I‘ve made no secret about the fact that I find truly picky (adult) eaters pretty annoying. Having a few dislikes is normal for anyone, but picky eating has always seemed to me to be a symptom of a larger lack of adventurousness or total control-freakery, and it just gets on my nerves. I’m even annoyed by my own dislikes. Blueberries, mushrooms, and avocado have long topped my list of dislikes, and I’ve often wished I could just *like* these things. I make it a habit to try things I think I dislike on a regular basis, just to see if maybe I was wrong and I really try to like them. I’ve learned to like mushrooms in most things, as long as they aren’t the main focus of a dish, but I still don’t like blueberries in anything except pancakes (yes, this is different than in muffins, and no, I will not eat a blueberry muffin, no thanks). Thank God my temporary postpartum dislike of coffee disappeared after a couple of months.
The weirdest thing has happened with avocado. My husband LOVES it, and I’ve just never been a fan. I’d eat it in sushi, where it was more of a creamy element than an actual flavor, but pretty much any other preparation just didn’t taste good to me. Still, since my husband was such a fan, and since I do most of the cooking in our house, I often found myself making guacamole. I’d quiz him each time, wanting to know if it needed more cilantro or more salt or whatever, since I couldn’t just taste it and know if it was good or not, because it would always taste like yuck to me. Still, from time to time, I’d dip in a chip and give it a shot, just to confirm that I still hadn’t learned to love the guac. Which is what I did this week when…I loved it.
I think I’ve had guacamole three times since then. I may be getting kind of obsessed. It works out great that avocados have been 99 cents apiece at my local grocery store. And I just picked up 5 more. I am kind of afraid I’ll start hating it again if I don’t keep eating it while avocados are on sale! I guess this means there’s still hope for blueberry muffins and mushroom sandwiches. Maybe even beer! (Yes, I hate beer no matter how many times I’ve tried it. Yes, my husband is a home brewer. Sure would be nice to be able to give him feedback on his brews beyond “tastes like beer!”)
So, are you a picky eater? Have you ever had your feelings about a food change drastically? Do you periodically try foods you don’t like, just to see if you’ve changed your mind? Am I completely weird? (Don’t answer that last one.)
Image used with this post, Avocado, created by Flickr user realitysadream, used under a Creative Commons license.