I don’t think I have many foibles. (OK, family, stop laughing and pick yourself up off the ground). No, seriously, I’m the total opposite of OCD – particularly when it comes to keeping the house spick and span, so it’s not as if I’m prone to fastidiousness or anything.
REALLY!! (No, I’m totally serious here, stop laughing!)
But I’ve come to the realisation that, in my old age, I have developed a few .. possibly irrational.. um.. dislikes.
Two, that spring to mind immediately, are related to food – but I’m not talking about general food dislikes as such, rather food combinations.
In Tracey’s World of Food:
- The only thing that should go with a meat pie is potato (and peas). The potato can be mashed, boiled in their jackets, roasted, chips or wedges. You can eat a meat pie by itself, but you absolutely CANNOT have pasta (or rice) with it, like the heretics in my family would, and do (with utter glee, if they are getting to have meat pies without me.) They think I’m crazy. I think I’m RIGHT. (It’s…. just … unAustralian!)
- I have this weird thing about cheese. I eat cheese. Not as passionately as some, and I’m not into the overly sharp stuff, or ‘mouldy’ cheese.. As a rule I don’t like it on a sandwich. Cheese on toast, yes. On a sandwich by itself (with lots of butter – but the cheese has to be sliced really thinly), ok. But absolutely NOT with salad and meats. And it drives me NUTS when cheese is automatically included as part of the ‘salad’ on a sandwich, or in a wrap. I argued once with a school canteen supervisor that cheese was NOT salad, it was DAIRY, it was PROTEIN, and thus should be considered an added extra.Have you any idea how hard it is to buy lunch when you’re out (ie. readymade rolls, sandwiches, foccacias, etc) without cheese?!
And not food.. but something that my family think I’m nuts about…
- I hate using the sunroof in the car. Firstly, I think, what’s the point to having it completely open, when you have air conditioning ? Ours also has the double shutter arrangement – but I can’t cope with the solid shutter being open, with the ‘window’ shut. I just cannot handle the light coming from above. (Never mind the slight whistling noise you can hear as the window bit obviously doesn’t seal perfectly.) Usually when I get in the car I’m grateful for the shade factor, so I find the light coming from above a total distraction.When I got in the landcruiser by myself yesterday the sunroof shutter had been left open. OK, I thought. Let’s try and get over this paranoia….
Nup. Lasted a couple of kilometres, and then, I gave in, shut the bloody thing, and breathed a sigh of relief.
(And started composing this post in my head.)