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Title: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: minnaloushe on April 20, 2007, 05:12:51 PM
We've covered preferences, what foods we like and dislike, and so forth, but I'm interested to know what foods you have grown into loving?

Back in the dark ages, (a.k.a. 70's-80's) our first Japanese Sushi Restaurant. I think the gentleman that opened it was the one that invented the California Roll, but I'm not 100%

Anyway, I hated it. Didn't like the idea of raw fish, didn't like the seaweed (that slimy stuff that washes up on the beach? Blech!) and fish eggs? That's BAIT!

Now I eat it every week, sometimes twice. Can't make it through without a Negitoro Roll. It helps to live on the west coast, but...

Same with Cabbage rolls.  I used to hate the slimy things, then moved on to a take it or leave it, now I crave them, and DH (who was "blessed" with a mother that made Saurcraut) can't stand the smell of cabbage, so I only get to eat them as a treat when he's away.

Anyone else?
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: taralee on April 20, 2007, 07:23:44 PM
Well, becoming vegetarian makes you learn to love things that you probably hated as a child :) I was never big on beans (something about the texture, I think) -- now I adore them, especially pinto beans, and black beans. Tofu/soy was disgusting when I first tried it; now it's a staple. And as far as vegetables, I never ate anywhere near as many as I should have...I obviously get a lot more now. I ADORE broccoli and spinach (hated both of them as a kid). I probably eat broccoli every day -- I add it to everything that I can. I'm slowly learning to like mushrooms, though I wouldn't say that I love them yet.

Can't abide eggplant. Just...no.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Ondine on April 20, 2007, 08:24:45 PM
When I was a kid, I did not like beet borscht. Now I love the stuff, and I'm hoping I can learn to make it. I also hated liver as a kid, but a couple years ago, I learned to like it when it was spiced, coated in razor cut oats, and called "imitation haggis." :)
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: DottyG on April 20, 2007, 08:40:37 PM
LOL!  When I read the title of this thread, my immediate thought was sushi.  Looks like I'm not the only one who finally tried it and loved it. :)

I SWORE I hated pate'.  Did not want it near me.  Ick.  Finally, my mom said, "How do you know you don't like it?  You've never even tried it."  I tried a tiny bite to prove to her how much I hated it.  Ended up eating the rest of everyone else's!  Mmmmmm....still don't like liver and onions.  But, a good pate'?  Yum!

Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Nonsequitur on April 20, 2007, 09:07:20 PM
I loved liver and onions as a child, until the day I saw liver before it was cooked.  Never could get back into it.

Anyway, yes sushi was one for me, though I took to it fairly quickly.  We have a local chain with a lot of sushi for beginners, such as California rolls, vegetarian rolls, and tempura creations.  I took to the seaweed immediately.  I stll don't do eel, though after this time I assume it's just because I don't like it.

I didn't like lobster, until I'd had a really good one.  Wowie.  Now I'll eat it if the places specializes in seafood and I think it serves enough lobster to have it fresh.

I hated spinach, because back in elementary school our spinach was served as a dark, steamy pile of smelly, stringy, green stuff.  I now love it, having eating it in many other ways.

The first time I ate mole (that's two syllables, not one - it's not the burrowing animal) in Mexico, I thought it was pretty weird.  The second time I was all but licking the sauce off my empty plate.

Unlike a lot of children, I always liked broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.  My friends still can't believe how much cabbage I eat.

I always hated mayonaise, until I tasted real mayonaise on a turkey sandwich and was hooked.  I found out what I had always thought was mayonaise, what everybody in my family called mayonaise, was really Miracle Whip (which has its uses, but not as an all-purpose mayo stand-in).

Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Chocolate Cake on April 20, 2007, 09:39:26 PM
Up until the 6th grade, I hated pineapple.  After I had some again, I couldn't believe how good it was and how I had wasted all those years.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: sandy on April 20, 2007, 10:04:32 PM
i was never a picky eater, so admittedly i didnt have to acquire a taste for most foods, I just kind of like almost anything except most seafood, raw fish, the expensive kind of lettuce that is more like weeds, and spicy food, (savory or mildly spicy is ok)
the few things i liked later on in life after having them again are-

beets,
tofu
eggplant   although I am not craving  them, I like em okay, but won't sneak them out of the fridge at midnight like i might chocalate cake!! ;)
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: EvilAlice on April 20, 2007, 10:13:39 PM
I always detested asparagus.  Because the kind that I was (very rarely, because it was expensive) fed as a child was slimy canned GREEN asparagus.

