So when it comes to food what are your favorite vegetables? And if you have favorites, it stands to reason you will also have those that you detest.
In my particular case I love almost all vegetables. There are two, however, that I have never been able to eat. My veggie nemeses are beets and cooked carrots. I don’t know why but something happens to a carrot when it is cooked. Eaten raw, they area crisp, sweet, and tasty. Cooked, well I wont 't into detail but in my case they are definitely unpleasant.
And this distaste has been the bane of my existence since I was a tiny tot in a high chair. My dad tells me that we were the only house in the neighborhood that had walls decorated in chunks of orange. Why they continued to try and feed me strained carrots I can only blame on my pediatrician. They are good for you. I get it, but how much good is it when they are splattered on floors, walls and unsuspecting passers by?
So I assume my parents eventually had to give up feeding me carrots. Always thinking of good nutrition, they moved on to beets. Let me say that while carrots on clothing, walls, and more are not exactly pleasant; beets on the other hand, have been used for centuries to dye many things. And back when I was a tot, they didn’t have the heavy duty stain removers of today!
Recently, at a restaurant I ordered roasted vegetables since the regular vegetable mix contained carrots. Much to my surprise the roasted ones had a considerable amount of beets. (Never thought about asking if they were part of the mix) After 40 years, I put on my big girl pants and tried a beet. Amazingly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and I did eat about 1/3 of them before I lost my steam. Still, while they weren’t as detestable as imagined, I seriously doubt that I will be going out and buying beets for home meals.
So I will still pick out the cooked carrots from soups, stews, potpies, and more. I’ll set them on the side of the plate in a lonely pile. I’ll toss them to the dog. And I will never serve them to my poor carrot-loving husband. He will just have to wait to order them from a restaurant.
And while we are at it what are your favorite and least favorite fruits? Hmmmmm well, I can’t stand the taste of mangoes, but that discussion is best left for another post. So what are your favorite vegetables?