Thursday, January 17, 2013
Mama Masha's Kitchen - Of all things slimy, revolting and … delicious
Our food likes and dislikes are not necessarily determined by taste. Smell, texture and appearance of various foods can be just as important in deciding whether or not we are prepared to actually eat whatever it is. Sometimes different factors are at odds with each other. For example, the exotic fruit durian is known to taste like heaven and smell like hell, which begs the question – how are we to discover what it tastes like, if we can’t get close enough without gagging due to the smell? Or, in the more practical realm, how many people are there who love certain foods but can’t have them due to allergies? In that sense, I consider myself fortunate: I am allergic to peanuts and I can’t stand peanut butter, so just as well. My grandmother-in-law has a couple of odd food phobias, and she herself admits that they are, indeed, odd. For instance, she cannot bring herself to eat kidney beans for no other reason than their name. Somehow, something associated with kidneys just doesn’t work for her.