April 29, 2007
My first encounter with cilantro was many years ago when I tried a new recipe and added the exotic herb to the pot. Both my husband and I took a bite and looked at each other, making funny faces and said, "What the heck is that dreadful taste? It tastes like a soapy dead animal has died in diesal oil!" We stopped eating and I dumped out what should have been perfectly good meal. We discussed at lenghth what people could possibly find that was positive about cilantro. Were they missing a few screws? YOu've all met the types, "Oh I love cilantro...we eat it all the time in everything." They treat you like you have two heads and are an absolute moron and hypochondriac. Well let me tell you, I love all kinds of different ethnic foods, but if I eat cilantro I get naustious and feel ill. I ordered some kind of wrap at the Rain Forest Cafe and in it was...you guessed it! I started to feel ill and sweaty and called the waiter over. He took it back, but since the food was not made to order and they couldn't take out the weed, I just skipped the main course and ordered dessert. I hate Thai food and Mexican food that has the nasty "C" in it. I haven't experienced that nasty weed in Indian food, which I love...so figure that is God's mercy to me (so far). The funny thing is that I like coriander and can tolerate it just fine! Thankfully both my husband and myself are in agreement on this issue. We both think cilantro is just about the worse thing you can add to any dish. I think there must be gene thing going on with the way certain taste buds react. Some love it and others hate it. My family knows we can not tolerate so fortunately it has not been an issue. Glad to know there are others out there. Cilantro haters= unite! And that's all I have to say about C-I-L-A-N-T-R-O!!!!