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Flavour Confliction 
Oct. 6, 2012 10:45 pm 
Updated: Oct. 11, 2012 12:35 am
My family teases me a lot about how I 'lack' taste buds. They have good reason, because I often wonder if I have them myself.  Aside from spiciness and sourness, I can't tell how much salt, sugar, or 'bitter' is in my meals.

My mum had a bad shock one morning when I made lemonade.  What tasted fine to me just about threw her into a diabetic coma. I kept tasting it as I was making it, and it didn't seem to sweeten up. I added in over 4 cups of sugar, and it tasted the same as when I started. I could taste the sourness of the lemon, but not the sugar of the water.  The same thing happens when I use salt in my cooking. I can keep piling it on, but the flavour doesn't change as drastically as the amount. Other who eat it say otherwise.

This is one reason I tend to follow recipes closer to the letter, as I can't guarantee edibility for others eating my food. I get many compliments on my cooking, but for me everything on my plate tastes the same.  It's depressing on most days, as food that smells and looks so good, doesn't taste like it should.

I didn't always have this. I wasn't able to taste sugar for much longer than food in general.  I miss enjoying my food, really.

My depressing rant of the night :)
Oct. 7, 2012 4:22 am
Have you been to the dr. to see if there is something they can do to help you? Food is just an enjoyable part of life that I would hate for you to have to be like this forever. I know everyone tastes things differently but since you haven't always been this way, maybe there is hope it will change. Best of luck to you.
Oct. 7, 2012 7:54 am
Do you get a lot of allergies or sinus infections? Have you ever heard the link between being able to smell to be able to taste? Maybe it's not necessarily your taste buds that is causing the lack of flavor. Just something to consider :)
Oct. 7, 2012 4:25 pm
I feel so sad for you. I can't imagine being unable to taste food that smells good. I do hope you can find what the cause is and have it treated.
Oct. 11, 2012 12:35 am
They've been testing it, as they think it might be linked to other symptoms (chronic migraines, lack of vertigo and depth perception) but so far I've come up fine on everything. Of course, I still fall down, hit things a lot, get migraines, and lack the ability to really taste flavours distinctly. But why? I don't know. Hopefully it will be figured out soon :D
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I'm a full time university student who loves the simple things in life. Good food, good company, and good entertainment. I'm easy to please, and easily entertained as well!
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My favourite things to cook are Asian dishes. I also like making my own pasta sauces, and even made a tomato-based sauce that was sweet. I just like experimenting in general!
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My family cooks, and cooks, and cooks. I grew up learning that food is company's best friend, and so food was always available to offer to guests. For birthdays we make a Chocolate cake that has a secret ingredient that is always a hit. Kielbasa is also a staple 'comfort' food, always served with vinegar.
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When my older brother developed an allergy to soy products, I helped adapt many recipes to become soy-free so he could eat them. It was a lot harder than I first thought it would be - especially the more I discovered how many products have some type of soy in them!
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My most memorable cooking experience has to be the first time I made apple pie. The instructor said to add 'as much brown sugar as you want.' I took that a bit too literally (horrid sweet tooth, I admit!) and ended up making what is now called "Apple Soup in a Pie Crust."
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