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Posted on 04/23/2014 4:14:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Cilantro was described as an aphrodisiac in the Arabian Nights, but that fact fails to impress those who hate it with a passion.
Cilantro was described as an aphrodisiac in "The Arabian Nights," but that fact fails to impress those who hate it with a passion.
Julia Child famously told Larry King that it has a "dead taste," and she would pick it out of a dish "and throw it on the floor." The pro-cilantro crowd is just as vocal, if not as descriptive. You can find the debate anywhere you find cilantro and the people who meticulously pick it out of their food.
We explore the adoration and hatred of this herb, and some other divisive foods, in our latest edition of Love It, Hate It. To get started, we asked staff writers Joan Morris and Martha Ross to square off on cilantro.
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“Where Do You Come Down on Kale, Beets, Okra, Brussels Sprouts and Cilantro?”
Hate, like, like, depends on how it’s cooked, love.
Cilantro blows. Any dish you make with it is better off without it . . . not that I have a strong opinion, or anything.
Julia CHild didn’t like pesto sauce?
Hate them all!!
Kale = Hate, Beets = like, but have to be canned like mom use to make, Okra = Tried it once, liked it, would eat it again, Brussel Sprouts = love ‘em. Cilantro = use it in cooking once in a blue moon. Okay.
Cilantro - dishwashing soap tastes the same and has a longer shelf-life.
I ran across a claim a year or two that liking or disliking cilantro was actually genetically determined.
I eat and enjoy all those foods if cooked well, although I don't see okra much. Brussels Sprouts can be really yummy if cooked with bacon. Course, that true of a lot of foods.
Okra- LOVE...esp pickled
Brussel Sprouts- love
Love Beets, wife likes Okra, we both love Brussels Sprouts, especially the Ruth’s Chris recipe:
ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
Ruth Chris Steak House Copycat Recipe
1 lb. fresh Brussels Sprouts (not frozen)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3-4 slices of applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
ground black pepper for seasoning
Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Trim the bottom end of Brussels sprouts, and pull off the outer dark leaves. Halve through the core. Add Brussels sprouts to boiling water and cook, uncovered, until tender - about 7 minutes. While Brussels sprouts are boiling, add the oil and bacon to a large skillet (I prefer cast iron), and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the bacon is crispy. When Brussels sprouts are tender, drain and rinse under cold running water. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Increase heat to medium high. Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. After five minutes, sprouts will start to brown a little. Add apple cider vinegar and stir. Cook an additional 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, add maple syrup. Continue stirring until edges of sprouts are brown and crispy (about 2-3 additional minutes.) Add bacon. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
I say: “Kale to the Chef.”
Pesto is basil (and garlic, and olive oil), not cilantro.
Kale is a decorative garden plant
Brussel spouts sautéed in bacon fat are awesome.
Cilantro is a a weed.
I like Brussels sprouts when served as a side with a little butter to pork chops or baked chicken. Lambert’s Cafe in my little home town does fried okra right; the only way I’ll eat it. That’s about it.
Beets are wrong.
When it was during the time it was growing, Mother used to serve fried okra just about every dinner (that is lunch for you Yankees). It goes very well with stewed white peas which was another regular for her. The peas were always cooked with chunks of pork or pork skin to add flavor. Other than Brussels sprouts I don’t think I have ever had any of the others.
Only if you're using rancid meat. ;)
Cilantro is the finest addition to salsa that can be found.
Lightweight food amateurs just go away.
Flamers, just blow it out your derriere.
It's nothing more than sheer desperation that a country, in an attempt for global notoriety, is only known for its sprouts..........
I love beets and Brussels sprouts. I like cilantro and kale. I don’t really care for okra.
Kale, no; beets, yes; okra, hell no; brussels sprouts, yes (especially roasted); cilantro, yes in salsa only.
...and their waffles.
I love Kale & Beets pickled. That's the only way I've ever had them. Cilantro tastes great in fruit or vegetable salsa's.
Never had Brussel Spouts. They smell too much like cabbage when cooking and I just can't get past that smell to eat either of them.
Like them all..not a huge fan of cilantro, depends on the dish..
Wife can make decent sauteed Kale, but it needs the bejeezus cooked out of it.
Beets - Meh, useless plant.
Sprouts, love them with vinegar, wife hates them.
Cilantro, what would Mexican food be without it?
Like everything except the brussels sprouts. Love cilantro. Put it on my salads along with Italian parsley and dill.
About the same as on "Progressives"
Tastes like soap.
How about these divisive veggies?
Roasted they are OK. Not so fond of them pickled.
Put it right there between the corn bread and pinto beans please.
I like em. In large quantities they do not like me.
Now let's talk about the really evil food. Green Peppers. Are they they food from hell or just an evil curse upon the world?
I used to think that way until I had my first chimichurri....
Okra, only used it in Gumbo, too slimey for consumption elsewhere.
I like kale, love beets and cilantro, hate brussel sprouts, and I only eat okra if it s fried.
Kale smells like sour rotten cabbage, but it’ll clean you out better than the best enema.
Love all of it except kale.
I couldn’t stand beets until a friend gave me some she pickled, and they were amazing.
Cilantro is like Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials. 50% of men think Flo is hot, 50% think not hot...
...50% of people like cilantro, 50% think it tastes like soap.
Cilantro excellent in salsa.
I enjoy it chopped in salads.
I’d say Flo is annoying but cute, and works for a crony capitalist affiliate of the Obama regime.
Love Okra (period, but deep fried is best) and steamed brussel sprouts.
Have you tried coriander instead?
Beets are among the top few veg they say are nearly all GMO.
Probably the good ones you had were NOT.
[I find a significant difference in GMO and non-GMO in such things as cabbage, zucchini, ....
For those who say cilantro tastes like soap, you should know that’s actually a genetic issue — your taste buds are “programmed” to taste it that way.
Kale - Costco sells a braised kale (pre-pkgd) that I like on occasion. I can’t say I’ve had it in other ways enough to offer an opinion.
Beets — Loved them as a kid, now not so much.
Okra — my dad used to eat this slimy mess, or sometimes fry it. I’ve never ventured a taste.
Brussels Sprouts — I like them.
Cilantro — very sparingly.
Pesto is basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and grated firm sheep’s milk cheese.
While I am no fan of cilantro, any homemade salsa worth anything has a bit in it.
A proper gumbo cannot be made without okra.
Love love love love love them all. If you thought that cilantro tasted like soap before give it another try. I used to hate it but now it is always in my refrigerator or in a glass of water on the kitchen counter. Oh and I hated beats when my dad grew them in his garden. But now I love them. I roast them then peel them , vinaigrette and goat cheese =Yum
I am a cilantro addict. Love the kale and brussels. Hate the beet. Won’t eat the beet. :-)
I eat all of them. I eat beets about once a week during autumn and winter. They are tasty, inexpensive and good for you. I love fired okra, but also use okra in soups and stews. I am neutral on cilatro, but some dishes just don’t taste right without it. As for kale, my wife and kids like it. I eat it, neither like or dislike. And brussel sprouts are great.
Kale ... yummy raw in a salad
Beets .... meh .. take em or leave em
Okra ..... thwefghp sucks icky barf
Brussels sprouts .... yumyum oven roasted with garlic and drizzled with balsamic vinegar, lotsa fresh ground pepper