Bone app the teeth!
Food is one of the single most important aspects of cultures around the world.
It’s what brings us together with our families, friends, and communities. Even when language barriers exist, gastronomy is a common tongue that we can share and learn from. And last but not least, we need it to survive.
Of course, not all food is created equal, and much of that has to do with who’s cooking it. For those of us with regular access to healthy food and balanced portion sizes, it’s easy to be accustomed to what we do and don’t like, and even how we want it prepared. The pickier we get, the easier it is to be turned off when certain things are put on a plate in front of us.
The people of Reddit were asked to share their stories of the worst and weirdest dishes and combinations ever served to them at someone else’s house, and their tales might just make you content to cook for yourself tonight.
Brother’s wife put 5 boneless chicken breasts in a pan, poured canned peaches and canned pears over them, and baked at 350 for an hour. Nothing else. It was a secret family recipe she grew up with and loved. It was terrible and I felt poisoned. (ElephantTickle)
If that was the best recipe my family could create, I’d keep it a secret too (an_actual_elephant)
It wasn’t so much a bad meal, but the method of serving was… different. A friend invited me and a couple of other friends to dinner when I was in high school. His mom served homemade chicken soup, which was fine. There was chocolate cake for dessert, but instead of serving it on separate plates, she went around to each of our places and sliced off a piece into each of our soup bowls, each of which still had some broth. Chocolate cake flavored with chicken broth is not a flavor I really want to repeat. (President_Calhoun)
My father in law does this, he’ll eat his dessert (including ice cream) off the same plate he’s just eaten burgers, fries and ketchup on. But he’s the kind of guy who eats on paper plates 24/7 and cuts his food with his pocket knife. My husband asked if we could use real plates, cups and flatware at Thanksgiving one year and his sisters sneered at him like he’d just asked for wine made from crushed diamonds. (CocoaMotive)
Now I want crushed diamond wine. (mcrninja)
A Rocky Start
Oh boy, here we go.
I was in a man’s house in Afghanistan, and as is tradition, he made us tea. The tea wasn’t great, it was really just warm, dirt flavored water as far as I could tell. But, to be polite, I consumed my cups worth. As was expected of me. Next, he gave us rice. Now, these guys are poor, but it’s rude to turn down food. So what you do is this: take a little bit. An appetizer sized amount. Eat it relatively slowly and thank them profusely.
Easy enough. Well, unfortunately is this particular instance, the gentleman was lacking in certain utensils, dinnerware and OSHA standards. The rice was served to us on these slabs of shale this guy used as plates and had an unholy amount of GRAVEL, not sand, mixed in. Not to exaggerate, but the pieces of stone in the rice were dancing up to pea sized. This dude starts munching, so we all follow suit, trying to minimize chewing and maximize swallowing (haha). Again, we are this rockyrice with our fingers since he had no utensils for us.
His teeth were pretty jacked up, so I can only assume he eats rocks regularly. But anyways, super cool dude, super kind gesture, and I hope we were nothing short of gentlemanly in our acceptance of his hospitality. (SatansAdvisor)