If I had a food motto to describe my eating habits, it would probably be "Variety is the Spice of Life". Adam's would be something like "Look Before you Leap" (and even then, don't leap). He is very suspicious of trying new foods, while I love to cook with and sample new cuisines and ingredients.
For example, Adam's favorite type of meal would consist of plain chicken breast coated only with salt, pepper, and garlic. On the side he'd love white rice and steamed broccoli. Now there's absolutely nothing wrong with this meal. But I think this kind of classic American meal gets boring! I made chicken and rice this week......well, Coconut Curry Chicken and Vegetables over Lime-Cilantro Brown Rice, to be exact.
Adam's ideal drink after work is a Coke. Me? I made homemade Horchata this week using organic cinnamon sticks.
Our differing tastes make it difficult for me to cook for Adam. He has a long list of foods he will not eat: mushrooms (I don't blame him), anything creamy (ranch, sour cream, mayo...again, I don't blame him), all fruits except watermelon, cherries or grapes, anything that tastes "asian", anything with vinegar in it, pork, anything with lemon in it.....get the point?
What I'm wondering is how we develop our taste buds. Is it genetics? I kind of doubt this, since siblings within the same family can have vastly different tastes. Is it the foods we are raised on? This makes more sense to me. I think that if we are introduced to a variety of healthy foods from a young age, we will be more likely to eat those foods later in life.
The reason I have been thinking about this lately is because Ryan will be eating solid foods within a few months! I want to do everything possible to not only feed him nutritious foods, but to lay the groundwork for his adult life eating habits. So what foods should I begin with when introducing Ryan to solids? Should I attempt to make my own baby food? I'm really excited about this next phase of his babyhood. Thoughts? Advice?