hi, weird? it’s me…random!

I was tagged recently by Salena of The Daily Rant to share seven weird and random things about me.

Here are the rules:

1. Link to Highway Hags and list the rules on your blog.
2. Share seven facts about yourselves on your blog — some random and some weird.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I’ll end the suspense here and tell you I won’t be tagging anyone, but if you’d like to play along in the comments or on your blog, I’d love to read all about your weirdness and randomness!

Now, I’ve done a few of these in the past and also generally shared a lot of strange stuff about me, so I’m going with a theme here–something I don’t think I’ve covered.

Weird or random food combinations that I enjoy:

1. Chicken (noodle or rice) soup with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I have no idea where this one originated because neither my mother nor my grandmother would ever have given me something so odd together. I’m guessing this one came up early on during my college years when beggars couldn’t be choosers.

2. Peanut butter and banana sandwich. I don’t think this one is *so* weird, but I know it’s not exactly normal either. In any event, it definitely comes from childhood because I’ve been eating these as long as I can remember. Here is my method: peanut butter spread on one slice of bread; banana cut in half and then sliced longways; the two pieces are placed on the side with peanut butter and then covered with another slice of bread.

Yes, you could slice the banana, but my way gives you more banana for your buck with each bite, IMHO. And yes, then I usually eat the other half of the banana.

3. Tuna salad sandwich made a particular way. And the way is this: tuna, mayonnaise, sliced hard-boiled egg, and chopped celery on toast with lettuce and tomato. If I don’t have one of these ingredients, I won’t even make tuna salad. Seriously.

4. Cheese sandwich with ketchup and mustard. I know this sounds disgusting. I thought so too before my childhood best friend convinced me to try one at her house somewhere around second or third grade. It’s become a strange comfort food for me-just a squirt of ketchup on one slice of bread, a squirt of mustard on the other, and a slice of cheese in between. Easy cheesy.

5. Bagel sandwich with thinly sliced provolone, honey dijon mustard, and lettuce. Perhaps this is the grown-up version of #4, and not all that random or weird, but I don’t think it’s a very common favorite sandwich, so I’m including it here.

One day when I was just off campus during college, I was starving and didn’t have much cash on me (we mostly used “food points” to eat plus see #1); I went to my favorite bagel place and realized I had enough money for *some* sandwich, but nothing with meat. So I went with this one, and wow, it’s been a favorite ever since.

6. Wendy’s french fries dipped in a chocolate Frosty. I’m not sure I need to explain this. Just. Yum.

7. Sauerkraut, German sausage/pork/hot dog, mashed potatoes, and applesauce. What’s so weird about this? Besides that it is our traditional New Year’s Day meal where I’m from (no matter your ethnicity), it’s the fact that when I eat this, every forkful must contain some of each of those items.

So there you have it.

I have a weird (or is it random?!) feeling that someone else tagged me with this or something similar. If it’s you, please leave a note in the comments, and I’ll link to you and offer my sincerest apologies for not bookmarking your tag.

What’s weird and/or random about you?

Do you like strange food combinations?

37 Beans of Wisdom to “hi, weird? it’s me…random!”
  1. Gil

    You must have one of those PA Dutch ‘cast iron’ stomachs to eat some of those!

    I think you’re right Gil 😉

  2. wow. those are some uhm “interesting” combos. 🙂

    I warned you they were weird and random 😉

  3. 11.11.2008

    I can see that when you come to visit me I don’t have to trouble myself in the kitchen very much. Jar of this, some random extras and peanut butter— fatta!

    I think you can now see why I’ll eat pretty much anything…although I do have limits. One thing I won’t eat? Ghiro. Mangia mangia! Blech.

  4. 11.11.2008

    Wait…I just read Judith’s comment and your response and I *must* know…MICE? Can that be right?

