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Bye, Bye Shrimp...I bid you Farewell 
Mar. 9, 2010 12:31 pm 
Updated: Apr. 16, 2012 3:20 pm
This blog is a farewell to shrimp, gone, out of my life. I always loved shrimp, prepared many different ways, especially dishes that incorporated pasta. My favorite being the classic shrimp cocktail. Well recently, I discovered I cannot tolerate the aroma, let alone eat it anymore! I really don't know what happened, I'm blaming the fact that my "tastes" must be changing, well  maybe "aging", if there is a such thing. I really am upset about this, (sounds silly..LOL),  I want to still love it, but it's not going to happen. I actually sat and thought back, if I had a bad experience the past few months with it, and no, nothing at all. I recently made fajitas, and even though I rated the recipe four stars, I couldn't get it down. I'm being fair to the recipe, as everyone else loved them, it's just me. This was not the first incident that I couldn't eat them, this is probably the 6th or 7th episode so far in the past couple of months. Now, I'm wondering if this is just the beginning for me? Will this be a chain reaction of foods I once loved, I now despise? I certainly hope not, because I love to eat and cannot handle my list of favorites diminishing! I'm wondering if anyone has ever had an experience like this? Is there a food out there that you once enjoyed eating so much, and now have no desire or just dislike it altogether? I'm curious to read any comments because this is a first for me. I have yet to give the shrimp cocktail another try, maybe in a few months. If that fails, well it's over forever. For now, good bye shrimp, till we meet again....maybe :) Thanks for stopping by everyone!
Mar. 9, 2010 4:09 pm
Cyndi, I'm weird about shrimp, too, especially the odor thing. I loved shrimp as a kid, but as an adult, I can only eat cold shrimp. I just can't manage warm shrimp in wine and garlic sauce or alfredo or whatever. What I wonder is, my mother developed a severe shellfish allergy when she was in her forties, and is my aversion to shrimp related to that? I've never liked lobster, either.
Mar. 9, 2010 5:16 pm
Good EatNZ, that is interesting, maybe it is related to your mother's allergy! I love lobster though, and crab, flounder, etc. Actually when I cook shrimp now it bothers me, and it's funny you mention the garlic & wine sauce, that was one of my favorite ways to have it...LOL. I really hope when I try having it cold with cocktail sauce I'm ok with it. That's the first way I ever tried it. It's just odd after all these years and now it really bothers me :)
Mar. 9, 2010 5:19 pm
The only time I ever had a problem with shrimp was when I was pregnant. I couldn't stand the smell of the stuff. I took an herb class over the summer and learned that if you love the smell of a certain herb (rosemary for me) your body actually NEEDS that herb (very true for me). I wonder if your new aversion to shrimp is your body's way of telling you there's something in the shrimp you don't need. I can't imagine what that would be, but it's "food" for thought.
Mar. 9, 2010 5:19 pm
Oh Cyndy, How Awful! I can not relate. There are things I like now that I didn't as a kid. That is normal, never heard of not liking something unless you just ate too much of one thing and it put you off for a while. The only problem I have with shrimp is I can't afford it all that much:( WWaahhaaa. It will be interesting to see if your tastes for it come back. other responses will be intriguing too. Take care of yourself Cyndi.
Mar. 10, 2010 10:21 am
I had that with tuna when I was pregnant. I'm just now able to eat tuna again and it's been 20 years! I hope you get the taste back for shrimp again...
Mar. 10, 2010 2:02 pm
the only time I could not tolerate seafood was when I was preggo-sure that is not the case with you now. Hope the taste buds return soon.
Mar. 10, 2010 3:00 pm
I never really like shrimp (ok, I could eat it deep fried) it was always stanky to me. Never knew why so may people liked it so much. Give me Lobster or Crab, now we're talkin!
Mar. 10, 2010 3:42 pm
well, I have no idea your age but I'm 50 yrs young and been newly diagnosed with diabetes and now I don't like the taste of some cheeses, some taste like soap to me which is strange I know as I always loved it, and it didn't matter what kind; don't like ice cream which I never could get enough of, it tastes very salty to me; can't eat sushi anymore, it smells funny to me, so I won't eat it because who knows, maybe it's really gone bad; can't eat red lobsters shrimp alfredo dish, just looking at it makes me sick to my stomach. So maybe it's my age or the diabetes. In the long run it's good that I don't eat that stuff so I don't overeat and I have lost weight. I kind of miss some things but it's for the better. This might sound sick but sometimes I wish I had developed diabetes 30 years ago to lose the weight. Very sad, I know.
Mar. 10, 2010 7:44 pm
That's interesting, CLC. I am sad for you. Makes me curious as to what might caise that aversion after so many years of loving something.
Mar. 11, 2010 3:51 pm
Since I quit drinking everything taste fantastic.When I drank I hardly ate anything.Everyone used to say I didn't eat enough to keep a bird alive!Now I snack all day. I just got done making dipped pretzels and I put them down stairs in the freezer so I'll stay out of them.If you know what I mean.
