On Saturday my buddy and I did a pig roast for his mom for about 70 guests. I had decided to smoke some "atomic buffalo turds" which are just jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon. They were well received. However, I also brought along a fairly large batch of broccoli watercress soup which was served cold. I put the soup in small plastic cups along with a bit of sour cream and garnished with chives.
Not many people seemed interested in the cold soup, and my brother was there so I asked him to try it. He did, but his initial reaction was that he didn't really like it. He had never had cold soup before and he couldn't really explain what it was he didn't like. So I started really questioning what it was about this, since I thought this was a great thing to serve on a fairly hot evening. Later on I was mentioning it to my buddies mom, and her sister in law actually said "well.. it's not really a man's food". That has been rolling around in my head and now I'm getting self conscious that if I stray from bacon and cheese or burnt chicken that some how my masculinity is at risk. Do other males here ever get that reaction? It's bothered me a lot, when people smirk and say things like "You'll make someone a great wife one day!". I know that's pretty ridiculous and probably a result of other people being shallow but it still bothers me.
I don't think I'll ever serve a cold soup again. Maybe it's because in most restaurants you won't find them, I suppose it's a bit of a gourmet food and maybe that's what she meant by not being a man's food. Anyway this is a bit of a rant but I'd be interested in your opinions.