Foods I'm Expected to Like
As a food blogger, there are certain foods that fellow foodies get hyped up about. I know, because I read a lot of food blogs and you see the same recipes and posts every year: KALE! BEETS! PORK BELLY! RAMPS!
Let's review them, why people go ape-shit for them, and whether or not I really like them.
Beets. Bloggers and foodies love to nom on some roasted beets. Why people like them: Because they're delicious, yo. Also nutritious. They're easy to find and easy to cook. Do I like them? Yes. I like them roasted, skins peeled off, with goat cheese. That's my favorite way. I love a simple beet salad. I think people are turned off by beets because of canned beets. They're an unnatural red and taste like boiled dirt. But roasted beets have a great sweetness.
Brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts get a really bad rap, because apparently all of our mothers made them and we hated it. Why people like them: Because it's super impressive to convert people to liking Brussel sprouts, even though it's not very hard to do that. Put some cheese on it, or some pancetta, or some maple syrup. You'll love it, no matter what it is. Do I like it? Of course! One of my favorite winter sides is sprouts, halved lengthwise, seared cut side down and sprinkled with shredded cheddar. It's easy and relatively cheap and fast.
Ramps. Ramps are member of the leek family and chefs go CRAZY for them. I don't know why. They're only available roughly three days a year. Why people like them: People like to feel superior and say they like ramps, because it means they've had ramps. Do I like it? I bought some last year and steamed them. Eh. Nothing to write home about. I should probably have found a recipe so I could cook them properly, but honestly, it's an onion.Continued on the next page