The rule in our house and around the dinner table is to try something new once before claiming you don’t like it. We have one meal offered at dinner, take it or leave it. Sounds harsh, but it works. My kids try new foods and sometimes (though rarely) go to bed hungry because they refused to eat. The rule applies to Mom & Dad, too.
We have this big Vietnamese supermarket I’ve driven by for the past 9 years and have never entered. I’m at home in a middle-eastern market, even a hispanic market, but I found myself apprehensive to enter this one. A few weeks ago, the hubby and I went together. What a different world!
I filled my cart with fresh shitake mushrooms, one of several varieties of bok choy, these baby Tindora cucumbers and these over-a-foot-long long beans. The fish varieties were crazy: perch, catfish, salmon, parrot fish, striped bass, and on and on. Fresh crab, prawns, octopus, crawfish… everything was there. We went a little crazy and bought three fishes to serve at a family dinner: parrot fish, snapper and striped bass. Tried poaching them but because of the different shapes and sizes, it proved to be a challenge. But, that’s another story.
The long beans stayed in the fridge. How was I supposed to cook them? They kinda looklike worms…. I’ll think about it tomorrow.
And so the cycle began. Well, last week I put my foot down and decided that this was not right. The long beans were going to go bad and I was behaving as badly as my kids. I was determined to cook these beans and I began my search on the internet.
I found this recipe on The Food Channel’s website. The reviews were great, I was excited, but a bit apprehensive. The bok choy I picked out and cooked previously was too bitter for my taste. What if these beans were a flop?
The kids snickered, “They look like green worms!”
I didn’t even bother to ask them to try the worms. The hubby and I served ourselves and took a bite.
We have a winner! These were amazing. The ginger sauce was lip-smacking good and I spooned it onto the salmon I had cooked that night. The long beans were a pleasant surprise.
Now, I’m not that adventurous of a cook to try and eat the other strange foods out there, and you know what I’m talking about. But, veggies, that’s another story.
Sometimes we have to listen to the lessons we lecture to our kids and take our own advice. Try it once and see if you like it.