I like to think I’m a brave and adventurous person. I’ve run with the bulls in Spain, hiked the Great Wall in China despite the city having the worst pollution levels on record and survived a leech bite… okay, it was only small but it was scary! But I could never be called ‘Adventurous Nicole’ because there is one area of my life I’m scared of drastically changing – food.
This may sound a bit strange coming from the girl whose weekly diet consists of Indian curry, Thai laksa and Korean kimchi but underneath all of that I am one of the fussiest eaters I know… alright, perhaps not as fussy as Lauren; but food has always been my weakness to the point that I think my foodie friends want to ditch me when they try to visit seafood restaurants and I instead suggest something a little bit more red-meat friendly.
“An Australian who doesn’t eat seafood?!”
My Dad is allergic to crustacean (lobster, crab, abalone, etc. though not oysters which I think he’d happily eat weekly) and so growing up my life was somewhat seafood-less. Sure Nan would have her weekly piece of Friday fish but I’d be eating the chips and chicken nuggets. Even when my family insisted that my sister and I ate fish for dinner, despite it not being a crustacean, I just couldn’t bring myself to like the texture or taste, and seeing the silver bits would make me want to wretch before I’d taken a bite.
But I tried a scallop on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong and I didn’t die – though it would have been quite the story if I had – and it wasn’t half bad; and then I went to Japan and every meal was seafood so I tried a tiny bit of crab, caviar and lobster… and surprise, surprise – I didn’t die.
I’m not going to go as far to say “2013 will be the year that Nicole will be able to eat seafood” but I will try it, just a little bit, in small doses; and the testing and tasting won’t stop at seafood.
I’m also somewhat stuck in the same routine of eating the same foods. I hate mushy foods (no bananas in my diet), I love citrus fruits but hate the time it takes to peel every single piece of stringy stuff off of them to eat; I don’t eat cauliflower, pork (if I can help it), green beans or peas. Pretty much, unless I know I’m going to like it then, generally speaking, I won’t eat it.
And this really sucks.
So, starting with China but more so Malaysia I am trying everything (except fish… I can’t do that just yet.)