Anyway, flash forward to living with a family where my job requires that three nights a week I make dinner for four. Not just four, but one three-year-old who doesn't like much, one pregnant lady who can't stomach much, and one weekly delivery of various and changing vegetables leaving me to get creative with what I make as well as learn a whole lot about a whole bunch of greens I never knew existed.
Ok, yes eventually getting to the point. Regardless of the ever changing supply of veggies, tomatoes seem to always be in the package. And I hate tomatoes. Ok...I did. Well...I sort of do. I know...I'm weird. I went 24 years without liking tomatoes, spaghetti sauce (pizza was a different story...except for...see below), tomato soup, even salsa for a time.
But it all started with a salad. The Mozzarella Caprice salad from Panera. And I loved it.
But then I had a tomato again...and it was disgusting!
But after ten months of cooking with tomatoes I have figured it out...it's the seeds that disgust me. They're gross, slimy, and taste foul. But a nice plump skin of a tomato? I think I actually like them. Which is why I painstakingly carve out the seeds of every single tomato be it fist sized, or twenty different cherry ones.
And I realized I was like that with a lot of things. There are foods that I look at and think I bet that is delicious...too bad I think (insert main ingredient here) is absolutely disgusting.
And with that being said...and with a new icon that I made...I give you...
FOODS I USED TO HATE BUT NOW LOVE
Pizza - yes seriously there was a while where I was crazy and didn't like this Italian wonder
Guacamole (and avocados in general)
Hummus - I didn't trust garbanzo beans
Artichoke - except for the unmentionable artichoke sandwich incident of 2009
Salmon - maybe it was the pink
Cheese - any and all kinds...I know I was weird
Cottage Cheese - Not exactly cheese, but twice as questionable with its chunks.
To be fair...that looks disgusting
Brussel Sprouts - I think this stemmed from it having the reputation of "punishing food" in all children lore
Spinach - but still...don't give me no frozen crap...fresh all the way baby
However...I do not...and swear to my grave...that I will NEVER like mushrooms.
Word of the day: tomaat - tomato