Friday, June 10, 2011

Foods You Think You Hate Until...You Don't

Born on June 10th: Saul Bellow, Judy Garland, Prince Philip, Maurice Sendak

Quote of the day: It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you just know someone's fingers have been all over it. - Julia Child

I don't know about you, but there are certain foods that I want to like (I know they're good for me), but I just can't enjoy eating them. Applesauce is one (the texture feels wrong in my mouth). Beets are another. Why can't I like beets? They're so...healthy,, so...not for me.

And yet...I have a chocolate applesauce cake that is my husband's favorite. It's moist and chocolatey and it has a topping of chocolate chips, sugar and nuts that makes me want to go make some right now. 

Could it be that I might like beets, too, if only I used them in a cake? Maybe so. Here's a video by Tiger in a Jar that makes baking a beet cake look like art. I was mesmerized, sucked in, my mouth was watering. I want this cake!

beet cake from tiger in a jar on Vimeo. (via Nag on the Lake)

So, how about you? Thumbs up or down on beet cake? (But either way, admit it. That was a gorgeous recipe).

Have a day filled with good food!


Mary Preston said...

I absolutely love beetroot - I assume that is the same as beets. I could sit down, & have, just eat a whole tin. Maybe that's the secret. The tinned variety I buy are sweet & bitter & fresh in the mouth. One thing I NEVER used to like was custard. Until one day as a child my mother had made excess & made this into ice-blocks. I was hooked from then on in.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I've heard that beets are good in salads, but I've never tried them. And custard? I love custard, but I understand why not everyone does.

I do think that many of us "feel" or "taste" texture differently than other people do, and I read somewhere recently that some people have more taste buds than other people do (they're called "super-tasters." Seriously, that's what they're called. Sounds as if they should be able to chase down bad guys using their sense of taste). Anyway, having more taste buds makes things more intense. I could certainly see why certain foods wouldn't appeal to them.