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Ants and foods

Ants don't like bananas. I have come to this conclusion. We have occasional visits from "moisture ants" or "sugar ants" or whatever their technical name is. ("Odorous house ant," according to at least one webpage. They do smell weird when crushed.) When we leave bread crumbs around, the ants get interested. When we leave a smudge of jam, they go nuts. But several times now I have left a half-eaten banana lying on the counter, and not once have the ants touched it. It's like bananas are ant repellant. Must be chemically similar to the ant poison bait we have tried, which also elicits zero interest from the ants. A can of Raid, now, that seems to work.

Speaking of produce: if you are fretful that you aren't getting enough vegetables in your diet, because you don't like enough vegetables well enough to eat them, fret no longer. I am almost 30 and I am still learning to like new vegetables. Over the past several years I have picked up quite a few new healthy tastes. Before age 20, the vegetables I would eat were:
corn (which barely counts)
green beans
lettuce (sometimes)
celery (maybe)

In my early to mid 20s I revised it to include:
broccoli (sometimes)
salad greens
lettuce (definitely)
celery (definitely)
bell peppers
tomatoes (cooked)
cauliflower (sometimes)
asparagus (sometimes)
pretty much all herbs and edible flowers

And in the last year alone I have added:
tomatoes (raw, sun-dried, cooked, whatever)

If you had asked me about that list ten years ago, I'd have sworn to you I would never, ever like avocados, spinach, raw tomatoes, artichokes, or olives; and the others I would be deeply suspicious about. Olives are my most recent acquisition. A few months ago I cautiously spooned tapenade onto a piece of bread, took a bite, and thought, "Wow, this is really good, even though I don't like olives!" Well, hel-LO, McFly, tapenade IS olives. (And some garlic and capers. I have no official opinion on capers.) And by last week I was fishing the little green salad olives out of the jar and eating them by themselves.

So there you have it. Progress toward healthy eating IS possible, even if you're out of adolescence.

By the way, if you need tasty recipes to help adjust to these foods, I cannot recommend this cookbook highly enough. Everything I've tried from it has totally rocked so far. They know what they're doing over there at America's Test Kitchen, and they tell you WHY you have to follow the recipe the way they wrote it. Very useful.

P.S. Argh. Am I the only one getting heavily spammed tonight with emails containing some .zip attachment? Or is there a new virus going around?



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 2nd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Just popping in to comment on how thoroughly amusing I find your posts.

I will never like artichokes--at least not by themselves. I like the dip, I like them in calzones, but alone...they just LOOK gross. Yuck.

May. 3rd, 2005 10:22 am (UTC)
I'm still not entirely cool with artichokes by themselves, but yeah, hidden among Italian spices and sauces they're fine. As my mom is fond of saying, whoever was the first person to try eating an artichoke must have been extremely hungry.
May. 2nd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
I've been the same way with veggies. ^_^
May. 2nd, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Allow me to recommend one of my favorite cookbooks, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1558321691/qid=1115086177/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl14/104-3396699-3060742?v=glance&s=books&n=507846. I've discovered that roasted vegetables are excellent.
May. 3rd, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
Mm, looks good! I tried roasting baby carrots the other week, instead the tired old boiling method, and loved it. They tasted sweeter somehow. Must investigate further!
May. 3rd, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
What about eating vegetables such as the mentally ill, it would allow money to be saved and would feed the homeless.

*slaps wrist*
*puts the funny cold medication away*
May. 3rd, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
You see what you can do about that. ;)

(Did I mention I haven't caught a cold in 18 months, having adopted healthier eating habits?)
May. 4th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
I hadn't had one in more than 12 months :P
(until this week anyway)
May. 3rd, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
What, no potatoes? I practically live on potatoes!
May. 3rd, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Of course I'll eat potatoes--always have. But most nutrition guides don't count them as a vegetable. They're in the grain/starch/bread category, which is almost where corn should go too. (Which is why I say corn barely counts.)
May. 3rd, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Well there's something I didn't know. *writes it down* Interesting.
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