How often did we hear those words growing up?! I hated when I had to eat something new because my parents made me! There were no special dishes in our house for those who didn’t want to eat what mom made. It was that way or the no-supper-go-to-bed-hungry highway! They wouldn’t make us clean our plates if we hated something, but we had to try it.
I will admit I was a picky eater as a kid, but not nearly as picky as my sister! To this day she is still the pickiest eater out of us 4 kids. I am happy to say that my tastes buds have changed (and improved!) over the years and I now enjoy foods that I hated as a kid. What made me think of this is all the squash we grew in our garden this year.
As a kid, I didn’t eat squash or sweet potatoes or any veggie like that. I never tried squash because I didn’t like sweet potatoes which my mom makes for every holiday. I could never figure out why everyone liked them so much! She mashes them then bakes them in the oven with butter and marshmallows on top. Not appealing to a 10 year old! I tried squash for the first time last year and fell in love! Why did I never try it before? Why did I waste all my years missing out?!!! Butter and brown sugar sprinkled over the top…hmmm….it was so good!
It made me think of all the other foods I use to dislike but now enjoy. Steak is a big one. I was never a huge fan of steak and I hated the way my parents cooked it to a crisp! If my mom was grilling watch out! You’d be picking the char off! In fact, a lot of what she made was always well done. Roast, steak, hamburgers. Maybe she did that because that’s the way my dad liked it, but in either case I didn’t like it! I never liked goulash either. My FIL changed that! He makes THE BEST goulash! I hated porcupines too. Does anyone outside of MN know what those are?! I still don’t care for them, but can now eat meatballs without gagging! I never ate gravy either! I can’t believe I admitted that one, but it’s true! I didn’t like gravy. Now though, hmmm, how do you not have gravy on your potatoes?! This one is Toby’s fault. He makes really good gravy 🙂
All of my changes in heart of food came about because of my husband and his family now that I think about it! They ate the same things just in different (and better!) ways which made me realize what I had been missing. What are some foods that you didn’t eat as a kid that you do now or vice versa? Do you think it’s because we get older and our taste buds change/mature or do you think it’s all in your head? Next time you’re faced with a new food try it! You might like it!