When you don’t like a popular food

There always seems to be at least one type of food everyone talks about.

I’m sure you’ve come across them at some point. Bacon, avocado, pumpkin… they’re just a few examples of foods that have had their time in the spotlight. Heck, many of them still have a spotlight pointed at them.

And, really, can most of us be blamed for trying them? For wanting to know what all the fuss is about?

Curiosity is, after all, a strong emotion in a person.

There aren’t too many foods that I’ve tried because of their popularity. I usually base my recipes on what looks good, or on an ingredient that I happen to have on hand.

But spaghetti squash… that was one that I kept seeing in recipes and in food blogs. And, eventually, the people in my life started talking about it, too.

I ended up with an odd sort of curiosity. On the one hand, the idea of squash that could be compared to spaghetti was just something I couldn’t wrap my head around. I couldn’t imagine the taste would be similar, and I had a hard time picturing how it went from looking like a squash to looking like noodles.

So, when my brother’s girlfriend offered me one that had come from her parents’ garden, I decided to give it a shot. Everyone talked about how good it was, so it couldn’t be too bad, right?

Now, here comes the confession that has earned me a lot of skeptical looks: I really didn’t like it. At all.

Well, okay, I didn’t hate it. I did eat about a serving of it. Not nearly enough of it to have been worth cooking it, but enough to say I gave it a fair shot.

I will admit, though, that it was fairly easy to make. I just roasted the whole squash in the oven, cut it in half, took out the seeds, and removed the fleshy part with a fork.

I tried it two ways. First, I tossed it in butter, salt, and pepper. After finding I didn’t like the taste of the squash itself, I tried adding some cheese. It didn’t help much.

I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. It felt like such a waste, but I knew it wouldn’t get used or eaten if I kept it.

And now, whenever I tell people that I don’t like it, all I hear is, “But it’s so good!” or “Well, how did you make it? Maybe you should try making it a different way.”

My answer for that second reaction is this: If I didn’t like the taste of the squash itself, what would be the point in trying a different recipe? All I would be doing is finding a sauce or something to drown the taste of the squash, which kind of defeats the purpose of making the squash in the first place.

So, I won’t be making spaghetti squash again. Instead, I’ll be one of those apparently rare people who really dislikes a food that seems to be very popular.

How about you? Have you ever tried a popular food only to find out that you don’t like it?

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2 thoughts on “When you don’t like a popular food

  1. The assistant manager at work makes it and likes it. I think it sounds no where near as good as using real noodles, but I like my carbs! =) And I will try everything once. I like all the popular foods you mentioned, except for avocado. Though to be fair, it’s been a long time since I’ve tried guacamole. I did like the guacamole Pringles though! =)

    1. I definitely prefer the real noodles, lol. I’ll usually try new foods, but I tend to try them in a restaurant before trying them at home (a recipe for a food I’m already familiar with is the exception to that rule, though). I feel like there’s less waste that way, since I’m not making a large portion like I did the squash.

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