OK I have weird taste buds and things that taste too GREEN really trip my taste buds in a bad way.  I tell people I hate the taste of chlorophyll and I'm probably joking but there's something to the GREENness of foods.

Anyway not that long ago a friend cooked some asparagus at home and everyone was raving about it and I tried it and LOVED it.  It was fresh and I think they cooked it in the oven instead of slopping it in a saucepan and boiling the heck out of it like my mom did. 

It was GOOD.  I even bought some shortly after to try to do the same thing but I forgot- I can't cook.  I ended up throwing it away.

But if anyone ever wants to feed it to me again, I'm game!
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Jaywalker on April 20, 2007, 11:27:33 PM
try stir frying the asparagus in butter -- in one inch lengths -- really good and quick to make

for me it is cilantro -- I hated it originally but now really like it -- like many 'foreign' spices and herbs it is an acquired taste -
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Evil Duckie on April 20, 2007, 11:32:11 PM
I also hated asparagus. It was because I always served canned asparagus and had been boiled to death or in a cheese cracker, cream of soup casserole. :-X

When I move away from home I was invited over the dinner and was served fresh asparagus and it was wonderful. I cook it regularly while it is in season. I cook it different ways: grill it, steam it, stirfry it, broil it.

I still hate canned asparagus though.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: megswsu on April 21, 2007, 11:28:12 AM
As a child I was a picky eater, and today still am (though I like to refer to myself as a 'selective eater'  ;) ). Hubby loves to give me a hard time about it.  But I have started branching out and trying things I once did not like.

-Bell pepers, cooked onions, yogurt to name a few
-Count me in on trying sushi after DH convinced me to try it. Now I LOVE it, unfortunately we don't eat it enough.

Still do not like beets, asparagus or zucchini. Yuck!!

But my one staple I've loved...artichokes. Yummmy.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: magicdomino on April 21, 2007, 11:36:14 AM
Sweet potatoes.  I hated sweet potatoes when I was a kid.  Strictly speaking, I still hate sweet potatoes -- if they are the canned things that my mother used to serve.  Sometimes they were packed in syrup, sometimes dry, but they were always nasty.  For holidays, it was mashed canned sweet potatoes mixed with canned pineapple and burnt marshmallows.   :P

Plain baked sweet potato with a little butter and salt?  I am so there.   :)  Even sweet potato casseroles if they don't call for a lot of sugar.  I always volunteer to bring sweet potatoes for holiday dinners, just so I can be sure of avoiding the canned pineapple and burnt marshmallow travesties.

By the way, pineapple is another thing I love, as long as it isn't canned.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Summrs on April 21, 2007, 11:41:48 AM
We were always exposed to a lot due to traveling, so the only thing I can really think of is sour cream.

Maybe it's just the child's palate grown up, but I never liked it, ever.  Then one day after work when I was in my 20's, a group of us adjourned across the street for drinks.  Potato skins were a new thing then, and I bit the bullet and tried them with the sour cream.  YUM.  Still can't handle yogurt, though, so maybe it's a mental thing. 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Telmereth on April 21, 2007, 11:50:22 AM
For me it's mushrooms. I refused to eat them all the way through my childhood, mostly based on their texture and the fact they 'tasted like dirt'... ;D
Then I started working in a pub kitchen. At the end of a busy shift the chef would make a large batch of his special fried, breaded mushrooms for the kitchen staff. I was persuaded to try them and have since been hooked on mushrooms in all guises!
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: minnaloushe on April 21, 2007, 11:59:32 AM
My mother used to make Liver and Onions.  She said she could never make it as good as her mother, I thought she must be right because that stuff was terrible! But I hate the texture of it, so if it's chopped like a liverwurst, pate, or sausage, I'm fine.

All the talk about canned veggies has me craving some good old mushy peas.  When we lived up north in the early 70's that's all you could get, except for a few weeks in the summer when someone would do a farm run and come back with some "fresh" corn.

Fish as well.  Mom grew up in Ontario, and you can't eat fish out of the lake.  She'd occasionally make a fish dinner that was edible, but most of the time it was just fishy.  Now my DH and FIL go Salmon and Halibut fishing every year and come back with 60 -80 lbs of freakin' fish each.  I've learned to cook and love the taste of really fresh fish. And how to fix slightly freezer burned fish.

