The jury seems to be out on whether it's a genetic thing or not, but the fact is that quite a lot of people, particularly those of European descent, find that coriander tastes like soap to them. When I was a kid I didn't think much of it - we hardly ever ate out and my Mum did standard English cooking mostly - but every now and then Dad would make a curry and I'd hate it. I always thought it was my English palate not being used to hot food.
I moved to Wellington and started eating out more. I discovered that my dislike wasn't just for curry - it extended to most Indian food, quite a lot of Asian food, and also Mexican food. I thought I was just being picky and that I should harden up and learn to like hot, spicy food - that I was some kind of wimp.
And then I found out that I can actually eat hot food - that is, food with chili, mustard and the like in it - and enjoy it. I'm not into food that hurts to eat, but a bit of spice, no problem. But it wasn't until danjite and khaybee came to New Zealand a couple of years ago and we had one of those conversations about food likes and dislikes that the coriander thing was explained to me. And I realised that the types of food I didn't like were ones that often contained coriander.
Which is totally fine - I can now go to restaurants and have Mexican food and ask them to keep the coriander out of it - I can even stomach a light sprinkle of it and still enjoy my meal. But because it's not a screaming allergy that'll kill me, I tend to not think about it much other than when confronted with it, so I've never learned about which foods are likely to intrinsically contain coriander.
Until last night. I had a lovely meal of Thai food. It really was delicious. It had a lot of coriander in it, but the rest of it was so very very tasty that I ate the coriander anyway - and also, it's really rude to, after the fact, tell someone who's put time into cooking you a great meal, that you won't eat it because it has coriander in it, right - especially if they don't know about your coriander thing because you haven't told them, right? And it's only a taste thing, which to me isn't reason enough to hurt someone's feelings and be obnoxious about it.
But it seems my stomach has other ideas. I suspect it's one of those exposure things that's got gradually worse, and that I normally don't notice because I normally avoid coriander, but yeah, my body objected to it. Normally I'd put it down to the chili, but I eat chili without coriander semi-regularly, and don't have a reaction to it. I'm still feeling a bit dodgy today, enough so I've contemplated going home - but realistically I'd just sit around there feeling dodgy so I may as well be here.
I think in future I'm going to have to avoid coriander - which means avoiding Thai, Indian and Mexican food - or at least being very careful about making sure it doesn't have it in it. ;-/ It's kind of a shame, I like Thai food particularly. But I guess at least now I know my dislike of curry isn't just me being a wuss.
Lalala, so my question for the flist today is - which side of the coriander fence are you on? And if you're on the same side as me, have you ever had a reaction where you've actually got sick?
My cast iron stomach that's not-so-cast-iron, let me show you it.
Meanwhile, here's a pic of the little dj gathering last night. Socrates is at the bottom right with the controller that has "THIS PHONE IS TAPPED" on the side of it. Teeny-tiny rig is teeny-tiny! But lively! Twas fun, and I'm looking forward to doing it again.
Gear freaks? Us? Nah.
And then there's this. Seems it wasn't just me that found this offensive - but apparently AirNZ don't really care because it was 'meant in fun.' To which I say "Fun at whose expense?" Whoever it was that said 'collateral damage' was quite right. But apparently the promotion was intended to get women in my age group on board with Grabaseat. What they've actually done is chased me away. I cancelled my airpoints with them on Friday and will be signing with an airline that doesn't think sexual assault is a joke. I have tried to submit a complaint to the ASA several times, but their online complaints form seems to be playing up. Grr.
Also, I had a hilarious dream last night of which the only part I can remember is thinking "This is hilarious - I can't wait to tell ferrouswheel about it!" O.o