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New veggie added to my list of loves

I was at the store earlier, picking up vegetables for a veggie chicken stuff I like to make. Right next to the zucchinis was something that looked like a slightly bulbous yellow zucchini, something called a yellow squash. I read the flavor description and that, together with the obvious relation to zucchinis, made me decide to buy one to try. And I'm glad to say it tastes almost exactly like a zucchini. So I have another new veggie added to my list of veggies I like.

In case you're curious, I like:
* zucchinis
* eggplants (under certain kinds of cooking conditions)
* carrots
* spinach
* cucumbers (but not cooked)
* mushrooms (esp. brown mushrooms and baby bellas)
* tomatoes
* potatoes
* onions
* green onions
* snow peas
* green beans
* corn
* many more

And I dislike:

* celery (no flavor, and the texture is icky)
* collard greens are hit or miss with me
* radishes
* may have forgotten others

I was a bit annoyed at the store today, because their zucchinis were tiny. Their zucchinis tend toward the small side anyway (I prefer larger ones), but this was absurd. One or two of the normal small ones is usually more than enough to fill the large iron skillet I use. But I had to buy four of these tiny ones, and even adding the yellow squash to that, I still had more than enough room for the two carrots, one whole yellow onion, and six large mushrooms I had bought for the meal.

It's funny, but since discovering hummus, and making my spiced chicken-veggie mix, I've been eating more vegetables as an omnivore than I ever did as a vegetarian.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org


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Dec. 19th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
You like spinach too.

And even if collard greens are hit or miss, you should try some of the other varieties of greens. Both raw and cooked.

Dec. 19th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Spinach was already on the list, you must have missed it.
Dec. 19th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
just to be totally anal for no reason, i'm going to point out that zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers and tomatoes are technically fruits. and yellow squash. which actually are better when they're on the smallish side i think. when they get too big the seeds (and the seed 'connective tissue', whatever that's called) get weird and slimey when you cook them. my mom grows yellow squash, so i've tried to cook them a million ways. roasting and steaming/boiling are pretty much the best ways though (when eating them plain or adding them to something like noodles or soups).

i hate celery and collard greens too. i thought i'd really like collards, thinking they'd be kind of like kale or spinach.. but they're just way too rubbery.

what are you making that includes zucchini, carrots, onions, chicken and hummus? if i could figure out how to put all those together, it sounds pretty good. without the hummus it sounds like a good curry mix.
Dec. 19th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of the things called veggies are fruits. I am aware of this. :-) Anything with seeds, if it isn't a grain, is a fruit.

I found collard greens to be too bitter for me, which surprised me. I usually like strong flavors, even bitter things.

Oh, I just cut up the onions and carrots, sauteed them in olive oil, added chopped up zucchini and yellow squash. (Sometimes I cook the chicken in the olive oil before adding veggies.) After they cook that way a bit, I add a couple cups of water and some taco seasoning1, stir it up, bring to a boil, then lower the temp and simmer, covered, for about 5 or 10 minutes. Sometimes I have to bring it back up to a boil to get some of the excess water out, but adding rice also works, and bulks it up so it makes more food. I added rice to it this time.
Anyway, then you take pita bread or tortillas (which I usually cut or tear in half or fourths), spread hummus on the bread, and spoon the meat/veggie mixture into the bread, curl the bread around the mixture and carefully eat above the bowl or a plate.

You see, I was introduced to hummus when I really needed to eat something at Saturday Market, and the only food cart that had anything remotely edible-sounding was a mediterranean food place. What they served was a chicken dish with pita bread and hummus on the side. They explained how to eat it. I had it, and fell instantly in love with hummus. So what I eat now is a modified version of the original.

I prefer pita bread when eating it, but tortillas are cheaper, and they last forever before going bad. Pita bread goes bad in a day or two unless you put it in the fridge, and cold pita bread doesn't tastes as good.

I have tried many kinds of hummus since first being introduced to it. Spinach and artichoke flavor was the most recent. There was a black olive flavor, there was sun dried tomato flavor, eggplant flavored hummus, and a spicy hummus from Trader Joe's. I have yet to find a flavor of hummus I don't like. I especially like the kind with pine nuts. I'm currently eating one made with rosemary and sea salt.

Also, about eggplants: both my dad and my best friend kengr tried me on eggplant dipped in egg and fried. I can't stand that shit. So for decades I thought I didn't like eggplant. Then one day, on a whim I decided to see if it tasted okay in the chicken/veggie stuff I eat with hummus. Lo and behold, it did! My only problem now with eggplant is it doesn't keep worth shit. Also, I prefer Japanese eggplant, because they look like a cross between a zucchini and an eggplant. Normal eggplants are too fucking big, usually. So yes, I love big zucchini2, and I dislike large eggplants. :-)

1 = It's convenient; though the first time I made it, I used an African spice mix called piri-piri. I experiment with other spices sometimes. The curry one I was not impressed with; I put tons of curry in it and the curry still had no flavor to me. Oddly, the "hot" piri-piri was just right for me. But the first time I tried cayenne pepper, it was almost too spicy to eat. Oh, and since I like to drink hot tea in the winter, spicy food and hot tea do not mix well. Hot tea makes the burn hurt worse.

2 = When they were in season, there was a thing at the UU church where people would bring in extra stuff from their gardens that they couldn't eat. One or more people kept bringing in several enormous zucchinis, and I always took home at least one every week. One of them was so huge that it could probably kill a person if you hit them on the head with it, and cutting it was like cutting wood with a knife.
Dec. 19th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
I don't eat many vegetables, but I'm trying to eat them more often for health reasons.
Dec. 19th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
I loooooove veggies. I wish I had enough money to eat them more often.

Of course, I'm unusual. Even as a child, I loved veggies. Broccoli was my favorite growing up. I also loved tomatoes. I think I loved veggies so much because my dad was so poor when he was a child that fresh fruits or veggies were a once a year treat (an orange in a christmas stocking, for instance) that he was obsessed with fresh fruits and veggies. Every house we moved to had to have space to grow a garden, so we always had loads of different fresh garden veggies. And there was always fresh fruit in the fridge. He especially loves nectarines, something I inherited from him. I don't get fresh fruit often myself, unless it's already sliced, because it's generally a bit too much work for me. But on occasion I get a craving.

Sadly, Dad has to cut back his fresh fruit consumption now. Though tall and skinny, and though he's always been tall and skinny, and though he rarely eats candy or junk food, he ate so much fresh fruit that he got diabetes from it. :-(
Dec. 19th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Oh wow! I didn't know fruits could give you diabetes! I'm so sorry!:(
Dec. 19th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, it saddens him a little but he's managing his diabetes. He's got mom to help him; she's had diabetes for a long time, herself. In her case it isn't surprising, as overweight as she was. I haven't seen her since she got a gastric bypass surgery.
Dec. 24th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)

I know I haven't commented on any of your entries in, like, forever, but... what about cauliflower, broccoli, and/or Brussels sprouts? We just had sprouts tonight; Mom cooks them in butter and olive oil. The recipe is not exactly low-fat, but it's soooo yummy. I like red cabbage in my salads too.

Also, I like celery when it's in soup or something, but raw is just bleh. Even after I smeared it with peanut butter, I still had to throw it in the garbage. I couldn't warm up to radishes, either.
Dec. 24th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Broccoli is a favorite. Cauliflower, not so much. And brussel sprouts, no way! Icky. Tiny, watery little cabbages.
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