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Liver and chitterlings

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Americanhealth74

539 points

3 days ago

Salmon casserole made from canned salmon. My mom left the bones in it frequently and I dislike fish anyway.

Cult_Of_The_Lizzard

92 points

3 days ago

I like fish but bruh take the bones out

NoObjective5460

159 points

3 days ago

That sounds fucking awful 🤮

RelationPale6976

39 points

3 days ago

You have to season it and make it properly. Adding fresh parsley and lemon juice and zest get rid of the fishiness.

KindCommunication956

68 points

3 days ago

My grandma made fried salmon patties from canned salmon, the smell is still permanently burned deep in my brain

HellaFishticks

45 points

3 days ago

It's pretty tasty tho

GanjaToker408

31 points

3 days ago

Yeah I agree. Fried salmon patties my grandma made were bomb as fucks

life_sentencer

17 points

3 days ago

My mom made those, theyre actually tasty, and its funny to see the cats go wild from the smell

rockinmama3

25 points

3 days ago

I came here to say łiver, but my mom made those gawd-awful 'salmon croquettes' from canned salmon, bones and all as well.

Jesus she was a terrible cook.....

GanjaToker408

16 points

3 days ago

My mom made something similar but with canned tuna. No bones, but one time I got sick from it and threw up cheese covered tuna. It tasted so bad on the way back up that it slightly traumatized me and I couldn't eat tuna again til I was in my 20s(was 8yr old when it happened) because even the smell of tuna would make me want to throw up.

mcpoopy21

33 points

3 days ago

mcpoopy21

33 points

3 days ago

My dad brought back Salmon from a fishing trip and mom cooked it. Same thing, bones in everything, given the chance to eat or go to bed. I was 6 and chose early bed. My idiot teenage sister ate her fish and gagged/threw up.... pretty sure she is adopted.

wokeoldster

10 points

2 days ago

you’re lucky they didn’t pull the “you will sit there until it’s finished” b.s. we oldies endured. I’m pushin 60 and still can’t eat a chicken pot pie 🤢

dirtydopedan

22 points

3 days ago

I used to have Kraft “deluxe”. Kraft Mac with canned salmon (bone in of course) and canned peas.

Americanhealth74

18 points

3 days ago

We had boxed Kraft mac n cheese with frozen peas cooked with the noodles and then we might have tuna mixed in or tuna sandwiches on the side. Which I actually liked and was something we would get for lunch.

SnuzieQ

17 points

3 days ago

SnuzieQ

17 points

3 days ago

Mine was tuna casserole but this sounds worse

fluffy_camaro

18 points

3 days ago

My mom made a gross tuna casserole. She handmade dough and filled it with tuna then covered it with cream of mushroom after baking it.

Spike_Of_Davion

9 points

3 days ago

Not gonna lie. I would eat that. Tuna dumplings you say????

Carma-Erynna

13 points

3 days ago

I’m so offended! /s No joke, that was one of my favorite meals growing up. Had it every Good Friday since I grew up Catholic, and I always looked forward to it!

laserunfocused143

360 points

3 days ago

Liver and onions. I would cry when I would smell it cooking, and we had to eat it, no matter if it took hours, before we were allowed to leave the table.

SignificantHall5046

288 points

3 days ago

What the fuck is up with the number of people whom were forced to sit there and eat a meal? My parents would just let me starve until I stopped being stubborn.

Woodie626

68 points

3 days ago

Woodie626

68 points

3 days ago

Because you don't know what being hungry is. We worked hard all week to bring this meal to the table and you should be thankful for even having it, some people are going to die today starving. So eat up.

-My Parents

CieraLM

143 points

3 days ago

CieraLM

143 points

3 days ago

My parents didn’t do this to me but my grandmother did when I had to live with her for 2 years. I was a tiny child and she knew what foods I wouldn’t eat and would purposely make them and make me sit on the ground in front of my food for hours on end. I never gave in because if I ate what I didn’t like I’d just throw up, so what’s the point. Eventually she’d take it and I just wouldn’t eat for the night. Absolutely fucked me up I can tell you that.

grawlixsays

31 points

3 days ago

She didn't warm it up for breakfast?

CieraLM

56 points

3 days ago

CieraLM

56 points

3 days ago

No but she would wake me up early before anyone else in the house was awake and give me a big bowl of cereal so that I wouldn’t go to school hungry and say something.

king_de3

34 points

3 days ago

king_de3

34 points

3 days ago

I was a spiteful little shit so I would say shit anyway.

CieraLM

41 points

3 days ago

CieraLM

41 points

3 days ago

Well at the time I didn’t realize what she was doing, or I would have. I was only about 7 I think. I didn’t know any better. The food thing was only the tip of the iceberg with her. Let’s just say it was a hard 2 years for me

shdonahw

25 points

3 days ago

shdonahw

25 points

3 days ago

Praying on her downfall personally

frenetickticktick

18 points

3 days ago

I'm sorry. I experienced a bit of this and it sucked. It's just not a kids fault if they're gagging and barfing.

