Last week I made a roasted pumpkin soup. I took a pumpkin, cut it into 2 inch pieces, and put it on a tray. I added onions, Shitake mushrooms, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and roasted it all in my oven. Once it was cooled, I skinned the pumpkin and whirled the roasted vegetables in a blender. I put it in a saucepan, seasoned it to taste and served it for dinner. Everyone hated it.
A few days later I tried Miso marinated Cod. It is a very simple recipe where you take fish, Cod in this instance, and marinate it in a sauce that contains Miso (fermented soybean paste - I know it sounds disgusting), Mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), and honey. It was so bad (even I agreed this time) that I threw the fish in the garbage and said "everyone in the car, we are going to the Olive Garden."
Well the next day, my children, fed up with "gourmet" experiments, decided to take matters into their own hands. They made their own "pizzas." They took some corn tortillas from the refrigerator and added spagetti sauce, cheddar jack cheese and turkey pepperoni. They put them under the broiler and baked them. They looked disgusting. They loved them.
Why do I bother?
p.s. I once saw a vinyl sign that said "In my next house, no kitchen, only a vending machine." Maybe there is something to that!