By Chuck Woodbury
Some friends and I were sitting around a campfire gabbing about random stuff when the subject of food came up. For some reason we started talking about artichokes and how we eat them.
I said I like my artichokes dipped in melted butter. Others said they only eat theirs when dipped in mayonnaise.
I eat my artichokes by putting the leaf into my mouth with the fleshy side up, peeling the meat off with my top teeth. But others said they eat their artichokes with the fleshy side down, using their bottom teeth to shave off the meat.
We figured that we probably all picked up our artichoke eating techniques from our parents. I know that growing up my mother always served artichokes with melted butter. I have tried using mayonnaise, but it’s not satisfying.
After artichokes we talked about bananas.
I said I always totally peel a banana before eating it. Others said they removed the peel about halfway, and then gripped the banana as they ate it. That made sense to me because your hand wouldn’t get sticky. Still, I must eat my banana fully peeled or it’s not a quality food experience.
Someone asked about peas. “Do you like canned peas, frozen peas or fresh peas?” I said I did not like canned peas because they were slimy. We all pretty much agreed we did not like canned peas. One of my friends told a story about when his brother was a little fellow and had to go to the doctor to remove a pea he’d stuck up his nose. It was off-topic but we all got a good laugh.
Do you have any particular food-eating experiences you would like to share? Please leave a comment.