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Monday, October 21, 2013

Adventures of a Foodie Wannabe...

So, I've always been a very picky eater. This is kind of hard to believe, because I sure love food. However, I only love certain foods. Two New Years Eves ago, I decided that I wanted to make a resolution that would better myself in some way. So, I decided to do "12 Months of Tasting"...

JANUARY:  My first new food was: POLENTA

 Mmm! Delicious! What did it taste like? Kind of like cheesy, buttery, mashed potatoes. Definitely a good first choice!


Well, okay. Not eggrolls in the oriental sense. But eggrolls in the "Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls" sense. YUMMO! One of my new favorites. Good second choice. Man, I was on a roll (eggroll... get it?)


Some people say they taste like butter. Umm... No. Not so much. They taste like... ICK. GROSS. I don't like them like this ^^^ or like this:

Besides, who could eat something that looks like baby poop? I mean, really? ICK! Month #3, not so impressive.


I love these little salty bites of olive-type goodness. Oh my!


Fennel is... gross. It tastes like black licorice. I tried it in a pasta dish. You can imagine, that black licorice pasta must be disgusting. Trust me. Run. For. Your. Life. Do. Not. Eat. This.


These are SO GOOD! Sweet, mild, delicious green flesh. I love it... and I RARELY eat fruit, so that is saying something! (And after 2 gross "new food" months, it was so nice to find something so delightful!)


Again... what a pleasant surprise! It is very, very good. A little tart, but really delicious. The only issue I had with it was the fact that I was eating actual seeds. That part was not my favorite. Maybe that stems from moms always telling their kids not to eat watermelon seeds or a watermelon would grow in their bellies... But that won't keep me from eating this again!


How could I not love these? Potato dumplings? I love potatoes, and I love dumplings. OF COURSE I LOVED THESE! Yum Yum Yum!


Couscous is basically little tiny pasta. Well, kind of. This could have been really good. Unfortunately, I tried it in tabouli that someone made. Not my favorite. I may give this another try at some point.


Okay. I tried. I really, really tried. But I could not eat this. Totally, completely nasty. I like pumpkin flavor. But I don't love it. Not enough to eat it cold. In soup. Yick. *shudder*


In theory, I should have loved this. It is made with garbanzo beans, and I love all kinds of beans. But, then again, I didn't like the cold soup either. I just couldn't wrap my mind around cold bean paste. I ate it, but I didn't enjoy it.. not even with the cute little bread sticks that it came with.  My sister loves it though!

DECEMBER:  For my dad, I tried EGGNOG

For as long as I can remember, my dad loved eggnog. He would get so excited when the holidays rolled around and they started stocking it in the grocery stores again. I had tried it before, but since it was my year of "being a foodie", I gave it another shot. Umm... same results. I just can't drink thick, eggy milk. Sorry Dad!

So... after my "12 months of tasting", I had come to the end. It was a really good experience for me. I discovered a few things I really, really liked. And I also found several things I really, really didn't like. But after years of being picky, I found out that I could eat pretty much anything I set my mind to.

It was a lot of fun, and one of the best New Year's Resolutions I'd ever made. Now... what can it be this year? It will be here before I know it! 

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