Mouths Wide Shut (Unless the tedium overwhelms you. Then you are allowed to yawn.) A culinary Q & A from the people who brought you (yawn) all those other great prompts …

Are you a picky eater?


Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!).

I don’t think I have any exotic food quirks.

There are a few foods I don’t like. Olives. Milk. I will eat eggs, but only if they are made a particular way. Otherwise, I’ll eat most food. Hardly any red meat  … less and less as time goes on. It’s a combination of it not agreeing with my digestion and a guilty conscience about how horribly meat animals are abused. It’s hard to sanction such cruelty when there are other sources of nourishment available.

I once tried escargot (snails) and while they tasted okay, the texture was a bummer. Also, alligator and crocodile as food give me pause. They do NOT taste like chicken. They taste more like squid. And every time I nibbled on a piece, I got a distinct “man bites dog” flash. It just didn’t work for me.

Garry and I have quietly stopped consuming pig products. Pork has gone and not reappeared. Bacon, included.

Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

I think I covered that. I love vegetables and fruit, but won’t touch anything I suspect has been genetically modified. My passion for sweets is long past, though I remember fondly orgies of chocolate. I like most fish, especially shellfish … but have to be careful of the cholesterol.

And no furry friends. No dogs, horses, kitties. These are pals, not dinner.

This is dull stuff, isn’t it? Like a “share your world,” but without the quirky humor. Please feel free to vote with a yawn.

Since the Daily Prompt is Deadly Dull today, I’ll include a few nice pictures of autumn in New England. I took them yesterday at the dam and by our home.

foliage on the Mumson

I am of the opinion that anyone who cannot take a good picture in New England during peak foliage should give up all forms of photography.

Welcome Home, Autumn 2014

It gets so incredibly photogenic around here, that you can just about aim your camera anywhere and what comes out is gorgeous. Right?

Autumn road to home

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

30 thoughts on “THE DAILY PROMPT: CULINARY Q & A”

    1. My patience paid off. I stood there with my camera focused on that bird for close to an hour. A bee bit me while I was standing there. I yelped, but kept focused. I figured sooner of later, the bird would move. Something would happen. It did. He caught a fish and I caught him catching the fish 🙂

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            1. I’m not sure it was exactly strength, but I do have an astonishing ability to focus on minutiae and not fall asleep. There are professions — technical writing is one — where that’s a key strength. A lot of the work is, by most standards, dull.That I never found it dull says something about me, but I’m not sure what and maybe I’m happier not knowing 🙂

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  1. Lovely photos. I think it is an age question. The body, at least mine, does not digest the way it used to, but I still have to cook for the others. Mr. Swiss had a little glint of jealousy when my doctor perscribed anti cholesterol tablets – sort of I want them too. He now has them too, as well as the other 3 or 4 sorts of tablets he has to take, but I told him it is not a ticket to eat what you want. I had a time when I avoided pork more. Not for religious reasons, but just that I decided it was perhaps not so healthy. I am now convinced that it doesn’t matter what meat you eat, it is not like it used to be. I pay a little more for my minced beef because it is so-called “biological” (don’t know the english term), but it tastes just like the beef used to when I was a kid, it actually has taste. Any how now I know what not to serve if you ever manage a jump across the pond.


    1. Organic. That’s the word you are looking for. Real food, not messed with by mad scientists in laboratories. They are doing terrible things to innocent strawberries and grapes and other things. I don’t even want to THINK about what they are doing to those poor animals. And of course you are right. We can’t eat like we used to, regardless. Our stomachs say “NO!” and tell us on no uncertain terms which foods they reject. I have found it far easier to just go along with the program.

      Meanwhile, Autumn is here and isn’t is lovely?


      1. Yes, organic is the word, but why do we have to pay more for it? In the good old days when food was food, it was normal and natural. Now they have to do nothing to it, to get the same result and we pay more. It’s a funny world..


    1. I figure if you can’t get great shots in Autumn in New England, you are beyond help and should forego any further attempts to take pictures. But, there are people who succeed in failing. It boggles my mind, but there are people who really have no “eye.”

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  2. Thanks for brightening up the prompt with your lovely photos 🙂
    I’m a very non-experimental eater. The furthest out on a limb I’ve ever gone is raw fish, and I’m in two minds about even that.


    1. Good sushi and sashimi is the exception to all my rules. I was very dubious when my son and my ex-husband announced they were taking me out for sushi. “Raw fish?” I said.

      My son pointed out that he hates fish (he does), but loves sushi, so give it a chance. I gave it a chance. I love it, though I have to admit I’m completely addicted to tempura, which isn’t raw — actually quickly deep-fried — but I will also happily eat sushi and sashimi because it TASTES SO GOOD. So I don’t count it as a weird food. I just count is as something special 🙂

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  3. Wow, that really WAS a dull Daily Prompt. Since when are other people’s eating habits fascinating? The photos totally make up for it…that first one is awesome!!


  4. More than once, there is something in one of your posts that will make me smile. This time it is the escargots. Everyone assumes that because I was born in France I love them. I don’t. Like you I find them gooey so I pass. On the frogs too. And the pigs as well. More and more animals don’t get to my plate, in fact.
    As for the photos in New England in the fall, I agree that they are hard to miss.


    1. I think I’d be Vegan if it didn’t take so much effort — and Garry would agree, which I very much doubt he would. Garry does like escargot, which is how come I tried them. And he is definitely not French. Just an adventurous eater — unless it’s lima beans. He really hates lima beans. And peas.


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