Cooking smells, likes and dislikes

United States
June 22, 2007 12:56am CST
I sit in a bedroom when I am on the computer, the computer faces a window. It is hot here in California and I have the window opened it is 10:48PM and there is a breeze blowing in the window. We live in the city and the neighbor has cooked something that is foul smelling, I think it smells like burnt greese but I am not sure. Every once in a while I get a smell of what ever they are cooking or have cooked for dinner and it is nauseating. I am glad our bedroom does not face their home I do not think I could sleep tonight if I had to smell that all night. Have anyone of you had to smell something foul that the neighbors have cooked and if so what? Or have you had to smell something someone in your house hold cooked that you had to endure that stinks?
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@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
22 Jun 07
Sometimes, my mother cooks shrimp paste and smells awfully bad & fishy at the start but it tastes great after it gets cooked. delayed gratification I guess.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I have never heard of shrimp paste does that go in dips? I love shrimp in fact I bought raw shrimp yesterday to teach myself how to cook it.
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@kuirqs (512)
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
Hmmm...how to describe shrimp paste? This is a condiment usually used in Southeast Asian cuisine (I'm from the Philippines). It's made of very tiny fermented shrimp and is quite salty. My mother makes it at home and is pretty foul smelling at first. But once it get sauteed in garlic and a bit of pork fat or chicken skin, it smells & tastes great. It's good if it's a bit sweet and spicy. We use it as a complement to our viands or as a dipping sauce for green mangoes. Maybe you'd find some in Asian stores and could give it a try...it might be a taste you'll learn to love!
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• United States
30 Jun 07
Sounds interesting.
@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
22 Jun 07
so people that don't know how to cook should be banned at purchasing an gas cooker or an oven... OR may be they are not cooking they might do something else:)... I like the smell of fresh garlic and jugged onion... the best in the world;)
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• United States
23 Jun 07
What is jugged onions? I have never head of that. I will tell you I had to learn how to cook and I ruined several meals by trial and error. I think that is one way of learning how to cook. I taught myself how to barberque and I burned a lot of meat in my learning days. I can tell you I do a great barbarque now but it took lots of practice.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I've kept my fingers crossed that so far I haven't had a problem for a few months now...You see the apartment below me is organized a little different than mine...where my bedroom is, is the neighbor's downstair's kitchen...and so far no foul odors...these people are relatively new--but a few years ago...OMG---One time it smelled like they were cooking with 30 pounds worth of garlic..now I like garlic but not that much..then there was one dish they'd cook every once in awhile and really...I wanted to gag..you see the smell would come right up into my apt. and especially the bedroom...arghh! The people that lived before them was different too..they were from India, and OMG whatever they were cooking smelled SO wonderful, that I wanted to invite myself to their dinner--LOL But it's not only cooking odors though...another neighbor must use a truck load of pine cleaner...and that smell seeps into my apt. too...it's nauseating! As for cooking odor that smells from my cooking...sacre bleu! Mai, non! My cooking is great!
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• United States
22 Jun 07
I only cook the great smelling dishes. LOL. I can hear them moving pans around. These people of Mexican decent. Which is OK by me, I have never smelled what ever they are cooking tonight and it is so late. They are usually in bed by now. It might be for something speical tomorrow. They always have lots of company.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
23 Jun 07
We live in the city now and smell coffee from a neighbor. We do not drink coffee however it does smell good. We only have a problem when they have something that is burning like wood, brush or maybe a grill. That reminds us too much of our housefire and we go searching for the source and are relieved it is not where we are living now. Also the neighbor with the coffee has a chemical company that sprays their lawn. That makes me sick within two days. So you know how I stand on that.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I am sorry about your house fire I hope eveyone got our ok? My brother in-law had his lawn fertilized every year with fish guts and it really stinks I was visiting one time when they did it that did stink.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
24 Jun 07
Thank you, we all got out except for the bunny and 3 cats. Myself and 2 cats are mostly healed now. Fish would be fine. I would not have the headache the chemicals cause me. Also all the cats in the neighborhood would be lurking about responding to that fishy smell. Thanks for responding to me.
