"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Menu Planning > Today's Menu
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-02-2006, 10:07 AM   #1
Head Chef
 
goboenomo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,208
Send a message via AIM to goboenomo Send a message via MSN to goboenomo Send a message via Yahoo to goboenomo
What to cook!? Picky gf again!

Last time I was at my girlfriends house with her family, they were saying they didn't want to cook something the takes long, so I said (as a joke) "I'll do it."
They knew I could, but they knew I was joking, but they took advantage of that. Now I have to go over sometime and make a meal for my gf and her family.
My girlfriend is very picky.
No veggies, no fruits besides berries, no rice, nothing unique that she may have not tried, and no seafood.
Pretty much all I've seen her eat is pizza, chicken, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, steak and pork.

Sometimes she's picky about meat too.
One time I made a stir fry with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, rice, and chicken.

She didn't like one thing from it. I'm not sure if it was the meat, or the fact it was marinated in ginger. I had to make her a sandwich.


If anyone has any good ideas, that would be great.

Thanks in advance.

Alex

__________________

__________________
Zzyxk - Short baked goods slideshow! Homemade
Please check it out.
goboenomo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 10:59 AM   #2
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
I was thinking you could fry up some breaded pork cutlets and serve them with macaroni and cheese. Then fix some green beans or something that the rest of the family would like.

I can't imagine anyone not liking a good mac & cheese.
__________________

__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:07 AM   #3
Head Chef
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Spain
Posts: 1,167
Good grief, with a diet that limited, I'm amazed she's alive and well!

Maybe you could ask your girlfriend for a suggestion. At least that way it will be a sociable occasion if not a gourmet cuisine delight to test your culinary skills.
__________________
Snoop Puss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:10 AM   #4
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Scotland
Posts: 2,977
A glass of water and a slice of toast?
__________________
Ishbel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:15 AM   #5
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
We presume she is well Snoop Puss....

I used to cook for little children a lot, I nanny-ed through universty holidays. I would ban junk food and get the kids cooking with me. Maybe thats what you need to do with your girlfriend Gobo. Faddy people tend to be won over by food they have helped prepare. Alternatively carrots, onion and celery, which add flavour and sweetness to most things, are easily hidden if very finely diced. If things are really bad you can put them in the food processor and whizz them to a pulp to add flavour. This is usful for most things, especially things like shepard's/cottage pie. If you are going to risk using veg and getting her helping then sweet and sour chicken served with noodles was a big hit. I put fresh pineapple and peppers of all colours in mine, and the kids ate them.....eventually.
__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:22 AM   #6
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,806
I don't cook for people like that - period. I enjoy the challenge of cooking terrific meals for people with "real" dietary challenges - whether medical or ethical - but the true "picky eater" is, in my book, basically spoiled & self-centered. They don't like it - don't eat it. I certainly won't feel guilty - lol!!! Nor will I cater to their mental problems about food.
__________________
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:28 AM   #7
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Metro New York
Posts: 8,764
Send a message via Yahoo to ChefJune
Quote:
Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
I don't cook for people like that - period. I enjoy the challenge of cooking terrific meals for people with "real" dietary challenges - whether medical or ethical - but the true "picky eater" is, in my book, basically spoiled & self-centered. They don't like it - don't eat it. I certainly won't feel guilty - lol!!! Nor will I cater to their mental problems about food.
Breezy, you and I must be related! Growing up, in our whole family (not just the immediate one at our house) if you didn't like what was served for a meal, you didn't eat. No one asked what we wanted for lunch or dinner. The meal was provided and we ate it. and we all learned to like a lot of different foods. Some things, not so much, and some not at all. I have not-fond memories of choking down cottage cheese doused with mustard to disguise it... still cannot stand the stuff!

But I can't be bothered with people who wont even TRY something they haven't ever had before! No way they can know they don't like it!

Gobo, I'm afraid I'd offer her a bowl of oatmeal if she didn't want the meal, and she could get it for herself!
__________________
Wine is the food that completes the meal.
ChefJune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:30 AM   #8
Head Chef
 
lulu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: England
Posts: 2,039
I tend to agree with you BC. I am happy not to cook one particular thing for people...for example, if i know someone doesn't like mushrooms then I ould not serve them, but people who come with a long list of "I don't likes" rather than "I can't eats" are tiresome. There are somethings I don't like but I would always eat if offered them if someone had cooked them for me. And the thing I really dislike I wish I did like. I cook it and try it all the time as it sounds so good, but I just can't make myslf like fennel. I'll never stop trying though, lol.
__________________
In omnibus amor et iustum
lulu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 11:35 AM   #9
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
We have friends over for dinner quite frequently. Two couples have teenage daughters who won't eat much of anything. I didn't cook special meals for my own children, but these aren't my kids so I baby them.
One of the girls loves my grilled cheese sandwiches. The other is happy with cooked pasta with butter and cheese only, or a baked potato. They both love Kim's grilled burgers.

__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2006, 12:08 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,162
How about serving her something exotic like a pine float? (Translated: Toothpicks and water.) Actually, though, you don't say how old she is and how she was "handled" by her family when it comes to her food preferences.

If she's rather young, she may not have been exposed to a variety of new foods and has decided, without even trying them, she doesn't like them. If her family has always catered (sorry, just had to use that word) to her, then you have a challenge ahead of you.

I think Snoop Puss has the right idea. Query her and find out just what she would be willing to eat. Think back to the sandwiches and hamburgers you said she ate. What did she put on them? That would give you some clue about her accepted food combinations. Build from there. Same for chicken, steak and pork.

You could work backwards. That is, begin planning your dessert item. You said she likes berries. Good. How about something like strawberry sorbet? Of a fresh berry compote.

You wouldn't have to get too complex with the main course since she seems to be so limited in her likes. Search cookbooks for ideas and see if there are any recipes that have most of the ingredients you are sure she'll eat. Improvise and build.

Best of luck.
__________________

__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.