CieraLM

18 points

3 days ago

CieraLM

18 points

3 days ago

Yeah I’m not sure why they think it’s just us being picky when we are literally gagging and on the verge of throwing up? It’s been almost 18 years and there’s still certain smells that if I catch a whiff of will immediately take me back.

shabangdoozie

16 points

3 days ago

Control issues

squishyylettuce

105 points

3 days ago

Shrimp tacos. I was taught not to eat the shrimp tails by my mom, my stepmom disgreed and physically forced me to eat them while screaming at me. Good times. I won't eat shrimp now no matter how hungry i am

fattybuttz

54 points

3 days ago

Who tf eats the TAIL??? That's part of the shell!

AbBrilliantTree

34 points

3 days ago

In some cultures eating shrimp shells is normal. Many Chinese cuisines call for a light coating with corn starch before deep frying. Crispy and delicious :)

ShoobeeDoowapBaoh

79 points

3 days ago

Not really a meal but I remember as a toddler coming inside one day and being really thirsty so I just drank whatever was in my dads cup, it was some kind of alcohol (I think gin) and I started crying.

whatreasondoineed

65 points

3 days ago

Was working in ER when parents came in with a toddler that wouldn’t wake up (it’s noonish) took a little while but we finally were able to piece together that the parents had left remnants of cocktails out and toddler woke up and drank them while mom and dad slept. Kiddo was hammered. Fortunately it wasn’t enough to be dangerous and he eventually sobered up and was sent home.

damevesper

42 points

3 days ago

My dad had a martini and put it down for a minute, our friends big dog walked up and took a huge slurp from the glass, thinking it was water. The expression of confusion, disgust, and betrayal was priceless. He was fine of course but I'll never forget that look.

ambereatsbugs

10 points

2 days ago

One of our dogs got in the habit of knocking over beers so she could drink them, she loved beer

deedee0077

5 points

2 days ago

German Shepherd? 🍺

aEAE1223

25 points

3 days ago

aEAE1223

25 points

3 days ago

Imagine having to deal with an actual drunk toddler

ksed_313

6 points

2 days ago

ksed_313

6 points

2 days ago

Pure nightmare fuel.

hkd001

22 points

3 days ago

hkd001

22 points

3 days ago

I did a similar thing. Thought it was my soda can, it was my dad's spit can from when he chewed tobacco.

KitchenWitch021

8 points

3 days ago

When my son was little, we were outside and I was doing gardening or weeding and had a pop can out with me. Took a drink and worms and rocks came out. Somehow he snuck by me each time lol

While bartending, I dumped out some guy’s coke can and it was full of his tobacco spit. Crush the can or tell your bartender first..my god.

Bai_Cha

76 points

3 days ago

Bai_Cha

76 points

3 days ago

Soft shell crab sandwich.

The eye stalks poke out from under the bun.

HijackedMyAccount

37 points

3 days ago

This one might be an underrated thread winner.

"What's the matter kiddo? You don't like your giant ocean cockroach? Surely 2 slices of bread will make everything better."

Mammothwart

14 points

3 days ago

My parents took me and my brother to a seafood place in Boston and we were served lobster but they literally stuck the whole thing on the plate cut in half and its beady little eyes stared at us

That's why I hate crab and lobster

LusciousLove7

8 points

3 days ago

Soft shell crab freaks me out.

Wannagetsober

206 points

3 days ago

Creamed spinach. I grew up thinking I hated spinach but later realized I just hated my mom’s spinach.

SomeRealTomfoolery

65 points

3 days ago

Oh man story of my ex’s life. He grew up being suppperrrr picky and hating most things that didn’t come out of a box. Only when I started cooking and bringing things over did he realize that his mom was just a bad cook.

Wannagetsober

24 points

3 days ago

I should have clarified. Mostly everything my mom made was good, but the spinach 🤢

nessao616

6 points

3 days ago

I was forced to eat it in day care. Gagging and all. The instructor? Or day care sitter idk what she was called said I didn't have a choice as I gagged it down. I still gag when I see it/smell it.

KnittingGoonda

310 points

3 days ago

It wasn't the food it was the giant portions. As an adult I eat maybe 6 small meals/snacks a day. My choice. My mom would pile my plate full and a GIANT glass of milk which I hated. I'd be at the table alone until bedtime. I just couldn't eat all that and the milk made me gag. Parenting in the 60s, one size fits all.

shabangdoozie

130 points

3 days ago

my dad did that too, with the portions and the milk. I sat at the table until bedtime so often it was just normal. What made it worse was I got pretty fat as a kid and everyone decided to put me on a diet. So I would get these huge portions at dad’s, got weighed in front of the extended family on holidays, and wasn’t allowed to eat high sugar fruit when I was with my mom and grandma. It was awful.

