Ok. I grew up around lots of veggies. My grandparents had an acre garden and for as long as I can remember so have my parents. We have grown green beans, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, corn, all kinds of peppers, tomatoes, peas, beets, carrots, potatoes, etc. I have picked, washed and helped can all these veggies too.
I didn't have a taste for any veggies with the exception of corn and green beans until I was well into my 20's. Not for the lack of trying mind you. I was always so jealous of my grandparent and parents who would squeal like little kids when the first tomatoes were ripe. They would pick them off the vine and happily take huge bites out of them .... standing in the garden. I can't swallow a tomato slice. Makes me GAG. Now I can eat ketchup, soup, salsa, bloody marys, etc anything made from tomatoes, not just a tomato itself.
I have been trying to make Jules things for dinner that I know he likes. He sometimes won't tell me he wants something because he knows I won't eat it. I love to cook for him and don't mind at all making cooked spinach, ham and beans, sauerkraut, lima beans or brussel sprouts. The one thing on that list I have not tried is brussel sprouts. I have this thing with cabbage...no matter how pretty it is ... I can't eat it cooked. It just smells so gross to me. Well over the weekend we did some grocery shopping and Jules commented on the brussel sprouts. I said "Let's buy some! He said, I didn't know you ate brussel sprouts!!" Of course I don't but didn't tell him otherwise until last night.
So I boiled some water and threw them in. They didn't smell too bad while cooking. Not at all. I was a bit excited at the possibly adding another veggie to my list! I steamed them about 8 minutes as we don't eat mushy veggies. I like them to retain most of their color.
Jules wanted some cheese on them so I put some cheese in the bowl, mixed it up and put 4 tiny ones on my plate. All the while my fabulous husband was waiting for me to try them. Popped the first one in my mouth and thought ... ok not bad. I can chew this. Swallowed the first one. Ate some of my chicken .... which was very yummy. Had some stuffed celery. Ended up with 3 left. Popped in the next one and my gag reflexes kicked in! YUCK!
WHO EATS BRUSSEL SPROUTS?
Evidently my husband and my parents. When I talked to my mom last night I informed her our dinner and me trying the brussel sprouts and she nearly fainted on the phone. "Oh I LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS! Did you like them?"
(silence) ..... then .... Uh, no. Then laughter. She said well at least you tried them!!
At least I tried them ... right???