“Facts must be faced. Vegetables simply don’t taste as good as most other things do.”

Coffee is late today because I had PT, my last but oneand a blood test. Before I left for my appointments, I was busy picking up the pieces of flower pots which had fallen and broken during the short rainstorm we had last night. I would have liked more rain, but I did love the wind. It kept the house cool.

I have finally brought my laundry upstairs. It sat in the drier for more than a week. Part of the reason I didn’t get it was I had left mouse traps around the cellar, and I was afraid they’d be dead mice. There were none.

Today is as pretty a day as any. The sun is shining, the deep blue sky is cloudless and there is a strong breeze keeping the heat at bay. It is 76˚. I have a few flowers to pot, and I want to change my bed, the only items on my to-do list.

When I was a kid, my mother pretty much made meals she knew we’d eat. We weren’t big on vegetables except corn, peas and mashed potatoes. My mother, however, was quite clever with vegetables. She used to mash carrots and mix them with the potato. I always wondered about the orange in my mashed potatoes, but I never asked. I just ate the potatoes. They tasted fine to me.

Somewhere along the line I came to love a variety of vegetables. Count me in as a turnip fan. Cabbage is another. I sometimes buy a small head and cook it as a vegetable. I slather butter on it. Butternut squash is my favorite in the squash family followed by acorn squash. I don’t like yellow summer squash and I’m iffy on zucchini, unless it’s zucchini bread. I prefer broccoli and spinach uncooked in salads. Celery is a lot of work for nothing.

Some vegetables are really fruits like the tomato, the avocado and strangely enough string beans. In Ghana I ate okra for the first time. I liked it. It too is a fruit. I was taken aback. I would have bet the ranch that they were vegetables.

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16 Comments on ““Facts must be faced. Vegetables simply don’t taste as good as most other things do.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Christer v The Bochum Belle

    Brussel Sprouts the King of all Vegetables

    Bob Dylan . Live 1962 – 1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections.- 2 discs for $14 – Releasing July 27

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I forgot about Brussels sprouts which I can take or leave.

      That is not outside my album budget.

      Go Sweden!
      Go Germany!

      • Hedley Says:

        Mrs MDH is out of town this weekend, so I will be at maximum World Cup indulgence (not that I wasn’t anyway). I am yet to make a decision on the KTCC showdown.

        The Bob looks ok, and not much risk at the price point – at least he isn’t pretending to be Sinatra or doing Christmas songs

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I suspect her presence or absence would make no change in your viewing, and I also suspect she knows that!

  2. Bob Says:

    Every mother has exhorted their kids to eat your vegetables since agriculture was invented. When I was a kid I ate vegetables without a fuss. My father insisted that my mother prepare a tossed green salad before dinner daily. His father hated raw vegetables and would scold my grandmother if she tried to serve a salad, “What am I a horse?” He would exclaim. My father would tell me that folks in the south always ate a salad with lunch and dinner to prevent pellagra. It’s a vitamin deficiency disease that plagued the south after the civil war. I don’t know if it was true or not but it got us to learn to like salads.

    My favorite veggies in descending order are corn, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, spinach and spring green peas. I will eat potatoes in almost any form. I didn’t include the vegetables like avocado and tomato which are actually fruits and are usually included in salads.

    When I was in Italy I had a lot of fun asking waiters for Italian salad dressing. They gave me strange looks and brought the real Italian dressing which is EVOO and balsamic vinegar. I order that in Italian restaurants here and get strange looks from waiters. After explaining it they grudgingly bring me the real stuff.

    Although I haven’t watched any of the World Cup games due to lake of interest. I read this interesting article explaining the game of soccer so that even a U.S. person can understand the game. I still don’t think I would enjoy the game, but at least the low scores makes more sense.

    https://www.weeklystandard.com/alan-jacobs/understanding-thebeautiful-game?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

    Partly cloudy and cool with a chance of showers. Right now it’s a cool 85 degrees. I actually had to use my wipers this morning driving to work through a couple of light showers.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My mother only served vegetables she knew we would eat so we didn’t need her encouragement. She never served a salad; in fact, she seldom ever served a salad unless it was potato salad.

