It’s funny how your eating habits as a child can shape your eating habits as an adult. I’ve grown to like certain vegetables I would previously never have touched with a barge pole (a subject for an upcoming post…) but by and large my tastes have remained the same. I don’t do green salads and I don’t really know how to deal with solid hunks of meat (we grew up eating stirfries). I think rice pudding and bread and butter pudding are two of the strangest concepts ever. And I’m just not into raw foods in general. At all.
We didn’t eat a lot of pork, either, but it’s something I’ve gotten more used since to living with T. That boy could eat bacon every day, but he also loves crackling, pork chops and roast. I’ll willingly go along with it, as long as he’s cooking – though as I’ve learned, pork can substitute for other meat in practically any dish (here’s one site to bookmark if you’re ever looking for pork recipes).
An interesting aside: pork cuts are getting new names in the US, ostensibly to lift flagging sales. (I don’t think we have the same problem here, as I haven’t seen any NZ Pork ads recently, though Beef + Lamb seems to be doing a bit of a push.) Personally, I always make a beeline for the leanest, cleanest ones – when you’re as noobish of a cook as I am, simple is best.
Are there any foods you’ve learned to like over time?
As a child I wasn’t too picky, but I did refuse to eat a fe things: watermelon, zucchini (courgette), raw tomatoes, and the fatty parts of meat. My family would tease me about how I “dissected” my meat, but I just didn’t like any bit of gristle or fat. I even pulled the skin off chicken because I hated the texture and taste. (Yes, I even did this with fried chicken which kind od negated the reason to eat fried chicken!) Now I am more relaxed about things like chicken skin and the odd little bit of fat here and ther on meats. I also enjoy watermelon and zucchini. I still detest raw tomatoes, though. Blech!
Oh, I am the same about gristle/fat/skin (roast/KFC excepted on the latter)…
I grew up eating maybe 5 meals repeated many, many times. I learned much later to love vegetables, salads and a variety of foods. My wife introduced me to more foods.
You got me thinking about pulled pork. So yummy! I grew up hating peanut butter but now I can’t keep it in the house because I’ll just eat spoonfuls of it. I still don’t like it on bread though. belch!
As a child, I disliked fruits and vegetables. As an adult, I still have an initial bad reaction to fruits and vegetables, which I’m trying to get rid of. But over time, I’ve become much fonder of stir-fries than hamburgers. 😛