Sunday, March 18, 2007

Vegetable memetics...

As self proclaimed vegetable aficianado of this collective (there's more- so expect a few more posts) I've taken up the open challenge from Tummy Rumbles (and from the crew at Where's the Beef?)

1. Is there a vegetable you hated as a child, but came to love as you got older? As far as I can remember I've always loved my fruit & vegies (... and even remember eating a tomato with a spoon as if it were a bowl of ice cream- pretty sad), it was the unidentifiable bits of meat I'd struggle with.

2. Most underrated vegetable? O the many virtues of the humble mushroom... and potato... and red capsicum (yum!)...

3. Name one favourite summer vegetable dish. Yemista-Basically hollowed out tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, zucchini or potatoes, filled with a mixture of rice and/or meat, herbs and the innards of used vegetables.

4. And one for winter? Any kickarse vegetable curry- especially aloo palak (spinach and potato curry with lots of mustard seeds), Magic G's killer pumpkin soup (see below), potato gratin with lots of cream, cheese and herbs and a good ole' vegie soup.

5. What vegetables are in your fridge and freezer right now? Avocadoes, red capsicums (okay so it's fruit), yellow capsicums (ditto), beetroots, carrots, eggplants, mushrooms (okay, it's fungi), tomatoes(what-more fruit?), cucumbers, okra, string beans, cabbage, celery and lettuce. Our vegie patch is a tad bare/dry and looks like we need to replenish stock soon...

6. Is there a vegetable you really like but don't use much yourself? Chinese broccoli(gai larn), silverbeet (swiss chard), artichokes, sweet potatoes, witlof (a luxury purchase once in a while).
As an aside, there's also vegies which I've always wanted to try but haven't yet which include: kohlrabi, chokos, fennel, taro, celeriac and purple potatoes (purple congo).

Let the meme spread...


  1. It's great to see this meme spreading, and now with such pretty pictures!

    I'd identify myself as a tomato lover but your use of a spoon and likening it to ice-cream definitely exceeds my devotion. :-P

  2. Thanks for picking up the challenge :-)

    Actually, I am so with you on the vegetable curry as a favourite winter dish. But then I tossed up what was more authentic to my Italian heritage, and peasant vegetable soup really is my *soul food*.

  3. I have been caught eating tomatoes as if they were apples, but I'll have to apply the spoon trick one day. Ever since I was a kid I loved eating oranges with a spoon.

  4. Hi Cindy> Thanks for letting me join in on the fun with this meme! Thanklfully I've outgrown the tomato thing... unfortunately I haven't outgrown my obsession for devouring red capsicums ala Chairman Kaga from Iron Chef!

    Hi Mellie> Thanks for sending out the open challenge-it sure was tough deciding which vegetable has the crowning glory! And I agree, you gotta keep true to your roots when it comes to soul food and a hearty peasant vegetable soup is always a winner!

    kathryn> You ate an orange with a spoon? How did you manage that amazing feat? I don't feel too bad afterall for taking a spoon to a love apple (tomato)!

  5. Hey,
    Love your blog's name. Am a total food perv! Was just watching a cooking show last night with a friend and saying how much it was like porn for me...
    I wasn't a huge pumpkin fan as a kid, now it's my favourite vegetable. Still hate (strong word, but completely justfied here) brussels sprouts. Yuck!
    As for fennel, it's so yummy mate. Slice it thinly, toss it with some orange juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Delish salad. When I was a kid this Italian kid at school would eat fennel - "finocchio" - and I loved it, except I thought they were saying Pinocchio, of course. Went home and asked Mum to buy some Pinocchio for me. She thought I was mad when I explained it was a vegetable.
    When she finally found out it was fennel she still thought it was weird for a kid to like the aniseed taste.


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