Sunday, August 3, 2008

Me, a picky eater?


I had always imagined that picky eaters were the ones who only had a few things that they would eat - a rather limited culinary repertoire. Since I enjoy a variety of foods, I never considered myself a picky eater.

Perhaps I need to reconsider.

I can't tolerate spicy foods. Anything beyond "mild" is too much for me. Even then, sometimes it is still too spicy. I don't to chicken wings or ribs. Generally, I try to avoid any meat on the bone. Forget about the dark meat or any sort of gristle. Cucumbers, cantaloupes and couscous are all out. And that's just to start.

Now, there is one more thing to add to the list. Watermelon. I realize that this is one of the most popular summer treats. The more I think about it, the more I think that I just don't like it. Even as a kid, it was always painstaking to eat since it required me to pick out each and every seed. Now, most watermelons that are sold are "seedless". I say, false advertising. They are filled of those little white seeds. While I appreciate that many people eat those little white seeds and don't even notice. I am not one of those people.

Tonight, it took me about 10 minutes to eat a single piece of watermelon. With a knife and fork. Even an 18 month old managed two pieces of watermelon in the same amount of time.

So, what it comes down to is the fact that I do not enjoy watermelon enough to make eating it worth the effort.

If that makes me a picky eater, so be it.


Charlotte King said...

I would say you are a particular eater.

Camille said...

Admitting it is the first step. Congratulations.
I think its hard not to find a picky eater though. Everyone has their quirks- even the ones that eat everything.