I mentioned the other day that I love food and I love cooking. For the most part my family doesn't really appreciate this. My husband and 3 of the kids are picky eaters. I announce that I am going to make curried lentil soup someone gags, I offer up poblano and mushroom tacos and apparently I am trying to kill them. Terribly picky eaters. David will at least try anything I cook. He has come a long way since we got married. The three kids though complain no matter what is served.
My saving grace is Colin. He loves food even more than I do. He even loves the things I don't. He will eat anything except feta cheese. Seriously. Here are just some of the things he likes: Frog legs, fish head curry, sushi, edamame (to be fair all the kids like this), creme brulee, gnocchi (he is the only one of the kids that doesn't call it knee-yucky), eggplant, mushrooms, sardines, even DURIAN and no he isn't allowed to kiss mom after the durian unless he wants me to throw up on him. I am convinced he will grow up to be a famous chef like Anthony Bourdain. He already has the attitude for it.
On the rare occasions I can find a cooking show on TV he will curl up with me and watch it. There aren't very many cooking shows here though. In Jakarta we used to get bunches of them, mostly they were travel food type shows. Colin's favorites were No Reservations with Bourdain, World Cafe Asia with Bobby Chinn, and of course his absolute favorite Bizarre Foods with Anthony Zimmerman. That last being the food show most likely to make mom toss her cookies.
I thought Colin had pretty much forgotten about food shows until I overheard this comment in the car yesterday:
"The key to get the most flavor out of it is to suck on it, not chew it."
That was such a foodie kind of comment you might have thought he was talking about some strange new dish, or a rare tropical fruit. So what was he discussing so seriously? Nerds, as in the candy.
How cute is that? He loves food but obviously isn't a food snob. I had to fight to keep from giggling out loud, he is such a doll sometimes.