Sunday, October 4, 2009

Food Rejection

One of my first memories of rejection comes from Food.

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All my life I have been exposed to food from different cultures. Most of you know from previous posts that my mother is Filipino, and my father is Italian-Australian, so our kitchen reflected that. I remember when I was younger, my Mum had cooked some amazing Filipino dish, and some of my friends refused to even taste it. I felt like they were rejecting me, because it was part of my culture, and something that my mother had lovingly prepared. Of course, when you are little - it's quite normal to reject a lot of things when it comes to food - but growing up traveling the world really exposed me to different types of cuisine. There was no food that I would reject.

For a little while I remember being ashamed of Filipino food. I never revealed this to my mum, or anyone in fact. I remember hoping that when friends came over that mum wouldn't cook Filipino food for dinner that night, even though I loved Filipino food. Fortunately I got over this ridiculousness quickly, and into my older childhood years I looked forward to when my friends got to taste it for the first time.

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What about you? Were you ever ashamed of things your mother cooked? And if not, what foods from other cultures do you enjoy? I definitely love Korean, Thai, Greek and Japanese the most! Yummo!

(PS. The winner of the Mixmasha Giveaway is Amelia. Congrats!)

32 comments:

Lily G. said...

I love Asian foods as well as Italian! I'm drooling over these pics!

Hilary Leister said...

I have a friend who's Thai and another who's Lebanese. I used to love going over their houses when I was little and eating their entire kitchens haha!

My mom usually stuck with pasta & chicken, but she does make some MEAN crab-cakes and enchiladas!

Carol said...

I love Thai food, and we have lots of great Thai restaurants here in Seattle!

Kaye Prince said...

No, I don't think I was ever ashamed of anything my Mum ever cooked, but then again my friends weren't at my house for dinner very often.

I love Indian, Italian, Thai,and Moroccan; but really I'll pretty much eat anything.

Simply Mel said...

Never ashamed, just a bit sad that she wasn't too adventurous in the kitchen. I've made up for it since I have been away from home.

Favorite foods: I'll try anything and everything! I LOVE food!

Torie Jayne said...

I love Thai, Italian and Indian food, Have a sweet day!x

Little Gray Pixel said...

I wish I had been exposed to different types of food when I was younger. I was never ashamed of my mom's cooking; I wish she cooked more often. Usually we ate sandwiches, and I pretty much can't stand to eat them now.

Love Indian, Thai, Greek and Japanese food. I would eat Indian food every day of the week if I could get away with it. :-)

Sara said...

I LOVE JAPANESE! and Filipino food! and hmmm Persian!

Carapace said...

My mom was the best cook in any of our houses! I was never ashamed to have friends over for food, but sometimes I was jealous of my portions!

And my grandmother was Japanese, so I developed a liking for odd snacks...I remember trying to get everyone at my lunch table to taste the dried squid, because really, if they just tried it, I was sure they would like it. And they did!:D

Dionne said...

Ooooh I loved Dried Squid, too! My husband's mum got me on it, and I eat it like popcorn! I just can't stop reaching into the bag for more!

Jaime said...

EEk octopus isn't for me, haha. Love other japanese/thai/chinese food though!

the Lost Earring said...

How could anyone refuse Filipino food oh my goodness! Yummy! I was raised by my dad who was a chef. I can remember him cooking for our Catholic school functions and all of the mothers would cluck like happy little hens, saying how great his food was. His specialty is Italian (as he is) and the only one who rejected that was me ha ha:) When I was little it was plain pasta--no sauce! What the heck was I thinking. My favorite foods are Italian, Thai, Indian, Korean, and Japanese. Yep, all over the map just like everything else :)

Truly Smitten said...

hands down I looooove korean + thai. I am fortunate that my mum taught me a lot of korean dishes...and my husband is thai and his mom teaches me how to cook authentic thai dishes...i LOVE 'EM ALL! I didn't know you were a halfie! =) No wonder you look so freakin' cute!

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caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

fortunately (or maybe not for my figure) I love almost any food (except snails and anything gelly-like). unfortunately my mother was not exactly a very house-proud cook. but she taught me to try everything! xo

lyndsey | paper girl said...

i LOVE filipino food! my uncle is from the phillipines and he always cooks us lumpia, pan sit, sticky rice, etc. mmmm. now i'm hungry for it :)

and i don't think i'm a very daring eater -- i don't like fish or odd types of meat, but i do like to try all different nationalities of food. my favorites are thai, indian, vietnamese and of course mexican. i could eat tacos every day of my life.

