I promised myself never to do it, but here I go falling for some guy who's a picky eater! In fact, I even once posed the question on this board if you could end up with a picky eater. I should've known...
This really is almost an impasse for me. I know we are not supposed to try and change someone, but I will do my best. Food is hugely important to me. I think in terms of foods. Not unlike many of you, I love to read about foods, create recipes and menus, shop for food, cook food, and finally eat the food. I've always eaten nearly everything--brussels sprouts to persimmons to Vietnamese food--you name it, I eat it with only three exceptions: olives, anything licorice/anise, and I'm allergic to pineapple.
The most encouraging aspect is that this man seems intent on pleasing me and not unwilling to try new foods. I wonder how much of his food inexperience was simply out of ease. We have cooked together a couple times and at least that is fun and I'm very pleased that he wants to make such gestures. However sweet, plain grilled chicken and canned peas, spaghetti sauce and ground beef can get dull. The first dinner I made for him was a roasted pork tenderloin with a plum salsa (plums, green onions, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin), roasted potatoes and a simple salad. I have also made a taco salad which is very basic to me, but seemed to push his limits.
ANY IDEAS?!!! I would like to slowly introduce him to the beautiful world of food but I want to do it in a way that doesn't seem pushy or scary. Adult or child, how can you encourage a new openness and appreciation for food?