When Chris and I began dating, he gradually began convincing me to expand my dietary horizons. I took little chances, and discovered that I actually loved calamari and salad, but I was only willing to go so far. "No thank you" was still my catch phrase when it came to food. A little at a time, I became more daring. But certain categories of food still made my mouth very nervous, including vegetables and sea food. However, a couple years ago, I had an experience that changed my opinion of sea food for the better.
We were visiting with some of Chris's family when his uncle offered to cook my family a meal; his specialty: perch he had caught himself. I didn't know what to do. Refusing to even try the fish would be inexcusably rude, especially considering we were guests in a family member's home. Plus, it would be a terrible example for my children. I wanted them to try the fish, so I had to lead by example and try it for myself. And guess what? That was one of the most delicious meals of my life. I'm not even exaggerating. I wish I could go back in time and sit at that table again, with the seemingly endless supply of perfectly battered and fried perch being heaped onto the serving platter in a steady stream. The fish was tender, the batter crunchy and flavorful. I have no idea how many servings I ate, but I should have probably been embarrassed by my gluttony. Instead I shamelessly ate until my belly couldn't hold another morsel. Even though I am now a vegetarian, I still dream of that meal, and I don't think I could say no if Chris's uncle showed up in my kitchen with a fresh catch of perch and a bowl of his special homemade batter.
I learned some important lessons that day. I learned that taking risks with food could actually be a good thing. I realized that I could be foolishly missing out on many tasty foods that I had been afraid to try. I learned that I needed to stop being fearful and open my mind to trying new foods. That doesn't mean I rushed out and started eating everything I had ever hated or was nervous to try. But the experience was an epiphany, no doubt about it, and it did help me become more willing to take a chance. I'm fairly certain that if I visited a restaurant in Carmel nowadays, my experience would be quite different than it was as a presumably very picky toddler.
Are there any foods that you feel strongly that you wouldn't like, or that you're very reluctant to try?
This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are my own.