Thursday, March 18, 2010

it's okay to look outside, the day it will abide

What's the very best vegetable in the world?

Spinach gets my vote. Not only is it delicious and a nutritional powerhouse, but it is totally versatile. You can eat it raw or cooked and you can add it to just about anything, making that anything infinitely better. I'm surprised that some clever purveyor of spirits has not yet thought to add it to pitchers of beer on St Patrick's Day. Far superior to green food colouring. You get your requisite green colour, but instead of some nasty chemicals, you get nutrition.

What food item would you add to everything, given your druthers?

But all thoughts are not on produce around here lately.

I'm still very saddened by Alex Chilton's death last night. I had just started getting familiar with the music of Big Star. In fact, the day before he died, I bought my first Big Star cd.

Prior to Big Star, Alex Chilton was in the Box Tops, who had a number one hit single in the 60's, with The Letter. Do you remember that song? Sure you do ... get me a ticket for an aeroplane, ain't got time to take a fast train... Amazingly, Alex Chilton was 16 at the time.

There have been all together too many untimely deaths in music recently. Since Christmas alone, we lost Vic Chestnutt, Jay Reatard, Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, and now Alex Chilton. Gordon Lightfoot, thankfully, is still alive.

Here's a little Big Star -


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Go Gordon!

Wandering Coyote said...

Something I learned at work today: dark leafy greens, like spinach & romaine lettuce, are bad for people who take a heart medicine called Warfarin. This is why one old so-and-so gets the romaine lettuce picked out of her salad every night.

I'm just saying...You have to be careful with spinach sometimes.

Personally, in the savoury world, I add garlic to everything.

Word verification = "coffi". I add that to a lot of my baking, actually.

bloody awful poetry said...

I detest spinach. I think the texture turns me off. Broccoli is all good, though. I may very well eat anything with broccoli in it.

Also I had no idea who Alex Chilton was until today. And I have always loved that Letter song. RIP(he was SIXTEEN when he sang that?).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He takes a licking, but he keeps on ticking, Dr M.

Oh yeah, garlic needs to be in almost everything as well, WC. I don't think I've tried adding coffee (or coffi for that matter) to anything, but now of course I want to.
Warfarin's not exactly a heart medicine, though; it's an anticoagulant and it can be tricky stuff. I didn't know about the leafy green interaction, but make sure that the old so-and-so also does not eat too many eggs, because of the vitamin K inhibitor therein. She'll bleed to death.

Raw spinach does have a bit of a squeaky texture, true, BAP. But you are just like the OFKAR, she will eat broccoli all day long. I like it, but couldn't add it to everything because I can never spell it properly.
Yeah, 16! Sounded decades older, didn't he?

Jas B said...

As a kid I had hatred for some vegetables...the gourds,pumpkins, zucchinis and the kind...but now I eat all the veggies!

Allison said...

I would like asparagus at every meal. It's just an expensive habit.

Still sad about Alex...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was not fond of mushrooms as a kid, Jas, but despite the fact that I once had to spend an entire evening sitting in front of an uneaten plate of them, I quite enjoy them now.

Especially in the winter, Al. They are lovely though. Have you tried the white ones?

kelly said...

I absolutely love all veggies can't get enough of them.

Give me veggies or give me death!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your mom must be so proud, Kelly.

kelly said...

that was sarcasm and a total lie