I like to imagine that I love all vegetables equally and that vegetables are things I eat. I think the sad truth became glaringly clear when I decided to become a vegetarian – I either found a new love for them, or I realized I have always and will always hate them no matter how old I am or how much I feel my pallet has changed.
Zucchini is in a borderline category for me. I hated it when I was growing up, but I’ve found a new place for it in my eating adventures, even if I don’t love it like other things I eat. It becomes such a mushy mess when it’s cooked and unless it’s seasoned really well, or buried in something, I don’t necessarily enjoy it.
My very first job as a teenager was at a family burger place about ten minutes from my house. Not really close enough to walk, but I had a pretty great Dad who would pick me up at ten thirty on the nights I worked. They had amazing shakes and some pretty fabulous burgers. The other thing they were known for was their fried zucchini. I never tried it when I was working there because “eww, I don’t like zucchini,” but I went to a Greek restaurant a few months ago with a friend and she ordered some. I ended up having one of hers and realized they were pretty freaking awesome. I could have eaten her whole order, but decided to stick with just the one since I’m not a complete pig, thank you very much!
I’ve been back to that original hamburger joint in the last few years and it is just as fabulous as it was when I was working there. Sadly, not all things are as good as they were when I was growing up, like McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Those places used to be fantastic places to eat; or at least, that’s what my memories of childhood tell me. Anyway, I didn’t realize I liked fried zucchini when I visited a few years ago, so I’m thinking I need to go back and try it. Fried zucchini and a Raspberry Oreo Shake – now that’s my kind of dinner!
As this is my last A to Z post, I thought I would let you all know how much I’ve enjoyed this unplanned food adventure. I feel like I’ve opened up a whole new world of fabulous memories that centered around food, memories I didn’t even know I had. Thank you all for joining me and for the amazing posts I’ve read along the way. I’m looking forward to next year.
Thanks again to the hosts for all the work they put into it. It was an amazing adventure!