otak Otak with sunny side up egg sandwich! Yum… Hot, spicy otak and runny egg yolk goes very very well! It’s high cal of course! π It’s been years since I’ve had it π Hard to get good otak here.
Btw, I used to dip my MacD fries into their sundaes. Still missed their peach sundaes and peach pies. I think it’s the best combi (fries with peach sundaes) π
I like potato chips dipped in melted bittersweet chocolate. I like to eat little chunks of extra sharp cheddar cheese with raisins on each bite. Candy corn and salted peanuts together. Definitely like the sweet and salty combos.
popcorn and cheap champagne? anybody? I could do it all night.
okay, okay i admit it is quite a coincidence that i too am a adamant lover of french fries dipped, yes dipped!, in a chocolate milkshake. but, i cannot get this from mcdonalds. it has to be better quality. sorry! i don’t crave mcdonalds ever.
as for if it had to be fast food fries and chocolate shake – in n out. it must be in n out. sorry non-california, nevada, arizona residents!
Love the website…want the book.
I like to dip Ruffles potato chips in melted dark chocolate. Even more unusual, Hot Cheetos dipped in cottage cheese. And yes, I do have a cardiologist on retainer
going way back to old school ghetto style. vienna sausage, sticky rice and planter’s cheese balls (from the can). discovered this combo in elementary school when i couldn’t cook anything, so i just opened things up and ate.
oh, and green mangoes or oranges with salt and tabasco.
oh again…c/o my hawaiian friends…gummy bears dusted with li hing mui. try it with dried apricots too!
but i still do the fried rice with ketchup on occasion.
(i think i’m making myself nauseous)
So, my wife digs tex-mex chili ladled onto peanut buttered bread. Weird.
Since you’ve already called out my ice cream & french fry combo, I’ll have to go with a huge shocker that my father came up with : bananas and doritos. Strange, but true & its delicious!
I like to eat green mangoes dipped in fish sauce mixed with sugar and fresh crushed chili…as a snack. π Yum!
Strange combinations? I love to eat red Twizzlers licorice and popcorn together when I go to the movies… Can’t have one or the other, must buy both!
I also like to dip Wendy’s fries into my chocolate Frosty. Oooh, and maple syrup on my bacon at breakfast… Yum!
Guess that must mean I like the combo of Sweet n’ Salty!
Peanut butter on my pancakes…yum, yum!
Also, eating (not mixing) cheese, pretzels, and pickles at the same time. Mmmmmm
My family would be appalled I’m writing this. For a cocktail about once a week, I like to fill a glass with a can of drained pineapple or mandarin oranges and then cover with inexpensive chardonnay. I eat the fruit with a fork, and then drink the wine with the floaties. It’s my ghetto sangria apertif, and I love it more than any other drink.
My son in law introduced me to Fritos and pineapple cream cheese. At first I thought – oh yuck – but the combination of salty and sweet and crunchy and smooth is really good….He has me hooked!
mmmm Peanut butter with Sweet pickles sandwhich or Peanut butter and brown sugar sandwhiches. Comfort all the way .. My mom always made them for us when we were young and it sure takes me back whenever I indulge .
Hm…well, it’s probably not too crazy, but since I was about 12 or 13 I’ve sauteed mushrooms (fresh, canned, doesn’t matter) in raspberry vinegar. A LOT of raspberry vinegar, though red wine vinegar would do. On occasion I’ll even top mac & cheese with them.
There is no explanation for this, I have to tell you. None at all.
I also like Ranch dressing on bologna.
Growth spurt, maybe?
(Cooking Light is wonderful, I agree.)
Okay…the leftover from pregnancy days brought fond food memories back (though for me it was Wendy’s fries and a Frosty – YUM!)
However – for my strange food texture/flavor combo that lingers on even today – peanut butter, brown mustard and smoked ham on honey wheat bread. It really is quite the combination for a comfort food kind of snack!
I like Pringle chips dipped in melted dark chocolate…..yummy!
I also like Cooking Light and would love to win the cookbook.
Ruffles potato chips dipped in cream cheese and bottled salsa (like Pace or Chi Chi’s).
PB&J with a slice of American cheese.
Oreos dipped in sour cream (my oldest turned me on to this).
And this sounded strange to me at first, but it’s really very common in Mexico, cucumber sprinkled with salt and chili powder, or orange sections with chili.
When I was growing up, I would love a slice of good cheddar (none of that processed stuff) with a slice of apple, or even better, a slice of apple pie. Not that I have anything against apple pie a la mode, but a warm slice of apple pie with the cheese ever so slightly softened on top of the crust – the combo of salt and sweet and chew and crunch. *le sigh*
But it seems like no one else has ever had that combo, and they look at me like I’m weird.
