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Posted on Oct 10, 2012 in Food | 13 comments

Surprise Feast

Last night Sean and I went over to have dinner with my parents and my uncle & aunt who were in town visiting. Unbeknownst to us, my mom and Aunt Dorothy really pulled out ALL the stops for this dinner. Earlier in the day, I’d asked my mom what we were having. Her answer was simply, “Western food”. I guess that’s technically true, though I have a feeling a meal like this deserved a little more buildup.

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Well, surprise! We ended up with a feast in every sense of the word. It ws the kind of meal that made me tres, tres desole that I forgot my real camera at home. iPhone pics do NOT do it justice!


There was a dijon glazed pork roast, spanish rice, a cranberry-apple-pear compote, roasted vegetables, and a delicious little caprese salad on the side. Whoo-ee! If I had known that it was going to be such a feast, I would have prepared myself! As it was, however, I’d had a late lunch so I wasn’t able to demolish my plate like it deserved. Sad panda.


Of course… that didn’t mean I still didn’t have room for dessert. You can’t really see it too well in this picture (fail), but my mom made pears poached in red wine and served it alongside a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream and a li’l slice of apple pie. Random? Maybe. But delicious? Hells yes.

You know, it’s funny, I never really used to consider myself as someone with much of a sweet tooth. I would always prefer an appetizer over dessert, salty snacks over chocolate and candy. But over the past year or so, my appreciation for the sweeter side of life has REALLY increased! I find myself legitimately craving baked goods now, whereas I never used to give them a second thought. Which, of course, is probably a bad thing for my weight loss. But it’s a good thing for my general sense of happiness and wellbeing, hehe.

Do you find that your food tastes change/have changed? This could be a general thing, like my shift in starting to prefer sweets to savories, or something more specific, like my unadulterated love for brussels sprouts now even though I used to fake-gag every time I saw them.


  1. So weird! I’ve recently noticed that my sweet tooth is all but gone and I GREATLY prefer savory. And, I mean, very recently. As in, I bake cakes, cup cakes, pies, and don’t even want any (aside from tasting them to make sure they’re tasty) so I give them all away. Now, put a bag of chips in front of me and I’ll decimate it. Hormonal age-related changes?

  2. Looks delicious!! And my tolerance for veggies has improved with age 🙂 I actually like carrots, celery, zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, etc. 😀 I used to sneer at all of these as a kid. I was always a fruit-lover and a veggie-hater, but now it’s more balanced.

  3. My tastes have definitely changed over the years. When I was younger I was a very picky eater and hated all cooked vegetables. Surprisingly, when I moved to college and lived on campus I became more adventurous and started eating a wide variety of things that I would never touch before. Nowadays there isn’t too much that I don’t like. I’ll try pretty much anything once and I can’t think of anything specific that I “hate”.

    • Wow, I have to tell you that putting “Canadian” and “eh” in one sentence was completely unintentional.

      • Hahahaha! You know, when I got there, I made a pretty similar remark, though admittedly it was minus the eh. But mentally I started spelling all my words with “ou” instead of just “o” in honor of the Great White North. 😀

  4. Wow …. and what a huge surprise feast it is!

    Likes: all veggies, cranberry thingie and of course desserts …. a must for moi. Sugar addict here.

    No’s: meats, etc. I don’t do those. Have no idea what they would even taste like. Fish would be ok. Maybe. Depends where it was from. Not sure why but even turkey does not interest my taste buds any longer.

    No doubt everyone was stuffed! Ha. Nice family-time though.

    Been awhile since I’ve caught up w/u Gretchen. Love the posts. You make me smile!

  5. It’s so neat that your mom can cook both Chinese and “Western” food!! My parents generally stick to Asian cooking. 🙂

    My food tastes have stayed pretty consistent, though there are a few things (like asparagus) that I used to hate and now like. And I’ve grown to appreciate vegetables a lot more! My sweet tooth is still raging, as it always has been. 🙂

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