    As for me, I have all these annoying food intolerances, so I end up eating strange grains like quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat. There was a long period when I was having vegetable soup for breakfast. I thought it was great, warm and nourishing, but you can imagine my husband’s reaction…there he is with his cappucino and cookies…about to puke at the smell of vegetable soup first thing in the morning!

    saretta’s last blog post..Dry at Your Own Risk

    Yes, dormouse. They are a delicacy (actually endangered) down here and can cost anywhere from 6 euros and up a piece.

    And I don’t think I’d enjoy breakfast with you either; soup/onion/garlic smells tend to turn my stomach too early in the morning too.

  5. joanne at frutto della passione

    Nothing on your list is terribly weird to me. Years ago when I was waitressing my way through college, a customer taught me a combo that I thought would taste horrible: pate, mustard and strawberry jam on toast. She convinced me to try it and I loved it, the three flavours combined amazingly, but people still look at me strangely when I tell them about it.

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..La Castagnata – On the chestnut trail

    Well that’s an interesting combo! I’d try it 🙂

  6. 11.11.2008

    Oh ‘eck.

    Now, you know more about food than I could ever learn in a lifetime of lifetimes.

    But you’re one of *them*. The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich People. J’accuse.

    *Does impression of Invasion of Body Snatchers pointing howl*


    I know I know, I’m banned. But I had to say it.

    Mikeachim’s last blog post..The Worst Marketing Campaign In History?

    You’re not banned. Just weird 😉

  7. Mauryn

    Strawberry Twizzlers and popcorn. The perfect accompaniment to a good movie.
    When I come back to Italy from the States my suitcase usually contains many packages of Twizzlers, among other things!

    One of my very favorites! Definitely comes from the movie experience 🙂

  8. 11.11.2008

    Well, definitely my family and I share in your sauerkraut/pork/hot dog/sausage New Year’s Day traditional fare! That’s food for the gods here in Central Pennsylvania as well as down a bit south of us.
    Your sandwich choices -none of them seem strange or weird to me -well maybe the cheese with mustard and ketchup but not so much weird as one that just doesn’t trip my own culinary trigger.
    However, here’s to sandwich ideas for you. Ever tried peanut butter and pickle sandwich? Really, it’s not bad at all. And another peanut butter entry here – peanut butter and onion sandwich! When I was a kid, my Mom informed me that one of her brothers used to love the peanut butter and dill pickle sandwich and about 20 years ago, my aunt who was married to the peanut butter/pickle lover uncle suggested to my kids and me the pb&O sandwich. My girls wouldn’t go near that combo with a ten foot pole but my son and I gave it a shot and it is , surprisingly, quite tasty!


    I’ve heard of peanut butter and pickle, but haven’t been brave enough to try it…now onions? I don’t know….

  9. Ooh, nice… a themed meme. Complimenti.

    My weird-food combos mostly come from my years in Hawai’i. I have a taste for soup breakfasts like saretta… on cool mornings (well what passed for cool in the Islands, like fifties Fahrenheit), I’d have a big bowl of saimin. Warming, and lots of good stuff (protein, carbs, mass amounts of sodium) to get you through to a big Hawaiian lunch. That’s also when I got my taste for things like poi and pickled daikon radish (ta kuan)… smells like rotting garbage but my love of it continues to this day.

    Domestically, well, there’s the scrapple thing. I wouldn’t actually go out and buy it, but if someone were to be cooking it and I came to visit… let’s just say I could forget that it’s made from the stuff they swept off the slaughterhouse floor.

    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Cluesday 11/11: the secret war conducted in your name worldwide

    Would love to try all those Hawaiian foods (in Hawaii of course). Scrapple? You and my mom are on your own 😉

  10. Wow. I can eat the PB&J and chicken noodle, maybe the PB&J and banana… other than that you are ON your own!

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Airline Warning: Lufthansa and AirOne Customer Service Complaint

    Well I wouldn’t expect much different from someone who won’t eat chicken on the bone 😉

  11. 11.11.2008

    Nothing too weird here. Although I do love peanut butter and bacon on toast. Yum! And if every sauerkraut and baked beans end up on the same plate they must be mixed together with a blog of mustard.

