Occasionally people ask me what my eating likes and dislikes are
I'm not really that fussy. I'm not vegitarian and I'm not allergic to anything (except penicillin and pollen and cats, and if you're trying to feed me those I'm worried).
A large part of what I really like about going round to someones house for dinner is finding out what they cook best, and what they like to eat. But when I ask people what they like and they go "whatever you want" I get sort of frustrated, as it's nice to have a starting point to be inspired by. So that's what this was supposed to be.
Things I don't like:
Tomatoes that are close to their natural state. I will do all I can to avoid eating a raw tomato. One of the most disheartening sights you can serve me is a salad with slices of tomato in it, so I can't pick them out without the little slimy seeds getting everywhere. I don't have any objection to you making a salad with nice whole cherry tomatoes in it, so long as you don't expect me to eat them. But I will eat red sauces made from tinned tomatoes, pizzas, ketchup, etc etc.
Tinned tuna. Although to be honest it's the smell I don't like, so once it's in a pasta bake or similar I'm fine
The jelly you get round pork pies.
Raw veg and fruit, such as cucumbers, apples, a fruit salad, etc. It will make my mouth itch and me feel slightly uncomfortable. Of course, if you're doing something wonderful like melon in parma ham, or carrots in hummous *mmmm* or really nice raw fruit like strawberries I will put up with the itchyness.
Coconut, when it is in its dessicated state. That is, Bounties, cake covered in coconut, those chocolate marshmallow things covered in coconut (I like them when they're just chocolate and marshmallow!). I do like kormas, thai curries, other creamy coconut sauces though.
Celery. When it's raw and in chunks, especially, but still not that fond when it's cooked in chunks. This must be some sort of texture thing, because I like celariac mash, and soup.
Raisins. Particularly when they're lurking in a curry and you don't notice them until you've bitten into them. Things that are Supposed to contain raisins like Christmas pudding or Christmas cake are OK. Things that have a with/without raisin version (eg tiffin/fridge cake/rocky road) I will prefer the not-raisin version.
Things I think "shrug" about:
Pasta. I don't dislike pasta. I will quite happilly eat pasta. It is cheap, and healthy and nourishing, etc. But I don't think it tastes of anything. It doesn't have a nice taste, and it doesn't have a nice texture, but it isn't at all unpleasent and so pasta with a really nice sauce can be a really nice meal.
Birdseye potato waffles.
Things I like:
Anything sweet, really. I have a soft spot for chocolate, sugar, cream and fat, that I should do something about but haven't yet.
Chocolate, in all its many forms
Sausages. Especially pork-and-apple, lamb-mint-and-mango, and anything made from deer, wild boar, etc.
Stir-frys. I love noodles. Especially when they contain a sweetish sauce and lots of my favorite veg.
Chinese. All things chinese. Inc. things with cashew nuts and water chestnuts, black bean, sweet and sour
Japanese food. I love sushi and things cooked with sugar and salt and miso.
Vegetables, inc baby sweetcorn, corn on the cob, asparagus, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, sugarsnap peas, leaks, mushrooms, red onions, carrots. Especially big slow roasted trays of vegetables.
Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. (Not redcurrents or blueberries, sorry)
Game. If you could write a cute story about its existence in the wild, I probably enjoy eating it. The list is known to include venison, rabbit, wood pigeon and pheasant.
Things I have never eaten before. I am surprisingly excited by novelty. Weird meat (I like camel, bison, kangeroo, ostrich) is always cool, weird fruit is good... just weird things!
More offal than the average person. I have a soft spot for liver and onions, steak and kidney, and had sweetbread once in my life and loved it. On the other hand, I'm yet to find tripe I like, although (see the 'loving novelty' thing) if you think you make tripe nice I'd like to try it.
Meat/fish which is not very cooked. Carpaccio, steak tartare, sashimi, rare steak, lamb which is pink in the middle, etc etc.
Mashed potato, and chips
Scollops. Mussels. Most seafood. Prawns. Lobster. Smoked salmon
Things with honey glazes. Things with maple syrup glazes. Things with soy sauce glazes. Things glazed with all of the above at once.
Icecream. Especially chocolate
Anyway, there's lots of other stuff, I may tweak this post later...