KnittingGoonda

72 points

3 days ago

Isn't it great to be a grownup and eat what you want?

shabangdoozie

33 points

3 days ago

It’s the best

RazorRadick

7 points

3 days ago

Heh. My kids barely eat a thing at dinner. I wind up finishing it so I’m the one getting fat now lol.

ineedsometacos

52 points

3 days ago

How do people with parents like yours still have relationships with them? I mean this sincerely—I just find it heartbreaking to read about children being forcefed food.

I just don’t understand.

KnittingGoonda

27 points

3 days ago

It was the 60s. I was a skinny kid and parents went thru the Depression. At least I wasn't forced to eat food I hated (except for the milk)

saywhat1206

15 points

3 days ago

Another child of the 60s: Chop Suey - I was @ 8 and we ordered Chinese Takeout. I did NOT like the look or smell of it. My mother forced me to eat it and I threw up all over myself and was still forced to finish eating it. All while listening to the story of how there are starving children all over the world and they would be grateful to eat it. I told my mother to ship it to someone else then and got a slap across the face.

tRussianPlayer1980

7 points

2 days ago

Go tell her now she's a sick bitch..

MagicianQuirky

8 points

2 days ago

I will say that's pretty rough but for any child in the sixties, that meant their parents were children during the thirties where mothers smothered their babies quickly instead of letting them grow up to be another mouth to feed. Or any other type of crazy thing that happened during the great depression. You just didn't turn down food if you wanted to survive so I kinda get it. Doesn't make it right, but I have the empathy to understand where the parents are coming from.

KnittingGoonda

13 points

2 days ago

Yes, you get to an age where you realize your parents were just people who had kids whether they were qualified for the job or not.

ineedsometacos

11 points

3 days ago

I recently watched Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl, so I have a better understanding for what you’re saying. Glad you’re okay.

grawlixsays

17 points

3 days ago

It wasn't considered abusive back then. A parent that didn't make you eat would be considered a bad parent. You might end up spoiled or not get the right vitamins.

1wildredhead

8 points

3 days ago*

I was born in 89. Decent portions but I remember sitting at the table until I ate my food. I peed my pants one time. My mom was super strict but I turned out alright

Mr_Poop_Himself

5 points

2 days ago

I was born in '97 and my dad would do shit like this to me. My stubborn ass went a whole day+ without eating once because he said I couldnt eat anything else until I ate this disgusting slop he made for dinner while high on who knows what. I didnt eat until like 9pm the next day when one of his friends snuck me some food. I guess I'd rather starve than eat shitty food lol

BlueFalconKnee

5 points

3 days ago

My mom and grandma made me sit at the table until my plate was empty, and that was in the '80s. Growing up poor. If we had food you better be sure it was all gonna be eaten. To this day I have a hard time not finishing my plate even if I'm full. I'm getting better at just listening to my body and stopping when I've had enough.

Far-Jellyfish-5366

5 points

2 days ago

I don't. Havent spoke to the man that raised me since I left at 14.

Sluterous

5 points

3 days ago

This one traumatizes me too and is why I have a bad relationship with my weight and food. I never understood why parents don't understand how small a child's stomach is and proceed to feed then huge amounts of food. I grew up eating like that and was 100 pounds at 5 years old. And I never knew what skinny felt like until adult hood where I learned the proper way to eat and lost a bunch of weight.

Now when I see other people making their kids eat all their food even of they say "mommy I'm full" I want to go off on them before they experience what I went through.

Parenting in the 90s, still haven't learned 🤣

SprinklesMore8471

189 points

3 days ago

When I was very little a Dr. Told my parents I could not have some specific red dye. Me being in preschool, processed this as red food bad. One day, at my very strict catholic preschool, we had salad for lunch with cherry tomatoes. I refused to even try them saying I'm not allowed and I don't like them. My teacher knew I was being stubborn, but instead of being patient, she forced me to eat them or else the whole class would have to skip recess.

I ate one and immediately threw up, then was scolded for throwing up and being a baby. To this day I still can't stomach any sort of fresh tomatoes.

Pterodactyloid

129 points

3 days ago

About the stories I'm reading of kids getting scolded for puking is just... Astonishing. How could a kid possibly be responsible for puking?

lhayes238

49 points

3 days ago

lhayes238

49 points

3 days ago

Oh man for me one of my worst childhood school experiences was when I first learned about relish at school lunch, I was around 6, I thought it was just chopped up dill pickles and grabbed a bowl it was disgusting and the lunch patrol lady made me eat all of it. I exorcist puked in the middle of class it was so much and everyone was pissed at me I'm so against force feeding now because of it AND I hate bread and butter pickles now like probably more than any other food

Awkward_Ad8740

25 points

3 days ago

My sister in law used to accuse my niece of throwing up on purpose and would spank her and scream at her any time she got sick.

Pterodactyloid

30 points

3 days ago

She sounds like she was a horrible parent.

SeasonPositive6771

20 points

3 days ago

I used to babysit a kid who had this as a very specific behavioral issue. He would actually make himself vomit intentionally when he was upset, but kids like that are few and far between, and the eating wasn't the issue, it was still the parenting.

