I have always been a fairly picky eater. I am NOT the type of person that will try new foods just to see what they taste like. I grew up on a very Standard American Diet that we never wavered from. And even now we stick to a lot of the basics, just in a healthier form. So this conference was definitely causing me to eat foods I’ve never tried before. Some that I’d just never gotten the chance to try, and others I’ve always wanted to stay very far away from!
First up we have the fermented salad dressings from Zukay Live Foods. The sweet onion dressing was served with our lunch the first day, and while tasty, was a bit strong for my liking. I enjoyed trying out the other flavors later that day and decided the carrot ginger dressing was my favorite!
For lunch we also had fermented carrots. Quite a strong taste and bite to them, but not bad. I could get used to them. (top right of the picture)
People who follow the Weston A Price diet are also very big on organ meats. So far I’ve tried to stay away from them! But alas, organ meat sausage was on the menu and I promised myself I would try everything that was served! And you know, it tasted like sausage.
Friday night we were served meatloaf. I have never eaten meatloaf. *gasp!* I saw someone make it when I was quite young and the whole bare hands squishing egg and ground beef kinda turned me off to it. And to top it off, this meatloaf had organ meats in it too! But it was good. Especially with some gravy and some awesome mashed potatoes. They also served sauerkraut, something I’ve never tried before. Now, I actually bought some last week from my farm share and just hadn’t gotten up the nerve to try it yet. I think I hid the fact that “Wow, it was strong tasting!!” quite well, and no one was the wiser.
With every meal they also served unsweetened ice tea. Why anyone would possibly think tea was good without sweetener, I have no idea! I can say though, by the time I left I was getting quite used to it and would actually call it ‘good’.
On Saturday I was able to stop by some of the booths and tried some liverwurst from U.S. Wellness Meats. While it wasn’t bad, I had a hard time swallowing it all because of the whole LIVER thing. The taste was fine, just the whole mind over matter thing was tough.
And to show that, yes, I really did try it, Megan from U.S. Wellness meats took a picture of me trying it. Except the first one didn’t turn out. So I had to try it again.
Saturday evening at the banquet was a real stretch for me as well.
Because they served cavier.
Friends….that is fish eggs. EGGS!
And not only was the appetizer salmon cavier that popped open when you bit them (squirm), they also served liver pate. Again with the liver! I did make myself take 2 bites of each and then decided I was done. Let’s leave it at that. And again no one at my table noticed me squirm. Though when I switched tables once the other bloggers got there, Kelly tried to pass another plate of appetizers my way. “Uh, uh, No way, No thank you!”
I thought the salmon was very good, it was the caviar I could do without.)
For the main course we had beef short ribs with lacto-fermented beets and brussel sprouts. I never eaten a beet, let alone a lacto-fermented one, and I’ve never had a brussel sprout. Ever. Let me tell you, brussel sprouts aren’t bad. I almost bought some today while grocery shopping. I say almost because in the budget it was that or carrots and I chose carrots.
So after I tried all that, what did you try this week?
For those new here, thanks for stopping by! For more about the conference you can check out:
Day one – my experiences and what I learned on Friday
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