My family loves food, hands down. However, my parents idea of comfort food is ketchup on pasta, well done steaks broiled in the oven with onion and garlic powder and plain, rotisserie chicken. To be fair, my dad is a bit more adventurous than my mom but usually only when he is with me. He has no problem trying new things, to which he will usually say it is "interesting". :}
Last friday morning I baked a challah. However, it's my own version as I personally am not a huge fan of traditional challah and my fiance doesn't care what I do with it as long as it looks like 2 loaves of bread in the end:} I added in some graham flour and fresh grounded cardamom. Today I toasted up some of the challah for my parents (fresh from the freezer). The face my mom made was priceless. The horror! Cardamom in the challah! To which she then said "This is WEIRD!!!" And then my dad added "this is interesting".
I have no problem that they didn't like it, as I did not make the challah for them and didn't even know they would be tasting it. However, I find it amusing that this is just one example of my family believing that the foods I love are weird or strange. Granted, cardamom in challah is not traditional at all. However, my mom has said the same thing about almost any ethnic take-out I've ever had except for chicken and broccoli. To her credit, she will try something new on occasion... she'll take teeny tiny bites, chewing thoughtfully until she makes a wretched face and says "pew! pew! pew!" I love her:}
Does this happen to you?