    And on Paul’s Hawaiian theme, I love Spam musubi…grilled spam wrapped in sushi rice and then held together with a sheet of seaweed. Yum!

    Geggie’s last blog post..Ain’t Gonna Study War No More

    I have to admit, I’ve always been interested in the bacon/PB combo. I imagine I’d love it; will try it next time I’m in America and let you know 🙂

  12. 11.11.2008

    Well, shoot! I think my comment got lost out there. 🙁

    I’ll try it again…

    I got tagged recently too – here’s the address of my list:

    It’s nice to know others have eclectic taste buds too. My mother used to send me to school with radish sandwiches (thinly sliced radishes, mayo, and salt), sardines on toast, etc. I loved those fun meals, but no one could stand to watch me eat them, so I’d have to sit alone in the lunchroom! I still think of those meals as comfort food,

    Bon Appetite!


    shiborigirl’s last blog post..Whew! THAT’S over. Now, get back to work!

    Hah, you have a long history of weirdness, like me 😉 Your comments, btw, went to moderation because of the links; I would’ve found them eventually though!

  13. 11.11.2008

    OH man. I have slight variations of so many of yours! And no. 6 is one of my faves of all time. But mostly, I share your thing of refusing to have one of your favorites if you don’t have the exact ingredients.

    And, um, dormouse? NO THANKS.

    @joanne at frutto della passione – that’s not odd at all, for pate here in France is is quite normal to have mustard and a sweet condiment as sides – anything from caramelized onion jam to cassis jelly. You’d fit right in!

    @Mauryn – Mine is cherries and popcorn.

    Miss Expatria’s last blog post..How to Say it in Italian: Your Questions Answered

    I can definitely see cherries and popcorn. Popcorn and anything sweet makes me happy 🙂

  14. Carl

    Ewwwww. Ketchup on cheese? There goes my breakfast. But I much appreciate your other recipes!

    Really? You don’t put ketchup on a cheeseburger either? Huh.

  15. 11.11.2008

    I sometimes get a strange look when I say that I enjoy Peanut Butter and Nutella sandwiches…..not sure why?!?! 🙂

    LuLu’s last blog post..Remembrance Day

    I have no idea why either. YUM!

  16. 11.11.2008

    I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I have no idea why so many people think that is weird (particularly since many of them who’ve looked at me weird when I mention it admit that they’ve never actually tried it).

    I totally understand the fries dipped in a Frosty thing, too. I think that one’s actually surprisingly common.

    I’ll add one to the list for myself: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with Doritos (or other chips) stuck inside. I did this all the time in grade school, and if I still had PB&J on a regular basis (i.e., anywhere other than camping), I’d likely still do it, I’m sure.

    Stefanie’s last blog post..I also like rainy days and movies… Uh, nooo, I don’t like that. No, it’s not that I’m afraid. I’m gonna hang up now. Bye-bye.

    I can see the Doritos thing. Of course I’d eat Doritos in/with pretty much anything….

  17. 11.11.2008

    I love peanut butter and nutella sandwiches!!!! I also like toast with peanut butter and jelly and a slice of cheddar cheese on top! I sometimes eat chocolate chip cookies spread with peanut butter or nutella.And what would Macaroni and cheese be with out ketchup (not so weird)! Just Yummy.

    lucy’s last blog post..Coffee Tea or No Money!

    Anything with Nutella and/or peanut butter can’t be bad; never tried that cheddar cheese trick, and although I don’t put ketchup in mac and cheese, I *do* enjoy buttered noodles or elbow macaroni with ketchup–and *that* was from my Italian grandmother 😉

  18. Tina

    I eat peanut butter and banana together all the time! Yum! 🙂

    And I totally get what you mean about the fries dipped in a Frosty.

    But the rest, nah.

    Tina’s last blog post..Rosemary

    You must have *something* strange in your culinary closet though….

