Growing up I hated all condiments except ketchup. If something had mustard on it I would starve before I would eat it. I was almost as bad about stuff with mayonnaise on or in it. Just the thought of relish made my skin crawl. I was in my mid twenties before I would eat anything but lemon juice and salt on my salad. I finally discovered Ranch dressing and I love it. It is my condiment of choice on pretty much everything. I still hate mustard. I’ve gotten better. When Amara’s Mommy was little I wouldn’t even wash a knife or plate that had mustard on it! I’ll do that much now but I won’t eat it. I now see the value in mayonnaise but relish still makes my skin crawl.
I will eat most things with the exception of sushi — I just eat some things differently. For example I love peanut butter sandwiches. I don’t put jelly on them but I do put butter on them. I also put butter on my peanut butter toast. Grampy and Amara’s Daddy both think this is very strange. Of course I taught Amara’s Mommy to eat hers that way and much to Daddy’s annoyance she has taught Amara to eat them that way! The right way.
Because of my hate of most condiments I have always eaten my hamburgers with just ketchup on them. I will tell you one of the advantages to this is that when you order it special at McDonald’s they have to make it fresh so it is hot! Some where along the way I discovered that the only thing better than a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with cheese (ketchup only) was if you put your french fries ON the cheeseburger, nestled right in there with all that wonderful ketchup. Jenna learned to eat hers the same way. The right way.
The other day when Amara was here we were doing something in the kitchen when she said to me “Guess what I eat the other day Grandma.” Amara is not big on trying new foods so I really was curious! “I put french fries on my McDonald’s Cheeseburger and I liked it!“
Another tradition passed down from generation to generation to generation.