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BoyFromTheBigBadCity Tue 17-Jun-14 18:15:48

I have shamelessly stolen this term from Terry Pratchett.

I do most of the cooking in my house as I quite enjoy it and am not in work right now so have the time to do lots of different things.I do my best to make interesting, tasty meals from scratch. Aibu to want to tear my hair out and to throw things when without even tasting it, someof my fanuky put loads of salt, pepper, mustard, pickle and ketchup (or Mayo if fish) all over a meal I've put time and effort into cooking? This happens even if there is sauce.

I know that sometimes those things do make it better, but is it so much to ask that my family at least TRY the food before covering it in stuff?

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Tue 17-Jun-14 18:16:18

Family. Stupid autocorrect.

EatShitDerek Tue 17-Jun-14 18:19:25

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ooerrmissus Tue 17-Jun-14 18:21:10

YANBU. I hate it to.

I also call them autocondimentors. I thought I was the only one!

ooerrmissus Tue 17-Jun-14 18:21:20

too. Grammar fail.

LastTango Tue 17-Jun-14 18:22:07

I have never understood people who insist on dousing their food with salt etc. before tasting it. My mother does it, and it is completely out of habit. She's 93, says she's been doing it all her life, and will continue to do so until she dies. Mind you, it is ONLY 5 twists of the salt cellar, not 6 grin

CorusKate Tue 17-Jun-14 18:28:46

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iwantgin Tue 17-Jun-14 18:29:50

Do you tell them off?

I do.

WitchWay Tue 17-Jun-14 18:33:46

DH always adds salt before he's tasted it. If we're having lasagne he likes mayo on it because apparently that's how Italians like it confused - is it BTW?? & if we have any sort of meat pie he adds ketchup. It annoys me when I've cooked something from scratch.

He likes to swamp his food in any sauce or gravy that is part of the meal, which annoys me as well, especially since we all like sauce/gravy & he is greedy with it.

DH DS & I all add black pepper before tasting though.

Mrsmorton Tue 17-Jun-14 18:47:25

Love that word. My family do this but judge guests if they autocondiment hmm

I only do it with horseradish smile

CorusKate Tue 17-Jun-14 18:47:53

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BoyFromTheBigBadCity Tue 17-Jun-14 19:04:44

If anyone can remember which discworld book the quote is in I'll dig it out.

WitchWay Tue 17-Jun-14 19:05:19

What is really daft is that he'll sometimes add a load of salt & then comment that he's made it too salty - well taste it first then!! hmm

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Tue 17-Jun-14 19:08:04

If anyone can remember which discworld book the quote is in I'll dig it out.

BoyFromTheBigBadCity Tue 17-Jun-14 19:16:22

Tonight, I did chicken and spinach, cauliflower and onion, in a load of herb and mustard creme fraiche sauce. He puts mustard on without even trying it. Ffs - he'd had to bring I over from beside the pan and had watched me put it in!

caroldecker Tue 17-Jun-14 19:17:06

reaper man I think

TheBookofRuth Tue 17-Jun-14 19:21:18

I come from a family of autocondimentors - I think that's a real word btw, not a Pratchettism, though I could be wrong - and I've been trying to break the habit for years. When serving my mother I'll tell her the salt is there if she wants it but to taste it first as there's already salt in it. It sometimes works!

DH, on the other hand, rarely adds salt and pepper, even to things I think would benefit from them. For example, he thinks he doesn't like boiled new potatoes - I think the problem is he doesn't add salt, pepper and butter to them!

AnotherSpinningFuckingRainbow Tue 17-Jun-14 19:30:59

Can't remember the book but it's Archancellor Ridcully who has the amazing cruet set and the Wow-wow sauce I believe.

AnotherSpinningFuckingRainbow Tue 17-Jun-14 19:32:20

Reaper Man! caroldecker

weebarra Tue 17-Jun-14 19:35:56

It's one of my favourite words. My DM always comments on how we don't pre-salt our food (have three DCs, 6 and under, so no, we don't!).

ViviPru Tue 17-Jun-14 19:40:15

I'm very particular with my autocondimentation. If something has been cooked by someone else, I will always be very careful to taste first before adding salt, and try and make out like I'm not adding much (but it's usually shitloads.)

Certain dishes require default autocondimentation though IMO; ketchup with fish pie, mayonnaise and malt vinegar with chips, mango chutney with curry & naan and so forth. I would quietly judge if a guest autocondimentated outside of my own strict guidelines. Yes, IABVU.

slithytove Tue 17-Jun-14 19:43:21

DH does this and it drives me mad, I think it's really rude.

For things which are already in the dish, just overdo it on their portion. They soon get the message when they salt an already oversalted dish. And then you get to sit there making yummy noises, since you tasted yours before condimenting grin

Maryz Tue 17-Jun-14 19:44:14

My brother smothers everything in salt before he tastes it. And then again after he has tasted it hmm

It makes me cross, especially as all of his children (now teenagers) do the same. Literally pour salt over everything (and I mean pour, they don't even have a salt grinding thing, they want to pour salt).

I they are coming I add more salt than I normally would to things like gravy, casseroles, spag bog etc in the hopes they won't instantly demand to add more. I don't know why I bother; I suspect they would add the same amount no matter how much I used or didn't use when cooking.

JoeyMaynardsghost Tue 17-Jun-14 19:44:35


I would serve a small jug of the sauce/gravy that's just for him if he can't share the main jug fairly. Or make him go last with the jug so he can empty it once everyone else has had their share.

Enb76 Tue 17-Jun-14 19:47:08

Pretty sure "autocondimentor" is older than Terry Pratchett, I can't remember a time it wasn't used in our family as it's one of my mother's pet hates. She deliberately cooked a salty ham so that when a family friend came round and was overly liberal with the salt he made his food inedible.

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