Culinary no-no #507


This week’s no-no explores a topic we haven’t done in awhile.

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When I was a young boy we’d often visit my aunt and uncle’s house in Milwaukee. My Grandpa Fischer was living with them and I recall he’d insist (not every week) on certain Fridays that he wanted pizza. It had to have tuna fish on it. You know. The kind from a can.

I’m guessing that if this was Family Feud and 100 people were surveyed with “Name something you’d put on a pizza” and a contestant said “tuna fish,” your TV screen would undoubtedly show…

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I suppose we could stop right now, but that wouldn’t be a true Kevin Fischer Culinary no-no, would it? We must simmer the no-no until it comes to a boil.

If by chance you’ve been paying attention to the news you might be able to discern this week’s head-shaker.

Remember, it’s related to…

Sexy Pizza Costume

Eating it. Not wearing it.

We’ve traveled around the globe in our hunt for culinary taboos, but never to…

A sparsely-populated North Atlantic island, Iceland is famous for its hot springs, geysers and active volcanoes.

Icelandic President-elect Gudni Johannesson

Iceland President Gudni Johannesson is pictured above with his wife Eliza Reid, at an election party in Reykjavik in June 2016. Johannesson won Iceland’s presidential election that month on his 48th birthday.

He campaigned for the largely ceremonial post by pledging to restore Icelanders’ faith in their system of government after years of public dissatisfaction with politicians brought on by the country’s banking collapse in 2010.  He did not campaign on what you’re about to read.

The subject of pizza can be rather passionate, stoking great debates.

Eat in



Thin crust

Deep dish

And oh, yes. Toppings.

On February 16 the aforementioned president appeared at a high school in in the town of Akureyri in North Iceland. At the end of his visit he took questions from students about various personal things, including which team he rooted for in the English premiere league (it was Manchester United). He was then asked for his opinion about a particular topping on pizza.

The president rather candidly replied that he was fundamentally opposed to putting pineapple on top of a pizza.




He didn’t.

The president proceeded to go one step further, announcing that he would pass a ban on pineapple as a pizza topping if he only had the power to pass laws on his own.

Time for damage control.


Johannesson made a feeble attempt to clean up his mess.

When you’ve dug a deep hole you stop digging, Mr. President!

“I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”


Here’s one raging headline that appeared in Iceland:

Pineapple-pizza-gate: President backtracks “I can’t dictate pizza toppings!” Then encourages people to put fish on their pizza

News outlets and social media went anchovy crazy. But not all of it was negative.

“A true hero,” wrote metalmaniac9999 on Reddit. “Pineapple on pizza is a crime against gastronomy.”

“People who put pineapple on pizza should face the firing squad immediately. No trial, no blindfold,” wrote Heiminator.

I’ve never had pineapple on a pizza. Doubt I ever will head down that pizza path. But banning it, even if someone could?

No sir. If folks want to ruin their pizza and a tasty fruit, that should be their misguided choice.

So Kev, where’s the no-no?

I think it’s boiling, so let’s get to it.

When the Huffington Post caught word of what Johannesson had said they contacted Steve Green, the publisher of PMQ Pizza Magazine, for comment.

Green said, “Being against pineapple pizza is like being against Santa Claus.”

Wrong, Wrong. Wrong. I’m not for pineapple on pizza (Hawaiians aren’t either from what I’ve heard). No way. But…

And then Green pulled a Johannesson.

Green ALSO told the Huffington Post, “There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”

“There’s really nothing that won’t work on a pizza.”

I could go on and on and on.

But we’re done.


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