Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.
The first time the other night, I was watching Frankenfood. It made me think about a sandwich I made a lot when I was in high school. I don’t remember all the details, but I think I remember it mostly.
My sandwich had bologna (which my mom bought a lot), mayonnaise (usually Miracle Whip), mustard, jelly – and sometimes, a leaf of lettuce, butter pickles, or a slice of American cheese.
I don’t know why, but this was sort of my signature sandwich until my friend turned me onto toast with mayo and tomatoes. I didn’t know about BLT’s at the time, so I guess this could have been a poor man’s BLT.
I am gluten free these days, and most gluten free breads that I have found fairly suck. I found one I thought was okay, but when I went back to the store I thought I bought it from, they no longer carried it.
As a result, I don’t eat a lot of sandwiches these days. I rarely cheat on the gluten free (not that I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac but because of my hypothyroid – so gluten interferes with that), but I’ve found lately, it’s probably not worth it. At the time my doctor suggested it, I was having an occasional asthma attack, something that popped up after a bad cold and would come on with no warning, for no apparent reason.
Once I went gluten free, the asthma subsided to the point where I haven’t used the one inhaler I had prescribed to me in over two years or more. And, the only time I have had to use it was usually when I had pizza the day before. Okay, I’ll admit, I do miss pizza probably the most.
Gluten free pretzels, pasta, pancakes, cereal, cookies, and brownies are okay even good, and some cake, but pizza crust, bread (even though I hate white bread), and graham crackers (most crackers) don’t compare.
Still, I’m doing okay with it mostly. Sometimes I miss things, and I cheat a bit, having a bite – but I’m finding more and more, as I wake up with a stuffy nose the day after having a grilled cheese sandwich, it’s probably what I need to do.
I grew up in a family of farmers. Even though wheat wasn’t the only crop, it usually was planted in one field of three or four. My brother works at a flour mill. This whole gluten free thing really rages against family moors, but what can I do about that? It just works for me, and I don’t like it, and I wish it wasn’t so, but it is what it is.
So bologna, jelly, mayo and mustard sandwiches – I haven’t had one of those in many, many years, and especially now, not as appealing.
Do you have a weird combination that works for you?