I apologize for not posting anything food related over the weekend: there wasn't too much cooking happening in my apartment. I mean unless you want to hear about a canned chicken salad I made :)
Last night I went grocery shopping to buy ingredients needed to test two of Robyn Webb's recipes. One of them was a Fennel Salad with Tomatoes and Mustard Dressing.
I am going to be honest with you: I was not looking forward to eating the salad. As long as I can remember, I've said that I don't like fennel. It's that licorice taste that I'm not a fan of (perhaps because growing up in Russia we did not eat licorice? Same goes for star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors).
I unloaded the groceries, made some room on my messy kitchen counter and got to work on the recipe. Despite the photo on the left (the light was horrendous), the actual salad was very pretty!
But the surprising part came after I tasted the salad: I did not hate it! I'm not saying I'll be running back to the store tomorrow to buy more fennel, but I think the combination of the sweetness in the tomatoes, the spiciness of mustard and the slightly bitter flavor of fennel was great!
I hope my taste buds haven't lost their memory of fondness for fennel: I'm having leftovers of the salad for lunch.
Now a question for you: what are some of the foods that you thought you did not like, but once you tried them again changed your mind?