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#1 Old 07-06-2004, 08:52 PM
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Foods you thought you'd hate, but turned out to like







Many years ago I had a boyfriend who was worried I wasn't eating right. I was broke and eating Cost-cutter bread and frozen pot pies and ramen. He went to the co-op and brought me back a bunch of groceries. This was very nice and much appreciated, except for the jar of millet.



I picked it up. "This is birdseed."



He says, "It's millet. It's really good, you cook it like rice. Try it."



I repeated, "It's birdseed."



The millet stayed in the cupboard. Now and then I would glare at it. Damn birdseed. Couldn't possibly taste good. Then one day when I was hungry and there was nothing else in the house. I cooked the millet and put salt and butter on it. And it was good! Hunger is the best sauce, they say, but I genuinely liked the light nutty flavor. I have since learned to cook it in more interesting ways, but just plain with butter and salt is still tasty to me.





What foods did you think you'd hate?
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#2 Old 07-06-2004, 08:56 PM
 
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Edamame. They look so much like peas, that I just knew I would hate them. But now, give me a bowl of steamed edamame pods and a salt shaker and I'm all set.
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i was always afraid to try a veggie burger, i thought i'd hate it b/c i didn't like the name

they turned out to be really good.....



and soy milk, oh gosh i'd smell it and make a face, never had enough courage to try it, then one day i did and i hated it. but now i don't have a problem drinking it



i still don't like beans, but i think i'm betting better



but for the most part, i try new food b/c i see someone eating it, and if someone eating eat, then it shouldn't be that bad. so i just give it a chance ...
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#4 Old 07-06-2004, 09:07 PM
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I thought I would hate okra; mostly because I had only seen them fried in the school cafeteria. But earlier tonight, I had some in a curry dish that I got at a Mayasian restaurant, and it was GREAT. So, go okra!
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#5 Old 07-06-2004, 09:34 PM
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Falafel. But once I tried it, I was in love.
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#6 Old 07-06-2004, 09:42 PM
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Quite simply, tofu. It's so widely reviled by people who had it in the 70s that it has a horrible reputation. I can understand why, since I have on occasion eaten some bad tofu, but it's really great when prepared right. If only I could convince certain people to give it another try.
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I have a long list of foods I would never eat before and that I eat all the time since I became veg*n. Lets see... tomatos, mushrooms, ketchup, salsa, tofu, beans, asparagus, artichokes

I didn't like many veggies when I was young. LOL.
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#8 Old 07-06-2004, 09:50 PM
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Mushrooms are the best!
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#9 Old 07-06-2004, 10:03 PM
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I hated zucchini until I got really poor. I had a delivery route, taking hot meals to senior citizens every day. In the summer they would give me excess tomatoes and zucchini from their gardens. You know how people overestimate the amount of zuke they need to plant.



I was really hungry. I broke down and cooked some zucchini. I sauted it with the tomato, thinking that would kill the taste, and instead discovered one of my favorite dishes. Zucchini is delicious! How did I not know that before?
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#10 Old 07-06-2004, 10:26 PM
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all indian food.



I went to a buffet once and it was one of those cheap ones where everything is creamed - it looked like a cart with trays full of baby food. No thanks. I think I had plain rice & naan.



5 years later (and after going veg), I discovered the wonders of indian food. there's no going back now... mmm, samosas...
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#11 Old 07-07-2004, 02:50 AM
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Pumpkin, I always thought I hated it though I don't actually remember ever eating it! It was probably only 2 or 3 years ago that I tried some and realised it was actually yummy!
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beans: funny, I never had beans growing up. At first I didn't like the texture, too mushy. Now I really like them, except kidney beans!

tofu: I do actually enjoy it

asparagus

spinach
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Baby lima beans. Hated the big ones as a kid. Found they are not that bad as an adult.
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Gosh, they're so much I thought I would never like. Let's see there was -



* hummus

* granola bars (especially the all natural ones w/ fruit)

* black beans

* salsa

* raw tomatos in salad

* various organic foods



In H.S., I thought I'd NEVER like any of the above and now, I LOVE them! I guess my taste buds changed once I became more health-conscious and willing to try different things.
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It's always the complete opposite for me, i think i'll like something, try it, and hate it!! (too optimistic i guess, results in disappointment)
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Okra. I thought it wqs nasty until my grandma cooked it. Grandma can make anything taste good and comforting.
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eggplant..

..the father bought one and cooked it once..

thought it was gonna taste awful..but was actually pretty good..

...also hated spinach..olives..tomato...and beans before i went veggie..

..feed spinach leaves to the cat sometimes...hehe..

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#18 Old 07-07-2004, 09:09 AM
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Eggplant is my favorite food ever!
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Thanks, Formerbaboon!



As a kid I didn't like most vegetables (including eggplant), and now I eat almost every vegetable. Not too many years ago I thought I didn't like tofu or soymilk, and now I have them all the time. I guess my palate matured...
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I'm normally not very picky about food, so my list is short:



Beansprouts!
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Cauliflower. It always reminded me of a brain, but now I'll eat it if it's grilled or sauted.
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I always thought I hated hummus because I tried it once at a restaraunt and I didn't like it, but I bought it at the store a few months ago to see if I still hated it, and now I'm up to a 14oz tub in two days!!! LOL, I hope it's not bad for you in large quantities!!!
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Tofu, and seitan for sure. Now they're staples in my diet! Also, some general veggies, like squash and zuchinni. I'm still scared of edamame although there's some in my freezer. I need to try it soon!
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Falfel, okra, Indian food, and bell peppers
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#25 Old 07-07-2004, 04:17 PM
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Tofu (just looks weird in the package) and meat substitutes like veggieburgers. When I first went veg my mom bought me Yves "ham" and it was sooooo gross and nearly scared me off other subs!
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#26 Old 07-07-2004, 04:32 PM
 
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Seitan, for sure. "Wheat Meat" I thought...what the **** does that mean? lol



There are many things I hated as a kid that I now LOVE...brown rice, mustard, hummus, peas, crusty bread.

The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory. - Jonathan Kozol
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hummus and tofu.
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#28 Old 07-07-2004, 09:14 PM
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um......tomatoes, i just started eating them, um 17 years of fearing tomatoes turned into yum.

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Seitan, for sure. "Wheat Meat" I thought...what the **** does that mean? lol



I know! That phrase is not appetizing to someone who hasn't tried it!
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#30 Old 07-08-2004, 04:12 AM
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Miso soup, it looked pretty iffy. Uncooked chunks of silken tofu? ferminted soy broth? onions? what kind of combination is that?



Its so yummy, and no one knows why.
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