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Food Compromises
Sun 27-Jun-10
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Shereen
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As I mentioned in the "What are you cooking today?" thread over in Main courses, I made a slow cooker beef casserole for dinner tonight. It was very tasty, and scored extra points for handiness on what has been a busy Sunday.

However I would dearly loved to have put button mushrooms, chunks of carrots and some peas in while it was cooking. They are some of my favourite casserole veg, but unfortunately they are some of G's most hated veg. Especially mushrooms. You have no idea how much he loathes mushrooms, so the tiny slice I accidentally spilt unnoticed into his dinner tonight did not go down at all well.

I cook my veg seperately and add them to my plate before serving, but it's just not the same.

What food compromises do you make?

Sun 27-Jun-10
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There are lots of things which I love but OH hates. Red meat (especially bacon), mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, some salad veg such as radish.

On the other hand, I like most of the things she likes, apart from cucumber. If we go out to eat and the meal comes with a side salad, I have her tomato and she has my cucumber.

We both love chicken and seafood so that's no problem. I occasionally buy myself things like sausage, bacon or black pudding as a treat. Oh, and I love coffee but OH hates both the smell and taste, so I usually make a cup and take it into the garden.

So our meals are often a bit of a compromise. You can still do a lot with fish, chicken and prawns, so it's not too much of a problem.

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Sun 27-Jun-10
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Shereen said:

Especially mushrooms. You have no idea how much he loathes mushrooms, so the tiny slice I accidentally spilt unnoticed into his dinner tonight did not go down at all well.


 

LOL Big_Laugh

I guess we are very lucky because the only difference in taste are rare things like marzipan (I detest), almond flavours (as in Bakewell tarts - I detest), dessicated coconut (makes me throw up), salmon (F detests - I adore), nutmeg in savoury dishes (I detest).

BobQ - your OH's intolerance of fresh coffee is one that I just do not understand. That must be in the top 5 great pleasures in life. Unfortunate.

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Sun 27-Jun-10
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Heh. bobquail - G much prefers it when I cook fish outside on the BBQ so he doesn't have to smell it inside the house. But we do overlap a lot more on meat and cheese foods, which is just as well.

It's just every now and then I'd love to have my old go-to "4P" dinner of pasta, pesto, peas and parmesan for a quick and easy treat.

Tue 29-Jun-10
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Danny I don't like marzipan normally either but I do like it when it is done with almonds and Bakewell tart is best bought in Bakewell not from a packet where I agree they are atrocious. I find it is not the almond taste I don't like it is the artificial almond essence that is revolting.Steam

Shereen and Bobquail: My hubby hated fish which with bones and without batter when we got married and most foods were alien to him if they didn't come with chips but gradually over the years he has got used to things and to some extent so have I - I used to hate courgettes but now I can eat them. I have yet to convert hubby to brussel sprouts but we are growing some this year so providing the low temperatures don't get to them first we shall give them a go. He now works on the principle of eat first ask questions later as he used to moan when he smelt fish but then had to admit that most of the time it was actually quite good and now he will even order it in a restaurant - he is still not too keen on bones but willing to persevere now.

The kids were a bit fussy with different veg from time to time but it was amazing how much veg added as a puree disguised the food - they got the goodness from it and I could still taste it I_am_Hungry

Tue 29-Jun-10
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I'm with the people don't like fish. i can't stand it! I can't do any sea food, especially prawns. they are instruments of the devil.

I only exaggerate slightly. I can do fish in batter, or fish fingers, and battered scampi, but i don't like fish cakes as they are always too dry and taste too much of fish. I can't abide the smell fo fish either, and have to avoide the aisles adjacent to the fish counter in most supermarkets 🙁

Unfortunatly the other half loves the seafood. When we re in padstow he wanted to go to one of the many Rick Stein places, but I baulked at a) spending that much money, and b) the menu.

We both dislike mushrooms, and mayonaise, so that's easy. And we both like lots of meat, and we like our meat rarer where possible, so that's convenient.

But I can't budge of the sea food.

 

 

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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Very much agree about the Bakewell - but Lakeland sell Natural Almond Extract - not the 'flavouring' that is normally available. I have to say, though, that home-made Bakewell is far superior to bought. Home-made raspberry jam thickly lining the bottom (not smeared on as in some bought types), and then the topping of ground almonds in the 'cake' mix, and flaked almonds scattered on top. Fab.

