I'll never eat that!
Jul. 25, 2014 8:36 pm
Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 11:19 am
How often have I said that, over the years? About a gazillion, probably... I was a really picky eater as a kid/young adult! It all began innocently enough, when I bought my first pepper mill, and I decided that I
do indeed like black pepper - IF is coursely ground.
I guess it was before that, even, that I began cooking with onions (which I'd always hated!) Now I'll confess that if a recipe calls for a "whole onion, chopped" I'll cut that in about half, but once again, I'm becoming more adventuous! Add sauerkraut to
the list... Mom used to cook it when I was young, and I'd always leave the house! Talk about "stinky feet" odor! Now, I serve it with pork chops, sausages, on homemade Reuben sandwichs, and the like. And, we'd best add yougurt to that list... I picked
up a small tub last grocery trip - it was FREE so I couldn't resist. Today I tried it... half way through, I stopped devouring it and put what was left back in the frige for later - it didn't make it to dinner time! I'm still not crazy about tomatoes, except
for grape tom's, cut in half, and salted with coarse kosher salt! They're more like eating candy, than a fruit!
Last weekend, we went out for dinner with some friends (a rare occasion for sure!) I was too chicken to order anyting "spicey" from the menu, so went "safe" instead, regretting that I'd not tried Kung Pao Chicken, which I've wanted to try for many years!
So tonight I dared go to yet another place I've never been... I delved into red pepper flakes, using a recipe I found in one of my cookbooks. I was timid at first, when I added half the amout of flakes to my chicken and sauce, biting my tongue before daring
a taste test... Into the mix went the other half of what was called for. Still not sure, when I sat down to eat, I'd set the pepper flakes beside my plate, and I'll be darned if I didn't sprinkle a little more on the plate after eating a few bites! Whatever
is happening to my taste buds? I'm buying hot pepper sauce more than once a year, rather than every 5 years! It's surprisingly good on scrambled eggs, btw! To many, that may sound odd, but then many are grossed out by ketchup on scrambled eggs... Ok, I'm
guilty of that to, at times, but if I'm with friends, I ask before grabbing the bottle!
I've heard many times over the years that tastes change as we age... I must be 120 yrs older now, than I was a 20 yrs old! A whole world of new culinary delights are opening before me, daily it seems, as I'm daring to try this, that, and the other! When it
comes to adding "heat" to meals, I'll always be timid at first, but I am finding that "mild" has become boring, "medium" is great, and once in a very great while I might just try "hot," but I'm not quite sure I'm there just yet! I am still gunshy of eggplant,
however! Not that I don't like the flavor, I've even prepared Eggplant Parmesan in the past, but I happen to be one of the many who begins to "tingle" with the first bite, to the last... I've heard of folk having severe allergic reactions, so I choose not
to eat it, rather than push my luck. I will continue trying it from time to time, just to see if that unwanted sensation still manifests... or could I be "over" that reaction? As I told Denise today, I just don't see the sense in buying an eggplant, for
a simple taste!
As I can't thnk of additional "I won't ever eat..." foods, I'll call this done, and wish you all goodnight! Happy (crazy) cooking!