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Cuttlefish? Anyone?

Bought some weird-ass flax seed corn chips last time I went shopping. Meant to use them in gorp, but they never got included. Went to eat them last night, and thought I would have to throw them out directly. They tasted like fish. Not rotten or anything, but absolutely fishy. Son happened by, and I had him eat some. He said that he could not taste anything odd -- and that my palate had been ruined by 'giant cups of donuts.' Now I have noticed in the pat that son does not have much sense of smell. (There was one notable occasion at my mom's house where he could not locate a dead mouse...)

This morning husband tried the chips, and said they made him think of dried cuttlefish. He allowed that this was ok in corn chips as long as a person was prepared. (But his palate is pretty well wrecked from years of Naval food.)

Son, as I write, is defiantly eating them, claiming he cannot taste anything like fish.

So, does flaxseed taste of fish? Is it supposed to? And why, if so, would anyone want fish flavored corn chips? 

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ba1126
Aug. 11th, 2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's weird. My only association with flax seed is in childhood; if someone had a bad sore throat, Dad would boil and strain flaxseed, then add lemon juice to the warm liquid and have us drink it.

My oldest son loves to eat tinned fish (exam.;herring fillets in tomato sauce) with rice for breakfast. (GACK!) Neither he nor my Hubby have much of a sense of smell. Meanwhile, I'm keeping Renuzit in business buying solid air fresheners for bathrooms and kitchen. As I type this, I am waving one around the 'den' where my compy is, to combat the odors of said herring tin in the kitchen. This is AFTER he has eaten the fish and rinsed out the tin and has it soaking in water!!

Funny about the dead mouse! When I was about 15 and we were at our cottage, I kept smelling something bad. It was strongest near the fridge, one of those ancient ones on 'feet' and with a big 'cooler coil' on top. Both Mom and I kept searching in the fridge for the source of the smell without results. Finally, I got down on my knees and looked underneath, expecting to see some dropped food or spilled liquid. Instead, I saw a dead mouse that had somehow gotten himself stuck on coil of wire!! YUCKY!!
eglantine_br
Aug. 11th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I know the tins you mean. We like the kippers and smoked oysters.

I think guys have less sense of smell. I have noticed this. But son worries me a little. Not being able to smell a dead mouse, is a safety issue!
ba1126
Aug. 11th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
My Hubby sometimes asks me to sniff a leftover to be sure it's 'safe'!! I can smell if it isn't, but he can't!!
ba1126
Aug. 11th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Maybe the corn chips were stored somewhere where there was fish and it picked up the smell? Flax seed doesn't have that kind of smell that I recall.
lady_latimer
Aug. 11th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
No idea, but I now want to go and buy some flax seed to find out...!

Also, I've friended you, hope that was ok!
eglantine_br
Aug. 11th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Delighted that you friended me. I will friend you too, ok?
You may like the corn chips. Husband and son have been eating them. I think they are not for me, though.
esmerelda_t
Aug. 11th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Have you tried giving them to the cats? If they taste of fish they'd best the best judges!
eglantine_br
Aug. 11th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Strange, because Yodel loves Cheetos. (To the point that if he hears a plastic bag he comes running, hoping it is Cheetos.) He and husband have an after work Cheetos ceremony several times a week.

But Yodel will not eat tuna-fish. Weird cat.

Little girl cat eats everything.
thistle_chaser
Aug. 11th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Your son might be right (sort of). Did you know there are super/normal/sub-tasters? People are born with different amounts of taste buds on their tongues. 90% of people have the average amount, they're normal tasters. 5% have fewer, sub-tasters -- they're the ones who douse everything in a bottle of hot sauce. Super-tasters have a lot more, which often leads to arguments because we taste things others don't. (How often I argued with my mother about iceberg lettuce! To me it has a flavor and I don't like it, she argues that it has no flavor, that it's just "crunchy water".)