Last year, at my cake sale, I made two of these in a pizza-size tin, and they were cut into 16 portions - no prices were suggested, but donations given were £1 per slice - so they can be a moneymaker, too !!

So, Joanna, Ian won't be eating kippers just yet!

I know what you mean about the puree idea. Years ago, I had my three nieces staying with me (their parents worked, but I still had two small children). One of them didn't like mushrooms; another tomatoes and the other one onions. A bit tricky, so guess what - they had a very thick gravy with their meat and no vegetables in it - if only they knew!

In terms of 'compromises' - my compromise is that hubby doesn't want to eat a dinner at lunchtime (even on a Sunday), and prefers his meals later, too. I would love to be eating my evening meal at around 6 - 7 o'clock, but nearly always it is around 8 pm. Most of my evening is cooking and clearing up, so can be tiring.

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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Brightspark - Sunday/Christmas dinner timing is one thing G compromises with me on.

My Mum and Dad worked throughout my childhood, so the main meal was always in the evening. At weekend Mum liked a bit of time to herself before getting stuck into the cooking.

I do make excellent Christmas morning breakfasts though, so G doesn't starve before the turkey's ready.

Tue 29-Jun-10
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JoannaS said:


 I have yet to convert hubby to brussel sprouts but we are growing some this year so providing the low temperatures don't get to them first we shall give them a go. 


 

Ah, sprouts. Another veg which I love but OH hates. I think there must be some weird genetic quirk which makes them taste very strange to some people, which gives them the ridiculous violent hatred of them which seems to go way beyond any rational dislike of a flavour.

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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with sprouts it's not so much the taste (though I'm not keen on the taste) as the texture of all those little leaf bits. It's just unpleasant. I don't violently dislike them in the way i do fish though.

I do intensely dislike olives. And Marmite. Both of which the boy loves, though as they're not really main ingredients of many meals it's not a major cause of ructions.

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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Rae Mond said:

with sprouts it's not so much the taste (though I'm not keen on the taste) as the texture of all those little leaf bits. It's just unpleasant. I don't violently dislike them in the way i do fish though.

I do intensely dislike olives. And Marmite. Both of which the boy loves, though as they're not really main ingredients of many meals it's not a major cause of ructions.


OH hates all things cabbagey. She also hates olives, which I love. Thankfully we both love marmite though.

She's also not a fan of dark beer such as stout Medicine or a heavy bitter Cheers, preferring a lighter ale, lager or cider. She also doesn't like brandy, whisk(e)y or sherry. Whereas I'll drink practically anything alcoholic. I will draw the line at sake though - never had one of those which I liked.

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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I like a bit of good stout (well, Guinness, I know there are folks as will argue Guinness isn't the apogee of stout. They're entitled to their silly little opinions), though I tend to prefer a lighter golden ale to a bitter. the Great Welsh Beer and Cider festival earlier this month was awesome. Discovered a wonderful little tipple called 'Ysbryt y'r Ddraig' ('spirit of the dragon' for the uninitiated), which is matured in whisky casks, mmmmmmmm mmm Cheers

 

My whisk(e)y drinking taste buds are still dveloping, though I've always loved the smell of the stuff. reminds me of my father. My Bloke is indoctrinating me into the way of the fine single malt.

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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green olives YUK

black olives SO SO

sprouts YUK

sweed YUK

hot peppers YUK

anchovies YUK

marmite YUK

the list is ongoing and ever changing i went through a couple of years of hating pork pies and sharp cheese now its fine again ,but cant do peach skin , or artichokes ,sad but true MOS.xx

 

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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Sprouts are no good if they are cooked till they change colour. That's all wrong!

Those who are not too keen should try sprouts when they are quite small (and not 'blousy').

Gently soften an onion, chopped small, in some butter, add some sliced mushrooms (for those who like them), and cook some lardons or diced bacon till crispy.

Mix them all together with the little sprouts.

Much nicer.

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Tue 29-Jun-10
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WaveI adore sprouts but I will horrify you with how I like them.  When I was young I wouldn't eat them and my mum used to cook them till soft  ( yes soft ) and mash them with butter and some pepper.  That is how I eat them and love them.   Yum  I_am_Hungry

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