Was there a food you hated as a child, but your parents made you eat anyway?
For me--and the heroine of my new release, A Fool and His Monet--it was Brussels sprouts. I tolerate them well enough now and oddly, they are my youngest daughter's favourite vegetable!
Of course, she has zero sense of smell, which probably helps.
Then again...when I was little, my older sister told me that if I plugged my nose as I ate the sprouts I wouldn't taste them, but it didn't work!
I had lots of fun sprinkling such anecdotes into this art crime whodunit.
Like me, my heroine has British parents so she grew up with such foods as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, bubble 'n squeak and toad-in-the-hole.
Mmm, doesn't that last one sound appetizing?
It was actually sausages baked in a square pan of Yorkshire pudding, which is also a bit of a misnomer too, since Yorkshire pudding is more of a bread than a pudding. But it wasn't bad with a good dollop of HP sauce on top.
On the other hand, bubble 'n squeak sounds like a super fun meal for a kid, don't you think?
In reality, it was a cutesy name for heated-up leftovers. And since leftovers inevitably included--yes, you guessed it--Brussels sprouts, bubble 'n squeak didn't make me all that bubbly.
Now...I did love Mom's shortbread. And I would've loved scones with Devonshire cream, but for some reason that famous British dish never made it onto our table.
Your Turn: How about you? What fond and not-so-fond memories do you have of the home cooked foods your were served?
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