and other odd phrases said by dinner guests. Yes, guests at my dinners have told me they don't like a wide range of good foods. So today I thought I would talk about the foods most often disliked upon arrival, and upon departure how minds have been changed!
Mostly I've found that people don't like a certain food because of the way it has been procured or prepared. Many have believed they didn't like an item from having it year's ago, often prepared by their mother. Since then, they haven't tried it and think they still don't like it.
Another common phrase is "Oh, I don't eat fish." What I'd like to say is "this isn't a restaurant" but trying to be pleasant with my guests I usually start working on convincing them to try it. Actually when I don't know if a guest likes fish, I usually choose salmon or halibut. Both are great fishes to marinate. I have a great little recipe for a barbecue marinade and another that that is teriyaki sesame. Both are sure winners for people that 'don't like fish.' Using a marinade you are sure to take care of any 'fishy smell' or flavor that the guest probably objects too. Further, selecting a nice, fresh piece of fish is key. I usually marinade the fish for two to four hours. Then I either grill it or roast it in the oven. As shown in these photos, you can do the fish together with asparagus on the same sheet as they take about the same amount of time to cook. My brother-in-law was here last year and said "Oh this fish is good. I didn't think I liked salmon." Another convert!
I could go on (beets... "my mom made me eat them until I puked"; mushrooms... "I think I'm allergic", etc.) but you get my drift. I don't query guests before dinner parties to see what they want me to make. I make dinners that I believe will be delicious. I see it as my job to expand their horizons and convince them that there is a world of good food out there for them to explore and enjoy.