People who know me know that I'm a picky eater. And I don't like veggies much at all, which is why Item #1 is such a challenge for me. I admit it. I'm prejudiced against vegetables. If I know ahead of time what I'm eating, my mind's already made up that I won't like it. So, today, I drove in to the Borrowed Earth Cafe, which serves only raw food & met up with a friend, and I pushed my limits.
I had their "Far Easter", described as an oriental feast of fresh julienned vegetables (dear lord ... not even identified!!) blended with an out-of-this-world teriyaki sauce (I like teriyaki) rolled in a collard green leaf (yuck!!) with jicama "rice" (that stuff's okay). And it came with two (horribly unidentified side salads). The challenge? Eat it & don't look too closely. Just pay attention to whether or not I like it. My friend Carrie was awesome at encouraging me to consider my palate, not my prejudices. For dessert, I had "baklava", with pastry made out of dried (I think) fruits & filled with various nuts. When all was said and done, this is what I wound up consuming, between the entree, 2 side salads, and dessert:
Things I already knew I liked: red bell peppers, carrots, pineapple, raisins, radishes, snow peas, cilantro, walnuts, pine nuts.
Things I was surprised, VERY surprised, to find out are actually okay: (1) broccoli, both stem & florets, chopped fine, mixed in with other crisp veggies was tolerable. If they're raw in future salads, I probably won't pick them out. (2) napa cabbage, which was substituted for the collard green leaf. I found it to be bitter, but tolerable. (3) Fennel bulb & fronds. I've always found fennel to be overwhelming, but this time it was tolerable. (4) Pistachio nuts, snuck into the baklava, were ... like everything else I listed .... tolerable, when mixed with other things. I wouldn't have known they were in there if I hadn't seen them.
Things I found out were just as nasty as I remembered them to be: tomatoes. Just can NOT tolerate them. Disgusting. I drank a whole glass of water after eating a very large grape tomato. *shudder*
So, 5 points to me for things I reevaluated for Item #41, for a total of 6. 4 more to go. I can do this.