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Funky to Fabulous - Food you hated you can't live without

I disliked a lot of foods growing up.  I was a pretty picky eater.  Even when I first became a vegetarian/vegan, I was still really picky (a junk-food-a-tarian I guess you'd call it).  I think I sustained myself on pizza, mac n' cheese, and veggie burgers while in college.  40lbs, many illnesses, and 10 years later, my tastes have SURE changed. 

What are some things you used to cringe at that now you can't live without. 

Two for me - Onions (the smell of onions and garlic sauteing in a pot - HEAVEN!) and beans (primarily black, but, truthfully, I would rinse, drain, and throw any can of beans into a dish now.

Also, until I was decent at cooking tofu, I definitely stayed away. 

And although I've tried my darndest, I still detest olives.  Yuk!

I still don't like olives or radishes. I didn't care for hamburgers, scrambled eggs or mayonnaise. Now I love veggie burgers, tofu scramble and Vegenaise.

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I still don't like "Delicious" apples, which I think is the greatest misnomer ever. I walk a mile each way to the only  fruit shop in my area that sells decent apples. By decent I mean crisp and crunchy and full of flavour. Unfortunately many women here tell me they actually prefer the mealy, "floury" (their word), ie tasteless apples that are so common here. Most of them seem to prefer their fruit either totally green or overripe.

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I still don't like "Delicious" apples, which I think is the greatest misnomer ever. I walk a mile each way to the only  fruit shop in my area that sells decent apples. By decent I mean crisp and crunchy and full of flavour. Unfortunately many women here tell me they actually prefer the mealy, "floury" (their word), ie tasteless apples that are so common here. Most of them seem to prefer their fruit either totally green or overripe.

Whenever I see someone eating a "delicious," I think to myself that they must have never had another apple. Or at least not an in-season one.

I don't understand people who eat green bananas.

And I forgot to add this to the list: I don't like Asian pears. I don't care if they're fancy.

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I still don't like olives or radishes. I didn't care for hamburgers, scrambled eggs or mayonnaise. Now I love veggie burgers, tofu scramble and Vegenaise.

Ditto on the olives and radishes.
Ditto on mayo/Vegenaise.

I still don't like "Delicious" apples, which I think is the greatest misnomer ever. I walk a mile each way to the only  fruit shop in my area that sells decent apples. By decent I mean crisp and crunchy and full of flavour. Unfortunately many women here tell me they actually prefer the mealy, "floury" (their word), ie tasteless apples that are so common here. Most of them seem to prefer their fruit either totally green or overripe.

Whenever I see someone eating a "delicious," I think to myself that they must have never had another apple. Or at least not an in-season one.

I don't understand people who eat green bananas.

And I forgot to add this to the list: I don't like Asian pears. I don't care if they're fancy.

all of the above.

I think that we can learn from this exercise that certain foods simply aren't good.

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I guess the big one is mushrooms.  Hated them as a kid and teen.  I would pick them out and sit them to the side.  Now I love them and use them often.  Was thinking about a portabella burger for dinner tonight.

The other is onions.  Couldn't stand them, and now can't imagine cooking without them.  Probably cook with them daily.

Lots of veggies like collards and turnips (growing up the south we had them for school lunches). spinach, asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli.  Lots of veggies I hated as a kid. 

About the only hatred that survived is canned peas.  They make me vomit.

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Spinach. I used to only like it if it was covered in cheese or cream and even then could only stand it in small amounts IN something.

Kale.

Indian food. Bad experience when I was a kid. I love it now.

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When my sister and I were kids, people always asked my mom how she got us to eat our vegetables... DUH! She just gave them to us, and WE LIKED THEM! Mostly I think we thought it was a treat because we got to munch on raw veggies while dinner was being made, but I remember sitting outside in the summer eating a bedtime snack of cauliflower, broccoli & carrot sticks with dip, and thinking it was the best thing ever. The key is: don't cook the hell out of them! If the water has turned the colour of the vegetable, chances are you've not only boiled away the nutrients, but the taste too! When my sister & I became vegetarian teenagers we taught my mom to steam & stir-fry veggies! And we introduced her to the vegetarian staples she uses today: quesadillas, black bean burritos, Morroccan chickpea stew, chili, lasagna, pasta primavera, killer spaghetti sauce...

As a kid I hated alot of stuff I eliminated by default when I went vegan: liver, chicken, steak, potroast, seafood, back bacon, eggs, mayonnaise... I definately have texture issues.

But things I hated then that I love now: green olives, and later, black olives, dill pickles, mustard, cappuccino, I used to not be able to eat cooked broccoli without cheese sauce... My mom has a bad habit of doing something bad to oatmeal that makes it really slimy.

