Change #44: In Conclusion of Vegetables

Last day of vegetables. It couldn’t have come sooner.

I really thought I wouldn’t make it. And some may say this is a pathetic attempt at covering my vegetable quota – but hey, onion and parsley are both vegetables.

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Green peppers on the other hand, are not vegetables. Any guesses what category of food a green pepper falls into?

Never mind. You all know by now. If it ain’t a vegetable, it’s a f****. That’s  5 letters people, not four. I wouldn’t swear in my blog.

Well, I probably wouldn’t.

With my meal tonight, I sometimes think about spontaneously throwing a bunch of things together and calling it dinner sans recipe. My mind will drift a bit and I daydream that I will magically stumble across a fantastically amazing new dish that I have created all on my own. Oprah would contact me to feature it in her magazine. Restaurant owners would want the recipe. I would be the next Julia Child.

Alas, it rarely if ever happens that it’s good, and tonight’s disaster was a miss of epic proportions. I decided to use vegetable pasta that I had kicking around my cupboard (I quite like it when I make a Greek pasta dish), sauteed the onions and green peppers with butter, threw in my over-cooked pasta (I really don’t know how that happened), added white wine, tossed in the parsley, and finally grated OKA and Parmesan cheese that I melted on top of the pasta in a skillet.

I did this once before with Asiago cheese and it was amazing. My meal tonight – mediocre with over-cooked pasta, crunchy green peppers and a “too much butter” dish. It was not on the same “Bleah!” scale as my seaweed salad, but it felt like it was missing something. Possibly, garlic and Asiago cheese.

But I eat it and had a second bowl. Why you ask? Because even mediocre food I will eat. That’s who I am.

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Added more cheese before taking this picture. I was trying to hide the glistening from too much butter.

Top 5 things I’ve learned from this series of vegetable blogs:

  1. I like a lot of “vegetables” that are ACTUALLY fruit.
  2. I don’t know what vegetables are. (Well, I have a better understanding now.)
  3. I should have said that I would eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. (No arguments over the scientific definition of vegetables.)
  4. It’s not that hard to eat at least one vegetable a day. (How did that get on my list?)
  5. It’s easy to eat at least one vegetable a day, but it’s easier to paint your fingernails red. (I paint my toes red. Never my fingernails. Not until Sunday at least. 🙂
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Don’t zoom in too much. You’ll see what terrible shape my hands are in.

The vegetables have left the building.

Well, at least this blog.

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