22 October 2013

Are You Gonna Eat That?

Hm.  I thought I'd posted since last week, but apparently not.   Oh well, here I am again, and it's another Ten on Tuesday.


This week:

10 Foods You Eat Regularly Now That Were Exotic (or unheard of) 
When You Were a Kid

I don't know about many of you, but my parents were pretty good about exposing us to different kinds of food - we liked ethnic foods, and my parents had a lot of friends who were amazing cooks.  My dad liked to cook, but was not always at home to cook dinner - weekends were his thing.  My mother though?  She loved to eat but she was not interested in cooking.  At all.  Plus, she was of the generation that thought cooking from scratch was "old-fashioned" - something her mother *had* to do.

On top of that, we were poor, so a lot of what we ate was food that was a) cheap, and b) could last a while.  

But I digress.  Here's my list, in no particular order.

1.  Brown rice.  Or even, anything other than Minute Rice (which admittedly, I LOVED as a kid!).  We had rice pretty regularly, and I was an adult before I ever tasted "real" rice, much less brown rice.  


2.  Squash.  Of any kind.  We did not live near a farm, and there were not a lot of farmer's markets around.  I knew what squash was, but seldom - if ever - ate it (other than the thousands of zucchinis that neighbors with gardens would give us during the summer!)


3.  Edamame.  WHAT?????


4.  Any bread not white.  Well, I take it back, we did used to have rye bread pretty frequently.  And not Italian white, or potato bread white.  Nope - cheap, icky, sticky, plain white bread.  In spite of which I still managed to grow up loving bread of any kind!  Go figure.


5.  Pineapple.  OK, we would have it very occasionally (usually at Christmastime), but it was always expensive, and as a result a real treat.  I don't know that I eat it now "regularly" (it's still expensive!), but definitely more than once a year.

6.  Fried pickles.  I never even heard of these until I moved to Philadelphia, and only tried them the first time last summer.  They are GOOD.  We have them sometimes on weekends, with beer.  Y-U-M.


7.  Frozen custard.  Again, never ever heard of it until I was an adult.  I LOVE frozen custard!  We have it in the summer every couple of weeks as a treat.

8.  Homemade macaroni and cheese.  Much like the Minute Rice referenced above, I never had "real" macaroni and cheese until someone gave me a cookbook when I was sixteen years old that had a recipe.  Don't get me wrong, I've still been known to enjoy Kraft Macaroni and Cheese on occasion, but nothing is as good as homemade.  Nothing.


9.  Steamed dumplings.  First of all, I never knew that there was such a thing as a dumpling that was considered Chinese food.  And growing up, we ate quite a bit of Chinese food - real and American-ized.  But when I read Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club, and they were [seemingly always] making dumplings, I knew I had to try them.  Wow.  I can't believe what I'd been missing!


10.  Indian food.  Of any kind.  We must not have ever lived someplace with an Indian restaurant nearby, because I know my parents would have been all over that food!


The good thing about all of this?  It's always fun to try new things, and broaden your horizons, particularly food-wise, as far as I'm concerned.

The bad thing about all of this?  Now I'm *really* hungry ...

13 comments:

Nancy said...

Fresh pineapple was a luxury in my childhood home, too; although, canned pineapple was common. Growing up on a farm with a large garden, I ate a variety of foods as a child; however, ethnic foods were not introduced into my diet until I was in college.

Kym said...

Great list! So. Many. Foods. :-)

KnitNana said...

Oh, yes, I love that Indian Food too!!

Lorraine said...

Bridget- Minute Rice with tons of butter. My mother put butter on everything.

Bonny said...

Your list made me laugh; when I grew up squash were only used as fall decorations and macaroni and cheese came out of a box with powdered cheese. I've never had fried pickles, but you do make them sound delicious, especially with beer!

Jennifer said...

I agree with so many of these but especially the fresh pineapple. I'd seen one before but the first time I ate fresh pineapple I was 21 years old! I was in my early twenties the first time I had avocado as well.

Dee said...

Oh G-rrr-eee-aaa-ttt! I'm now craving dumplings. LOL BUT, I'm stuck at home while the dishwasher is being installed. Maybe I can convince Steve that I had an arduous day and NEED dumplings.

Mereknits said...

Fresh fruit and veg tables, Kiwi and pomegranate seeds.
Hugs,
MEredith

Kim said...

I only just discovered fried pickles in the past two years. They are SO good, but the concept of them was crazy to me when I saw them on the menu.

kathy b said...

You make you own fried pickles..mmmmmmm
I LOVE those things. My gallbaldder has to watch it though

Kathleen Dames said...

I'm hungry, too, and it's 9am! Dumplings are one of those foods for me (us). Nick always tells the kids about how he didn't try them until he was 16 or so, at which point he was like "Where have you been all my life?!" We have them at least once a week with (white) rice and edamame :)

Lynn said...

I have a couple of boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese, Minute Rice and while it's not WonderBread, we get Nature's Own Honey Wheat. I think it's also a kid thing. I do get the better breads occasionally but they are pricey so Nature's Own works. I have real rice in the pantry but my son prefers the Minute Rice (he'll even make some on his own at 10pm when he's starving!! Gotta love the appetite of a 14 y/o boy!) I would LOVE your mac and cheese recipe. I've tried a few but seem to always go back to that blue box....

elns said...

What a cool post! I love all your items! I really, really want to know how frozen custard differs from ice cream. Is it eggier? I'm not judging, I'm curious! I saw a frozen custard truck in the neighborhood street food park, must hunt down ...

Anyhow, we were exposed to lots of things, but I was picky. I was a regular pain in my parents butt. I like to seafood regularly, fish, prawns, shellfish, which I was a weirdo about as youth. Ah, youth!