Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Spoiled for Choice
This is what was waiting for me when I came home this evening. We get our CSA share every other Tuesday and, to be honest, it is always met with a little bit of dread. My boyfriend and I decided to do the CSA for a few reasons: fresh seasonal produce, it's cheaper in the long run than buying vegetables piecemeal, it's good for our bodies and our community. Most importantly, it was to help me overcome what I affectionately call my eating disorder.
I can't eat certain vegetables. It's not that I'm allergic to to them or they make me feel sick, it's just that I have a MAJOR problem with texture. So far, I've been able to conquer my fear of eating many squishy/baby diaper colored foods (butternut squash I'm looking at you), but every other week I'm faced with at least one item that makes me bristle. This week...beets. I'll admit that this is the third time we've got beets in the share. Each time I gave them away to a more gastronomically adventurous friend. But now I feel compelled to at least taste them. Ugh, what should I do? I can't bear the thought of actually putting even a sliver of those vile blood drenched bulbs in my mouth!! What measure of starvation and hopelessness led to the discovery that beets were edible? I bet some cave woman was on the verge of eating her own arm when she grabbed some leaves to cover her future wound and noticed some dirt covered balls at the end of the leaves and took a bite of it. When she didn't die and her hunger was somewhat subsided, she evolved, turned into "everymom" and forced her children to eat beets.
Anyway, let's focus on what I can eat: broccoli, corn, dill, lettuce, leeks, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini. I don't even know where to begin. Breakfast and lunch (and dinner, for that matter) are going to be great for the next couple of weeks.