52 weeks of personal genealogy and history: week 39: Least Favourite Food: Smoked cod is yellow and yuk.


The topic for Week 39 in Amy Coffin’s and Geneablogger’s 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History series is: Least Favorite Foods. What was your least favorite food from your childhood? Did your parents make you eat it anyway? Do you still dislike the same food today? How have your tastes changed since your youth?

This was an easy question. Without a doubt my most disliked food was Smoked South African cod compounded in dislike when combined with white sauce. I don’t know why I hated it so, but there were plenty of opportunities for me to practice my dislike. As Catholics in the pre-Vatican II era, we had to abstain from meat every Friday. Consequently that nasty yellow fish would appear on my plate with monotonous regularity, and not liking it was no excuse for not eating it!  As you can readily tell I have not changed my mind about this food despite the passing of decades and I’ve never once eaten it since I left home, and will avoid white sauce whenever possible too.

My current food tastes differ significantly from those of my childhood reflecting the changes to Australian cuisine. I’ve talked about this previously under Week 5, Food.

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