Tuna waffles. Bananas with mayonnaise. Hot Dr. Pepper poured over slices of lemon. People can eat anything if they put their minds to it. Anything. Nothing proves this better than taking a gander at cooking recipes from the past that create spectacularly weird food combinations.

So we bring you [drum roll] adverts of strange foods from the not-so-distant past that will make you pity your parents, shout ‘Yuck!’, and have a whole new appreciation for living in the 21st century. It’s nice having the option of not eating Jell-O topped with mayonnaise and strawberries and—oh God, I think I’m gonna be sick

Honestly, though, ham with bananas, as well as hotdogs in hot cheese soup both sound delicious. I’ll use these cooking ideas for my next soirée. So while I’m thinking of how to lose friends and deter people with my gastronomical genius (read: evil ways), scroll down and enjoy the weird foods from the 50s. Upvote your favorite disgusting food recipes and share this list with your foodie friends. And let us know in the comments which exotic foods you’d be willing to taste or if you’ve tried any of these things to eat before!

Bored Panda spoke to Professor Nathalie Cooke from McGill University to learn more about vintage foods. Scroll down for the full exclusive interview.

Almonds in a Haystack

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Lettuce Salad

Lime Cheese Salad

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Perfection Salad

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2 envelopes unflavored gelatine
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 can (12 oz) apple juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 can (4 oz) chopped pimiento

1. In small saucepan, combine gelatine, sugar, and salt; mix well.

2. Add 1 cup water. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar and gelatine are dissolved. Remove from heat.

3. Stir in apple juice, lemon juice, vinegar, and 1/4 cup cold water. Pour into medium bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until mixture is consistency of unbeaten egg white.

4. Add carrot, celery, cabbage, green pepper, and pimiento; stir until well combined.

5. Turn into decorative, 1 1/2-quart mold. Refrigerate 4 hours,or until firm.

6. To unmold: Run small spatula around edge of mold; invert onto serving plate. Place hot dishcloth over mold; shake gently to release. Repeat, if necessary. Lift off mold. refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 8 servings.

Frozen cheese salad

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2 2/3 cups cottage cheese
8 ounces blue cheese
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons chives
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon barbecue spice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups raw broccoli florets
Green pepper strips, to garnish
Let cheeses stand at room temperature for 30 min-utes. Place in blender container with buttermilk, chives, lemon peel, barbecue spice, and Worcester-shire, process at medium speed until mixture is smooth. Transfer to freezer tray. Freeze at least 3 hours. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serv-ing. Unmold on serving platter. Surround with broc-coli florets. Garnish with green pepper strips. Divide evenly. Makes 8 luncheon servings.

Simple Supper Mould

Velveeta Shortage

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Prawn stuffed apples

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Preparation time: 10 mins.
Main cooking utensils: bowl, wooden toothpicks

For 6 people you need:
6 red-skinned eating apples
lemon juice

3 tablespoons thick mayonnaise
1 teaspoon tomato paste
dash Tabasco sauce
2 pickled cucumbers, finely sliced
4 stuffed olives, chopped
2/3 cup peeled prawns or shrimp
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

6 whole prawns or shrimp
6 stuffed olives

1. Cut off the tops of the apples, and scoop out the insides to hollow them.

2. Remove all core and pips and dice remaining flesh.

3. Sprinkle the apples with lemon juice to prevent discoloration.

4. Mix the chopped apple with all the other filling ingredients.

5. Just before serving, pile into the apple cases.

6. Decorate with prawn and a stuffed olive on a wooden toothpick.

TO SERVE: With a green salad.

TO VARY: Use same filling with addition of chopped celery or omit the olives and add extra chopped gherkins and a few capers instead.

Banana candles

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Prune and marshmallow coupe

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Preparation time: 5 mins. plust time for prunes to stand
Main utensil: fork

For 6 people you need:
12 bananas
1 cup milk or cream
sugar 2 taste

6 whole prunes (optional)
walnut halves

1 Pour boiling water over the prunes if using them and leave for several hours.

2. Take the prunes, walnuts, marshmallows, and the sugar in screw-top jars, and carry the milk or cream in a small vacuum flask.