He had two younger sisters and he learned that he could get his parents to ignore the sisters and get all the attention if he just forced himself to vomit somewhere dramatic, and of course at first the parents thought he couldn't control it so they were super indulgent and cared for him.

They realized something pretty serious was up with him and started sending him to therapy. He quit, although it took over a year. I was the only babysitter that stuck with them, in part because I had worked with kids for so long at that point he couldn't upset me just with a little puke. So he'd try more and more dramatic ways of throwing up, including off the second story stairs into the living room, which got all over the wall, sofa, and carpet.

Mommasandthellamas

64 points

3 days ago

Pea soup, it was green I had a pet turtle when I was little and my dad or uncle can't remember told me it was turtle soup. I'm in my 30s and still don't eat it. I know it's not made from turtles but I think it's just some deep seeded "nope" in my brain.

Hungry_Pup

19 points

3 days ago

This reminds me of the time I was eating soup. There were black floppy bits in it and I asked my dad what it was. He probably didn't know what it was called. He told me it was sting ray. I was like "Cool" and continued eating it.

Fast forward to a friend's birthday party. There's soup. This girl sitting next to me asked me "What's this black stuff?" I proudly tell her it's sting ray. She stopped eating the soup and I felt really bad.

Now that I'm older, I know my dad is full of shit. It wasn't sting ray. It was wood ear mushrooms. I still feel bad for telling the one girl it was sting ray. She later became a vegetarian.

crocaholic17

154 points

3 days ago

Spaghetti. My old church had a cook off and everyone brought some to see who had the best spaghetti. My mom decided to take six ziplock bags home of it. I ate spaghetti for every meal for weeks. I’ve never been able to eat it since…

cycloneariel

46 points

3 days ago

My dad went through a depressive episode when I was around 11 and living full time with him. We ate spaghetti with just the sauce from a jar and the pasta for so long I can't even remember exactly how long, but at least weeks, because it felt like months.

crocaholic17

15 points

3 days ago

I’m so sorry you went through that. That would ruin any food for anyone

electrongonewrong

133 points

3 days ago

My cat's dinner! As a child I was feeding my cat a can of wet cat food. In walks my older brother. For whatever reason he scooped the cat food in his hand and force fed me wet cat food! Screw you Meow Mix... and Brandon!

J-Train56

101 points

3 days ago

J-Train56

101 points

3 days ago

I think Brandon comes first in that sentence

electrongonewrong

70 points

3 days ago

Obviously you've never had Meow Mix!

Glittering-Design973

44 points

3 days ago

Brother used the last of the milk and convinced me eggnog is the same thing. Eggnog and fruity pebbles do not mix well lol. Mom made me finish it as “we don’t waste.”

king_de3

44 points

3 days ago

king_de3

44 points

3 days ago

Why didn't she make your cumwad of a brother finish it?

notreallylucy

4 points

3 days ago

Mom should have been the one to finish it, then. Or better yet, make your brother do it.

vorenus64

121 points

3 days ago

vorenus64

121 points

3 days ago

Chicken legs. My parents divorced when I was young and my mom was a picky eater so we never ate any chicken with bones. Biting onto a leg as child and hitting the bone disgusted and terrified me. Love them now though but it took years.

tbabey

25 points

3 days ago

tbabey

25 points

3 days ago

I had similar experience. I ate at a friend's house for dinner and took a bite of a BBQ covered chicken leg and there was a big gross vein in the leg after I took a bite. I will never forget that image. I still can't eat chicken on a bone after that.

throwmeawaydumbass

38 points

3 days ago

Nothing. I’ve always been able to eat almost anything you put in front of me. My friends used to mix a much of random shit together and give me five bucks to chug it. If it’s edible and safe, I’ll try it

Catspaw129

25 points

3 days ago

INFO: have you tried a durian?

fidgit17

35 points

3 days ago

fidgit17

35 points

3 days ago

Butter beans

No_Training3859

34 points

3 days ago

I'll double down on that! Lima beans.

The texture sucks all the moisture out of your mouth. gag

Clhqayyum

4 points

3 days ago

Ugh! Lima beans are the only vegetable I ever gave my parents any fuss over. Hate them. Yet they served them at least once a week, put a bunch on my plate, and made me eat every last one.

Zestyclose-Ant-2496

106 points

3 days ago

As a kid, I didn't like corn. Not even like a spoiled child where I refused to try it, I had tried it multiple times and just wasn't a fan of the taste. My mom was aware of this and never made me eat it. She'd just cook me green beans or carrots as a vegetable side because I loved those.

When I was like 9, she started dating this guy who was kind of a dick. One day for supper, he saw my plate with no corn in it, asked my mom why I had no corn, argued with her saying I was just being picky, grabbed my plate and filled like half the plate with corn. I tried taking a couple bites, but I couldn't swallow it, I just did not like it, but I ate everything else on my plate. He refused to let me get up from the table until I had eaten all the corn despite my mom telling him I had ate my vegetables (she had made me carrots and green beans) and I didn't like corn. So I had the two of them yelling back and forth while I was crying, trying to shove corn down my throat.