      I looked up pellagra. I don’t thin you were in danger even without the salads. It was caused by eating corn in a diet in which corn was the exclusive grain, and the corn was not treated with lime in a process called nixtamalization. During the Civil War, typical Union army rations involved hard tack, made from wheat. Confederate rations often substituted cornmeal.

      Pellagra is the by-product of insufficient niacin consumption. It reached epidemic proportions in the American South, killing roughly 7,000 Southerners annually at its peak in 1928.

      Soccer is actually bigger than you realize here. Kids start playing when they are around 5. The pro soccer teams are popular. The World Cup stops the rotation of the Earth in some countries. My sister’s family is watching or recording most of the games.

      It was 75˚ whenI got home from my appointments, but it never did get or even feel hot. We had quite the breeze.

      • Bob Says:

        Well at least my dad got the southern part right. 🙂

        In 2007 I was in Northern Italy during the World Cup and every restaurant and bar had set up a big screen TV for the patrons to watch the final game. I remember the celebration in the small town (Sesto Colende) the evening Italy won the cup. Yes, soccer is popular among U.S. kids, but most of them lose interest when they go to High School. There’s no comparison with NFL football or even Major League Baseball attendance. Here in Texas the large Mexican American population helps to partially fill the stands for the FC Dallas team at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco (19,939 capacity).

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I never even heard of it. Your father was right about it occurring in the south.

        I read that fewer Americans play baseball so fewer go to the major league. Athletes are choosing to play money games like football and basketball. Hispanics, instead, are increasing in number in MLB. Many teams have developmental camps on islands like the DR.

        The Revolution, the local pro soccer team, also owned by Bob Kraft, draw 19,000 or 20,000 spectators.

  3. olof1 Says:

    50F here today and the rain has been poring down all the time. I really don’t mind, we do need the rain and the flies are calm when it is this chilly. We won’t take any walk in this weather and Albin is as usual not happy about it. I have told him several times that the garden will have to do, he protests 🙂

    There is actually a sort of tomato that is used as dessert. I grew it one year and it was one of the coldest summers in ages so it never gave me any fruits. Would have been fun to taste it and I hope I can find seeds till nest summer.

    I really don’t like turnip, cauliflower or Brussels sprouts and as You say celery is just a waste of time 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We have had perfect weather: hot days in the 70’s and cool nights. It will be the same for the rest of the week.

      Henry has to be encouraged to go out the dog door. He runs up and down the halls letting e know I had to convince him to go out.

      I’m not a fan of cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, but I’ll take turnip anytime.

      Poor Albin. He does think himself a victim!!

      Have a great afternoon!

  4. splendidone Says:

    I love to hear all of your news. Here in Cincinnati the weather has been stifling, we hit 100 degrees 2 days last week. Finally some rain has arrived. My water bill for merely keeping the flowers alive is going to be a pretty penny. Soccer is big in our area. The midwest is finally catching up with the rest of the world, partly because the Bengals and Reds are doing so poorly year after year. We just got a new stadium approved for the FC team here. I do enjoy watching the highlights tho. We had to play soccer in highschool gym and my middle daughter played throughout grade school. I hated it! Cold mornings, hot afternoons and it went on forever! My daughter’s cat Miss Pittypat is still going on- she will be 24 this year, it is amazing how some animals and people can live so much longer than others. Well enjoy your weather. HAPPY SOLSTICE!

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      I lived in heat like yours. In the dry season, Bolga had day after day of 90˚ to over a 100˚. I had no fan, but I managed.

      I have an irrigation system for my lawn and flower garden, but I have to water all the pots and window boxes on the deck. I do it every couple of days.

      My high school way back when had a soccer team. It was a winning team, and it attracted the best athletes. I saw some of the games but never got enthused about the sport.

      Miss Pittypat is a marvel!! Maddie is now 19.

      Have a wonderful first day of summer!


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