Lima Beans are Green liver

//Lima Beans are Green liver

Lima Beans are Green liver

There are only two foods that I truly despise to the core of my being. One is Liver and the other is lima beans. Which is really green liver in disguise. They are the same gritty consistency  and smell and should both just be called green and get it over with. If I could put a smell to it, it would be the smell of stinky sneakers after a month long camping trip.

When I was a kid I would put more ketchup and mustard on the liver and lima beans mom would give us, hoping that it would slide down my throat skipping all taste buds on the way. The rule at home was “clean your plate or you don’t leave the table”. Good God…who ever made up that rule would have no idea what torture would ensue. It was torture trying to stare down the tiny green stink mongers. Luckily for me there were 6 kids in our family and that allowed for plenty of distractions.

I remember slyly putting the chewed  up wad of liver in my napkin as I wiped my mouth. Then slowly and carefully easing the smushed mound onto the ledge that existed underneath the table. Oh Yeah! Success ! Never to be discovered until we moved from that house and the table moved.  Picture in your mind, the large table that seated a family of eight tips to its side to be taken from the house to the moving truck, revealing  the evidence from dinners past.

Of course all of us kids scattered when the table got moved, just knowing what was to come. The big reveal. My mother must have pissed herself laughing at said evidence. She never brought it up to us . To this day as a grown ass woman who has traveled and been around the foodie world I wont submit myself to the tortures of the past. When I see liver or lima beans I go right back to that table of eight and figure out in what way I’m going to stealthily rid myself of the offensive organ, green or otherwise.

By | 2013-08-05T22:22:25+00:00 July 31st, 2013|Let's Eat|5 Comments

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  1. Pat from Venice August 3, 2013 at 1:06 am - Reply

    This cracked me up! I also hated lima beans and liver! I didn’t like peas and would try to swallow them like pills with the glass of milk! My mom wanted me to put them in the mashed potatoes, but I didn’t want to ruin the mashed potatoes! We had a shelf under our table, where I deposited the tossed salad soaked in italian dressing. Guests arrived one night and when she opened up the table to make it bigger, there was the moldy mess that I had forgotten to remove. I tried to claim I was tired that night and needed to go to bed early and I got “the look” and was told not to even think about going to bed!!!

    Miss you and hope you come back to the US soon.

    • Picasso Roberts August 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      glad it made you laugh. I will pass back through that area at some time, then maybe we can connect

  2. Barbara Dooney August 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I HATE lima beans. I HATE liver. Thankfully, my mother didn’t make us clean our plates; that was Nana’s job, and we didn’t see her very often.
    Nana once made Heidi sit at the table and eat the tomato on her plate. Heidi HATED tomatoes. She ate it…….
    and……threw up all over Nana’s table!!!!!!!!
    Nana didn’t make us clean our plates after that.

  3. Claire September 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Looks like you are challenging me to share some of my great liver recipes with you, Picasso!

    • Picasso Roberts September 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      No way…not in a million years. I will sit next to you while you indulge in consuming said organ. Maybe with a nice Chianti.

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