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.
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!
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.
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?
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...
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!!!