Oh and eggplant! I didn't think anyone could make that stuff taste good. If it's not prepared properly it tastes really watery and blech, but if you salt the flesh and let drain for about a half hour you draw out lots of the water and it leaves the meat lovely and firm. Took me a couple years to find good eggplant recipes, now I can't wait for the tiny baby Japanese eggplants to come into season again!

DH said he didn't like Aspergrass (and I'm not calling it anything else, thankyou) until we BBQ'ed it. Something about the flames and the charring brings out the nutty sweetness.  He's been bugging me lately as it's coming into season again and that's what made me think of this topic.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: DottyG on April 21, 2007, 12:53:40 PM
Plain baked sweet potato with a little butter

That's what I had for supper last night as a matter of fact! :D  And, it was delicious!!!  Unfortunately, it was also my last one, so I don't have one for tonight. :(

Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: KenveeB on April 21, 2007, 01:00:12 PM
I flat-out couldn't eat broccoli for years.  When I was little, the day care lady forced us to eat her nasty, slimy broccoli.  We'd leave it sitting on the plate until it was cold and congealed, but we'd still have to eat it.  She told us to just hold our nose and we wouldn't taste it.  Bleargh!!  It was years before I could touch it again.  I started having it mixed into things, like broccoli-rice casserole, and found myself enjoying it.  I finally tried some steamed, and it was delicious.  I have it at least once a week now!

Oddly, as a child I really enjoyed fish.  Now that I'm grown, I can't stand fix, period.  I like crab, but that's the only seafood I can bring myself to touch.  I have no idea what changed my taste buds on that!
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Bethalize on April 21, 2007, 01:14:07 PM
We've covered preferences, what foods we like and dislike, and so forth, but I'm interested to know what foods you have grown into loving?

Curry. When I was growing up the closest we ever came to was Vesta curry, out of a packet. Yeurk! My first curry at university was a korma from the takeaway. That was terrible. Eventually I got the hang of eating korma, then rogan josh, but I've never like anything with more cumin in then tikka marsala. Of course, this is British curry.

Chili. My uncle used to make it very hot. My husband introduced me to it. I liked it very mild at first but I've sort of got the hang of it. Only up to normal now.

Red wine. I got into this via a nice merlot. Also port - once I'd tried a good port I could drink the cheaper stuff.

Fish. My mother used to serve cod occasionally, which i still don't like. I love tuna, and I adore smoked salmon and an Arbroath smokey.

Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: DottyG on April 21, 2007, 01:34:22 PM
The last post reminded me of this.

I don't drink a lot.  But, I will, occasionally, drink a glass of wine.  I would only drink white wine.  I couldn't stand the red.

Finally, Dad said, "the reason you don't like red wine is that you've never had a GOOD red wine.  You need to try a good one."

Since then, I'll only drink red (and good ones, at that!).  I can't remember the last time I had a white - ick!

Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Emmy on April 21, 2007, 02:37:35 PM
Swiss cheese
Mushrooms
Tomatoes (I learned to like them by eating them on sandwiches)
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Buffy2424 on April 21, 2007, 03:45:15 PM
Nuts.  Up until early adulthood, they were tasteless and all the same to me.  Now I love them and appreciate different nuts in different dishes.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: jais on April 21, 2007, 03:46:05 PM
Mushrooms and black olives. Don't think I tried either of them until my early 20s.  I'd always wanted to try sushi, but the opportunity just presented itself recently.  LOVE it. Can't stand the eel, but DD (10) LOVES the stuff.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: minnaloushe on April 21, 2007, 04:17:17 PM
Swiss cheese
Mushrooms
Tomatoes (I learned to like them by eating them on sandwiches)


Yeah, tomatoes!  I HATED them until I was 17 and a BF picked one from his mother's HP garden, cut it in half and sprinkled a little salt and a dash of pepper on it and begged me to try. It was the perfect tomato (I've come to learn), juicy and sweet and delicious. 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: RoseRose on April 21, 2007, 05:47:53 PM
Broccoli.

Then I tried it steamed with rice and soy sauce.  SO good.

I grew up liking basically everything, and eating what I tried, though... so no good stories.

