"What? What is it?" David asks from upstairs.
"Putting molasses on top of peanut butter toast doesn't help," I say. "Anne-Marie was wrong." I shudder, still gagging, as I begin to scrape the molasses layer off of my peanut butter. gag... gag...
Two days ago, when I was complaining about how eating raw molasses tasted like crap - Anne-Marie had suggested to put it over top of peanut butter on toast.
I had already tried drinking molasses in warm water and when two sips of that made me want to hurl, I tried swallowing an undiluted tablespoon of it. That method, was also unacceptable.
Why, one might ask, was I attempting to eat raw molasses in the first place? After my bloodwork showed that my iron stores, while normal, were on the low, low, low end of normal, my dietician gave me a list of high iron foods that I could add to my diet. I had been making my way through the list. So far I'd tackled lentils and molasses. Lentils - not a problem - I added some to meatloaf - I added some to rice. I should have been happy - I shouldn't have changed tacks.
But next on the list was molasses - a single tbsp of molasses. You use molasses in baking - in GINGERBREAD for frickssake! I seemed completely reasonaable that a tincture of molasses with warm water would be akin to drinking gingerbread cookies. I have never been more wrong in my life.
I'm not usually a taste wuss. On rare occasions there are flavours, when they hit my tongue, kick in the gag reflex. Cherry cough syrup? One of those flavours. I actually choose to take Buckley's Mixture for my cough because I prefer camphor to the taste of fake cherry cough syrup. Brussel Sprouts - those suckers touch my taste buds and the pre-vomit saliva kicks into high gear. But those two taste were pretty much it. I now have a third. Any health food nut who tries to sing the high iron praises of molasses to me is going to get a graphic gagging replay of how my mouth reacts to molasses.
No worries, I will continue to move down the list... Quaker Instant oatmeal?? I could have just had Quaker instant oatmeal?!? You know those exams where the first instruction was to read the entire exam and the last instruction was not to do any of the questions? I didn't have to gag nearly as much as I've been gagging... (that's what she said...)