Phoenix said...

I was always more ashamed that I grew up in a house where my mom didn't cook anything.

If I invited friends over for dinner, we cooked dinner for ourselves, and usually my mom. As a kid, that sucks.

As an adult, I feel so loved when someone else makes me food that I'm not quite sure what to do with myself. Because I didn't grow up with that at all, I equate people cooking for me as loving me. :)

Michele said...

I was one of those bratty kids. I wouldn't touch anything that was different. I had a few very close chinese friends and when they wanted to take me to a real chinese restaurant (not the American ones we are used to) that had chickens hanging in the windows I said absolutely not. I didn't know what I was missing. I'm glad I grew out of that!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

omg im so craving japanese noodles now!

Eric said...

I love Lebanese food and Italian food. I forget if Northern or Southern Italy has the more fishy dishes. I like that one.

Kaye Prince said...

The cake was amazing! Too bad there wasn't any left for me to have a piece today.

The Sultan's Tent was fabulous (a little expensive) but it was really nice to go out and have a fancy dinner on my birthday.

I'm so in love with Anthropologie. The first one here only opened a couple of months ago and I love just going in there and drooling. If I could afford it I think I'd buy almost everything there. And, of course, you know I love Jane!

Tender Branson said...

I think I like good thai and greek food the best. I never invited anyone over to taste my mom's food because she usually just made stuff from a box. Glad you wisened up and went with what tasted good versus what other's said. Of course it isn't easy when your friends are so influential at that age.

Dash said...

i dont remember being particularly ashamed of any one dish my mum cooked, but i do remember feeling terribly embarassed if she wore a saree or salwar kamees (indian outfits) when we went out. I too quickly grew out of it.:)

ps: i am drooling unashamedly over the food pics:)

Maki said...

I have never ashamed of my mama's cooking although I know exactly what you're saying. I try to cook Japanese food for my girls and they love sushi and noodles, etc. But there are few things my littlest one wouldn't eat. I think it's the smell or the way it looks? I'm trying to make them overcome their fear because aisan culture is beautiful!!!

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Beth Dunn said...

I think all of us at one time or another was embarrassed by our parents. I always wanted my mother to make us pasta--but we never had cookies or junk food always pretzels. So I liked going to friends house. When I lived in Zimbabwe I was a huge fan of a Mongolian restaurant there. I love food!!! xoxo
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Nicole Marie said...

when my friends would come over they would ask for my grandmas food. she's czech and always cooking up something fantastic. i guess i never gave m friends a chance not to like it because i didn't know anything else. of course we had pizza and hamburgers but i had no idea what meatloaf or casserole and other "american" foods were.

although i was pretty darn picky until i lived in florence and realized i had to eat what they had and not ask for this and that on the side and hold the whatever. now i try everything and pretty much love everything!

Kotori said...

Lucky you to have a mom who exposed you to so many different flavors. I hope I'm doing a good job of that with my kids!

Hanako66 said...

my mom is Japanese, so I grew up eating all sorts of exotic foods!

Pamela said...

How wonderful that you were brought up with such yummy food!! I have a close friend that is Japanese and I love everything she cooks for me!

justalittlepiece said...

I'm a Dutch-Indonesian, Portuguese-Scottish mutt. My boyfriend is Filipino and an unknown-Anglo-Saxon mix. I was the pickiest eater as a child and oddly enough with a few friends' love and encouragement I try everything once and am HAPPY to do so. I love food more than most things. One of my favorite food memories is the first time my boyfriend's great grandmother spoke to me. Mind you, a lot of everyone's conversations are held in Tagalog which I do not speak. Someone usually translates for me, but I also typically get the gist. Anyway, we're alone and she has NEVER spoken to me before. I am sitting at the kitchen table eating SOMETHING when she says "Do you like our food?" I nearly choke from the shock. I realize she's sizing me up. "Yes, I like your food." She nodds and throws out my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend's name -"She did not like our food."

Gaia said...

I love thai and indian food an everywhere we go we always look for them!