Monday, January 21, 2008

Reason #33 Why I'll never be a Gourmet Chef

I Hate Cilantro!

I can't stand the smell. I gag on the the taste. It reminds me of a cross between soap and a really stale dishcloth. Which is really unfortunate, since it seems to be quite the trendy seasoning these days. It turns up in salad dressings, salsas, all sorts of Mexican and Thai dishes - some of my favorite food categories. The smallest amount can completely ruin an otherwise beautiful meal for me.

The odd thing is that I'm not the least bit picky in my food choices otherwise. In fact, it's really the only food I feel this way about. There are certainly things I prefer to others, but I'll basically eat just about anything. (Ok, I'm not talking about the things they serve on Fear Factor. I'm talking about actual foods.)

I've decided it's my "thorn in the flesh" to make me a little more understanding of the picky eaters in my house. So when B tells me he can't stand tomatoes, rice, pineapple, strawberries, cherries, most anything else red, etc. . ., I just remind myself that it probably tastes to him like cilantro tastes to me. And I'm happy to serve him something else.


Ro said...

I think we need to do an intervention! You are so missing out my friend! I am sometimes tempted to buy a bunch of cilantro and put it in a flower vase just for the smell:)

I promise, however, to make you (and Tracy Carrico) non-cilantro guacamole if the situation ever arises!

SJ said...

I'm getting nauseated just at the thought of a cilantro bouquet, Ro!