@raychill (6530)
• United States
22 Jun 07
My great grandmother used to live with my family and I. Our house had a finished basement complete with it's own kitchen and bathroom and that's where my great grandmother lived for a while. Anyhow she used to make stuffed peppers and since my bedroom was right abover her kitchen it used to KILL me!!!! The smell was so horrible I couldn't even stand it. Her and my dad were the only ones who ate them so I never knew why she'd make them. The best thing about where I live now is that I live right near a bakery so certain times at night and early in the morning if you walk outside you smell probably one of the best smells ever, fresh baked bread.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I had to laugh at the thought of your grandmother making stuffed peppers below you and the smell killing you. I am sorry but it sounds funny. I agree one of the best smells is fres baked bread. Yum
@raychill (6530)
• United States
24 Jun 07
Ha...well of course I didn't mean it in the literal sense :) I'm real weird about smells though...the smell of baby powder makes me sick and I can't even walk down the baby aisle of most stores or be near women who wear powder scented deodorant. it's odd.
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
I love the smell of garlic a lot. And also the smell of roasting. I couldnt resist the aroma these two ingredients bring out when they are being cooked. I dont like to smell anything salty when someone is cooking. Especially bagoong. Maybe you dont know what it is but its common here in the Philippines.
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• United States
4 Jul 07
You are right I do not know what a bagoong is. Is is a dish or a fruit or some type of meat?
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
29 Jun 07
I have Asthma and allergies, so my nose is very sensitive and I don't miss much. Fish, any kind of seafood. I can not eat it, because I can not stand the smell. I have never eaten lobster, crab, sardines, muscles or oysters. Now I like breaded Red Snapper and shrimp, sometimes, but not often. The smell is just so awful that I can not bring it too close to my nose. People say that seafood is really good, I just don't see how it could be. I also like tuna, as long as it does not taste to fishy.
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• United States
4 Jul 07
I bought some meat and groceries from a company that delivered the meat and put it in the freezer. I took out two flets of cod and two of halibat. They did not stink, no fish odor when I went to cook them. I grilled them outside and boy or boy where they good. I liked the cod better than the halibat. The halibat was more fishey. I also grilled some shrimp which was also good. I bought the shrimp from costco which was frozen and ready to cook with only tails on them. My mom did not like fish and taught us girls we did not like fish without even ever trying it. I can see if you cannot eat it because of the smell.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
23 Jun 07
I can not stand the Smell of Chips frying (Fries) as it smells out the whole Place and the Smell lingers for a long time to
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I do not like the smell of chips frying either but I do love a good french fry. LOL
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
23 Jun 07
Hey. I know that smell, because I have a neighbour that is either burning his food or spilling greese all over the element and yes it can be stink. And Ive since banned pre-cooked microwaved popcorn, that stinks out our house big time... Smells like chuck!!!
• United States
23 Jun 07
LOL you are right. Have you heard of such a thing as popcorn lungs? It is a disease that workers have gotten who work in the factories that make microwave popcorn, it is from breathing that dry butter flavoring. It is delibating.
@yingtao (22)
• China
23 Jun 07
hate the smell of the gas
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I agree
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
22 Jun 07
A few years ago, when I lived in Virginia, I had a really awful neighbor. For starters, all the apartments on that floor were 2 bedrooms. They had at least 5 kids, they kept them indoors all day, and they played in the hallway at night. Anyway, a few times as I was going out for something, I would see the dad coming in carrying a bag of garbage from the dumpsters. I would regularly smell what I can only describe as "cooking garbage" coming thru the walls. That was the worst thing I've ever smelled from a neighbor.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
Who gross, I feel sorry they sounded really poor. I bet you are glad they are gone. At least they could have let the kids play outside during the day. To me it sounded like they where gyspies.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
22 Jun 07
We had neighbors when living in an apartment once and they always cooked the grossest smelling food. They were Chinese and I love chinese food, and I have no idea what htey were cooking but sometimes I gagged going up the stairs to our apartment. My husband cooks fish often and I loathe the smell. I also get gaggy when he does this. I have to open the windows. lol, and my dad cookes Venison occasionally and I hate how that smells. That;s the worst to me, I have to leave the house or get sick. lol.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I love venison it has been years since I have had it. When we where little we my dad never was able to shoot a deer but we always had venison given to us from other hunters around. I had venison jerkey about 6 years ago and I loved it.
@babykay (2133)
• Ireland
22 Jun 07
I hate it when people cook meat, especially roast chicken. That smell turns my stomach and ensures I lose my appetite (in case you hadn't guessed I am vegetarian!).
