Well, I finally did it! For the first time in my life!

@jerzgirl (8168)
Gloucester City, New Jersey
August 3, 2008 8:39am CST
That's right. I finally gave in and did what millions of others have done for years and years. Something that has never once appealed to me until this morning. What is it, you're asking? I'll tell you. When I went shopping the other morning, I looked for, and didn't find as usual, navel oranges for my mother. But, then I noticed they had bananas, nice yellow bananas, not overripe bananas, for sale at 3 lbs/$1.00. Cheapest price in months! They sounded good, so I bought a small bunch. I also bought cereal for the both of us. Well, this morning, I wanted cereal, but I also wanted a banana. I grew up eating sliced bananas and milk for breakfast or a snack once in a while, but never once in my 53 years have I had bananas on cereal. NOT ONCE!! I just could never find it appealing. I've had raisins, I've had blueberries and I've had cranberries mixed in with cereal (all dried, of course), but the appeal of bananas on my cereal just wasn't there. I tried to decide - do I want bananas and milk or do I want cereal - which do I want more? I couldn't decide. So, I cut a banana in half and sliced it on top of my Crunchy Granola Raisin Bran cereal and poured the milk. I finally did it - I put bananas on my cereal!! Did I like it? It was OK and I'd eat it again, and it satisfied that food desire I had, but it still isn't something I'm inclined to have regularly. But, how about you? Has there ever been a food that you knew others ate regularly, but it just didn't sound appetizing to you - then suddenly, one day, it made total sense to have, so you tried it? Whether you liked it or not, has that happened? And, did you like it? Tell us about it.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I like the taste of banana's, but not the texture. I like smoothies, ice cream, banana bread, but I just can't eat the real thing. My grandfather loved banana's on his cereal. I just couldn't do it. My husband will eat anything with banana's with including his cereal and is always amazed that I just turn green when he offers a piece. DCMerkle
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
4 Aug 08
I like the texture of bananas and the taste - they're probably the only fruit, besides cantaloupe and watermelon, that I'll eat as they come from their source. The rest I want canned or cooked. Except green fruits and strawberries. I don't care much for banana bread or any kind of drink with banana flavor in them. I don't know why, but I just don't.
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@redkathy (3375)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Hi there. Bananas, sliced thin, and corn flakes. That was my mother's favorite way to eat cereal. When she was going through chemo she would eat it a lot. She said that always still tasted good! When I was growing up rarely did we get sweet cereals, Capitan Crunch or Coco Puffs for breakfast. Those were more for a snack. Now corn flakes and bananas that was a different story. We could eats those in the morning without any question! Good for you and not a lot of added sugar. Maybe you should try it. I don't think the bananas do Crunchy Granola any justice.
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
4 Aug 08
I think they look great, but the thought of actually eating it has never appealed to me. I didn't eat just plain granola, but bran flakes with granola bits in it with raisins. But, I didn't care much for the opposing textures as I was eating. I think I'll stick with one or the other instead.
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• Singapore
3 Aug 08
I personally do not like shelled seafood such as cockles, clams and its relatives. Everyone around me ate them. I have never tried them on my own either. But there was something I did not realise. I have been eating a dish called carrot cake (there's no carrots and it's not a cake!) at this food outlet and I really liked it. It had some interesting ingredients I did not know, but it tasted delicious. So one day, I brought my then boyfriend to eat at that place. As usual, I had the carrot cake. He told me that it had some kind of shelled seafood, not the big ones, the small tiny ones. Up till now, I still do not know its name. I said WHAT! Are your sure? Then I realised that I did not mind it at all. I will go ahead and order the food again. But I still can't imagine swallowing any other shelled seafood. LOL!
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I've eaten cereal and bananas for breakfast many, many times since I was a kid. (I'm 56 - a few years older than you.) It was always the easiest way to eat both cereal and fruit for breakfast. I never did like raisins in or on anything. Yuck. And when I was a kid, if I didn't eat bananas on my cereal, my grandmother wanted me to eat prunes. I liked them, but I didn't want them everyday for breakfast. :-) My dad didn't like any new foods introduced in our house growing up. He was strictly a meat and potatoes man. And for veggies we only ate green or yellow beans, corn or cooked carrots. So, when I had a chance to eat out with friends (or especially with friends' parents), I'd try everything. I've had all kinds of seafood - including octopus and squid - and loved them all. When I moved to Florida, I tried gator. Yummy. When I went to Hawaii and Puerto Rico and on a Caribbean cruise, I tried everything, even when I didn't know what it was I was eating. And...back at home, I'll eat just about anything with peanut butter - bananas, strawberries, blueberries, pickles (dill or sweet), lettuce/tomatoe/mayo/bacon.
