Food Life

No baking today… or tomorrow…

28 July 2012

So we are kind of in the process of buying our first home! It has been a very exciting week. Alex also got his licence this week. I am very happy.

Unfortunately this means that I am planning not to be so frivolous when food shopping anymore. This means, if my favourite protein balls are on special, I will only buy one packet, not five. This means, when strawberries are on “winter special” for $5.99, I will wait until summer until they are $1.99. This means, I probably won’t be baking as often as I have been lately. This makes me sad. Although a new house is a good exchange for less baking.

In the meantime I will talk food.

Growing up, I was the fussiest child in the world. Actually, I really hadn’t experimented with much food until I started university. Some of the delectable foods I missed out on growing up include:

  • strawberries
  • plums
  • peaches
  • grapes
  • avocados
  • cherries
  • kiwi fruit
  • yoghurt
  • cashews
  • almonds
  • pistachios
  • and kebabs!

I first tried avocado in guacamole in Mexico. That is probably a good time to first try guacamole.

I first tried a plum at the end of summer this year. I was very sad that it was the end of summer as the next time I went shopping there were no more plums.

I bought a custard apple a few weeks ago as a substitute for my husband’s favourite fruit from home, guanabana. I tried it at least. Good for me.

I first tried plantain and yuca/cassava in Costa Rica too. Yum! I even tasted the fruit of the cacao.

I first tried yoghurt this year and now I can’t get enough.

I never liked cereal because I didn’t like the idea of milk. Now I use almond milk and now I love cereal.

Kiwi fruit and strawberries are now my favourite fruits. Can you believe that before trying all these fruits I had only ever eaten apples and bananas? Boring! (Although I do love my apples and bananas).

Now I go out of my way to try new foods. I am very proud of myself. This year I bought a pomegranate which to my sadness wasn’t really a fruit you can eat like an apple. But it was fun to get red juice everywhere. I also bought a dragonfruit which was just like a red kiwi fruit.

There are still some foods I’m yet to try… artichokes, passionfruit, nectarines… I have always been very fussy with meat but there is no excuse for not trying as many fruit and veggies as I can. This will be my new goal.

On a slightly related note, Alex’s workmate travelled to Japan and brought back for us a Green Tea Kit-Kat. When skeptical about food, try it anyway. Especially when there is chocolate involved. Oh, my.


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