Left with a bitter taste

Last Wednesday we celebrated CC’s birthday and Jay did the cooking with just a bit of help from me.

The menu included a Jamie Oliver recipe for tuna balls in tomato sauce. Jay bought a lovely piece of fresh tuna  which was cooked with cinnamon, parsley, lemon  and pine nuts before being mixed with breadcrumbs and shaped into balls.

We all enjoyed this tasty treat and had the left overs the next day.

On Thursday evenng Bear opened a packet of biscuits while we were watching TV and I thought they tasted very bitter. He thought they were fine.

By Friday the bitter taste was noticeable all the time and made worse by eating or drinking anything. Adding honey or anything sweet made it even worse. I began to worry.

So I looked up ‘bitter taste in the mouth’ on the internet and to my surprise up popped a Sainsbury’s forum where lots of other people were suffering exactly the same symptoms after eating pinenuts – especially pinenuts from China.

I looked at the remaining packet in the cupboard and, sure enough, they did come from China.

The bitter taste is diminishing but hasn’t disappeared completely yet.

Fortunately, the rest of the family weren’t affected but I think we’ll all be a bit suspicious of ‘pignons’ in future.

Have any of you experienced this problem?

6 Responses to “Left with a bitter taste”

  1. Z Says:

    How strange – no, I’ve never had that happen to me.

  2. tillylil Says:

    Never heard of it. Where they still in date?
    You do have some lovely meals in your house!

  3. sablonneuse Says:

    Have a look at this: http://ragingmagmalife.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/a-bitter-after-taste/
    It seems to be happening all over the place.

  4. Keith Says:

    Yup! Same thing happens to me. I get a terrible bitter taste if I eat anything with pinenuts in it, (chineses foods) and I also get stomach ache and nausea.

    I am convinced that it spite of what the “Healthy Eating” pages on the net say that pinenuts ARE bloody poisonous! Grey squirrels don’t eat them, but red squirrels do; perhaps they know something we dont?

    I think you and I are grey squirels!

  5. Pat Says:

    That’s worrying. I’d be cautious of any food stuffs from China after the baby food scandal.

  6. guyana gyal Says:

    I agree with Pat.

    I’ve had pinenuts without the bitter taste, but I don’t know where they were from.

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