For my first reader survey, some background on one of my food idiosyncrasies: I HATE mushrooms. I always have. There are quite a few foods I disliked as a child that I’ve since learned to love (or at least tolerate), among them rice (love!), spinach (love!) and hardboiled eggs (currently tolerate, but that egg salad recipe may just have turned them into a love). But mushrooms I cannot do. It’s everything about them: the texture, the taste, and, strangely enough, even the smell of cooking mushrooms. I’ve tried them a lot of ways, and I’ve tried a lot of varieties, but stuffed or sauteed, porcini or portobello, they just don’t do it for me.
That said, I strive to be an adventurous eater (not that mushrooms really should require a lot of adventure), and there are so many recipes and dishes out there that include mushrooms as a main ingredient. Obviously they are something that most of the rest of the world enjoys, and truth be told, I’m a little sad that I don’t enjoy them too. There are times when I look at a recipe that I know would gross me out...but the way the writer describes it sounds so good! Because that person loves mushrooms.
If you are a mushroom lover yourself, what recipe do you think would be the one that could make me a convert? I’ll try them out (spirit of adventurism!) and if any of them stick, I’ll give you a shout-out in a post about your recipe.
For all readers, what are your mushrooms? What is the one food you can’t stand, no matter how common or beloved it is by the rest of the world and/or immediate family members? Do you ever wish you, too, could enjoy that food, or are you happy to avoid it at all costs?