My little brother HATED ice cream as a little kid, and finally started eating it in his preteens.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: cocacola35 on April 22, 2007, 09:14:28 AM
Count me in on the tomatoes as well.  I hated them for most of my childhood, until one day I accidently ate one in my salad and figured they were so bad after all!  I still remember the look of shock and astonishment when my dad first saw me reaching for some raw tomatoes at a salad bar.

Sushi was another one for me.  The first time I had it all I could taste was the seaweed.  I tried it again at another restaraunt and ever since I've been hooked.  I've even learned to love the pieces of raw white tuna and fresh salmon.  In fact, DF and I meet friends once a week at our favorite sushi place!

All my life I had HATED eggplant, until one fateful night I tried a friend's homemade eggplant parmesan just to be polite.  I never knew it could taste sooo good!  I realize now that you just have to know how to cook it.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Linley on April 22, 2007, 11:50:23 AM
Swiss cheese
Mushrooms
Tomatoes (I learned to like them by eating them on sandwiches)


Yeah, tomatoes!  I HATED them until I was 17 and a BF picked one from his mother's HP garden, cut it in half and sprinkled a little salt and a dash of pepper on it and begged me to try. It was the perfect tomato (I've come to learn), juicy and sweet and delicious. 

I still hate tomatoes, I can now eat tomato sauce (I never could until about two years ago) but only on pizza and only if it is thinly spread, never on pasta. The fresh ones I absolutely cannot stand, even the juice left if I pick them off makes me gag.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Jaywalker on April 22, 2007, 06:06:21 PM
I hate truffles -- I don't know if I really do or if I have only had bad truffles -- but the taste is absolutely sickening.  my daughter ordered a menu in Rome that had truffles in every course (she had never had them but had always heard they were fabulous)  She too found them revolting and had to face several more dishes with them. 

At any rate -- I put them somewhere up there with durians for creepy insidious foulness of taste  (durians taste better than they smell but I still find them offputting and disturbing)

but then I love Dutch food -- so I don't exactly have sophisticated tastes.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Ondine on April 22, 2007, 07:15:55 PM
I hate truffles -- I don't know if I really do or if I have only had bad truffles -- but the taste is absolutely sickening.  my daughter ordered a menu in Rome that had truffles in every course (she had never had them but had always heard they were fabulous)  She too found them revolting and had to face several more dishes with them. 

At any rate -- I put them somewhere up there with durians for creepy insidious foulness of taste  (durians taste better than they smell but I still find them offputting and disturbing)

but then I love Dutch food -- so I don't exactly have sophisticated tastes.

You mean the fungus truffles, not the chocolate ones, right?
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: magdalena on April 23, 2007, 07:34:54 AM
Picky child turned into a relatively adventurous eater, my list is long

Meat (other than hamburger meat or chicken breast - I can now truly enjoy a steak)
Sausages
Mushrooms
Melted cheese
Zucchini
Cauliflower
Olives

I loved liver as a kid and won't touch it now unless there's no way out.
I always enjoyed broccoli and brussel sprouts - something that made adults think I was an easy kid to feed. Little they knew.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Twik on April 23, 2007, 10:43:26 AM
I hate truffles -- I don't know if I really do or if I have only had bad truffles -- but the taste is absolutely sickening.  my daughter ordered a menu in Rome that had truffles in every course (she had never had them but had always heard they were fabulous)  She too found them revolting and had to face several more dishes with them. 

At any rate -- I put them somewhere up there with durians for creepy insidious foulness of taste  (durians taste better than they smell but I still find them offputting and disturbing)

but then I love Dutch food -- so I don't exactly have sophisticated tastes.

You mean the fungus truffles, not the chocolate ones, right?

Oooh, a meal with "several courses" of chocolate truffles.

Sounds like an Iron Chef Valentine's Day Special.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Morty'sCleaningLady on April 23, 2007, 11:27:27 AM

I hated the one time I tried Brussels sprouts as a kid.  Now, I love 'em.  It's all in the cooking process, isn't it? Rub them with olive oil, broil and serve with salt and pepper -- I swear they are better than French fries!  I also second the sweet potato.  I won't eat them with marshmallows on top, but baked or French fried or mashed plain -- Yum!  I also now eat spinach, cabbage, black olives and sushi.

