PB & J
The first time I had peanut butter on toast I was a freshman in college. I grew up eating things with peanut butter in them (ummm peanut butter cups anyone?) but I had never eaten peanut butter alone. My parents did not move to the states until after they were married, and both in Italy and Jordan peanut butter is not used. So I had never really had peanut butter on toast.
When my friends were eating pb & j sandwiches, I was eating Nutella on arabic bread.
At the time no one knew what Nutella was, and I tried to keep my dirty secret to myself. When word got out, my friends were both jealous and horrified. Chocolate hazelnut spread??? Yes, I was lucky, but I was also considered weird.
In college I started eating peanut butter on toast, sometimes with jelly and sometimes with banana. Now I eat peanut butter almost every single day, and I can’t imagine my life without it.
Still, I can’t believe I had never had a proper PB & J. Finally, the other day I took two pieces of delicious whole wheat bread, slathered one side with peanut butter and the other side with jam, and made my first PB & J.
I didn’t want it to end. I only ate one half of it at first, but it was so good I went back and ate the other half.
I am hooked.
What kind of jam? On one side I had low sugar raspberry preserves, but on the other side I had homemade cranberry jam that Chelsea sent me in the fall (recipe here). It is sweet and tart at the same time, and makes for a great PB & J sandwich.
I am so excited to bring the PB & J into my life!
What foods did you not try until you were older? I would say peanut butter and avocado are two of my strangest, since I love them so much now!