Leftovers for lunch, all smooshed together. Lunch today was bits of smoked trout w/ cream cheese, cottage cheese, green salad on top of leftover mapo tofu w/ rice. All mixed together, yummy.
That salad is so vibrantly green and tasty looking . I will have to pick up some grappa to try. As for flavour combinations; this one is not too far out there but before I tried it I thought it was weird: chocolate and chilis
Hubby love peanut butter & baloney. He is trying to get the girls to like it too. Yuck!
i like peanut butter on my pancakes…it’s not really weird, but lots of people think it is. and menudo, but that’s not weird either, if you are mexican. but my favorite thing together at this time, is green olives and cheese-its. (that’s not weird either!)
My strange culinary craving is nothing exotic, but it makes my hubby wince when I have it…which is simply hash browns with steamed white rice. Carb overload much?? Depending on my mood, sometimes I lightly spread ketchup over the hash browns, sometimes I sprinkle ’em with Tabasco. It’s a Filipino thing, the rice…we’ll eat rice with almost anything! But most draw the line at pairing hash browns with rice–not me though.
One other combo I like is fried pork rinds with rice. One of my girlfriends introduced me to this. Sprinkle vinegar on the pork rinds, scoop ’em up with some rice, then gobble it up. Yum!
I love putting gochujang (korean spicey paste) on chicken wings, and also on apple slices π don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!!!
I’d like a glass of grappa, please.
I think anchovy-stuffed olives are a strange combination, but they work so well together. I would not dip them in ice cream, however.
Kaddo Bourani (sweet pumpkin, hearty tomato-y meat sauce, and garlic-mint yogurt sauce) tops my list of stuff I love but seemed weird at first. (http://habeasbrulee.com/2006/10/20/kaddo-bourani-pumpkin-with-yogurt-and-meat-sauces/)
Or baby cut carrots dipped in Premium soy sauce with a dash of tobasco.
There’s also the rosewater and sugar syrup brushed on the top of my lemon-poppyseed-almond muffin at lunch today.
Funny how many of the odd combos involve peanut butter.
Growing up in Delaware we had something called Lebanon Bologna (from Pennsylvania I believe) and I used to slather two pieces of white bread with peanut butter and put a piece of Lebanon on it and eat! It has been probably 30 years since I’ve done that.
Wow, just scrolled up again and see that Mike did pretty much the same thing!!
I love to eat cheese after I eat chocolate.
Also whats good and seems weird is canned pears with mayonnaise and cheese on top of them. Surprisingly yummy!
I like to slice up apples and soak them in balsamic vinegar before I eat them.
Oh my gosh, this is so gross that I shouldn’t admit that I eat it — but I *love* apple sliced doused with spray butter! And some Equal on top for an overwhelmingly chemical-full snack. I limit myself to only having it once a month or so. π
This was years ago but pickles, ice cream, and chocolate!
I like to dip my fries in mayo, or mayo and dijon mustard, or even better, mayo mixed with tabasco. Enough tabasco that the mayo gets quite runny. Yummy spicy, creamy, salty.
I thought my sister was crazy for eating green beans and ketchup as a kid.
The flavor combination I like and others might think weird is bbq sauce on eggs.
Maybe my parents let us use the condiments a little too much as kids.
I recently discovered verdolaga at my local ethnic market. I have been using in place watercress in salads and love it. And my ethnic market has it for thirty-three cents a bunch, a lot cheaper than watercress! It has become my new favorite green.
When I was in high school, it was the “cool” thing to dip your fries in your frosty at Wendys. So you’d just be considered a cool kid! (Does this sucking up help my chances? π
I don’t think I have any really strange cravings or combinations. Maybe I’m boring. But I do love Cooking Light!
Hey, I don’t need pregnancy cravings to love McDonald’s fries in soft serve ice-cream! I have been loving that forever!!! I didn’t know anyone else ate them like that, if I didn’t think you rocked before, I definitely think you do now π
My husband thinks it’s weird that I like to mix canned tuna meat into saffron rice with onions. Other than that, I got nothin’.
I once had a subscription to Cooking Light. I know I clipped a lot of recipes from the magazines. I should go dig those up.
I really love the combination of persimmon pudding and milk. I pour a lot on it so that it looks like oatmeal – yum!
The one thing I eat that makes people outside of my family give me strange looks is macaroni and milk. Elbow macaroni, milk (enough to make it look like a bowl of cereal), butter, and lots of salt and pepper.