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
4 Aug 08
WOW! You're definitely a culinary adventurer!! I won't touch anything with suckers. I'm going to have to be good and hungry (meaning I'll have lost a lot of weight without trying first) before I attempt to eat calamari or octopus. Dad tried fried octopus tentacles once - thanks, but no thanks. We were living in Venezuela at the time and the guys at the plant "treated" him to breakfast. Well, he ate what he was served and they respected him highly for it, but he didn't order it again. Although, he did become a fan of escargot while we were there - the owner and cook of the hotel in which we lived at first was French. There were two orchards behind us when I was little - an apple nearest to us and a peach right behind that, so I'd be playing outside and, when I wanted a snack, would just venture into that orchard and helped myself!! LOL Yet now...I don't eat either one like that. I have tried fried gator and a local Cajun restaurant. I do have to say I really liked that! And, I would try it again if I was down south. But, I would stick to the fried for a while. My kids have tried almost everything - their dad was "if I don't like it, it doesn't belong on my table" so they were exposed to more things when we weren't there anymore. My dad introduced them to Kiwi fruit (thanks, Dad) and star fruit. I still don't know what either one tastes like. About the peanut butter.....um.....yeah - I'll stick with jelly or marshmallow fluff, I think!
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@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
4 Aug 08
You are not alone. I have never tried it. Can't bring myself to do it. My dad always use to put bananas on his Wheaties. My DH puts bananas on his cornflakes. Well the other day one of the nurses as the doctor's office told me about Special K with Strawberries. My 11 year old wanted to try them, so we found them at Walmart. Well I tried them this morning, my 11 year hasn't tried them yet. It was okay, but I won't buy it again.
@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
4 Aug 08
I bought them once for my mother because I knew she liked Special K and she likes strawberries. She told me to never buy it again. She ate it, but said that was enough. I wouldn't touch it because of the strawberries, but oh how I like the crunchy granola raisin bran I got - lightly sweetened PLUS raisins! And, it's not even a brand name. I also like a Nature's [something] with whole grains, almonds and dried cranberries. I think I like the raisin bran best, though. It kind of reminds me of Crispy Wheats w/raisins.
@Hatley (164239)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Aug 08
With me it was fettucini, others around me fixed it and raved about it with shrimp scampi so I ordered some from albertsons and wow were they right. I now oftern 'fix this with help from Shrimp that are alreadymade made into shrimp scampi and just need to be heated. this has become one of my pasta favorites along with linguine and spaghetti. lol
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
4 Aug 08
Howdy, Hatley!! I don't like garlic enough to eat scampi, but I can visualize that because my friend buys dinners with shrimp and fettuccine with extra garlic, so I know what you're talking about. Some of those new heat and eat combinations are VERY good. And, in many cases, far less expensive than making it yourself (plus easier!) I buy a garlic chicken one from the Aldi store that is excellent - loads of veggies, chicken, garlic sauce (not too garlicky) and pasta. Smells so good while I'm cooking it and all for under $4. I don't know if there are any Aldi stores out your way, but if one is nearby, maybe you could check it out. http://www.aldi.us/index_ENU_HTML.htm
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
3 Aug 08
my mother always like fruit on her cereal. we were traveling and all we had were plums so she put a plum on her cereal - she said it was okay - not as good as peaches, bananas, strawberries, etc, but okay I eat my cereal dry (generally special K) so I also don't put fruit on it. I don't eat bananas at all.
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
3 Aug 08
I had never seen anyone in my family put any kind of fruit on their cereal. Dad ate bananas with milk and sugar and that's how I usually ate them, too. Other than tropical fruits and cantaloupe, they're the only other fruit I eat semi-regularly. But, I didn't like the texture contrast (soft fruit, crunchy flakes). But, I might try dried banana chips sometime. That might be workable for me. I prefer dried fruit to fresh anyway.
@snowy22315 (75947)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I dont think so. i usually eat whatever everybody else eats. When I try something new it's the stuff everyone else doesnt try like chutney with grilled cheese sanwiches or something like that. I read about a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich one time I ate it and the hot jelly dripped out and burned me. Never again!
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@jerzgirl (8168)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
3 Aug 08
Chutney with grilled cheese? Ooooooo - that sounds way interesting! Other than being burned, did you like the grilled PB&J? If you did, maybe making it like a Monte Cristo (dipped in an egg batter like French Toast) would solve some of the problem by holding in the jelly? I don't think I'd like it myself, but I can see how someone might.