On Acquired Tastes

It Was Their Fault……

salmon

I cannot eat salmon and I blame this on my Junior High School's best friend's mother. That's right Susie K. I'm talking about YOU. I went to your country house with by BFF, Linda, and you served me salmon mousse. I was all of 14 years old and when I told you I didn't eat salmon, you told me it was tuna!!! You made me eat it and ever since then I cannot eat anything slightly related to salmon.The smell of salmon in any form makes me gag. Believe me, I have tried to taste it in various forms because it is so healthy that I want to like it but I just can't. Never, Nada, Not A Chance.

My mom once forced me to eat lamb chops and I didn't want to. Like a good, European child, I had to eat it and so I did. Five minutes later I went to the bathroom and threw up. I can't eat lamb either except if it is in the form of a gyro all mushed up with spices and then I pretend it is chicken.

There are things that happen that you really can't change and some you can try to change. While on vacation in Spain, I tried an olive. I've always hated olives but I ate this one, tentatively and slowly. I think I liked it. I also think that I liked it because i was overlooking the sea, sitting in the sun and the olive just seemed to fit. I would try olives again, and maybe I will learn to like them. Salmon and lamb? Not a chance. I never forced my kids to eat anything that they didn't want. True,, they don't eat everything but I would never even THINK about forcing my children to eat something. I encouraged, yes, absolutely, but I never forced, and I never will.

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4 thoughts on “On Acquired Tastes

  1. PS: just noticed your comment re your mom. sorry to hear she isn’t doing well and has troubles eating. Hope the endoscopy provides some answers. Will think of you tomorrow.
    PSS: Dan Fogelberg and a collaborator (whose name I forget now) named their first album together: “Twin Sons of Different Mothers.” Many years later, they collaborated again and called the album: “No Resemblence Whatsoever.”

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  2. A friend who loved olives, took me regularly to a farmer’s market in Vancouver, BC on the weekends for about a year, and got me to sample olives and sushi each trip. Didn’t help! Still dislike both.
    I had to atleast try everything on my plate. Then my mother discovered that I would eat ANY veg — from brocolli to brussel sprouts — if covered with cheese sauce. Heck, with cheese sauce, I could even eat her meatloaf!
    My grandneices are amazing; since being very little, they have eaten ALL the things most kids hate!

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  3. Salmon? ICK! Green Olives? Double ICK!

    My Mom never made us eat anything we didn’t like, and I was the same with my kids. My Mom would make liver and bacon for her and my sister and the smell gagged us other kids. I have never tasted liver and I never will.

    Your twin seperated at birth….mo

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    • green olives double ick as well. this was kinda black and it tasted smoky not like an olive. have a magazine for you, got it today will send it off soon. my mom is not doing well health wise, has to have an endoscopy Friday, I will be there. She has lost a lot of weight and tries to eat but can’t. I’m worried. That said, I will only be able to send out the magazine till next week. Your twin, separated at birth even though I am older than you……..Laurie

      Love, Laurie

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