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Learning to Like It

I am a firm believer that one can learn to like, and even enjoy, eating just about anything. From personal experience, I've learned to like mushrooms, tomatoes and fish-- yes, that's right, until my early twenties I didn't eat "swimming" fish (vs. shellfish). But I just sought out well-prepared fish dishes and then learned to make some of them myself-- voila! I like fish. I undertook these "taste projects" because picky eaters are a pet peeve of mine. Nothing infuriates me more than someone refusing to eat a certain food (particularly if said person is a guest in someone's home). So what have you had to learn to like and why? And are there things you just won't eat, even if you're at a dinner party?

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  1. I have mayo issues and for years wouldn't try anything even if the mayo had obviously been spiced or tweaked and wasn't goopy. Over the years (and since flavoring mayo is often the norm now) I've learned to give it a chance and like many flavored mayos.

    Having said that, I will not eat a boiled egg in any form...sliced, chopped, deviled, etc. and no one can make me. People often put them in salads, particularly spinach salads, and I'd rather eat a human head.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Hard boiled eggs?? Really? They seem so innocuous, no real discernable taste, texture is sort of benign (like jello), no off-putting odor.

      What gives? Very curious about this one.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        They have a real off-putting odor IMO. And the whole texture issue and the yolk being separated from the white....eeewwwww. God meant for the yolk and white to be mixed together and go out into the world as one, cooked completely and covered with cheese <g>

        1. re: Janet from Richmond

          Now, if you are comparing boiled egg whites with say, for example, a good cheese omelette, then I'm definitely with you on that one.

          :-)

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            I agree... hard-boiled eggs are bound to make me gag! Ick! I'm not really a huge egg fan in general, unless there's plenty of other ingredients to offset the egg taste and smell, i.e. a quiche or egg casserole or bacon!!

            I've learned to like lots of things, but I can't really think of anything I've *had* to learn to like.

            1. re: Katie Nell

              When eggs are over-boiled they develop a sulfurous smell. Why this is I don't know, but it's related to, and smells similar to, breaking wind (to put it delicately).

            2. re: Janet from Richmond

              Buy Eggland's Best eggs (available at Pavilions, at least in Pasadena) I'm telling you, hard boiled they taste MUCH better than any other egg I tried (i did a blind taste test)

              And I eat around 4 hb eggs (i throw away the yellow) per day... one of my favorite snacks.

              1. re: amandine

                If you throw away the yolk, you're not really eating 4 hard boiled eggs. You are eating 4 egg whites. Not the same thing at all. I love eggs, the entire egg, but have found that the the ones high in omega-3's taste funky to me. I buy very fresh eggs from a local poultry farm, and never boil them, just start in cold water, bring to a simmer, cover and let sit 15 minutes. Then run cold water over them for a few minutes until cool. They never overcook and smell fresh, not sulfrous. But be aware that very fresh eggs can be hard to peel.

              2. re: Janet from Richmond

                yeah that's exactly what God intended to happen to the yolks. As far as texture, I'm reminded of a certain book by Bathaille.

          2. i just recently started eating meat again after ten years. now i eat almost everything cooked rare. steaks, lamb, fish.

            im not the biggest fan of chocolate and have yet to find a chocolate cake ive ever liked.

            ive learned to like a couple different sorts of cheeses after eating them for awhile. brie, bleu, gorgonzola etc.

            1. I've tried to learn to like raw onions, but they make me gag. They have to be cooked through or I can't eat them. Other than that, though, I can usually eat just about anything.

              1. I used to avoid curries, satay, cilantro and ginger. At some point I just decided that I liked them and would give them a shot and now I love all of them.

                I will not eat any kind of animal that doesn't have rigid limbs; meaning clams, mussels, octopus, squid, etc. They disgust me. I just find them too alien. Basically, I won't eat any animal that I would be reluctant to touch and hold when it's alive, and all those creatures give me the creeps. The exception to this rule is crab and lobster (but not shrimp), for some reason I eat them even though I probably wouldn't want to hold a live one.

                Eggplant is another food I will not eat. It's slimy and gross. Plus, it's too purple.

                1. I'm trying to learn to eat cilantro. I am one of those who can't abide the stuff but so many chefs are using it that I suffer through it when I encounter it -- much easier to do if it is cooked, but harder when raw...

                  I'm not alone:
                  http://www.ihatecilantro.com/stories....