Cheese or squash? As It Happens listeners share their best food mix-ups
If you were listening to As It Happens this week, you may have heard our story about the drama at a North Carolina grocery store.
It was the epic tale of a customer who who mistook butternut squash for cheese. Assuming he purchased cubed orange cheese, he later found out it was actually cubed orange squash. This confusion led to a long, heated argument with staff, which ended with the man leaving the store — squash in hand.
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Edmonton's Steph Gazzola wrote to us with this, via email:
"My most memorable food mistake happened when I was making perogies for my fiancé. In our family, we love a little paprika on our perogies. And by a little, I mean a lot. So I went to town covering our perogies in paprika as I fried them. Or at least, I thought I did. When we sat down to dinner, I soon realized that I had covered them in a different, more pungent red spice — nutmeg."
Red nutmeg? That does sound confusing.
John in Manitoba wrote to us with this food mix-up that happened on a road trip. He writes:
"I was once riding my motorcycle north of Winnipeg. It was hot and I was hungry. There was a sign that read 'PEACHES AND CREAM,' so I pulled in and asked for some. I very quickly found out it is a variety of corn. It was super embarrassing."
And Craig Butler in Breckenridge sent this culinary mishap to our email:
"I was at my girlfriend's cottage making hamburgers. I was drunk, as usual, and wanted to add some soya sauce to the mix. Unbeknownst to me, her mother had put vanilla into a soya sauce bottle and the results were cake-like. I didn't smell a thing until they started to cook."
This story also got people here at As It Happens talking about their own food mix-ups.
Years ago, guest host Helen Mann's aunt made a cheesecake with onion-flavored cream cheese. And, one of our producers, Imogen, told us about her high school friend who used to help himself to whatever he could find at her parent's house — including an organic dog biscuit, thinking it was a cookie.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in with their stories.
If you've mistaken one piece of food for another let us know. You can find us on Twitter or Facebook @cbcasithappens. Our Talkback machine is at 416-205-5687 and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.