As a child I didn't have a love/hate relationship with veg.....it was pretty much all hate - I would eat potatoes (in any form), peas (although back then it had to be tinned processed peas.....I wouldn't touch frozen or fresh ones) and occasionally even Brussels sprouts - oddly. Any other veg I would only eat if threatened with dire consequences by my mother or teachers at school....and yes, I was one of those kids who would surreptitiously throw dreaded veggies under the table - at school, that is, I wouldn't dare to do that at home. Although I did attempt to hide veg under a napkin, or squash it up as small as possible and tell mum I was full, or feeling sick.....how I ever thought she'd believe any of that, I don't know!
OH, on the other hand, loves veg and will eat practically anything. It was because of him really that I started, throughout my 20s and 30s, to cook and try eating a range of different veggies. Nowadays I do eat lots of veggies, although even now there are things I just won't eat.....like celery, which I wouldn't touch if you paid me.....kale, chard, artichokes, Spring greens....well, most green veggies really. I've recently started using a small amount of frozen spinach in some things, like a risotto, where the taste of it is drowned out by the other flavours. I'm not overly keen on parsnips or beetroot or broccoli - I used to eat a bit of broccoli, purely because it's so good for you, but recently decided that life's too short to force myself to eat something I really don't like.
Growing and eating our own veg has been quite a revelation for me.....I honestly didn't know that home grown veg could taste so totally different to shop bought. And the one big thing that struck me, possibly even more than the taste of home grown, was the smell, particularly of tomatoes and carrots....it made me realise that supermarket veg has virtually no smell at all. And the smell of food I think plays a huge part in our enjoyment (or otherwise) of it.
We are now harvesting and enjoying our own early potatoes, carrots, courgettes (of course!), radishes and salad leaves, and purple sprouting broccoli. Some time last year we had Sunday lunch out somewhere and one of the veggies on the plate was PSB.....after looking at it dubiously I eventually tried a bit - and was surprised to find I actually liked it as it didn't really taste like ordinary broccoli. So at the beginning of this year when we were deciding what to grow this year, I suggested PSB.....and, guess what, it tastes even better than the bit I had with that Sunday lunch in the restaurant. Our peas are now ready to pick, I'm really looking forward to those, in fact last year when we grew them for the first time I was eating some straight out of the pods whilst picking them - who knew they'd be so deliciously sweet and fresh tasting? (Well, yes, I know all you seasoned veg gardeners knew that, hehe).
Are there any veggies that you just can't bring yourself to like?