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Food snobbery or just different tastes?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by lindenlea, Jul 24, 2020.

  1. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    i know people who are a bit precious about what they eat and drink. Prosecco is undrinkable, milk chocolate is disgusting, coffee should be black and dense, meat should still have a pulse, brie should be dripping of the cheese board and anything with an ABV below 14 isn't worth opening.

    I don't share any of these tastes. Does this mean I have an unsophisticated palate. I'm thinking about this because I'm having friends round for a casual supper for husbands birthday in a week or two. We ate chilli last night - it was mildly flavoured and aromatic with spice and herbs - I use ancho chilli flakes. I fancy doing it again but I've got a nasty feeling someone will be thinking i don't know how to cook a pot of chilli - but that's how husband likes it and I do too. I need to have more faith in my own judgement I think.
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  2. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    I only like dark chocolate round a bounty bar. The strength of red wine is a sore point with me. - there’s some very crude Aussie stuff around. Why?

    People are called foodies but I describe myself as an eatie. Make your husband’s favourite. I have a theory that most people love mince best of any meat because there are so many delicious things you can make with it.
  3. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Serve what you like, it's your cooking, I do tailor meals if a guest has an allergy/dislike/religious reason, but apart from that serve chilli how you like it. BTW, I use passata not tinned tomatoes-cos I dislike them, add a teaspoon of cumin and finish with a square of dark chocolate. I would consider it rude if a guest criticised or refused to eat food I'd prepared for them. (exceptions as above)
    I dislike Prosecco-too sweet, far prefer Cava.
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  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I don't know anyone so crass that they would say they don't like my food, thank god! It's me, i know what they prefer and its easy to feel inadequate when you failed "O" level DS.
  5. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    My dad was a restaurateur. He believed in eating what you enjoyed and was never happier than when given a plate of bacon and eggs. People were scared of cooking for him but he appreciated them bothering to do so and was easily pleased.
  6. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    There's snobbery in everything. You'll never please everyone. If people are going to judge you like this, are you really bothered about their opinion?
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  7. install

    install Star commenter

    People should bring a bottle of bubbly they like anyway. You might have options food wise but don’t over complicate it.

    The one truing you need to accept is that you are not accountable for keeping people happy. Better that you relax and just enjoy the night imho.
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  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Of course you're right
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    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Food is only one part of the an evening's enjoyment. It is your husband's birthday and the event is being held to celebrate this and not the ' you'll -never-please everybody' menu. If you and you birthday man like this, then do it !
    (You could put out small bowls of grated chocolate, extra chilli flakes etc and call it chilled chilli)
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  10. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    Most people have preferences. You have preferences. Why call other peoples preferences snobby? Why is someone else having preferences any more or less snobby than your preferences?

    Incidenty, being a fussy eater is genetic. People with more and stronger preferences are born with more sensitive taste buds. Mine were never particularly sensitive, even before covid. My sister's were very sensitive, and she had strong likes and dislikes taste wise. This was a big puzzle to my parents 50 years ago when we were children, as this was considered to be related to upbringing. However, they were medical researchers, and once they started seeing publications on the genetic basis of taste, it all made sense.
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  11. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    There are very many factors to do with selective preferences, and I think pretty obviously that childhood is an important one. What you were fed by your parents, and perhaps the vile slop they served up at school (1960s) had an impact. I never had a pizza until I was 18, I never had chilli (con carne) or a curry until I was 24. Maybe if I was brought up on different foods I might have different tastes. Maybe if I had a different attitude to money (never having had any) I would be willing to spend on expensive stuff. I have never actually liked vegetables; I have only even eaten them because they "are good for me". I don't have to eat them, so I often don't, and I have not developed any nasty digestive problems despite all the scaremongering. But I'm an old curmudgeon (apparently) so what do you care.
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  12. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Have what you like and how you like it.
    I do know of restaurants that won't cook steak well done. Personally I like my steak still breathing but that's not for everyone.
    I don't like prosecco............sickly and slightly sour.
    So imagine when we went with friends to a fab restaurant in Brisbane called Moo Moo, that specialises in 35 day dry aged beef, and the wife asked for her steak very well done and a bottle of moscato (even sweeter than prosecco!). The waiter's face was a picture!
  13. colacao17

    colacao17 Lead commenter

    Definitely a vote for Cava here.
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  14. colacao17

    colacao17 Lead commenter

    The "in" word is deconstructed
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  15. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I prefer Cava too. I think the preference for prosecco keeps the price down. Bonus!

    Snobbery isn't so much what you like as why you like it.
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  16. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

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  17. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Cava is made by the same method as champagne where the wine is fermented in the bottle for a second time, producing the bubbles.
    Prosecco is white wine that has had the bubbles added...............like passing through a giant soda siphon. No second fermentation in the bottle. This is what makes it cheap. It's also what makes cava taste nicer than prosecco IMO.
  18. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    An old friend here in Normandy told me yesterday of his love of English breakfasts. Nothing. “Four in a Bed” about him!
  19. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    The full-stop after breakfasts should not have been there.

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