Deep Thoughts and Food Culture

It’s NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. For the month of November, I’m going to post every day. This is day 17.

durian-chopped liver

Nothing particularly prosaic for you today. Just some thoughts and musings. Do you remember that Saturday Night Live skit “Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey“? Not surprisingly, it was one of my favorite skits. Think of this as my own version of Deep Thoughts, with a food-related slant.

Lately I’ve been thinking about food culture and food preferences. Some foods are so strange that if you don’t grow up eating them, I think it’s hard to develop a liking for them. Thousand Year Old Eggs and Durian come to mind as perfect examples of foods in this category. But I suppose you don’t think of your own familiar foods in this category. I was struck by this recently.

I’m going to admit that I like chicken livers. I like them sautéed in olive oil with a little salt and pepper. I like them with rice, potatoes, or bread. And I love them turned into a chopped liver pâté with onions, hard boiled eggs, and seasonings. It was not until recently that it occurred to me that they are in fact, a rather strange food to enjoy so heartily. Being exposed to livers regularly and from a young age, I’ve learned to enjoy them. Perhaps if I was served durian often, I would have these same feelings towards that strange fruit.

What unusual foods from your childhood do you like?