  19. 11.11.2008

    The french fries in the Frosty is one of my favorites! (ditto at McDo with a chocolate milkshake).

    One of my weirdest: Popcorn and Milk. My mom used to make big bowl of popcorn and hand out big glasses of milk. We would stuff as much popcorn as possible into the milk glasses, let the popcorn get all soggy, then eat it with a spoon.

    Loulou’s last blog post..Photo du Jour – Cépage

    OK I didn’t see that one coming. I can imagine how many Italians would gasp in horror…and that’s just at the “glass of milk” part 😉

  20. 11.11.2008

    I am SOO with you on the frosty and fries!!! Just something YUM about the salty and sweet!

    I also love chips and chocolate…same principle 😉

  21. 11.11.2008

    EVERYTHING goes good with pb&j 😉

    but not banana (yuck)

    Your tuna sounds goods as does the cheese, ketchup & mustard and the bagel sandwich.

    I had a friend who used to dip … didn’t do much for me, but I didn’t hate it.

    That sounds like a meal my mother would’ve made, DID make, many times. And right before I came to your blog, I read a blog where the person did a shoofly pie recipe LOL!

    Mouse? A delicacy? Really? Hmmm…that I don’t think I’d want to try. Does it taste like chicken? 😉

    Tastes *nothing* like chicken. I can’t even describe it–almost bitter. Weird. Definitely weird. Not recommended.

  22. 11.11.2008

    ohohoh and LOVE the spam musubi Geggie mentioned!

    Janet’s last blog post..Veteran’s Day

    I’m *so* curious….

  23. Raquel

    I have a weird food combination… I like to eat, on plain white bread, mayonnaise and mustard sandwiches. It started when I was a child (I think my older brother used to feed them to me as a joke)… They kind of grew on me… weird huh?

    Raquel’s last blog post..Things That Make Me Smile

    Huh. Now *that* is something I haven’t heard of. If the mayo is good…hmm….

  24. 11.12.2008

    I love all sorts of weird food combinations but the one that really gives people pause is tuna fish with hummus, especially if I feel like turning that into a tuna melt (which means tuna fish + hummus + hot sauce and some cheese goes into the microwave for a minute).

    City Girl’s last blog post..Thoughts on Writing – Meme on What and How I Write

    Perhaps I’m even weirder than I thought…that’s sounds delicious to me!

  25. 11.12.2008

    I’m reasonably sure everyone dips their fries in the Frosty. I mean, really. And everyone in the American South has had peanut butter and banana. 🙂

    What about pickle snow cones? Shaved ice with pickle juice. Or fried pickles. Yum.

    Chel’s last blog post..Chel’s Holiday Plan – the Gifts!

    I love pickles, so I’d give them a try!

  26. 11.12.2008

    Uh, yeah. Weird. Love the PB&B sandwiches. I go a step further there and fry ’em up like stuffed French Toast. But the rest. Uh. Yeah, weird was a perfect description.

    I don’t think I can look at you *quite* the same way anymore 🙂

    My Mélange’s last blog post..Travel Photo Friday : Greece is the Word

    I’m trying to figure out whether frying it makes it fancier or more down home 😉

  27. Trina

    I can not have any kind of sandwich (except for PB&J or any combo of Jelly or peanut butter or nutella) unless it has mustard on it or a side of mustard for me to dip my sandwich in. French’s American Yellow Mustard. I used to eat mustard sandwiches when I was a kid.

    I have to have bacon on my maple bars.

    I LOVE Loco Moco (a Hawaiian dish), in one bowl: Rice, hamburger patty, fried egg and brown gravy.

    Home made (or fresh cut) French fries dipped in ketchup and mayo mixed together

    Pizza (the American kind) dipped in Ranch

    Ketchup flavored potato chips (I have only seen them in Canada)

    Pancakes with peanut butter and maple syrup

    We have ketchup-flavored chips in Italy! They’re OK, but I bet the ones in Canada are better. They often serve ketchup and mayo with fries here too, but no Loco Moco…sounds *fabulous* all together like that!