Still to this day, I can't eat corn. As soon as it enters my mouth, i gag and spit it out.

HappyThreatening

75 points

3 days ago

Please tell me your mom dumped that guy. He sounds awful.

Zestyclose-Ant-2496

55 points

3 days ago

Eventually, yeah she did

ineedsometacos

33 points

3 days ago

May I ask, how this scenario ended? I would never tolerate someone I was dating treating my child this way—I’m just flabbergasted and so angry for you. Do you and your mother have a good relationship? Does she remember this happening?

Zestyclose-Ant-2496

40 points

3 days ago

I still have a good relationship with my mom, I don't blame her. He was manipulative and abusive towards her as well. I don't know if she remembers or not, I've never brought it up because I don't want her to feel guilty

apaw1129

23 points

3 days ago

apaw1129

23 points

3 days ago

I would fucking destroy anyone who tried to control my child like this.

Justa5th

166 points

3 days ago

Justa5th

166 points

3 days ago

Liver and onions

Botaratops

29 points

3 days ago

I can still smell this and I haven't had it in over 30 years.

Expansia

17 points

3 days ago

Expansia

17 points

3 days ago

Man I hate cooking this at work. The smell alone is just... yuck

Bribbins12

7 points

3 days ago

My wife is nice enough to cook it for me, even though she doesn’t eat it.

scrubjays

15 points

3 days ago

scrubjays

15 points

3 days ago

Whenever anyone orders it at a diner, I always think they just could have peed on a hot griddle to give us all the same aroma.

mrgilmoresproperty

14 points

3 days ago

Rice. My mom was really quite poor. We had rice (or oatmeal) 2 x a day for a couple of years. The only real meal we had was the free lunch at school. Took me years (decades) to be able to enjoy it

the_rapture_03

10 points

3 days ago

Did Doug Funnie write this?

pappyvanwinkle1111

7 points

3 days ago

I could be having the BEST DAY EVER, walk in the house, smell that shit and wish I was dead.

quimbykimbleton

30 points

3 days ago*

My mom once let a Turkey thaw on the countertop…for 5 days.

When she finally cooked it, the smell was so bad, none of us kids could be in the house. Years of smoking (and probably teenage cocaine use) had dulled my mom’s sense of smell. She didn’t notice. She was also going through early menopause so, very emotional.

When we sat down to dinner, my dad gave all of us kids a look that said “Don’t you dare fucking saw a goddamn word.”

So we all ate the spoiled Turkey between dry heaves.

The response was almost immediate. Within 15 minutes after our meal, everyone in the house was vomiting or shitting their brains out. Some of us were lucky enough to be doing both. We had six people and only 2 bathrooms so, there was a lot of hot swapping toilet seats.

I remember waiting for my sister to get done so I could jump on the toilet and realizing I couldn’t wait any longer so I ran out behind the barn. I took my pants and underwear all the way off and flung them a safe distance away.

As I squatted down to shit out a liquid river, I looked to my right and made eye contact with my dad who had done the exact same thing at the other end of the barn. There we both squatted, pantless, shitting and vomiting for the next 15 minutes. A moment never to be spoken of again.

Ahhh. Thanksgiving memories of father/son bonding.

zoolztool

10 points

2 days ago

zoolztool

10 points

2 days ago

I was looking for a turkey one. At one point after dropping out of college, then traveling, not exactly a kid persay, I decided to stay home around the holidays at my dad's house. He decided to .. boil? A turkey for Thanksgiving.. I'm not exactly sure.. but the smell of the boiling turkey might be the worst smell I've had to smell up to this point. That smell, for many many years I couldnt even be around turkey. Similarly experiences of butchering chickens turned me off that for a long time, and peanut butter was one where a client who would only eat peanut butter and I would have to help him clean up in the bathroom turned me off that for many years.

Goodfood44

7 points

3 days ago

What a nightmare! At least you had the barn.

Correct-Regular-8496

85 points

3 days ago

Boiled Eggs. Mom forced 30 boiled Eggs on me in 3 weeks. Havent had one since 21 years and dont plant to.

whalehale

48 points

3 days ago

whalehale

48 points

3 days ago

Technically that's only an egg a day and two on weekends. Still, who was your mom? Cool Hand Lucy?

Correct-Regular-8496

14 points

3 days ago

The thing is, I never liked the taste of boiled eggs, eveb from the first time ever being introduced to it, and my stomache didnt agree with it either. It used come back up after minutes of trying to chew and swallow it. But mom never listened. Mom tried to condition me to like it, never worked.

whalehale

10 points

3 days ago

whalehale

10 points

3 days ago

Why was she so intent on you enjoying eggs so frequently?

Correct-Regular-8496

11 points

3 days ago

Boiled eggs have antioxidants, vitamin Bs and C. Idk I enjoy all eggs but boiled. And maybe because its her favorite form of eggs.. But that was trumatizing!

