Wednesday, June 15, 2011

(43-323) Veggies

I think that I could probably be a seafood eating -vegetarian, IF only I didn't enjoy bacon and steak so much; AND if I could manage to work more fruit into my diet.  It's not that I don't like fruit, because I do.  It's just that up until about two weeks ago, I hadn't been eating much of them on a regular basis. 

Ironically enough, my friend Jenny is a seafood eating - vegetarian (and with her permission), I can tell you that she likes far fewer vegetables than most people I know.  I recently found out, (from Jenny) that I enjoy some vegetables that aren't considered very popular; and since I've already done my tribute to "Fruits", being the Queen of FAIRNESS, I'm now gonna dedicate a blog to veggies.  Can you tell I have 43 days left or what? 

I've mentioned before that my mom was a terrific cook and I think I've alluded to the fact that Richie Howell was a pretty demanding fella.  So in order to make him happy she made dinners per his specifications and they typically included at least two vegetables, if not a salad and a vegetable.  My mom was a big fan of broccoli, or at least I think she was because she made it almost every night.  Perhaps that's why, if I never ate a piece of broccoli again, that would be just fine with me.  Now this is not to say that I WON'T eat broccoli.  I actually enjoy it in Chinese food and I'll even eat a few pieces of the broccoli salad thing at Sweet Tomatoes; BUT it is not a veggie that I really like to cook.  Although my kids like it, so I'll make it for them.

What do I like?  Well there's brussel sprouts.  Which I think get a really bad rap.  But I must say in their defense that if they're cooked well, they can be absolutely delicious.  And I'm happy to say that I now have Lyndzi hooked on them too.
Another one of my faves is Asparagus.  I think that I could eat asparagus with every meal and never tire of it; and I could say the same about cauliflower.  Perhaps most don't like beets; but I for one surely do.  Then there's parsnips - yum-o!    Of course I'll eat corn; but I don't think I've ever met anyone who wouldn't. (Barring a food allergy of course.)  I like Okra, though I'll admit that I've only ever had it fried; and what doesn't taste good fried?  We've previously established that eggplant is one of all time favorite foods in general, as are mushrooms and I enjoy just about everything in the squash family.  Peppers? Sure, but I prefer not to eat the green ones.  Onions?  On just about everything - please! 

So what's that leave?  Spinach?  Ahh, not so much.  I'll eat it raw, and my mom served it creamed; but cooked; I'd rather not ~ thank you.  speaking of rather not, please don't serve me a Lima bean, nor a canned pea; though fresh or frozen are fine by me.  Now I'm rhyming about vegetables and that wasn't even intentional.  My take on carrots is much like Meg Ryan ordering dessert in the dinner in "When Harry Met Sally."  I like carrots raw, or I'll eat them if they're glazed.  But if they're not glazed and they're just warm ~ then I wouldn't want them.  And even though I don't particularly like red radishes, I'm a fan of horseradish and enjoy mixing it into mashed or baked potatoes.

And now's the portion of "The Bumpy Ride" when I sit back, re-read what I just wrote and ask myself, "do you seriously think that people care about what vegetables you like?"  But it's too late to turn back now.  I ask myself, "what can I do to save this post?"  But truth be told, I'm amused by how utterly inane I can be and how much I can find to write about vegetables ~ so I'm just gonna flow.

As always, I'd love to hear back from you; so please feel free to comment here or on Facebook and let me know if there's a less than popular veggie that you enjoy, or even one that you can't stand.  As for me, I'm already thinking about tomorrow's post.
Till next time...

1 comment:

Kai said...

I have a newfound love of Zucchini. I hated it as a kid, but my sister made it for me a "different way" a couple of years ago, and I loved it. And now I make it like my mother made it when I was a kid and hated it, but I love it now. Weirdness...