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My family and it's crazy love affair with ketchup

Updated on March 28, 2013

Ketchup, ketchup, simply ketchup everywhere...

I grew up with ketchup featuring as a regular accompaniment to a hearty lunch of potato chips, a healthy slab of pork chops and a side dish of fried onions or any other vegetable, mostly a salad if my mum felt like it. Well that's mainly how I knew ketchup was eaten. I personally wouldn't eat it with any other thing. I remember how My dad used to splatter a whole lot on his mountain of chips so that by the time he was done, his plate of potato chips and what ever else was in it looked like it had been invaded by strange looking red ants! In the end it was all about the best ketchup.

In my household its my kids who simply love ketchup. Its like a family love affair with ketchup. The bottle of ketchup almost feels like another member of the family in an odd sort of way during meal times.

It has a permanent slot on our weekly shopping list. We go through two 1kg bottles a month. There is always a bottle of ketchup in the fridge and a spare one in the kitchen cupboard, because its in such high demand by the young members of my household that we simply cannot afford to run out. The need for it is on the same level as milk, bread, butter and chocolate spread which the kids are crazy about. I haven't mentioned the mess they make with the ketchup, that of course is another story.

Sunday mornings are always a treat for my family. We kiss good bye to healthy eating and go beserk with junk food with ketchup featuring high on the list of sauces, all in the name of "once in a while its good to give yourself a treat."

In recent times however my kids have become very adventurous with their taste buds and have been experimenting eating ketchup with different foods. They have taken their love for ketchup to another level. Its not just an accompaniment for Sunday brunches, but features in whatever meal thinkable and possible.

Ketchup is now a permanent accompaniment to a lovely crunchy slice of toasted bread with melted butter every morning for my kids. My four year old daughter grumbles when I forget to add the famous red dollop to her slice of toast.

I would never have imagined that ketchup and cheese go well together, but in my home where kids eat the funniest things, it does. The love affair with ketchup is intense. My son bless him, snacks on cheddar cheese and ketchup and describes the combination as "out of this world".

Just when I thought it can't get any worse, (and I say this with a huge smile on my face) my kids start eating ketchup with pancake. Not not savoury ones,sweet ones. I can't begin to fathom how or what made them think about such a combination, but they simply love to have the two together. I really think kids are amazing and come up with the most amazing and quirky things, that we adults never think to dream of.

Ketchup in my household has come to stay. Whether it is something the kids will grow out of or not, only time will tell. My kids eat the strangest food combos but you know what it doesn't bother me at all. If they are happy, I'm happy. I'd rather have children who eat because they are hungry and want to eat than a child who makes a face when given food to eat. To me a child that eats well is a healthy child, and a healthy child is definitely a happy child, so guess what this is one time that I'm not complaining.

Love affair with ketchup


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      JLClose 6 years ago from OreGONE

      Love this hub!! I also love Ketchup, but ONLY on french fries. I would not even consider eating it with anything else. I have never heard of putting it on chips. I think I might actually like that...

      I love the idea of junking out on Sundays. My family might have to start doing that, too!

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks revmjm!

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      What a unique article! I never would have thought about writing about ketchup. You did a wonderful job making it interesting. I guess it is true...that you can write about almost anything on HubPages.

      Can't wait to read your next unique article.

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      Amanda 6 years ago from Camas, WA

      Yes, I will sit there and watch my daughter eat ketchup and be completely grossed out. Looking back and what I used to eat with ketchup, yes I tried mac & cheese with ketchup too, I get so grossed out at myself. I think though, ketchup is that magical thing that is going to save me when my daughter refuses to try something.

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      Anthea Kwaw 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with ketchup, your comments are interesting and I have totally enjoyed reading them.

      LagunaAlkaline I love the fact that your daughter "just eats the ketchup only",and Hyphenbird, what can I say I agree, looks like we are not alone to quote you "in ketchup land".

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is such a fun Hub. We buy a giant tub of ketchup at Sam's Club because my little guy eats so much-and on everything. One night he put ketchup on mac&cheese. I was so grossed out. He said, "Don't knock it until you try it." I could not bring myself to try it though.

      Thanks for sharing, glad to know I am not alone out here in Ketchup Land!

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      Amanda 6 years ago from Camas, WA

      I loved this article. I can totally relate. My almost 2 year old daughter has ketchup with a side of chicken nuggets. I find her sometimes just eating the ketchup only. I was in love with ketchup too when I was little. My favorite thing to eat every morning was cheese, ground beef, and ketchup wrapped in a tortilla and microwaved :)