Peanut butter, bananas, and honey is always a good combo. But I also like BBQ sauce on everything – especially french fries. Not that “strange” though. π
Peanut butter and melted cheese on toast…or peanut butter and honey. Yummy!!!
I have to admit that I survived for months on the following:
canned sweet corn mixed with chopped up imitation crab, dressed with white wine vinegar and some dijon mustard.
It’s an interpretation of a salad I had in France once, and I have to say that it is absolutely delicious and undeniably bizarre combo.
When I was a kid I used to love to eat what my dad ate……. ketchup on cheddar cheese (the real cheese, no processed junk). YUM!
Personally, I like a toasted Peanut butter, bacon, and honey sandwich.
Oh, and saying cognac is a good substitute for grappa is like saying a porsche is a good substitute for a broken bicycle. Grappa tastes like kerosene.
macaroni and cheese and ketchup, just like the Barenaked Ladies intended.
Spicy dill pickles and Tostitos corn chips. I don’t know why, but I love this combination!
Also, like you, fries dipped in a chocolate shake. SO good!!
We went to Montreal a few years ago and they prefer to use mayo instead of ketchup for their fries. My husband gave it a shot while we were there and definitely prefers it now! (He didn’t try poutine though – pretty sure that’s not vegetarian gravy)
I”m seconding the pb and mayo thing. I still eat it.
Cooking Light has come a long way since they first started. They have great recipes!
My favorite is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with original Lay’s potato chips crumbled (rather thick) between the PB and the J. MMmmm….so sweet…salty….and crunchy!
I love to eat ice cream and cereal together. Basically, I just take a mixture of different kinds of cereal and mix it with ice cream–but so there’s more cereal than ice cream. I usually use a pretty crunchy and flake-y cereal and vanilla or vanilla-based ice cream for the optimum texture/flavor combination.
This totally grosses out pretty much everyone, but I have no idea why, because it is AMAZING.
I stopped doing this at work because it occurred to me it might look gross, but I’ll put a spoonful of yogurt in my mouth and then take a bite of my peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I think it’s the cool dairy combination with the soft bread and sticky pb&j just gets me.
Funny how many of these combos have to do with peanut butter!
i totally feel you on the fries + chocolate ice cream thing, though mine would be wendy’s fries and a frosty (oh, and there is one reason that i need a cooking light cookbook. ahem)
along the same lines, my mom got me hooked on plain potato chips (esp. Lays) and dark chocolate (in particular, burnt almond chocolate bars).
dude. seriously? when i was a teenager i was dipping my mickey d fries in some soft serve! i’ve since kicked the habit, but i no longer work at mickey d’s either. π
so here’s my strange taste/concoction, i like to eat bulgogi sandwiches. *grimace* sometimes on hot dog buns with mayo. *hides face* and sometimes with kimchi. π
I’ve been caught with peanut butter and mayonaise.Mmmmm
Peanut butter and hard salami sandwiches with orange soda on the side. Started eating these when I was 7 or 8. Haven’t had one in while. Lunch tomorrow is looking up. π
Darn, Carla beat me to the fries + Wendy’s frosty combo. Way better than fries and soft serve, if you ask me.
I also like PB + banana + bacon sandwiches. Since I like bacon with maple syrup, I thought the sweetness of the banana would mimic that and it does. And everything goes with PB in a sandwich. Plus, the bacon adds a salty crunchiness to every bite.
Well I have never been pregnant so I dont have a odd combo. However things that turn people off like ground anchovies, and chicken livers,I like to sneak in a sauce or dish.It adds that extrs omph. Sometimes I can even get away with it.
Pregnancy cravings are crazy, with my first all I wanted was fried okra and Wendy’s chili. My poor child.
I do the fries and soft serve – except my choice is typically Wendy’s fries and a frosty. Not as often anymore. Something about salty and sweet. As for weird food mixtures, my Dad probably has most anyone I’ve ever known beat. He would crumble cornbread in a glass and eat it with milk, not the sweet kind either, the southern kind that tastes like cornmeal and salt. Then there was the buttermilk in a cup with salt and pepper only, which he would drink. Maybe he should win the cookbook, lol. But he has no interest in anything with the word ‘light’ in it, so I’ll gladly take it from him!
It’s not crazy weird, really, but I do like wasabi peas with goat cheese!
I sneak pickle slices between the cheese in a grill cheese sandwich.
I secretly like to eat dark chocolate m&ms and cheddar goldfish crackers.
Well it’s not too far out there but my husband thinks it’s wierd; I like to dip my potato chips in apple sauce, oh and grilled cheese sandwiches too.