3. To make the coupe, mash bananas and the milk or cream with a fork. Add sugar to taste.

TO SERVE: Put the mashed bananas in individual dishes or glasses and top with whole prunes, nuts, and marshmallows. This is an easy picnic dessert because it is easy to transport and there is very little preparation. Each person can easily make his own in his individual bowl.

Terrine of garden vegetables

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ham in aspic

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Chilled celery log

Beet and pineapple salad mold

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1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup dietetic black-cherry or lemon-flavored soda
8 ounces cooked beets,chopped
4 slices canned pineapple, no sugar added. cut in pieces p!us 4 tablespoons juice
Brown sugar substitute to equal 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Lettuce leaves
Sprinkle gelatin over dietetic soda in a small sauce-pan, to soften. Stir over low heat until gelatin is dis-solved. Refrigerate until mixture is syrupy. Combine beets. pineapple with juice, brown sugar substitute. lemon juice, and salt in a saucepan. Cook over low heat. stirring frequently, 4 minutes. Cool. Fold into gelatin mixture. Spoon into a 1-quart mold. Refriger-ate until firm. Unmold on lettuce leaves. Divide evenly_ Makes 4 servings.


mushroom stuffed plaice

jellied tomato refresher

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1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
3 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons dehydrated green pepper flakes
Artificial sweetener to equal 2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 packet instant beef broth and seasoning mix or 1 beef bouillon cube
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 medium green pepper, cut in rings (optional)
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water to soften. Combine tomato juice. green pepper flakes, sweetener, lemon juice, broth mix, Worcestershire, garlic salt, and cloves in saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Add softened gelatin; stir to dissolve. Pour into bowl. Refrigerate until set. Just before serving. beat lightly with fork. Spoon mixture, evenly divided, into 4 dessert dishes. Garnish with green pepper rings, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Baked Bologna Jubilee

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Salmon shortcake

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Tasty ham loaf ring

Lobster Relish

Vegetable quiche

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Ham ‘n’ Lima Bean Sadness Casserole

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Frankfurter pie

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Aspic-glazed lamb loaf

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Cuban salad

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ham and bananas hollandaise

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Spam and Banana Fritters

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Tuna Mold

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Party Sandwich

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Impossible Zucchini-Tomato Pie

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2 cups chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
3/4 cup Bisquick mix
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 10-inch quiche dish. Layer zucchini, tomato, onion in dish. Beat remaining ingredients until smooth 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand mixer. Pour over vegetables in dish. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

Mexican shrimp-orange salad

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rosted layered sandwich loaf

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Ham-Pickle Filling, below
Chicken Salad Filling, below
Curried Egg Filling, below
Peeled tomatoes
1 loaf (about 1 lb. 13 oz.) unsliced sandwich bread
Butter or margarine
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/4 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons light cream


Prepare fillings; slice tomatoes; chill. Cut all crusts from bread with a sharp knife. Lay loaf on its side; cut into 5 even slices; spread 4 slices with soft butter or margarine.

Spread fillings on three slices; arrange tomatoes (halve slices if necessary) on the fourth slice; spread tomatoes with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing. Stack slices; top with the fifth slice of bread. Combine cream cheese, 14 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing, and cream. Blend until smooth. Spread mixture on tops and sides of loaf.

Chill thoroughly. Garnish with sieved, hard-cooked egg yolks, if desired.

Ham-pickle filling: Mix 3 cans (2-1/4 oz. ea.) deviled ham and 1/4 cup chopped sour pickle. Chicken Salad Filling: Mix 1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1 tsp. lemon juice; 1/2 tsp. salt; dash of pepper; 1 cup chopped cooked chicken; 1/3 cup chopped celery; and 3 tbs. finely chopped parsley.

Curried egg filling: Mix 1/4 cup of mayonnaise or salad dressing; 1 tsp. prepared mustard; 1 tsp. grated onion; 1/2 tsp. curry powder; 1/2 tsp. salt; dash of black pepper; and 3 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped.

Makes 8 to 10 servings