Monday, April 19, 2010

Cilantro hatred

My beloved brother-in-law David despises cilantro. So because I like to tease him, I often joke about putting cilantro into various dishes.

Well, now David can cite a scientific reason for his dislike of cilantro. Apparently, many people find it tastes like soap.

Wonder if I can find scientific evidence for my dislike of brussels sprouts...which taste like earwax. (Don't ask me how I know what earwax tastes like...)


  1. I love love love cilantro and find it so hard to understand people who don't like it! :) As for brussels sprouts, I have heard the earwax thing before, and have never been especially pro or con, until this last year when I fell in love with them. Oven roasted brussels sprouts: on a foil-lined cookie sheet spread a layer of brussels sprouts, cut into halves or quarters, depending on the size. Either toss them with a little olive oil in advance or spray generously with olive oil spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 400-450 until the sprouts are tender and very brown (almost burned). (You should probably stir them around a couple times during cooking.) Serve as is or toss with grated lemon rind, a squeeze of lemon juice, and (if desired) finely grated parmesan cheese. I know you will never try this because you hate brussels sprouts, but I'll bet you would like it! :)

  2. Actually, I might try it Kristin--I have been known to eat a brussels sprout before, but only if fixed in a delicious way. Here's a link to one recipe Mike made (and I liked):

  3. And bamboo shoots taste like bad breath!
    Jette Baker