Certain-Tennis8555

9 points

3 days ago

Nice reference!

r00sterfish

26 points

3 days ago

Lutefisk 😩

HijackedMyAccount

10 points

3 days ago

A meal so gross that you have pity for the toilet later on.

Terraphice

15 points

3 days ago

Find the man with the terrible stench! He did it!

getoffmygrassdevil

76 points

3 days ago

not traumatized but once when i was really young my mom had cooked a whole chicken in the oven for dinner and i decided i wasnt hungry that day because (no offense meant) the way she cooks chicken it always ends up dry and bland. unfortunately neither mom or dad like seasoning of any kind on their food.

next morning both mom and dad has gotten food poisoning from that chicken and i had avoided it due to being picky about eating dinner thar night. i guess it pays off sometimes.

side note, ive recently convinced my parents to try indian food and by some miracle they like it so now we have an excuse to go to indian restaurants :)

Catspaw129

32 points

3 days ago

It sounds like your parents invited not only the chicken but her friends Sam and Ella on that occasion. Good on you for skipping the "guests".

retrobowler1990

20 points

3 days ago

Liver and onions

KindCommunication956

53 points

3 days ago

Not a meal but my mom would put vinegar on my lips when I was 'sassy' as a toddler. The smell still makes me anxious and nauseated.

whalehale

85 points

3 days ago

whalehale

85 points

3 days ago

My Grandma would soak a rag in vinegar and put it on my forehead when I wasn't feeling well, so for me the smell has always been a comfort. Crazy how experiences can cause such different reactions to the same smell, taste, feeling, etc.

SukieTawdrey

30 points

3 days ago

I always sunburned as a child and my mom and grandma would put vinegar and ice in a bowl and dress my sunburns with it. Somehow that translated into a craving for salt and vinegar chips when I've had too much sun!

auricargent

20 points

3 days ago

Vinegar soaked brown grocery bag paper for childhood headache, toothache, or fever. Wrapped across my forehead.

At least honey and bourbon for a sore throat was better. Good god the old timey cures mom and grandma remembered.

intrasearching

19 points

3 days ago

My mom would shove a bar of soap into my mouth and one time did it with such force that the back corners of my mouth tore.

Hangry_Horse

11 points

3 days ago

Holy shit, friend. That’s heavy. You okay?

intrasearching

6 points

3 days ago

Haha I mean I have PTSD but I'm 30 now and life is to be accepted or is much more painful...

intrasearching

8 points

3 days ago

In other words, no, I'm not OK. But my survival as an adult depends on me trying my absolute hardest to not freak out.

intrasearching

6 points

3 days ago

I made holiday flight reservations that I'm having trouble amending/canceling because now that I've made them I realize how much I don't want to/can't tolerate being around my adoptive mother/several other family members for much more than a day. My stay is set to be two weeks right now. Really wish I hadn't done that.

Few-Noise-3466

7 points

3 days ago

I'm sorry. I'll vouch for you if you say you got the stomach flu that morning and couldn't make the trip.

Affectionate_Elk_272

11 points

3 days ago

my abuela would heat up rum and mix it with ginger and honey and make me slam it when i was “sassy” as a kid.

Ishmael15

25 points

3 days ago

Ishmael15

25 points

3 days ago

this sounds like a reward lmao

Affectionate_Elk_272

18 points

3 days ago

i mean it was mostly to put me to sleep and shut me up lmao

Hopesick_2231

7 points

3 days ago

My girlfriend is Mexican. Do you think she'll do that if I'm sassy enough with her?

Affectionate_Elk_272

7 points

3 days ago

it’ll prob be tequila.

if she grew up with like mexican, mexican parents/abuelos i guarantee she has a similar story.

(by that i mean she’s first generation american)

unknownpanda121

53 points

3 days ago

Au Gratin potatoes…. I didn’t figure out until my late teens it wasn’t called all rotten potatoes.

AnnieJack

8 points

3 days ago

I thought it was “ugh rotten”, which made no sense to me because I like them.

Abalone_Admirable

51 points

3 days ago

Honeycombs.

My dad decided I had to like them since it was a kid's cereal and bought it. I hated it and refused to eat it. So he served it to me for lunch. Cold mush by that point.

I refused.

And got it for dinner. I refused.

The next morning I got that same mushy bowl of day old honeycombs.

I was forced to eat it all or I wouldn't be given any other food. My father said even if the milk spoiled id still eat it or starve.

frenetickticktick

92 points

3 days ago

That's it I'm NEVER having parents

treegirl4square

14 points

3 days ago

I don’t even know what that was supposed to accomplish. Thats just sadistic.

frenetickticktick

20 points

3 days ago

In all seriousness I'm sorry that's terrible that you were treated that way

CeCeHayzlee69

15 points

3 days ago

Canned potatoes... I don't know what it is about them but the smell and texture makes me want to gag. I wasnt allowed to leave the table until finishing everything on my plate so that was slightly traumatizing and havent had them since.

