Brains: Really? I never quite took to the waxed beans, lima beans or fried spinach. Spinach: Not raw, not crispy, not deep fried but big leaves cooked in a frying pan in oil with bits of bacon added. I guess the bacon was good but the rest of it was like eating a soggy plant. I also never got over the hominy and grits. Hominy, you know that white stuff, puffed up balls of corn in a creamy sauce. When you chewed ‘em you’d have thought they were soft, but they were crunchy. My advise is DON'T EVER EAT them.
BRAINS! They were the worst. Not monkey of course, cow brains. Even today the thought makes me shudder. They were white and looked just like a pile of human brains. This is when I invented going to the bathroom during a meal. I would take a bite of brains (eyes closed) and then cough politely into my napkin. Then, with Grandma’s permission (you didn’t ask Grandpa, this was Grandma’s domain) you went to the bathroom, flushed the napkin, and then came back. I got real good at this. Getting two or three mouth fulls into the napkin, then going to the bathroom. I could only go once during a meal (twice if I looked to Grandma like I REALLY had to go) so this method had limited value resulting in actually having to swallow some!
When steak was served, I remember it being about 1/4 inch thick, fried to the point of very well done with all the fat and gristle attached. It was impossible to chew the gristle and the fat was rubber. No napkins could save me. I would sit at the table for what seemed like an hour after everyone else finished and excused themselves, refusing to eat the impossible. Even today red meat is not my favorite.
Hominy: No way Jose. White stuff my Grandma made. Puffs of corn that looked soft in a mushy pile but when I bit into them they were crunchy. Something was definitely off in the way they were made, how they were supposed to taste and how they looked. Second only to brains in my worst foods list.
Cottage cheese. My parents ate this. It was weird as well. At least I could smother this with fruit and honey. But then whats the point of eating this?