A little while ago, Mrs Woog posted on her Facebook page that she loved a sneaky Continental packet pasta for lunch on the odd occasion. She took it a step further and asked what her readers loved that was a bit shameful – and shared them in this post.
I’m the first to admit I love secret shame food. I ate the shit out of those pastas growing up, and every time I visited my sister as an adult we would make one for lunch, both eating it out of the bowl it was microwaved in. She liked tomato, I liked alfredo.
It got me thinking of all the things I love that we’re told are too processed, too full of chemicals, too nutrient-devoid to ever pass our lips. While I don’t eat them often, I’m never going to swear off them forever. Well, except custard powder – I made custard with it last year and it was utterly horrific. Even the kids wouldn’t eat it, even though I loved it growing up (if you could make it lump-free).
My list is pretty nostalgia-driven. We didn’t eat a lot of packet stuff growing up because that was for rich people. Except 2 minute noodles, that shit is for everybody.
☠ Cereal. I particularly like Nutri-Grain, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, and Just Right. With cream on top.
☠ Chocolate Yogo
☠ Kraft Mac and Cheese in a box. Microwave version, too.
☠ Instant coffee
☠ Devondale plastic cheese (it’s rennet-free. I called them. Then actually did a happy dance)
☠ McDonald’s bacon and egg McMuffin minus the bacon. Replaced with the hash brown.
☠ Vegemite and cheese sandwiches on white bread with the crusts cut off
☠ Potato gems
☠ Corn Jacks
☠ Scotch Finger biscuits with the chocolate on the back
☠ Barbecue sauce (especially American), steak sauce, may as well just eat a cup of high-fructose corn syrup
☠ Ranch dressing in a bottle
☠ Kraft peanut butter
☠ Iced coffee
☠ For years my favourite hangover food (or solo dinner) was the microwaved mashed potato from Woolies, with a microwave gravy. Pour gravy over potato, eat that layer off, pour more gravy over, repeat.
Ok spill – what do you eat?!