Originally Posted by AbigailsMomSarah
Just out of curiocity...what do you eat??? You have me all curious now
Okay - this is long!
I grew up on a basically British diet, I guess - kind of standard 'meat and potatoes', with a few variations. I still eat a lot of the same things (shepherd's pie, macaroni and cheese from scratch, toad in the hole), although I've modified a few recipes here and there.Meat/Poultry/Fish:
I eat ground beef quite a bit...burgers, shepherd's pie, something called 'potato boats', etc. I like really
lean steak reasonably well, but don't eat if often, due to cost. I occasionally eat roast beef. Bison is okay, but not my favourite.
I like pork chops, if they're really
lean. I like ham (the sole exception to my strong aversion to meat fat), but don't like bacon.
I like chicken breasts, cooked by almost any method. I don't much like drumsticks, and hate both wings and thighs. I really, really like turkey breast. I don't care for goose and haven't tried duck.
I like every kind of fish that I've tried - if a small child would draw it as a triangle attached to a sideways teardrop - especially salmon (oh - except catfish). I love
salmon. I love shrimp (little shrimp/big shrimp - doesn't matter) and crab. I'm avoiding lobster, because it's way too expensive. I like clams and mussels okay - don't like oysters. I'm afraid of calamari...tried it twice and liked it okay once, and almost threw up once.Dairy:
I'm ambivalent about milk. I've finally
trained myself to like yogurt, but it took about 15 years, and constant self-lecturing. I like cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan, but no other cheeses (I can handle some of them in sauces...asiago, ricotta, etc.). Cottage cheese makes me feel ill. I'm learning to use sour cream in cooking, but only in the last three or four years. Cream cheese is heavenly. I could live on whipping cream and ice cream *sigh*.Produce:
I'll list what I don't like. I don't like eggplant. I don't really like avocadoes or squash, but can eat them. Mushrooms are vile
. I can't stand the taste of them at all...it's hard to make myself eat something if I know there are mushrooms in it, even if I can't taste them! I think I like all other fruits and veggies that I've tried...but there are many that I haven't.
As far as seasonings and regional cuisine and such:
I'll eat tacoes, chili, spaghetti & pizza...but only since my early/mid-20s, and it took a lot
of work to get there. You couldn't have paid me to eat any of them in my teens.
I don't like authentic Chinese cooking at all. I like some of the North American variants (egg rolls, chow mein, fried rice, breaded almond chicken, some
chop sueys). I hate soy sauce. In fact, I don't like any soy products I've tried.
I don't like any of the Japanese food I've tried. I don't like teryaki.
I like all the Indian and Sri Lankan food I've tried, although a lot of it is too spicy.
Italian food based in cream sauces I tend to like, but have never really been into the rest of it (aside from spaghetti & pizza above - do they even count?).
I didn't much like real Mexican food the one time I tried it.
I like a lot of spices, but there's one I hate - think it's cilantro - completely ruins anything for me. I don't like hot peppers...fresh, powder, flake, sauce - all icky.
I like sweet pickles and dills...no others - even the smell of olives makes me ill.
I don't know what else. I know there are lots of things I don't like, but the above list covers a lot of them. Some of them seem trivial - like mushrooms - but look at a restaurant menu sometime, and notice how many recipes have mushrooms in them! It's not uncommon for me to have only one real option on an entire restaurant menu.
This is the new, adventurous me. DH has been very gently urging me to try new things for several years (eg. ordering something I like, and offering to switch if I don't like my 'experiment'), and there are a fair number of things on my 'like' list that wouldn't have been there in 2002. This is as far as I've made it so far...I'm 38.