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I'm happy to try new things, always, and to experiment with unusual and different tastes when I travel to different countries. Within reason. Just because I happened to be in France didn't mean I needed to eat frog's legs.

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About 10 years ago there was a study showing that Japanese women have the lowest rate of breast cancer. They eat a lot of vegetables but they also eat a lot of fish and starch. I've been working on a brown rice sushi roll but it can't compete with a sticky sweet rice. We should at least be willing to try foods that expand on what we are used to.



Chinese people too. They also don't get osteoporosis because they don't cook everything in milk.

I love trying new foods but not eating flesh limits my options. I don't really use any animal products anymore but when I eat out, I know I can't avoid butter and milk altogether so I allow myself some cheese when I eat out.

I'm constantly trying new ideas, especially when I get new appliances. At the moment, I'm making my own pies from scratch, including the pastry, because I got a little pie maker that cooks them very quickly.

I've made my own "chicken" pies using soya "chicken" and vegetables, and I've used the curry I made for my DH to make curry pies for him.

This morning we had a big breakfast and rather than toast and marmalade to finish it off, we had my home made apple pies instead.

I have a two shelves full of little appliances for making cooking from scratch easier for me. I use the cup cake one to make miniature muffins, which we really enjoy.

Last night I cooked a pot of soup with pumpkin and potatoes and dried legumes. DH had a plate of it for his lunch with some of my homemade health bread for lunch this afternoon.

I'm just not eating anything I can't define, and I absolutely refuse to eat anything that was once a living sentient being.
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Petal, Frog legs are good. :)

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Eeuw Bec! Poor little fwoggies! I heard they taste like chicken but .. no thanks!

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Naw.. they taste like... Frog Legs :) My mom use to fry them when we lived in Texas.

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Wow I sure miss my Mum's cooking! She was a wonderful cook, and so was my maternal grandmother.

Mum was able to rustle up a gourmet meal out of practically nothing, and always made it look and taste so good.

I think things like frog's legs must be an acquired taste, or something you get used to growing up, just as you did Bec. I love snails and those were amazing in France, too, but there are lots of people I know who won't touch them! What do you think?

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I've had frogs legs and really liked them, but that's another thing when you live in small town America, only available frozen and they may have been sitting on shelves for long time. Only thing I purchase frozen are vegetables as I have no choice in the winter months. We do have some fresh, but they are rather sad looking when they reach my area. All the prime vegetables go to the city (NYC) and then the larger towns and that explains why I have to travel 60 miles to get anything major.

I think I'm rather open to trying anything new, but we all have our likes and dislikes and that just be accepted.

Yesterday on Food Network the Barefoot Contessa made this wonderful roasted beet salad, I'd love to try, but where am I going to get a fresh beet this time of year?
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I love frogs far too much to cook their legs. But then I love all non-human animals too much to eat them.
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Petal, I love snails when done right. And with snails or frog legs as Barbara says, they need to be fresh. I grew up in the South and we didn't have a lot of money. I've eaten squirrel, venison, boar, bear and elk too. :)

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Vietnamese Fresh Spring Roll

Another light lunch from the far east to help keep us from napping and gaining weight as we stare at a monitor all day. I highly recommend using mint but about everything else can be substituted for a filling in the rice paper wrap. I usually have microgreens or sprouts growing year round and arugula or endive ready for spring but also use baby spinach as the base for my spring rolls. Ingredients are not as important as to what you like or grow that is ready for spring or early summer. Mint grows like a weed so at least try keeping with Vietnamese tradition.

I prefer arugula or endive as the base but any greens will do, even wheat grass. Mung bean sprouts can be used instead of vermicelli but I recommend trying a buckwheat noodle too. It can be shocked in ice water just like a rice noodle. So far we have greens, sprouts, and noodles but you can add anything to the wrap. Think of salad as a finger food. Cut matchbook carrots, daikon or radish and cucumber. Try fennel and celery root, or green apple or pear. But for sake of tradition, try adding the shrimp.

The dipping sauce is where things get complicated. Peanut butter and hoisin is the traditional dipping sauce but leave out the sugar and add a little honey if you want. I leave the hot chilies and lemon separate so they can be added to each individual taste in their own saucer of dipping sauce. I also like a garlic and ginger vinaigrette with the chili sauce on the side to be added to taste. But my favorite is a roasted chili and onion sauce. Think of a salsa verde with roasted vegetables and toasted spices. I prefer to use lime instead of lemon.

I think it's important to try the tradition Vietnamese spring roll first before tweaking it to meet your taste and local ingredients.

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