A Reddit thread started yesterday (February 14th) asked: "What are Some Foods You Thought You Hated But It Turned Out Your Parents Just Sucked at Cooking Them?" Some of the replies include:
- "My housemate insisted he hated mashed potatoes until he tried mine. His mom would literally just mash up boiled potatoes. No salt, no butter, no nothing."
- "Soups. My mom would stuff everything in a pot, beat it, add water and cook it on high until it tasted like meat and veggie mush, all oily with grease."
- "Fish. Give mom an arctic char or salmon? She will put it in sink until house smells funny, then put it on a pan and into the oven. Nothing else... just... hot fish."
- "Chicken. I appreciate my mom's concern of salmonella, but apparently cooking it a little less leaves a magical thing called 'moisture' in it."
- "Meatloaf. My dad would take about a pound of ground beef, add a packet of store-brand meatloaf seasoning, and bake it to a hardened mass that was charred on the outside and a chewy gray in the inside. He'd smother it in ketchup before serving. The ketchup made it barely edible."
For me: steak. My mom typically overcooked steak and it lost its flavor and tenderness. When I moved out, the first thing I made was a t-bone steak...and it was fabulous! :)