I’ve got food on the brain this week, so this is a spin-off of Sara B’s Monday poll about what foods you’d have to be stranded on a desert island before you’d eat. It’s also related to my recent discovery of new foods that are expanding my edible horizons. The question is: What is a food (or foods) that you used to hate, or never tried because you thought you wouldn’t like it, and now you love? My big one is avocado. I always thought I would hate it until a friend made an avocado salad, which I ate to be polite. and it turns out is delicious! I also have recently introduced fresh edamame into my life and I recently tried hummus which I had always been opposed to but is actually not too bad.
So how about you? Anything you have totally changed your culinary tune about?
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I go through phases where I can’t imagine anything grosser than cookie dough. Which is probably a phase I should maintain, but alas, I keep remembering that I’m wrong and cookie dough is delicious.
Lox! Every Christmas, my family had bagels and lox for breakfast and I would always abstain because, uh, GROSS. I recently started a new job where we get holiday gifts from clients, and one family sends a bunch of amazing New York deli stuff. One day, I was starving, so I tried a piece of lox and it was the tastiest, most heavenly mouthful I’ve ever encountered.
I realized later that, given that my favorite kind of sushi is the Philadelphia roll, I’ve kind of been eating lox for a while, but I don’t think it’s the same thing at all. Also, I refused to eat sushi until I was, like, 16, and now it’s one of my favorite foods, so that’s a toofer.
I used to hate blue cheese; I thought it was horrible and stinky. Now, I loooooove blue cheese! I would eat it every day if I could.
I used to hate cooked mushrooms, and now I find them okay. They have to be fresh, though. The canned ones are disgusting. I’ve also become way more open to veggies/fruit in general.
Spinach. So clichÃ©, but I hated spinach as a kid and now I would roll around in it, I love it that much.
Fish! as a kid I hated fish but my family went out for seafood like once a week. I would always get a cheeseburger or popcorn shrimp. as a young adult I grew very fond of Fish and chips at the bar and Raw tuna (the on sushi I truly like)
But over the last year or so I have been eat other fish and enjoying it. I still think sushi is the best way to eat fish but broiled with some lemon pepper is also pretty awesome.
Mushrooms, onions, anything spicy, beef cooked to less than well-done, lamb (in some settings). I used to like cauliflower but now can’t stand it.
I think I’m just as insufferably picky as I was when I was a kid. I still hate onions, mushrooms and tomatoes, as well as meat with gristle.
Although, like Luci, I did eat avocado recently and I really liked it, I didn’t think I would at all.
I am still very anti-cauliflower, but I’ve come around on green beans. We’d always have canned green beans when I was a kid and I loathed them, but I’ve come to love fresh green beans and I enjoy them in frozen mixes too.
I didn’t eat vegetables until college AT ALL, so pretty much any veggie prior to 1992 was on my do not like list. Kiwi is another one — never really thought about them til I tried them one day as an adult, and Wowsa! So good!!
Cooked cauliflower. I am very picky about my veggies, I either like them cooked or raw and up until this year peas were the only ones I liked either way. For some reason I now like cauliflower in both states.
Asparagus. Used to hate it but love it now! In season only though, it’s so much sweeter and more tender in the spring.