November 11, 2007

Go yogurt, and back again--without fish

I hated the concept of yogurt as a child, almost as much as I hated the idea of fish. I think both foods were once palatable to me, but something made me change my mind.

I remember what happened with yogurt. I heard from one of my parents that there were actually living things in what I was eating. Cultures. I envisioned them, swimming around in my tasty cup, ready to devour my insides. I could almost feel them then, skirting around on my tongue in their bedeviled movement on my taste buds.

Even now, when I think of cultures, it makes me think I am somehow a colonial literally sucking up an entire society when I now eat the stuff. But more on that later.

As for fish, I had a fascination with Shamu and aquariums since my first trip to Sea World and watching Michael Jackson sing to "Will You Be There" over cuts of Free Willy.

Fish were flailing in nets, caught by big, gruff men in rather large plastic suspendered pants that had big laughs and cold hearts.

And I hated the taste. That goes for seafood, too. I taste a little bit of the ocean in all fish and seafood and am repulsed. That hasn't changed.

However, yogurt has risen in my esteem exponentially. I love it now. I started eating it after a babysitting gig one summer where I tried - very nervously - Gogurt. They froze it, and seriously, that was the only reason I ate it. I thought the cultures died in the freezer.

It grew on me. It was Dannon. I won't eat anything else, and that's not a plug for them. The stuff seems rather harmless, even when unfrozen. And I had serious issues trying it without it being frozen. However, I can't taste the same thing I tasted in other yogurts I've tried since childhood. I think it's the cultures. I don't feel anything that on my tongue. And as for the culture label, it's not even in 8 pt. font on the label. Harmless, right?

Oh gosh, I think I've been thinking about this too much...

Posted by Amanda Cochran at November 11, 2007 9:06 PM | TrackBack

Hahaha, oh Amanda... I've loved live cultures ever since my doctor explained them to me when I had strep throat a record number of times in second grade. I ate yogurt so the bacteria would keep the germs away. I still eat a lot of yogurt. Love the stuff. And fish--all kinds. Mmm, I'm sad to hear you haven't given seafood a chance. There's a taste a mammal just can't provide... ;) Maybe the stuff you've had just hasn't been cooked right.

Posted by: Karissa at November 12, 2007 2:48 PM

P.S. Cheese is cultured mold.

Posted by: Karissa at November 12, 2007 2:48 PM

I had a friend in college who was very sensitive -- very much into the sanctity of life and the wonder of nature. Once when I offered to make lunch for her, and the yogurt that she opened turned out to be milky water, I said something like, "I guess the yogurt cultures died."

She made a sad face and went "Ohhh!" in dismay. She was completely sincere... What a world we would live in if we all had such love in our hearts -- enough to empathize with bacteria.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 12, 2007 6:24 PM
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