Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why I will never eat pecan pie

I have always been physically repulsed by pecan pie, and have never taken a bite of it. Why?

Bathroom Cockroach

Am I the only one who sees a disturbing resemblance?

(pie photo from Wildflower Center)


Blogger Jennifer said...

Stop it! Nooooooo. I make a mean pecan pie. And it looks NOTHING like a roach.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Dammit, yes they do. Thanks a lot.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

Have I ruined pecan pie for you?

1:48 PM  
Blogger mcg said...

Just give your pie a good once-over before you dig in, and you'll be fine. Pecan pie is pretty tasty.

1:50 PM  
Blogger mcg said...

Actally, so is cockroach pie.

1:51 PM  
Blogger tommy said...

just chop the pecans

1:57 PM  
Blogger mcg said...

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2:02 PM  
Anonymous randy said...

Bourbon and chocolate chips - it completes the test perfectly.

2:03 PM  
Blogger SteveR said...

If you knew how most foods were made, you'd never eat them.

Start with "range fed chickens" which means a chicken that roams around where ranchers feed cattle grain, eating undigested grain from patties. Take it full circle, chicken poop is 20% protein and is often fed to cattle either wet or in a pelletized form as produced by egg farms.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Yes, Chris, I think you may have. I'll get over it. It was a pain in the ass to make anyhow.

I'm just trying really to hard to resist the connection to my waldorf salad, into which I put spicy candied pecans.

2:03 PM  
Blogger mcg said...

Wait until you find out what the filling is made of.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

Stever: Sounds yummy. But do I have to find what they eat appealing to want to eat them?

2:04 PM  
Blogger mcg said...

People use manure of various animals to fertilize vegetable gardens, too. Oh well, just wash 'em well first.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

mcg: I might actually find the whole cockroaches harder to swallow than the purified people.

Jennifer: I did you a favor. Pecan pie has more calories from fat than any other pie.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Michael Farris said...

"Pecan pie has more calories from fat than any other pie."

Only because it's the best tasting pie, but then, you'll never know.

Now, if you want _disgusting_... I have a hard time with apple juice sometimes. The taste is fine, but ... the smell alone is _very_ similar to the smell of a rather large cockroach (different species than in your picture) when you squish it. These things have a _very_ penetrating odor when squished that's a lot like intense apple smell. They were very common in rural Florida when I was growing up (though I think they're more an outdoor than indoor roach).

best verification word ever: rubpuf

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think of turtle sundaes?

Hey, I can post anonymously -- I'll try that.

2:23 PM  
Blogger SteveR said...

"Sounds yummy. But do I have to find what they eat appealing to want to eat them?"

Nope. But many people do.."uum look honey Range Fed Chickens only $8/lb, its so much better than that Tyson chicken. And healthier too!"

3:08 PM  
Blogger owen said...

to sweet

3:09 PM  
Blogger Tibore said...

"Am I the only one who sees a disturbing resemblance?"

I didn't see it until now! Thank's a lot, professor!!! Now I'm ruined on Pecan pie!

Grumble, grumble...

3:54 PM  
Blogger Tibore said...

Whoops... posted this to the wrong blog. You're not the professor, your her son.

Sorry! Will cross post now...

3:55 PM  
Blogger Tibore said...

"your"... "you're"... man, nothing's going right today...

3:56 PM  
Blogger Ruth Anne Adams said...

I wonder what it would cost to get your mother to eat a piece. More than an egg sandwich? Priceless?

4:47 PM  
Blogger Sissy Willis said...

Eat your vegetables.

6:15 PM  
Blogger brylin said...

Back when I was growing up we were so poor that we ate cockroaches and liked them!

7:02 PM  
Blogger amba said...

This'll either totally gross you out, or bring you around: in my family we used to make x-rated gingerbread people, and a pecan half represented the female genitalia.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Gundovald said...

What does spaghetti remind you of? Or, sausage? Hot Dog? Chilli? Most Mexican food? How about eggs?

8:41 PM  
Blogger Maxine Weiss said...


Peace, Maxine

9:06 PM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

amba: Is that meant as a test of my sexual orientation? No, that does not make pecans any more appealing to me.

9:28 PM  
Blogger Michael Farris said...

"This'll either totally gross you out, or bring you around: in my family we used to make x-rated gingerbread people."

I'm afraid I'm ... uncomfortable enough with that scenario to not care what ingredient made what part...

3:19 AM  
Blogger Mom Underground said...

I have always thought the same thing about pecan pie and roaches.

And what about wild grain rice? I think those suckers look like little bugs, too.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

mom underground: I've never thought that about rice, but sometimes if pastries are the right size and shape they remind me of rodents. That's probably just me, though.

12:39 PM  
Blogger John said...

I guess I'll still be able to wolf it down, since I think pitted dates looks exactly like jumbo roaches and I still manage to eat them. Of course, I suppose that one could also say that roaches are kind of cute, looking like little pecans as they do.

11:42 PM  
Blogger amba said...

Christopher, no, I wrote about the pecan halves on the gingerbread women without thought of sexual orientation. Sorry, my bad.

vw: xymepitp

4:11 PM  
Blogger amba said...

Michael, they were more comic and cartoony than graphic.

Good verification words today.

fshivvq -- a shudder of revulsion.

4:14 PM  

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