  28. 11.12.2008

    on a bad day, #6 can be a meal for me! 😀

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..foreign language help…

    I hear you QdB 🙂

  29. Bobbie in Alaska!

    I grew up eating baked pork chops and my grandmas homemade sauerkraut. Yum! The only way I eat tuna fish sandwiches are like this: tuna salad made with miracle whip and chopped onions on toast (let cool a bit) and spread butter on both sides of the toast. This is my grandmas way. I have had regular old tuna fish sandwiches but they don’t taste the way they should!

    Good to know I’m not only on my tuna fish requirements, although I have to say, I *really* dislike Miracle Whip. More for you 😉

  30. Thanks for doing the meme! I love some of your combinations, but the cheese sandwich with ketchup and mustard? A little icky.

    I love jalapeno bagels with mixed berry cream cheese. It’s sort of like those jalapeno poppers – but in a bagel.

    Dutch pretzels broken up in chocolate ice cream. Love the salty sweet combo.

    A-1 Sauce on Italian bread – yes, an A-1 Sandwich!

    I also love the peanut butter and banana sandwiches – but my new twist on them is to have it on a toasted honey wheat english muffin – the supersized ones.

    Popcorn and sliced cheddar cheese – pop a few pieces of corn in with a slice of cheddar. For some reason, very yummy.

    I think that’s about it….one thing I won’t eat and brings me to the edge of vomiting every time Ed orders it? A tuna melt. OMG, I’m a little queasy just thinking about it. I love tuna, I love cheese, but not together and definitely NOT hot. OMG.

    Buon Appetito!

    Salena of The Daily Rant’s last blog post..O Canada!

    You know, I’m not crazy about tuna melts either; I would never order one in a restaurant, but there’s something about the one with hummus described above that intrigues….

    Pretzels and ice cream?! One of my all-time favorites 🙂 I like them with vanilla ice cream, mainly, whereas I prefer chips (alongside, not in) chocolate ice cream.

    Ooh now I’m hungry……

  31. 11.16.2008

    I used to eat Wendy’s fries dipped in a frosty all the time. I love the salty/sweet of it. I also like to pop a mini bag of popcorn and toss in a handful of chocolate chips. Yum!

    As for strange, my dad used to eat peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches and I loved them as a kid. I haven’t tried them in a while, but now I’m curious to see if I’d still like it.

    Ami’s last blog post..Question Me Good – Pt. 7

    Well that one’s all up to you…although it does seem that everything is good with peanut butter 😉

  32. 11.18.2008

    I’m with you on the tuna – but our family recipe?

    chopped green olives

    Made up by my Dad, for my sister, whose favorite sandwich was cream cheese and green olives and the tuna recipe is still my fave to this day.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Wow! And thank yous…

    OK, both of those with green olives sound great to me…YUM!

  33. 11.18.2008

    Love the Frosty/french fry combo. Very popular in the Deep South 🙂

    What I wouldn’t give for a Frosty……..

  34. 11.24.2008

    Cheese sandwich with ketchup and mustard.

    Ummm…Wow – so one day you were just looking in the fridge and decided, let’s see what random things I could create and see how they taste?

    The Wendy’s combo actually sounds interesting…I might try that when I get back to the States over Xmas.

    I can’t think of any random food combinations I like…I guess I am not a very creative eater 🙂

    Thanks for responding to my tag!

    Ciao ciao!


    Megan’s last blog post..Networking Outside Serves You on the Inside

    You *must* try the Wendy’s combo. You won’t be disappointed, I promise 😉

  35. Laura

    Peanut butter and banana for sure (but I put peanut butter on both slices of bread), but the one that would be on even my short list was the french fries dipped in a Frosty (also works in a DQ chocolate milkshake)! Thanks for the memories.

    PS: What are your thoughts on peanut butter and marshmallow fluff?

    michelle Reply:

    Fluffer nutter? Bring it on!

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