It’s always a delight to receive a surprise package, and this week a friend gifted me with a special treat. Produce people! Aren’t they wonderful?! They make me laugh every time I look at them.
I have a thing for anthropomorphic fruits and veggies. I have a collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers, and I love the old seed packages and labels like these.
Did you know beets have a reputation as brain food? Although I had some just the other day, I think I must need to up my intake, because today I forgot to participate in The Meal 2013 project sponsored by Art House Co-op. The purpose of this 2nd annual event was to raise awareness about world hunger and to participate in a community experience by sharing a picture of yourself eating a snack at 12:00 noon EST.
Since February also happens to be Potato Lovers month, I had some sweet potatoes roasting and was going to snap a shot. But somehow I got sidetracked with shoveling snow and when I came in all frosty cold and hungry, I didn’t remember to take a photo before I sat down for my spud snack. Sigh.
But since I’m talking about food, now seems the perfect time to mention book I’ve been enjoying: The Mystic Cookbook – The Secret Alchemy of Food by Denise and Meadow Linn.
It’s a fun eclectic collection of interesting but simple recipes, stories, photos, and inspirations on inviting a more spiritual awareness into your culinary adventures. There are probably only about 50 recipes in the almost 300-page book, so you have a sense of how much more is going on in the book than a recipe-only kind of cookbook. I’m giving it a thumbs up. But that thumb isn’t to be confused with Little Jack Horner’s plum-plucking thumb, because as is the way with most nursery rhymes, that doesn’t actually have anything to do with food. You can check out the tale behind Jack here if you’d like.
I have one final food-related bit to share. I discovered a wonder quote today:
“Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting in your fruit salad.” ~Miles Kington
So tell me do you have a favorite produce tale? A well-loved recipe or cookbook? In love with a particular fruit or veggie? Spill the beans, I’d love to hear.