When Did Anderson Cooper Come Out…

As a fussy eater?

It seems that Anderson also dislikes fruit and vegetables. I am baffled at why he would attempt to eat spinach on the air. That’s not exactly what I would select as the first vegetable to try – and I certainly wouldn’t want to try it in front of millions of people. He might have been better off trying sweet potato fries, or honey glazed roasted carrots. Then again, I don’t know what kinds of food Anderson does like. I tried those because I have a sweet tooth. I don’t know if he does. What I do know is that you are more likely to enjoy something that has the same qualities as something else you like. That’s why sweet vegetables were a little more palatable to me than celeriac which is firmly planted in the dislike category, just slightly above the “Stroganoff Column“. Work with what you like and you are more likely to find new foods you’ll eat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM8KWZM0VAY

http://www.andersoncooper.com/2011/09/26/anderson-eats-spinach-for-the-first-time/

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/12/01/anderson-cooper-eat-your-vegetables/

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Duh! It is Celery Root

So I tried the Root Vegetable Mash recipe I found. When preparing it a few things struck me. First, it is a much harder vegetable than sweet potato. Second, it smells like celery. When the vegetables were boiling there was the unmistakable smell of celery – a smell I dislike. Then suddenly I realized “Duh! It is celery root!”. That was one strike against the dish already since smell is closely tied to taste.

It took a little longer than 20 minutes to cook. Perhaps I didn’t cut them up small enough. After about 30 minutes they were ready to mash. I broke out our potato masher and got to work.

When I was done, it didn’t look very appetizing. I’ve already mentioned how the way food looks can affect a fussy eater. This was strike two.

Since my goal is to find new foods I’ll eat, I gave it a try anyway. While it certainly wasn’t in “The Stroganoff Column“, I definitely didn’t care for it. I decided to try to make the best of a bad situation and looked around for something to punch it up a bit. I sectioned off the mash into separate portions to try a few things

First, I tried adding a little chili powder. I figured if it worked for sweet potato fries it might work here too. Sadly, it didn’t. Next, I tried one of my favorite ingredients, cinnamon. That didn’t help either. Finally, I decided to try brown sugar – partially because I have a sweet tooth and partially because I remember some kind of dish my wife would make with sweet potatoes, brown sugar, and marshmallows. That was a little better, but I think I would have had to spoon a lot of it in to make it good enough to finish.

So in conclusion, I’m going to have to pass on this dish. I’ll need to find another way to prepare celeriac in the future. Any ideas?

Root Vegetable Mash

I’ve been looking for a way to prepare the celeriac we picked up at the Farmer’s Market and I finally found a recipe I think I’m willing to try. It’s for a mashed potato dish they refer to as Root Vegetable Mash. I’m including the recipe as stated, but I will be leaving out the garlic.

Serves: 2 Prep:  10min |Cook: 20min |Total: 30min

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 pound celery root, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/3 tablespoons 1% milk, warmed
  • 1/3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, cover the sweet potatoes, celery root, and garlic with water.
  2. Cover pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-high.
  4. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the celery root is very tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Drain and return to the pan.
  6. With a potato masher, mash into a coarse puree.
  7. Add the milk, oil, and salt. Mash to blend.

via Root Vegetable Mash – Healthy Recipe Finder | Rodale.

A Subtle Difference

There is a subtle, yet huge, difference between the phrases “I don’t like …” and “I don’t think I like …”. More often than not, fussy eaters use the first one when they actually mean the second. Perhaps subtle isn’t the right word to describe the difference. Most non-fussy people know it quite well and usually ask the follow-up question “Have you tried it?”.

You see, fussy people are really more likely to think they don’t like something they haven’t tried yet. I say I don’t like most fruits and vegetables, but in all honesty I’ve tried only a few of each. That’s why I was willing to pick up celeriac at the Farmer’s Market last weekend. I’m planning on making an effort to try more of the things I say I don’t like, but haven’t actually tried.

Are there any fruits or vegetables you think I might like? Keep in mind that I have a major sweet tooth.

Farmers Market

Linda and I went to a local Farmer’s Market today. We picked up something called Celeriac which is some kind of celery root. It doesn’t look particularly tasty. The really odd thing is that I was the one that suggested we pick it up. Stay tuned to see how we cook it. This could be interesting considering I don’t eat celery.

After the Farmer’s Market we went to a local health food store and picked up some beats. Linda wants to try juicing them with a few other vegetables.

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