In the wake of the Culinary Confessions theme that made the rounds of food blogs recently, I learned a funny thing. We all love to be the best damn cook in the kitchen, but it turns out we have feet of clay. Er, well, mouths of clay?
It's not particularly surprising to find out someone's kitchen might be less than shipshape, or that somebody buys cheap-o cookware at the drugstore. No great shame to confess you've never tasted some exotic ingredient or that you keep a years-old bottle of ketchup in the fridge that you never use but just can't throw out.
But I've been discovering that my fellow bloggies have aversions to actual food items. Sometimes the aversion is taste-based, other times it's texture-based, and in some cases, it's probably psycho-based.
Me first: I have trouble with basil. It's soapy and bitter to me, and while I will eat basil, I'm not going out of my way to find it. I don't grow any, and there's none in my fridge. I suspect it's a problem with my tastebuds (a.k.a. being a semi-supertaster, which just means that some flavors are too intense for me).
Then I found out that Lisa at Comfort Food can't do sage. See, and I love sage. Huh. (Sorry I can't provide links today; my html is wonky.)
The other day Jamie at 10 Signs Like This did a rant on horrid, vile, rancid, inedible olives. Olives? Lovely, innocent, pickle-y olives? She can't stand 'em. Doesn't even like to touch them. In response to Jamie's rant, Rozanne from Is There Anything of Interest? agreed about abhorring olives, and added that hazelnuts were a problem. A couple of other non-food bloggers chimed in on the olive-detesting issue.
And now I've learned that Stephanie at Dispensing Happiness has problems with onions. The taste is OK, she says, but the texture is creepy.
So what's your gag threshhold? Any inexplicable — or explicable — aversions?
Cookiecrumb wants to know.
You're so fine!
Update: Responses are coming in, but I want to know why you can't abide these food items. Texture? Creepiness? Taste? Weird childhood associations?
You blow my mind!