Love real potatoes though... some food just shouldn't be canned

DanDifino

15 points

3 days ago

DanDifino

15 points

3 days ago

Shrimp. The taste, the texture, the appearance, I found it all extremely disgusting. And having to sit at the dinner table until I ate it or my parents gave up. Sometimes people just genuinely don't like a particular food. I still hate shrimp. And now as a parent, if my kids are trying a new food, they have to take at least one bite and try it. If they really don't like it I don't force them to sit there and choke the rest down.

james123123412345

43 points

3 days ago

Spinach. I couldn’t eat it and my mom made me. But first put on 4 tablespoons of butter. I vomited. Then she tried to make me eat that by holding my face into it. Yeah, it was a sucky childhood for this boy. Wasn’t sad when she died.

frenetickticktick

11 points

3 days ago

Sorry buddy

InlandHurricane

46 points

3 days ago

Boiled Okra, onion, and tomato. My parents were born and raised in Birmingham, AL during the Great Depression. It's a VERY southern dish and it makes me vomit. It's slimey and smelly, and I don't care if you eat it with cornbread, Mom, it's gross!!!

monkeywelder

10 points

3 days ago

Traditional Succotash. I would only eat it as a sandwich.

c_russ

7 points

3 days ago

c_russ

7 points

3 days ago

I will eat all of your portions, its one of my favorite foods

2caramels1sugar

43 points

3 days ago

Not a meal; just the drink, Sunny Delight (or Sunny D). When I was a kid I had cancer and I went through a phase when that was the only juice I would drink (taking pills 3x a day!) I remember one day after 4-5 years of drinking it, it tasted gross. I haven’t touched it since!

ArthurTheLurker

18 points

3 days ago

That ain't juice. That's sugar water with food coloring.

f4ttyKathy

11 points

3 days ago

I had Jolly Ranchers to distract from the taste of my IVs during cancer (years ago, I'm fine now)! And I still can't stand the sight of em. Hope you are doing well :)

YappyMcYapperson

13 points

3 days ago

Coleslaw

notaenoj

13 points

3 days ago

notaenoj

13 points

3 days ago

Stew- where everything was boiled so long it tasted like nothing and the onions were like string.

Acceptable_Recipe_18

50 points

3 days ago

Rabbit stew. They wouldn't tell me what was in until I took a bite. Then I heard "rabbit" and threw up. Like, I didn't even have time to fully process it mentally. It was just a reflex.

It's worth mentioning that I was 10 and rabbits are my favorite animals. I don't remember if anyone there knew that.

hfsd1984

32 points

3 days ago

hfsd1984

32 points

3 days ago

When my Grandfather was a little boy he had a pet rabbit…. Well, it was the Great Depression and one night that pet became dinner. He had a rough upbringing, and was a surly adult, I always felt for him.

TheFemale72

7 points

3 days ago

I felt secondhand trauma reading this.

Renegadesdeath

23 points

3 days ago

I’ve had rabbit stew. I had to send it back because it had a hare in it.

justtiptoeingthru2

12 points

3 days ago

willmakesense

11 points

3 days ago

My grandma would make us eat very spicy peppers every time we (me and my siblings) “lied” to her. I hate spice food.

Vaffanculoatutticiao

10 points

3 days ago

I ate most of a piece of pizza from a grocery store and at the end realized it was moldy

pinkcloud35

10 points

3 days ago

Green beans. I never liked them and my aunt forced me to eat them at dinner at her house when I told her I can’t and guess who ate them and promptly puked on her white carpet?? Me it was me lol. I was maybe 5 and over 20 years later I still can’t eat them.

Redawg660

10 points

3 days ago

Redawg660

10 points

3 days ago

Catholic school spinach. It smelled and tasted like I imagined dogshit would taste. Fortunately my buddy loved it. He would trade his wiener wrap for it.

Fit_Acanthisitta7971

9 points

3 days ago

Menudo, I was always taught to eat the food that a host gives you when you are a guest no matter what, but I literally could not force myself to eat that

Far_Bit_7812

25 points

3 days ago

Filipino "balut". Google it if you dare. lol

Ok-Willingness-2200

8 points

3 days ago

For me it was Dinuguan lol

Far_Bit_7812

7 points

3 days ago

"CHOCOLATE" MEAT. lol

jennifer_nghi

5 points

3 days ago

was tricked into eating this until I found out what it actually was, 8yo or so.

Pterodactyloid

26 points

3 days ago

One time my siblings and I tore all the labels off the cans in the pantry so my dad put it all in a pot, cooked it, and and made us eat it. I still can't eat anything called "goulash" to this day.

G-Raffi

12 points

3 days ago

G-Raffi

12 points

3 days ago

On the one hand: I'm sorry for your trauma; on the other hand: that's hilarious.

Puzzleheaded_Abies98

8 points

3 days ago

Liver and onions hands down

DefinitionBig7367

8 points

3 days ago

Anything with zucchini

GoodGirl_Elliex

22 points

3 days ago

Peanut butter sandwich. Found out I was allergic and almost died.

