Ok not the most exciting of topics but for me a pretty interesting one none the less.
Before my Anosmia I liked onions, they are present in so many dishes meaning I cooked with them a lot….our relationship has now changed however. For some reason, once my Parosmia, (distorted/horrible taste), kicked in, onions were unbearable. More so than with any other food, and there were plenty that were pretty bad, I won’t start naming them however as the list will scare you off reading any more of this post!
But onions are confusing my Parosmia at the moment. All of a sudden they taste bearable in some forms such as shop bought potato salad from Lidl, that contain chives, a member of the onion family. Also in the sweeter type of curry such as Korma or Pasanda, which definitely contain onion. I think it’s the fact that all of these foods have a sweet side to them that is making the difference. Even the potato salad, due to the sweetness of the mayonnaise.
All of this sweetness seems to help counteract, or at least balance out the harsh, horrible taste of onion…and it makes sense to me really as I’ve always been able to manage quite a few different sweet foods even with my Parosmia. Maybe I’ll try caramelised onion next.
I suppose what I’m trying to say to my fellow sufferers is don’t be afraid to try things, yes its disappointing if it turns out to be horrible, but you can always just pull a silly face and spit it out again, preferably not in public though!
But in all seriousness, I’m really not trying to make light of this awful affliction. Crikey its only in the past couple of months that I’ve started trying things again and some are still disgusting, like garlic in any form at all for example, and even though I’m getting on with onion a bit better, raw onion is a massive no, no! But please try and experiment with different foods my friends, what have you got to lose…..a bit more of your sanity, I lost that ages ago when all of this happened, but I’m slowly getting it back I hope. So be brave, we have to be don’t we, either that or give up and I don’t plan to and you shouldn’t either.
So this post is for all my friends in the three great Facebook Anosmia related groups that I am in.
- Parosmia/Phantosmia Support Group
- Aquired Anosmia and Parosmia Support Page
- Anosmics of the World Unite!