Pregnancy cravings and aversions are a funny thing. They're never what you think they'll be. For example, though I've never been much of an OJ drinker, for 6 weeks straight I craved and drank multiple glasses each day. As for aversions: I never thought, being a missionary in Japan, that Japanese food would wind up on the "get that away from me, now!" list, yet somehow it has.
This little quirk of pregnancy has made life a bit difficult for me, as you can imagine. But, I think my greatest challenge was today's Japanese cooking class.
Today's menu: rice stuffed squid-head, & sauteed squid-tentacles.
I'm sure it has a pretty sounding name, but I didn't catch it while I was staring and the whole, raw squid I was about to dismember.
The last time I was that up-close and personal with a squid was 8th grade biology.
I'll spare you the gooey details. but,
with much prayer, I was able to disassemble, clean, chop, cook, AND eat the squid.
Pictured center: squid-head stuffed with rice
Pictured left: sauteed squid tentacles
the Japanese expression "Ganbatte" (try hard/persevere) has never meant so much to me.
I think today's class may have been the end of my Japanese food aversion. Just to be safe though, I'll still be staying clear of the fish section and the grocery store for now.