Friday, March 23, 2012

Changing Tastes


I bought fresh spinach yesterday.

This might not seem like such a big deal to some of you, but let me tell you that for me, it’s a very big deal.

Panera's Spinach and Bacon Souffle -- YUM!
It’s the first time—ever—that I’ve bought fresh spinach.

For most of my life I didn’t like spinach. Blech! But over the past few years, I realized I didn’t mind it cooked in certain dishes. Like with pasta. Or in the spinach bacon souffle at Panera (oh my gosh, how I love those).

So I experimented with (raw) spinach salads from restaurants. And while I don’t love them, they’re okay. And since spinach is so full of vitamins and good stuff that’s healthy for us, and since I need to add more things to my diet that are full of vitamins and good stuff, I decided I should add spinach to my salads.

Hence, the spinach-buying.

It’s like I’ve grown up or something. Sheesh. I better be careful—next thing I know, I’ll be eating cauliflower and brussels sprouts (blech and blech!).

Mind you, I haven’t actually eaten the spinach yet...

Baby steps, right?

Is there a food you disliked in your childhood but like now? 

15 comments:

Fred said...

Nope. I still hate Lima Beans. Love cooked spinach, not crazy about spinach salads. With Brussels Sprouts, go for smaller ones, as tend to be less bitter.

ElaineCharton said...

I am one of the spinach haters. my mother would cook it to death then make me sit there until I ate it. A few years after we were married my husbands mother decided she could make spinach so I would eat it. She sauteed onions, garlic and all sorts of spices then added the spinach. it smelled heavenly! I took one bite and gagged.

Anonymous said...

I don't recomend spinach salad. Spinich contains oxalic acid, and it prevents absorption of iron.
Boil(10~20seconds is enough) spinach before you cook. Then put them in iced water for 20~30sec.

Try spinach quiche. It tastes good with some cheese.
Or saute spinach with bacon and corn(sprincle some salt & pepper). It goes great with fried egg.

Oh, don't cut off reddish part(near root) of spinach. It's color of iron. Don't waste!

Aurian said...

Nope, if I hate something, I will never eat it again. But then, I do love spinach, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. I do hate broccoli and eggplant though.

Books by Heather said...

Fred, I'm not sure I can do the lima beans, either. :/

Oh no, Elaine! If garlic can't save it, nothing will.

Thanks, Anon! That's good to know.

Aurian, I'm not fond of broccoli, either. Once in a great while. I've actually never had eggplant--and have no desire to do so. :)

EF Slattery said...

Cauliflower is great if you douse it with olive oil and garlic and then roast at 425 until it starts to brown... :)

Sara Rosett said...

I can do spinach in salads, but not when it's cooked (alone). Never been fond of eggplant...something about the name, I think.

debbie said...

love spinach salads!! hate spinach alone...must have a pal.

Will not touch eggplant, brussel sprouts or lima beans with a ten foot pole.

And don't get me started on peas....

Breaunna Miller said...

So you'll probably think this is weird but when I was a kid my favorite veggie was cooked spinach from a can! I'd have to beg my parents to make it & even then I was usually the only person to eat it. My mouth would water just thinking of it. I haven't had it in years though but I might have to pick up a small can at the grocery store this weekend. As far as something I did not like when I was a kid but love now it would have to be guaccomole. I couldn't stand it then but now I use it in lot's of different things from chips & guac to fajitas to sandwiches. YUMMY!! More mouth watering....

Liz said...

Tomatoes! I can only handle them in small doses but I "appreciate" them more!

Jill said...

You can do SO MUCH with spinach (raw or cooked). One of my favourite foods/ingredients. Enjoy!

Lori Cimino said...

As I write this I am eating a piece of baked cod for the first time since about 1986. I once went to the diet center and every night for 8 months I fixed orange roughy cooked the exact same way. And the last time I got sick. I have not eaten any form of fish since.
but with my new lifestyle I decided I would give it a try....and my response? MMMMM.....GOOD.

Books by Heather said...

EF, I love garlic, but I don't know about that cauliflower. LOL! Maybe some day...

Sara, the only eggplant that looks the least bit appealing is eggplant parm, which might have more to do with the cheese. :)

LOL on the peas, Debbie! I don't mind those...

Breaunna, I'm with you on the guacamole! Yum.

Liz, two of my kids can't stand tomatoes, too. Not plain, and not in sauces. Personally, I like them better in sauce.

Thanks, Jill. I'm going to experiment a little. :)

Lori, I was like that with red potatoes for a long time! And my daughter can no longer eat any form of fish after the Great Fishstick Incident of 1999 (you don't want to know). Glad you enjoyed your cod, though!

Dru said...

Cauliflower - I had roasted cauliflower last week and I liked it.

Susan L. said...

English peas. As a child, I would not touch them (I think because of the grayish tint to some canned ones--also green beans). Then (and still ongoing), I went through a spurt where I couldn't get enough of them.

I'm still with ya on the spinach though. I love frozen and recooked (like the Louisiana-famous Spinach Madeleine), but it just tastes odd somehow raw.