Mar. 13, 2010 6:05 am
Cyndi..that happened to me with elk burger. I've always loved it. I make burgers and wrap bacon around them and grill them. The last time I did this, I was relishing my first big bite and all the sudden my stomach put the brakes on and everything halted. I knew if I took that bite, it was gonna come back up...super weird, but now I can't eat elk and I dearly love it!
Mar. 21, 2010 8:07 pm
Hola Cyndi! That happened to me with lamb - for about 2 years. Couldn't even think about it without tasting dead animal in the back of my throat. Then one day it was over. Lamb just sounded good again - and was. Who knows? There must be some kind of hormonal/chemical explanation? Anyway, maybe someday you'll want shrimp again. Until then you will have to be satisfied with the 10 jillion other things there are to eat! For instance...lemon cake, anyone? Hang in there, cutie! (I just realized you had a blog - email me when you update it so I can keep up! sunnybyrd at comcast dot net) ♥
Mar. 23, 2010 8:55 am
Very intersting blog for me, Cyndi. I have a very similar situation with shrimp. I always adored it, especially shrimp salads and grilled shrimp, but recently I bought shrimp, made some tasty dishes and discovered the shrimp aroma a little irritated me. I was so surprised. I don't know, maybe it wasn't very fresh. I can't say I didn't like it, but I wasn't so delighted with it as always. Next time, when I buy shrimp, I will check my impression. My parents don't like shrimp because of aroma.
Mar. 29, 2010 6:42 pm
I'm not a big fan of shrimp but I have to live with it for awhile still because my mother is Filipino! ;) fish,shrimp,squid,ect.! i dont like it especially because of the odor.... ;( it drivees me nuts!
Apr. 19, 2010 8:12 pm
Just recently this happened to me with sushi of any type. Used to LOVE, no CRAVE it all the time. Now I can't stand to even look at it. My husband and daughter wanted it this weekend and so I sent them on their merry way. I have not eaten a tuna fish sandwich or tuna salad for 29 years due to getting sick on it when I was pregnant with my first daughter.
Jul. 10, 2010 7:53 pm
Give it a rest and then come back to it in a year or so my mom had trouble with tomatoes for a while but she "out grew" it. I think it was her hormones.
Jun. 24, 2011 7:03 pm
Sorry, this is not blog related. You sent me a picture of your white almond cake (it looked like a flag). Could you tell me how to do that? I can't figure out how you did the blue. If you just want to email me it's:
Oct. 19, 2011 2:11 pm
This is not related to your blog, but I had to tell you that I love your pictures! Your food pictures are so professional and perfect! You should consider food styling with your kitties of course :D
Dec. 15, 2011 12:19 pm
hi u r really pretty also how did the raspberry cloud cake turn out? i am thinking about making it for my driends birthday cake because she cant have choclate and she dosnt have much money so i would like to make it for her cuz she really! likes raspberrys!!! they are her favorite food!
Apr. 16, 2012 3:20 pm
If I could I would eat staw berries but I can't. I keep trying each year to have one feed of them . sometimes I can but most of the time I found I can't...So there are other things I can eat!!!!your body may not tolerate shrimp.
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I am a wonderful mother to nine beautiful cats (: and I love to cook and eat! I work full-time in an office, love the outdoors, nature, animals and gardening. Baking is a favorite of mine, I had an amazing Grandmom that made miracles happen with her baking knowledge. I have learned a lot from her at a very young age just watching and helping. Whatever it was, she was great at it. I have all of her hand written recipes that I cherish with my life, and it feels great that I can make her recipes and have them turn out exactly as if she made them, such great memories. There is nothing more relaxing to me than pouring a glass of wine and getting started in the kitchen. I do cook with wine a lot, but none ever makes it into the food (: To me, the most important things in life are good health and spending precious time with loved ones. Live, Love, Laugh and Eat Often!
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I really don't know if I have a favorite. I love making all types of different things. I love making pasta dishes & cooking with many vegetables. I also enjoy grilling anything from meats to fish to mushrooms, whatever. I do enjoy baking very much, cakes and cookies the most.
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One that seems to stand out the most is the Christmas cookie marathon. I'm pretty much baking the whole entire month of December. I make about 10 different types of cookies and make dozens and dozens of each one. I love it, although it gets exhausting, but I wouldn't have it any other way (: I really get into holiday's, and enjoy cooking big elaborate spreads, whether it be Easter, or a Halloween party. Sometimes there isn't any reason, but just to make a bunch of good food and celebrate!
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Triumph to me is when I attempt making something and succeed. It's a great feeling to see and taste the accomplishment of a great meal, and hearing others enjoy it so much. Fortunately, I get to hear that often (:
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I'm happy to say I really don't have that many. There is one that I do remember very well. Several years ago I was going to make a basic fish dinner. Shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, some baked potato wedges, and basic breaded baked flounder fillets. I can't even begin tell you how many times I had made shrimp before, but this time they were like hunks of rubber. The flounder breading tasted stale, what cardboard may taste like, and my potatoes were a soggy horrible mess. It still amazes me to this day how everything turned out so terrible. Everything was so not edible, so I literally threw it out the back door. I believe we ordered out that night, and the night time critters had a fish dinner (:
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