Still hate raw mushrooms, and lima beans  :-\ I'm a baker, and I love dessert. But pudding cake and bread pudding are two things that no child should be tortured with. lol

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Hated asparagus and green peppers.  Always had to pick the peppers out of any dish put in front of me, no matter how small the pieces were.  I think I hated asparagus because I never had it fresh.  It's just awful out of a jar or can!  Now I love both!  I never knew FRESH asparagus was so good, and I love to crunch on green peppers with hummus.  I'm still amazed at how much I like them now!

Still hate coconut and curry  :-X

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Hated asparagus and green peppers.  Always had to pick the peppers out of any dish put in front of me, no matter how small the pieces were.  I think I hated asparagus because I never had it fresh.  It's just awful out of a jar or can!  Now I love both!  I never knew FRESH asparagus was so good, and I love to crunch on green peppers with hummus.  I'm still amazed at how much I like them now!

Still hate coconut and curry  :-X

I love me some curry, but I can see disliking it too.

I used to feel bad for every vegetable/fruit I still dislike... but now that I have an ever-growing list of "likes," I don't care as much. Screw you, turnips.

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The world is divided into those who love coconut and those who hate it. I am a lover. My sister was a hater. More for me! I remember swooning over a bagful of those Brach pickamix coconut creams! The salesgirls always acted like I was weird because "you're supposed to mix them!" Not if what you want are coconut creams.

I would never even consider eating raw onion until I came to Spain. Now I like it in salad and certain other things. But I am courteous, I brush after!  ;D

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FB--I don't like turnips either.  I'm not really a root veggie kinda girl. 

YB--I love coconut and my sister hates it.  My mom discovered that when she wouldn't touch the coconut cake at her 1st birthday party.  ha.  I wonder if there's an enzyme issue...like with cilantro.  Cuz you're right, it seems like people who hate coconut really hate coconut. 

I hated turnip greens until I was about 12.  As a kid, I was forced to eat one fork-full each time my parents cooked them.  I don't know what happened, but one day I just liked them.  Now, I seriously couldn't live without greens, but I eat more kale and collards than turnip greens.

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        I never liked many veggies, and I never really tried anything new. Going vegan really opened me up to trying lots of new things that I never would have tried. I try to tell that to people when they comment on how "limiting" being vegan is. I don't think they buy it... ;)
        As a kid (and into adulthood!) I hated tomatoes and broccoli, but like both now. It would be a stretch to say I LOVE them. But I never expected to even like them at all, so...

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I never really used to like veggies period. Especially mushrooms. Now I eat them every day! Oh, and brussels sprouts! I love those little suckers now :D

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YB--I love coconut and my sister hates it.  My mom discovered that when she wouldn't touch the coconut cake at her 1st birthday party.  ha.  I wonder if there's an enzyme issue...like with cilantro.  Cuz you're right, it seems like people who hate coconut really hate coconut. 

Though there are some people who hate the taste and some who just can't stand the texture. My mom hates coconut so I never really had it growing up. But I LOVE it probably eat more than is good for me now. But yeah, maybe there is an enzyme thing. Though I used to dislike cilantro and now I like it. eh, who knows?

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I once bought a jar of coriander chutney in my Asian store and it was delicious. So I bought some fresh, and it tasted like cat pee. I've never seen that chutney again. Sigh. I wonder if the "fresh" really wasn't very fresh.

I read on a website that Italian flat-leaved parsley is cilantro. It isn't. It's flat-leaved parsley. Cilantro has different leaves and a different shade of green.

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Yeah.  Flat-leaved parsley definately isn't cilantro.  I know people that don't like cilantro (even if I do doubt they've ever tried it), but I've never heard of it taking like what you described.  It much have been bad or maybe an odd variety.  I'd try it again.  It is really yummy with tomatoes smilar to the way they use fresh basil in the northern region of Spain. 

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I once bought a jar of coriander chutney in my Asian store and it was delicious. So I bought some fresh, and it tasted like cat pee. I've never seen that chutney again. Sigh. I wonder if the "fresh" really wasn't very fresh.

I read on a website that Italian flat-leaved parsley is cilantro. It isn't. It's flat-leaved parsley. Cilantro has different leaves and a different shade of green.

Ha.  Flat-leaved parsley is definitely not cilantro...it's flat-leaved parsley.  The yabbit is so wise.  But yes, I've seen/heard it used as a sub for cilantro in several recipes.  I guess it's for people who don't like cilantro....

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Then flat-leaved parsley would be for me. I can't stand cilantro. Bleh.

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Then flat-leaved parsley would be for me. I can't stand cilantro. Bleh.

http://ihatecilantro.com/member.php?user=libbymatt

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Speaking of things we don't like, I'm I the only one who can't stand ginger in savory dishes?  I finally started leaving it out of popular recipes.  Yuck!!!

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