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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Memories and Food

Is there any food from your childhood that brings back fond memories? Do you feel closer to a parent or relative when you eat certain foods? Do you ever wonder why you ate certain foods? Do other people wonder why you eat those foods, thinking they are strange or gross?

Pineapple sandwich

When I was a child, we ate these. We all took them for lunch and were thrilled. I taught my children to love pineapple and Miracle Whip sandwiches. Believe me, Mama never put so much MW on my sandwich. I did not put this much on my children's sandwiches! However, I was not feeling well, sort of blah,  and just put too much. It is best if you cut this sandwich in four squares before attempting to pick it up.

As a child, it was white bread for sandwiches. Now, I use whole wheat. This loaf was abused on the way home. If the bread were still fairly square, the two pieces of pineapple cut in half would have nested together nicely.

This is simple, but I love my pineapple sandwich. I indulge infrequently. However, I bought the small cans of Dole pineapple in 100% pineapple juice this week with a coupon. I can make two sandwiches with the $0.38 can. The fresh pineapple I ate all last week was delicious, but I would never put it in a sandwich.

My daughter said people in Miami, Missouri, and New York are fascinated and grossed out by her pineapple sandwich which she still loves.

I did not feel well earlier, and I have an elevated temperature right now!

Your turn
Have you ever eaten a pineapple and Miracle Whip sandwich? Any pineapple sandwich? Are you grossed out? Turned off? Got a simple food memory to share.


  1. Consider me in the Grossed Out Category.
    I hope you feel better soon.

  2. Mark,
    You have lots of company. I have never heard of anyone else eating this, except my family!

    I have not slept all night. The spinning of the bed kept me awake! Thanks for the sentiment.

  3. Eww... lol
    But I'm sure there are things I eat that others don't too.

  4. LOL...eww is what most people say. It amuses me because I love pineapple sandwiches so much.

    I cannot imagine what you will not eat! Anyone who can carve up roadkill bear that has been hanging for a week would seem to be able to stomach anything.

  5. My family would always add sugar to their garlic bread. I thought it was normal until I brought it to school and got made fun of. Fast forward 15 years, I move to Korea and it's impossible to find sugarless garlic bread!

    Maybe an obscure corner of the world practices your pineapple sandwich? hahaha

    Feel better :)

    1. Lynda,
      Oh, that is funny about finding surared garlic bread in Korea. Who would have thought?

  6. PP - i can't say that i would eat that sandwich - bahahahah! but we all have food that we grew up with. for me - it's boiled dinner - something that everyone on our island makes every sunday. in fact, after church, you would go home to eat your boiled dinner, and then spend the rest of the afternoon/ evening visiting your friends and eating their boiled dinner!!! you would eat it everywhere you went!

    boiled dinner is a piece of salt cod that you rinse and rinse and rinse. then you boil it in the oven (normally a coal stove) you rinse it a few more times, then when it's ready you add cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips and onions. most people think it is just horribly-awful - but if you are from the island - you expect boiled dinner when you go to someone's house!!!

    some people do it with meat...but that's only if they are rich - bahahahahah! great post! your friend,

    1. kymber,
      That seems like an awful lot of boiling going on. I am surprised the cod held together and was not mush after all the boiling and rinsing. If I ever come to your island, I will be prepared and bring a gift of meat for Sunday.

  7. Never a big fan of Miracle Whip. The amount on your sandwich makes this a "gross out" for me. I do however love pineapple and cream cheese sandwiches. Sometimes we use real cream cheese, sometimes the vegan kind. I also like real mayo and garden fresh tomato sandwiches. Sometimes with lettuce, sometimes without.

  8. Kathy,
    I looked down at the bread before putting on the pineapple and was shocked at the amount I smeared on my sandwich. But, I can handle eating MW with a spoon. It's that wonderful to me. No, I don't indulge. Okay, maybe a healthy lick of a knife when finished.

    I am trying to wrap my head around cream cheese on bread, but the sandwich is something I would enjoy.

    Just let me say this: the taste and texture of mayo just gags me, grosses me out! All the people who prefer mayo just leave more MW for me!

    It is a wonderful world of diverse food preferences.


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