As taste is involved with the scent of smell as well, that fits, too.
ba1126
Aug. 11th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Of course smell influences taste (which is why everything seems bland when you have a stuffed up nose from a cold). My son and Hubby LOVE hot sauce, while I hate it!!
thistle_chaser
Aug. 11th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I can't eat anything at Taco Bell, it's all too spicy for me. Others tend to laugh at me over that!
ba1126
Aug. 11th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
We buy both hot and sweet sausages to cook at home. I always cut the sweet in half before cooking, because after cooking it's hard to tell the difference, and I don't want to accidentally bite into the wrong kind!! I get swollen bumps on my tongue when I accidentally bite something spicy hot.
provencepuss
Aug. 11th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
I buy flax flour bread...be careful; fax seed can get ergot mold!!!!

I love spicy - I eat vindaloo curry!
anteros_lmc
Aug. 11th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have ever eaten flaxseed or cuttlefish, so I'm not much help here! What does Hazel make of them?

My mother had absolutely no sense of smell at all. She lost it in her early twenties and was never able to find out why!
eglantine_br
Aug. 11th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
My brother had a friend who was born with no sense of smell. He could not tell beer from sea-water! Came from a prominent New England family. (400 years of inbreeding?)


anteros_lmc
Aug. 11th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I've never come across someone born with no sense of smell before! That's very odd. At least my mother could remember smells from before hers went. She wasn't even very sure when she lost hers, she just noticed it was gone one day!
lemurling
Aug. 12th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I have weird smell stories from both sides. I do not have a particularly good sense of smell, though it's not awful either. My husband has a very sensitive nose but he seems to have a much higher threshold of 'bad' smell. He can smell things really well, but doesn't tend to find most strong odors unpleasant.

A cousin on my dad's side had a poor enough nose that he was discharged from the Marines during the first Gulf war, because it was thought that he would be unable to detect when chemical warfare was happening in time to put on his gas mask.

My mom hasn't completely lost her sense of smell, but it was pretty much ruined by a bad sinus infection about five years ago. Tragically, because she was a very good cook, it has messed with her sense of taste as well.
eglantine_br
Aug. 12th, 2013 03:57 am (UTC)
Mine is pretty good. (I can reliably find a dead mouse anyway.) I think it has quite a lot to do with my mood. When I am unhappy or overwhelmed I notice the smell of things to the point it is intrusive.

And, of course, as you point out, it is a safety thing. We need to smell the world, at least a little, to be safe.
anteros_lmc
Aug. 12th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure my sense of smell is particularly acute but there are certainly some smells that I find really evocative. Meadowsweet and the sea in particular :)

And, of course, as you point out, it is a safety thing. We need to smell the world, at least a little, to be safe.
Definitely. My mother was absolutely paranoid about gas because she couldn't smell it. There was no gas in her house but she was ultra cautious when we went camping.
rikibeth
Aug. 12th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Flax seed has fatty acids in it that can spoil. If the oil's gone rancid, it could smell/taste fishy.

It won't do anyone any lasting damage if it has, most likely, but there could be a bit of Digestive Upset.
eglantine_br
Aug. 12th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
That makes sense. I am not going to eat them-- so that is ok. Son insisted that they were fine, and ate a bunch. He seems fine though. If it has a loosening effect, he is unlikely to tell me. I think they will quietly disappear, before morning. Sounds like much the best plan.
anteros_lmc
Aug. 12th, 2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
Also, what in the name of the wee man is gorp?!
eglantine_br
Aug. 13th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh you know-- trail mix.

In this case, pecans, peanuts, M&Ms, dried apples, dried kiwi. Stuff you can just grab a handful of as you go by. Cheaper to buy it myself and mix it up in a big glass thing.

Some people have been known to pick the candies out... the less said about them the better!

(Who is the wee man?)
anteros_lmc
Aug. 16th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
Ah yes trail mix I do know. But gorp?! Where on earth does that come from?

(Who is the wee man?)
If I ever find out, you'll be the first to know ;)
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