I've been thinking lately about vegetables. (And half the readers [so, 2 people] just clicked away from this post, because who wants to read about vegetables?)
Mostly I've been thinking about how I've been a self-proclaimed vegetable hater for such a long time, but really, that isn't true anymore.
So I set out to make a list. A list of vegetables I like. And then I thought I should also make a list of vegetables I don't like. And then it occurred to me that the reality is I like most vegetables. I just don't like them steamed and sitting all by their lonesome on my plate. I think I've mentioned this before, but broccoli is the perfect example. Steamed broccoli? Blegh. No thank you. Broccoli cheese soup? Yes, please, I'll take seconds! You see what I'm saying here? It's the solitary taste of the vegetables alone I cannot stand.
Anyway, in case you were interested, here are a couple of lists detailing my vegetable likes and dislikes:
Vegetables I Always Say No To:
Vegetables I Enjoy Only When They Are Not Alone:
-Tomatillos (though I'm not sure if I've ever had them by themselves, just in sauces and things. But I like them, so they count)
-Onions, shallots, leeks (I felt that I should include them, but really, is there anyone who likes a plain onion?)
Vegetables I Think are Delightful Anytime:
-Lettuce (non-Iceberg varieties)
-Basically all squash
-Asparagus (this is a new one)
Do you see how that first list has only 2 things on it? HA! I don't think that someone with 2 kinds of vegetables on their hate list can be called a vegetable hater. I guess I'm just a preparation snob. And it just so happens that I don't like the 2 classic vegetables of America. Or plain peas and/or carrots, which are like the third and fourth classic vegetables of America.
And finally, here is a list of
Vegetables I haven't tried (at least not to my memory)
-Eggplant (I swear I've had eggplant before, but I can't for the life of me think of what it tastes like. So it goes on this list)
I'm thinking I've got to get my hands on some eggplant soon. I want to try to make ratatouille, see how I like it.
If you think of any other vegetables, please, pass it along.