I've never thought of myself as Veggie challenged, so you'd think this would be a weird place for me to post, but in considering where to post it, I thought this was perhaps the BEST place to post, since it might give some veggie haters hope.
As I said, I've always liked many veggies, but what I hated, I absolutely hated. I've never thought that I had a huge sweet tooth either, because I didn't eat dessert often (but didn't realize how much sugar I was eating in foods like barbecue, sweet and sour pork, empress chicken.....).
I've noticed my tastebuds changing in subtle and not so subtle ways. The better I eat, the less salt I want. The sweeter, sweet things taste, but today for the first time, I realized that I have a completely different sense of taste than I did when I started this.
It really does feel like someone swapped MY tastebuds for someone else's.
Brussel Sprouts - Yucky, Yucky, Yucky, I would have said until last year. I tried them roasted and liked them. Interesting I thought at the time.
But TONIGHT I ate Brussel Sprouts for dinner (a pound of them). I know Brussel Sprouts for dinner is not a balanced meal, but it's what I not only had a taste for, but they were AMAZING. I had eaten half a pound when I realized I LOVE these things. I was enjoying Brussel Sprouts like I would have a piece of cheesecake in the past. I mean that kind of amazing. I loved the crispy little edges, and the garlic/chive seasoning I'd put on them.
Ok, that struck me as weird, but what happened after dinner was even weirder. A few days ago, I bought a bag of cranberries (not even sure why, I'm not very fond of cranberry sauce and what else can you do with fresh cranberries, at least that's what I thought).
So, I asked my former-chef husband what I could do with cranberries, and he suggested cutting them in half and sweetening them, but warned me that would be very tart (he hates most tart foods like vinegar and grapefruit, but loves cranberries). He said that if they were too tart, then I could pour the sweetened cranberries in a pot and cook them to make them less bitter (cranberry sauce, Ew).
Well, tonight I decided that I would cut the berries in half and (probably) make them into cranberry sauce. When I was a kid, my brother and I would steal frozen or fresh cranberries out of the bag (pushing them through the little air holes in the bag) and eat them as sort of a dare. I remember them being so tart, my face would scrunch up instinctively. So, as I was cutting the berries tonight, I of course popped one of those little babies into my mouth expecting that face-puckering tartness, and I thought "Huh, this isn't that tart, in fact its pretty good." Yes, it was sour, but not VERY, VERY sour. So as I cut, I popped fresh cranberries into my mouth. Then I added some Splenda - to the bowl, not my mouth. I used about half what I thought I'd need and a couple of tablespoons of water to help the berry juice dissolve the Splenda, and then tasted - Perfect!
The thing is, the Brussel Sprouts I can attribute to trying them cooked a different way, but while they were ok last year, I didn't consider them great until today's batch. So when did that change?
And for the cranberries, I haven't even tasted raw cranberries in about twenty years or more, so it definitely wasn't a case of eating them UNTIL I didn't mind them anymore.
I guess I got a new set of tastebuds for Christmas without realizing it.
I don't know who has my "old" tastebuds, but I'm very happy with my new set, and I'm not trading back.