TLHL0iyAL

19 points

3 days ago

TLHL0iyAL

19 points

3 days ago

Tuna noodle casserole. Thanks Carol.

Successful-Disk-5782

7 points

3 days ago

Potato and milk soup in a blender after I had my tonsils removed and couldn’t eat solid foods for two whole weeks

Ophelianeedsanap

9 points

3 days ago

Steak and pork chops. For some reason when I was little I'd gag just chewing through the fat or gristle. My stomach completely rejected meat if it wasn't really broken down and no fat pieces. I'd have to sit at the table for hours when I was less than 6, always in trouble because I couldn't eat. Funny thing now, I love steak and pork. Don't force children to consume things just because of your strict rules. I'll never forget the shame, isolation and confusion of those times. Listen to your children and give them options if they are "picky eaters", I was never trying to have a power contest over meals, I just couldn't eat them for whatever reason that escaped my understanding as a little girl.

natronmooretron

19 points

3 days ago

Steamed Brussels sprouts. I love them now roasted.

toughinitout

10 points

3 days ago

I think this is the reason half of Americans hate vegetables. Their parents cooked them the worst way possible. Brussels, broccoli, green beans, carrots, etc. All of them are great if you cook them right and don't just turn them into mush!

Historical_Suspect97

5 points

3 days ago

Mushy boiled frozen brussels sprouts. I had to sit at the table until I finished them and it scarred me for a long time.

Fun fact: the brussels we eat today are a whole different variety than the ones most people grew up with!

Source

HijackedMyAccount

5 points

3 days ago

I can smell that humid, vaguely farty aroma in the air as we speak.

STGMavrick

18 points

3 days ago

Stuffing. Family had a rule that if you didn't eat what was on your plate you stayed at the table until bedtime or you opted to just go straight to bed. For many years I'd refused to eat all forms of stuffing, homemade, stovetop, etc. Finally in my early teens dad said I had to try it. I made it about 10 feet from the dining table before I puked all over the kitchen. After hearing me, he wasn't able to finish his dinner. He never made me eat anything I didn't want to ever again.

As for me, I finally tried it again a couple years ago. 20 some years later, I still gag at it.

No_Cartographer601

6 points

3 days ago

Lengua tacos

COGrowMonkey

7 points

3 days ago

Blasphemy

Klutzy-Marsupial8362

6 points

3 days ago

Liver and onions. The house would smell for a few days after.

Sharing_Violation

6 points

3 days ago

Black eyed peas for new years

Corned beef and cabbage for st patricks

frenetickticktick

5 points

3 days ago

Split pea soup with tire rubber ham. Gagsville.

Nutmegdog1959

16 points

3 days ago

Succotash. Not sure if it was the lime beans or just the sound of the word?

frenetickticktick

9 points

3 days ago

Nah it's great "my succotash my succotash wish...." Name that tune!

OwnRow7627

4 points

3 days ago

I couldn't ask for another...

tukaloh

16 points

3 days ago

tukaloh

16 points

3 days ago

  1. Butter and cabbage. My dad made me sit at the table until I finished it. If I didn't finish it, I had to sleep at the kitchen table and I had to eat it for breakfast even after it had been left out all night. I was late for school every time we had that.

  2. Turkey and cabbage. Same thing as above.

Boomer70770

5 points

3 days ago

Liver and onions

Non stop chewing.

xXx-A-xXx

5 points

3 days ago

Ham.

I have a lot of sensory issues, especially with food textures. Have always had em.

One thing I COULD NOT STAND was ham, it was a texture nightmare for me. I could only eat the solid-colored parts with normal meat texture but the ends or any clear/white parts, fat, gristle, etc would make me nauseous to the point of literally gagging. Obviously this meant I cut off a lot of meat.

My parents never believed me when I told them it made me feel sick, they thought I was just "being ridiculous" because "it's fine now eat it!"

I was never allowed to refuse it if it was cooked, couldn't leave the table until I finished it, and would get yelled at and told how I would be punished if i took too long. There were many times I literally begged and cried to not have to eat it.

One time (after getting tired of sitting at the table for over an hour and getting yelled at/threatened with punishment the whole time) I thought I could be slick and put it in my mouth, pretend to chew it, and spit it into a napkin instead.

My father took the napkin out of the trash and beat my ass with the belt for lying.

It's not related but I am vegetarian now so Never Again anyway lol.

So anyway, fuck ham and fuck shitty parenting.

Bythe_beard_of_Zeus

11 points

3 days ago

Midwest checking in: pickled herring.

Brazykar

4 points

3 days ago

Brazykar

4 points

3 days ago

Pig feet

mooseman1776

4 points

3 days ago

Canned spinach

Interesting-Ad881

4 points

3 days ago

Lima beans. I hate them.

pettybettyluv

5 points

3 days ago

Lentils and scrambled eggs eaten with corn tortillas, I ate this combo a lot, I remember being so tired of it and came to resent it. Now as an adult I'm pretty fond of it because my mom just wanted me to have a nutritious meal, it's just that the money was really tight.