Before I get going on today’s Ten on Tuesday post I need to give you a little background information about the food of my childhood: my mom considered lasagna to be ethnic food. That woman made terrific lasagna (along with the best fried chicken I’ve ever had) but once time, when I asked her to make lasagna for Sunday dinner, she looked at me like I had sprouted a second head and said, “you can’t have lasagna for Sunday dinner. That’s ethnic food.” I’m not kidding, friends. She didn’t have anything against lasagna – or ethnic food, for that matter – but Sunday dinner was set aside for things like roast chicken, roast beef and roast pork. Meat-in-a-pan, I called it.
I tell you this to set the stage for today’s Ten on Tuesday topic, which comes (again!) from Kym. (Seriously, she has had the best topics lately and if she keeps this up I’m going to just turn this whole thing over to her.) But I digress. Today’s topic is: 10 Foods I Eat Regularly Now That Were Exotic (or unheard of) When I Was a Kid.
- Sushi. Goodness knows, this was unheard of in my household. And now I love it.
- Buffalo Chicken. Okay, definitely not exotic but completely unheard of.
- Calamari. It sure sounds more palatable when you call it calamari and not octopus. Either way, if it’s breaded and fried, well, I’m in.
- Fish tacos. When I was a kid, tacos came in a kit from Old El Paso, and they were crunchy style only. Now I’m all about soft tacos and if they have fish as the main ingredient then that’s even better.
- King Crab Legs. We ate a lot of lobster in my house (my mother’s family was from Maine) but never crab legs.
- Kale. Okay, I may not eat it regularly but we sure never had it when I was a kid. And it’s good. I like Swiss chard better, though.
- Steamed dumplings. Probably not exotic by most standards but definitely not something my family ate. Chinese take out was made up of chicken chow mein, spare ribs and chicken fingers.
- Ahi tuna. The only tuna I ever had as a child came from a can and was mixed with mayo and a little onion and then put between two slices of squishy white bread.
- Chocolate & Sea Salt. Or Salted Caramel. I’m pretty sure no one in the 70s was combining chocolate and salt.
- Curry. I’m sure people in the cities were eating this but out in the sticks? Not so much. And now I love it.
So those are the foods I never thought I’d eat. How about you? If you wrote a post for today’s topic don’t forget to click the button below and add your link. Want to receive an email with the Ten on Tuesday topic every Monday? Click here.