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Are these strange food combinations?

on Tuesday, 08 August 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Brenda Harrison

I recently stumbled onto a website that listed strange food combinations enjoyed by people in our state. The article was written two years ago by Gwen Tennille.

Banana and mayo sandwiches was first on her list. Nothing strange about that to me – I love ‘em. However when I offered one to my North Carolina born granddaughters, they screamed, “Oh Mema, that’s disgusting.” What about peanut butter and banana sandwiches?

The granddaughters also passed up the chance to try pineapple and mayo sandwiches which I also find yummy and not a bit strange. However, my dad’s raisin and mayo sandwiches, and a childhood friend’s slices of green olives stuffed with pimentos on mayo sandwiches, might seem a little weird. To each his own, I say. I do remember eating sandwiches made of sandwich meat embedded with green olives stuffed with pimento.

Number two on the list was tomato sandwiches. We natives know nothing could be finer than sandwiches made with homegrown tomatoes on bread slathered with Duke’s mayo and sprinkled with salt and pepper. This is one of my favorite summer treats.

French fries and a chocolate milkshake was number three. Nothing strange about that to me, but I prefer an “all the way” hot dog with a chocolate milkshake. I’ll take a few fries on the side.

Sausage, eggs, and maple syrup? Well again, to each his own, but not my taste.

Boiled peanuts and beer is number five. I love boiled peanuts, but never liked beer. Boiled peanuts with a tall glass of sweet tea and lemon would be scrumptious.

Number six on the list is sausage biscuits and grape jelly. I’ve probably eaten them before, but I prefer mustard on my sausage biscuits.

Cornbread and milk was number seven. Not strange for Southerners, but I never cared too much for cornbread, so I don’t want it in my milk.

Salted, roasted peanuts in Coca-Cola or Pepsi. I admit I did this as a kid.

Creamed tomatoes over rice or grits. Now you’re talking. Actually, my mom made stewed tomatoes which are delicious on rice or over grits.

Neckbones/pig tails and rice. My grandmother used to cook neckbones in rice. I would love a bowl right now. Never tried pig tails.

Sorghum, homemade biscuits, and sweet cream is number 11 on the list. Never had this.

Number 12 is hot pickled pepper vinegar over collard and mustard greens. I am very familiar with this, but I don’t care for hot peppers. I prefer plain or apple cider vinegar on my collards,turnip greens and mustard greens. Can’t eat’m without the vinegar.

The last strange food the writer listed is lima beans and ketchup. That’s a strange one to me and I’ll pass on that one.

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