I'm still trying to like beets.  The last time I had them, I was starting to come down with the flu.  There is no hope for me and mushrooms though.  The flavours and textures don't appeal to my palate.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Thipu1 on April 23, 2007, 12:32:29 PM
With the exception of tuna and shellfish I never liked seafood as a child.  I think my Dad was the culprit.  He liked fish cooked only one way - lightly floured and fried.  Ususally, the stuff came out with no taste besides grease. 

Now that I've learned other ways to cook fish I really enjoy it. 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: dings on April 23, 2007, 04:54:50 PM
I loved mushrooms when I was really young, (like 4), now I can't eat them.  I also hate black olives.  No one ever wants to order pizza with me.  I used to hate all olives, now I can eat green and brown ones.  Just not the black ones that come in a can.

Always hated seafood; now I love it (now that I am landlocked, of course.  must be a grass is greener thing.)

Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: It's good to be Queen on April 23, 2007, 04:57:36 PM
Guacamole - I don't really like avacodos and I had only tried premade, canned guac.  A friend brought homemade to a party, I tried it to be polite and was hooked!
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Gyro Widget on April 23, 2007, 08:20:59 PM


OK I have weird taste buds and things that taste too GREEN really trip my taste buds in a bad way.  I tell people I hate the taste of chlorophyll and I'm probably joking but there's something to the GREENness of foods.


I can understand that.  I have trouble with red meat because I can taste blood.  Even when it is extremely well done I can taste blood.  But I'm learning to like it again (I was red meat free for 7 years).  Pork however I will never get used to... I just tastes the way sweat smells.  LOL.. strange, no? 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Sophia on April 23, 2007, 10:10:47 PM
Sour Cream and Mayonaisse (not together)

Lobster

Green beans and spinach (not together) 

Alfredo Sauce. 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: hobish on April 24, 2007, 11:05:16 AM

Sushi is my favorite. I loved it from the first time i tried it; but i was already 21 or so by the time i had a chance.

Things i have grown to like as an adult are mushrooms - can't get enough - and blue cheese dressing. I've also learned that steak is much better when it is still mooing instead of the consistency of shoe leather. Lasagna, too; i don't know if i just had awful lasagna growing up; but my friend Rae made it when we were 18 or so and i liked hers and every lasagna i've met since then.

I'm sure there are more. Ever since i discovered that blue cheese is not the nastiness i always thought it was i have been trying to try new things. It drives me nuts that G will only eat things he's had before age 12. He actually says this! It's so frustrating!
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Sophia on April 24, 2007, 12:46:42 PM
My steak has definately gotten rarer as I have gotten older.  I still draw the line at blood. 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: minnaloushe on April 24, 2007, 03:21:02 PM

Sushi is my favorite. I loved it from the first time i tried it; but i was already 21 or so by the time i had a chance.

Things i have grown to like as an adult are mushrooms - can't get enough - and blue cheese dressing. I've also learned that steak is much better when it is still mooing instead of the consistency of shoe leather. Lasagna, too; i don't know if i just had awful lasagna growing up; but my friend Rae made it when we were 18 or so and i liked hers and every lasagna i've met since then.

I'm sure there are more. Ever since i discovered that blue cheese is not the nastiness i always thought it was i have been trying to try new things. It drives me nuts that G will only eat things he's had before age 12. He actually says this! It's so frustrating!

Mmmmm, stinky cheese. I Love stinky cheese.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: magicdomino on April 24, 2007, 05:01:40 PM

 I've also learned that steak is much better when it is still mooing instead of the consistency of shoe leather.


As a kid, I used to wonder what was so great about steak.  My mother cooked meat to death in order to kill the "germs."  I was in my teens before I discovered that steak wasn't supposed to be hard and chewy.   In fact, I like it very rare.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: aline on April 24, 2007, 05:25:13 PM
I've come to realize that a lot of the foods I hated as a kid were just cooked oddly. My grandmother, who I grew up with, liked to boil all of her food (veggies, meat, you name it), and never added any seasonings. It's amazing what that does to perfectly good food. ;)

Some of the foods/flavorings I've come to love as an adult that I hated as a child:

Spinach
Sushi
Lamb
Pork
Asparagus
Eggplant
Soy Sauce
Potatoes
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: snoopygirl on April 24, 2007, 06:10:14 PM
My steak has definately gotten rarer as I have gotten older.  I still draw the line at blood. 


