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Old 08-12-2007, 01:21 AM   #11
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As a child I was a problematic eater, read that as a pain in the rear to feed.

My mom however was a saint and put up with me.

Then as I grew up I learned to like almost everything.

Except, and if there is a place for eternal punishment and I wind up there, they will serve nothing but boiled eggs and bananas. Blechh, blechh, a kazillion times blechh.

Before criticizing a person, walk a mile in his shoes - then you are a mile away and you have his shoes!
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:49 AM   #12
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My tastes went south last Thanksgiving. All of a sudden things that used to smell wonderful smelled nasty. The first time I noticed it was when I was making turkey soup from the carcase of the turkey. It just smelled bad, and my husband was telling me how great the house smelled. I've been told many reasons for this. Menopause, and maybe a minor stroke. (I'm 52). Do you know what I miss? Watermelon and Cucumbers. Two of my very favorites, and they smell and taste awful. I keep looking at them and thinking of how much I loved them. Now this should be a minor thing, but I truly miss enjoying them. I still grow cukes, and give them away. Why, though, are these very mild-flavored summer favorites now taste and smell terrible to me, out of the blue?

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Old 08-12-2007, 10:57 AM   #13
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Claire, I think you should ask your physician about that.

I was always adventurous about trying new things, thanks to my grandfather, who loved fine food. But there were still things that I didn't like: hot cereals, rice pudding, tapioca pudding, and coffee are things I still can't stand.
I also didn't like dressing (stuffing), turkey, sweet potatoes, beans, spinach, and salads. But as I grew older, and tasted other people's cooking, I learned how to like all the above.
I found that dressing could be wonderfully tasty, moist on the inside and crisp and crusty on the outside. I learned how to cook a turkey so it wasn't dry and tough, and found it one of the most economical, nutritious and versatile meats available.
I learned that one didn't have to smother sweet potatoes with nuts, maple juice and little marshmallows, and that one could simply bake them and serve with butter.
Poverty taught me to eat ham'n beans with cornbread, and I found that they can be pretty darned tasty!
I discovered that spinach doesn't have to be slimy, and that salads didn't have to have radishes, cucumbers and raw onions on them.
I had never eaten rice except in pudding or as a hot cereal with butter and milk on it, but once I move to the south, I discovered rice as an alternative to potatoes or noodles, and it became one of my favorite foods (especially when I discovered Cajun cooking).
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Old 08-12-2007, 01:32 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Dave Hutchins
If you like Indian food have you ever tried Samosa's curried mashed potatoes and peas. I had some in Orange county Cal. andthey were spot on.
love them! and my boyfriend's brother's girlfriend (ugh, read that one 10 times fast...) is indian and we went over to her mom's house for a cooking lesson, for authentic home made indian food. she taught us all about the different spices, which was great, because there are so many that they can be a bit intimidating to someone who doesn't use all those spices (like tumeric, cumin, mustard seed, garam masala... all stuff I never really used before). we made aloo matter, palak paneer (one of my favorites!), channa masala, pakora, roti, poori. It was awesome! And I made that stuff all through the winter (too hot now). i can't get enough. hopefully lesson 2 will be soon.

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Old 08-13-2007, 03:32 AM   #15
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My husband and I "discovered" Indian food on a trip to Hong Kong about 20 years ago. So once or twice a year I'd go all out and make a big Indian meal. A few years ago, though, we started going out with a couple -- she's originally from England, he from Pakistan (which was India when he was born). She introduced me to a line of foods called "Kitchens of India". We cannot get them here in town, but can in Dubuque, and when she visits from Chicago, she brings some (Whole Foods sells them).

I have to laugh, though, at one of my Big Indian Blow Outs. I made Tandoori chicken. That lovely red color comes from ... well, food coloring. Friends of ours had never had Indian food. He was shocked a day later when he discovered that he was ... well, how can I put this? He had bright red byproducts in the toilet. We all laughed hysterically.
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:40 AM   #16
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I believe that my taste buds have changed not due to age but due to being more open and adventurous and trying different things and taking it in a stride.

Growing up in India as a child there was not much variety. Every food was spiced with a set array of spices and herbs. The only non Indian food that was popular there was Chinese and that was also more Indo-Chinese that was spiced up and tailored for the Indian taste buds. India 20 years ago did not have other continental type of cuisine.

When I moved to the US I was a teenager and was determined to try different things. Over the years I started enjoying more types of foods. I just came back from a vacation where we were in U.K., Nederlands and Austria and each region had their own distinct food and trying the local stuff was a lot of fun even for my young boys. BTW the Apfelstrudel in Vienna is a must try.

I have observed that visiting different countries and eating their food is so much fun. You learn about their culture, get tips from the locals (we did that a lot during this trip and also during a trip to Eygpt we had in December) and get to experience their way of life.
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:48 AM   #17
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taste does change and mature ... and yes prenancy and menopause do alter one's taste for awhile as chemicals adjust in one's body.

Never having much of a sweet tooth, I really don't now...my fave desert is the cheese plate (altho a spicy pumpkin or sweet potato pie, and a tart lemon or key lime pie will still interest me.)

liking dark green leafies and hearty roots like beets and rutabagas came late, around age 35. Perhaps this was more the method of cooking had to be discovered.

Fresh really helps. As for those strong cabages and sprouts...cook with bacon or pancetta, roast the haved sprouts in the oven with thyme and garlic and panceta until golden ...oh so good ... saute cabbage in bacon with shallots and a little white wine or vinegar or broth. yum.
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Old 08-14-2007, 01:29 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Yakuta
I believe that my taste buds have changed... due to being more open and adventurous and trying different things and taking it in a stride.
My daughter didn't like to try new foods at home. She was always suspicious. But when she went to her friends' houses she ate whatever they ate. She tried, and learned to love, many different things that way. Her best friend's mom is Korean, so a lot of the food Nancy ate growing up was Korean. She learned how to use chopsticks a lot younger than I did. LOL


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