Friday, July 9, 2010

More Vegetables? Please.

Last week when we were planning to go camping, my DH, and this where the "D" truly stands for Darling, offered to do what he could to help me prepare for the trip. I assigned him the duty planning the menus and going to the grocery store. And, that was where the discussion (and good will) went down hill.

His comment, as he started making out his list was,"Do you have any suggestions?" "Not really - just the usual meats and snacks and a variety of fresh vegetables." "I'm glad you brought that up because I'm tired of eating the same vegetables all the time."

"Excuse me. Besides green salads, I'm not sure how much more variety I can offer. You already get yellow squash, zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, sugar snaps, green beans, acorn and spaghetti squash, peppers, (even kale every once in a while), and we have tomatoes when I can get fresh ones from Edisto. What more do you want? Oh, and we have collards."

"I'm tired of all that." "Well let's see, you don't like butter beans, field peas, or green peas because you say they are 'too starchy'. You don't care for spinach, kale, turnips, rutabagas, and you despise cornflower, and if I remember correctly, you are not fond of corn." The more I think of it, the more I realize his mother really was a saint, but then she created this monster. I just have to live with him.

"I like collards." "I know and I cook them often." "But not often enough." "If you will think back, I started stir frying and roasting our vegetables after you decided you did not want them 'cooked to mush' any more. Your words not mine."

He went to the store and I finished what I needed to do before we left. I didn't think any more about our dietary discussion until I unpacked the food for dinner the first night. There I found broccoli, asparagus, peppers, and squash. I looked at him, but before I could say anything he said, "Don't think I'm done with that discussion, because I'm not."

Have stove - will cook. Since I know he has to have the last word, I can't wait to see what new varieties of produce he comes up with. I'm game to try whatever, as long as it doesn't involve a garden in the back yard.

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