I am the same way too. Its the way with all meat. Its because my mother would always cook meat the way my dad liked it which was very well done. I mean this is the guy who likes his hot dogs burnt. I like meat now that I can cook it the way I want. Not rare but not like shoe leather.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: ginlyn32 on April 24, 2007, 07:58:58 PM
When I was a kid, I hated, absolutely HATED meatloaf.

Why, you ask?

I was forced to eat it. My parents are both Baby Boomers and grew up with Eat What's on Your Plate and Do Not Complain rules. You were not allowed to complain about what was served. You had to "clean your plate"

So after I was forced to basicly gag it down, I could not even stand the smell of it cooking. The thought of eating meatloaf would make me physically ill. As I got older, I told my mother that I could not stand the food even after being made to eat it. (she was also a member of "try one bite and you will like it" club. didn't work. she would make me eat it anyway) So if she ever made it, I would just make a PB&J and leave it at that.

About 10 years ago, I found a really good meatloaf recipe and decided to try it. I thought "what could it hurt? if I hate it DH can eat it or we will give it to my parents". I made it and LOVED it! It is so good, people request it.

I also used to hate chili, but I like it now. Mild chili. I don't like spicy food.

Why is being picky thought to be a bad thing? I will try just about anything once, but if I don't like it, why should I eat it again just to make someone else happy?

Ginger
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Sophia on April 24, 2007, 10:14:12 PM
... Why is being picky thought to be a bad thing? I will try just about anything once, but if I don't like it, why should I eat it again just to make someone else happy?
Ginger

I think it is because picky people often decide they don't like something before they have ever tried it. 
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Issa on April 24, 2007, 10:49:20 PM
I've always been pretty open to most anything when it comes to food, but for some reason I didn't have a lot of exposure to fresh asparagus - which I now LOVE. I had only tried the jarred version before.

And although I've never hated these foods, before I would never go out of my way to eat them. However recently, I've been really enjoying fresh anchovies (yum), avocado in pretty much any form, and artichoke!

On the other hand, as I child I used to adore blue cheese, and could eat it all the time! I still really like the taste - but recently, I just cannot bring myself to eat it. The mold just really grosses me out aesthetically!
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Lysistrata on April 25, 2007, 12:22:16 AM
Green. Bean. Casserole.

I only ever get it at Thanksgiving, as it's one of the "traditional" dishes we have, but I always volunteer to make it just so I can eat it! I've had a lot of people give me strange looks when I tell them how much I like it (to them, anything "casserole" = blech), but I have really grown to adore the stuff. Nothing fancy, just the recipe off the Campbell's can.

And add my vote to the asparagus crowd as well! It is one of those foods I never thought I would like, but the last several times I tried it, I loved it...always steamed so that it was still a little crunchy. I would like to make it at home but I'm afraid I might not get it right and then go back to thinking I don't like the stuff.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: CardenSaraid on April 25, 2007, 08:16:46 AM


OK I have weird taste buds and things that taste too GREEN really trip my taste buds in a bad way.  I tell people I hate the taste of chlorophyll and I'm probably joking but there's something to the GREENness of foods.


I can understand that.  I have trouble with red meat because I can taste blood.  Even when it is extremely well done I can taste blood.  But I'm learning to like it again (I was red meat free for 7 years).  Pork however I will never get used to... I just tastes the way sweat smells.  LOL.. strange, no? 

Not strange at all.  I didn't eat red meat for a long time and when I got around to eating it again it had to be well, well done.  Dh usually cooks it, but I have to check it.  If I even see a hint of pink I won't eat it.  I can't eat steak plain.  I usually smother it in steak sauce.  And sometimes ketchup, which Dh laughs at me for.  And I'm with you on the pork.  Yuck!

Now, onto other foods.  I never liked strawberries when I was a kid.  I hadn't really tried them, but I was young.  I tried them when I was in high school and LOVED them.  Now I can't get enough of them.

I used to like broccoli when I was little then for some reason started disliking it.  Wouldn't go near the stuff.  Now, I LOVE it.  Especially in stir fry.
Title: Re: Foods you've learned to love?
Post by: Sophia on April 25, 2007, 09:52:58 AM
Green. Bean. Casserole.

I hated that as a child.  Then I had fresh green beans, and discovered I liked them.  Costco has a bag of frozen, organic green beans that taste absolutely wonderful!  I started making it for myself for dinner.  This is going to sound really weird, but put a little cheese on top of the casserole, and eat cut-up Hebrew national hot dogs with it.