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I guessed you are a vegetarian I am sorry meat smells turn your stomache. I love meat and love beef the best. I get sick and achy if I do not eat enough protein so I go for a good steak. I know we all have our own tastes. I bet you are skinny also, I am not I have lost 88lbs and have 80 more. I will continue to lose.
• India
22 Jun 07
Nope nothing like that has ever happened to me, because i live in a house on the country side of kerala and all the neighbours houses are far enough to prevent any foul smells from getting over to our house. And i must say that their cookin is far better than what i get in the city, far better than the junk food anyways..
• United States
23 Jun 07
We moved here three years ago from the country where wh had 22 acres and the neighbors were to far away to smell their cooking that I miss. I do not miss living in the country where the bugs where so thick that you could not go outside without getting eaten up alive from mosquitoes. The bugs were so think that in the summertime driving at night in the car it sounded like it was raining on your windshield frim all the bug hitting it. yuck. I do not miss that where we live now I go out at night and swim in out pool and do not worry about bugs.
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
22 Jun 07
i live in a condo and yes,i get all kinds of smell everyday but thank god,they're all good cooking;)sometimes i feel like going to their doorstep with a plate and have a taste of what they're cooking.especially when mom's not around.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
My mom was a high fat cook. She fried everything and did not drain the greese off of anything. I wonder if that is why the smell from next door was bathering me.
• India
22 Jun 07
sometime it is good and sometime it really pieces me of. the pungent smell of cooking always irritates me but sometimes it's really sooting
• United States
23 Jun 07
I agree with you.
• Singapore
22 Jun 07
This is 2 edged, my friend. I have smelled both wonderful and awful things. Sometimes, yes, I get to smell weird, burnt smells. But other times, I really hope to be invited to their table.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
Sometimes one of the neighbors, I do not know which one is grilling out side and yum it smells so good. Please aske me over please please.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I don't live in an apartment so I don't have that worry. Actually, that is interesting as I had never thought about cooking smells. I had only considreed how awkward it must be hearing other peoples noises! My hubby cooks a lot for us and I love to smell oninons and garlic as they brown gently in a pan. When hubby starts a dish that way I am in heaven smelling it! However, I simply can' stand to smell liver cooking. I seriously have to leave the house and sit on the deck! I visited a friend once whose husband was cooking while we sat and visited, and of course...you guessed it, liver and onions! I had to excuse myself!
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I agree with you liver and onions smells bad. What smellse really bad to me is blood sausage. It is so gross smelling I could not even taste it. My husband was given some one time and he tried to cook it. The smell made me gage and ran me out of the house also.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I hate the smell of boiling shrimp. I like to eat it, but hate the smell. I'm allergic to bell peppers, but before I knew that, I could tell whem my mom was using them across the house & upstairs. It didn't have to actually penitrate my brain, I could tell when someone with me could not. I also don't like celery, but when you cook it, that smell that it makes is what is in it that I don't like. It makes my eyes itch. Once it is cooked soft, then it doesn't bother me.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
Poor poor you I have never heard of anyone being allergic to celery or their eyes itching when it is being cooked. I love the smell of chicken soup with onions and celery in it. I do not think I have ever smelled boiled shrimp, grilled or fried shrimp but not boiled. It does sound yucky.
• United States
22 Jun 07
I don't usually smell the neighbor's cooking even though our houses are pretty close together. But every once in a while I catch a whif of something that smells really good. I don't know which house it's coming from but oh boy does it smell positively mouth watering. During the summer of course almost every day someone is cooking out on the grill and that always smells wonderful. Both me and my husband are pretty good cooks. Now don't get me wrong, I love my vegies, a good salad, green beans, peas, spinach, carrots, celery, and many more, I love them. But my hubby loves all the vegies that to me smell like sulfer. He loves cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and goes thru about 4 bags of frozen brussel sprouts a week. I don't mind the taste of any of these, I rather like it but the smell really gets to me. I never say anything about it though, at least he likes them. A lot of men will only eat meat, corn and potatos.
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• United States
22 Jun 07
My hubby loves veggies also even thoes veggies, I do not cook the cabbage, broccoli anc cauliflower much I like them raw and I detest brusselsprouts. I am dieting so I have been killing my hubby with salads. He has been eating more meat and just the cooked veggies and bypassing the salads at times. Oh well he does not need to diet. Lucky man. The other day I grilled and when I do that I cook two nights meal at one time, so last night we had ribs that I rewarmed in the microwave yum.