My friend Tori hates white, creamy foods. It's important to know this, and take precautions if you plan on dining with her. A friend once tested her by dabbing a blob of mayonnaise on his lip and getting her attention, which resulted in her vomiting in the school cafeteria.
Over the years, I have made several misguided attempts to both understand her abhorrence and talk her out of it. I have listed several food items, trying to get her to admit that there is an exception to the rule.
"What about vanilla ice cream?" I asked, figuring that was an impossible thing to dislike.
"It's ok until it gets melty, and then I can't eat it."
She also wouldn't eat cream cheese for the longest time, which drove me CRAZY because I knew that if she simply TRIED it, she would love it, as it is the food of the Gods. Well, not really, but that's only because ambrosia was around first. If they had had a choice it would have been cream cheese. Or, at least, some kind of cheese.
But I digress! Anyway, she eventually tried and really liked strawberry cream cheese, which is not really the same thing but a step in the right direction.
I just think food phobias are really funny, I don't know why. I'm willing to try just about anything once. Well, maybe not something that is actually alive. I made steamer clams this past weekend for the 4th of July and was quite aware of the fact that they went into the pot very, very alive. But they came out dead, so that worked out ok.
Clams are not 100% quiet, that is the problem. But they were delicious.