What food actually makes you gag?
Not the food you don’t like. The food that makes you feel helpless and frightened when your host slaps it onto your plate.
It’s said – by probably no one but me – that the way to test the difference between a food you dislike and a food you hate is to be that guest, flapping the napkin onto your lap as you look up and see your beaming host entering with your food nemesis.
If it's food you dislike, you'll maintain a conversation while slowly eating it. If it’s one that makes you gag, your host - already searching for the signs - will suspect everything.
I’m generally an utterly polite and steely-countenanced diner, but these are the foods that cause me involuntary contortion and a bleating sheep look:
I remember the first time I had it. I was assured it was just like zucchini – which is a common bad strategy to food parenting. A child should be told that something which looks unpleasant tastes like anchovy and cat litter but they have to eat it anyway. They’ll only be pleasantly surprised.
Because yes. Eggplant doesn’t taste like the familiar zucchini.
2) POTATO SALAD
I love egg, and potato, and mayonnaise, but cold and combined is like someone told a giant a joke when he was eating, and it all came out his nose.
3) BLUE VEIN CHEESE
Some foods – Parmesan cheese, cabbage, boiled egg – have a taste that pleasantly belies their smell. But blue vein cheese tastes like vomit.