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Nostalgia: The Pain from an Old Spoon


lawfulevil

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We're 4 days into the New Year and already one of the 2017 predictions has come true, look at that.

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Mine.

On an unrelated note- I've put a lot of time, effort, and enthusiasm into learning how you really cook good food- and I've mostly overcome bad habits and mental ruts from cooking the kind of sludge my family ate when I was growing up. For example- despite a childhood in Texas, I didn't know what cumin was (I'd only tasted it in spice mixes) and I'd never tasted an avocado when I was 18. Yikes.

But sometimes you don't want the good stuff. You want a little sludge. And you want it to taste the same- exactly as crappy. This got a lot more complicated when I stopped eating meat... but I did it.

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Not shown: a little chopped garlic and generic taco seasoning (why buy taco AND chili seasoning, said my mom).

After recording my glop for posterity I sprinkled some of those fried onions leftover from Thanksgiving on top, because I'm trash.

 

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I'm right with you when it comes to trying to correct bad culinary habits - thankfully it's far more enjoyable than I'd ever imagined it would be as a kid. My mum didn't make crap, but she grew up on war-era food for poor people and so she made food that accommodated her eastern European  poor-people palate.

It's not that I was a picky kid, but when the stuff you're being forced to choke down is made for you by people who grew up eating offal and foods preserved by salt and think bland is grand... well... you learn to distrust food and because 'experimental dishes' at home translate into 'barely able to be choked down without activating your gag reflex' you become distrustful of everything that doesn't fit your narrow definition of 'safe'. I don't think that's on the kid. I think it's on both the kid to try and the parent to try and recognise palates are not inherited and thus need to be provided for.

I'm just trying to say I know your pain. I also didn't know the joy of avocados until I was 18 and I've never looked back. Keep trying, you won't regret it!

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Grimalkin

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     I hear you! I have been in a rut for a few years I think. I have been slowly moving away from meat myself. I get it in my mind it will be a pain to chop all those veggies. It never is as bad as I imagine it to be.

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