Spinach vs. Biscuits

I love veg­eta­bles and I must admit that I don’t under­stand why they are at the top of so many people’s “most-hated foods” list. I can see not lik­ing a spe­cific vegetable—for instance, I’m not a huge fan of beets, Brus­sels sprouts or radishes—but all of them? How is that pos­si­ble? How can peo­ple strug­gle to meet the guide­lines regard­ing the daily rec­om­mended serv­ings of veg­gies? There are so many to choose from!

I could sur­vive on car­rots, broc­coli, bok choy, yu choy, cel­ery, spinach, zuc­chi­nis, bell pep­pers, kai-lan, chaya, mush­rooms and endives. .. with some kind of carb, like semolina, pasta, bread or rice, of course. And I am not brag­ging here—I like choco­late, cakes, etc. too, but I truly love veggies.

What do peo­ple who don’t like veg­gies eat? Seri­ous ques­tion here. I mean, you can’t just eat meat or fish, right?

Yes­ter­day, I was at the neigh­bor­hood play­ground with Mark when the mother of a baby started a con­ver­sa­tion with me. Some­how, we ended up talk­ing about the things we were crav­ing when we were pregnant.

It’s funny,” I said. “I was crav­ing cel­ery. I think I ate about half of the pro­duc­tion of cel­ery in Ottawa when I was pregnant!”

The mother looked at me with dis­be­lief. A long uncom­fort­able preg­nant (ah ah!) pause followed.

Oh my God, that’s so… gross!” she finally pro­claimed, with a look of true dis­gust in her eyes, as if I had just admit­ted I was doing crack.

Eat­ing cel­ery, gross? Seriously?

The same night, while cook­ing veg­gies and semolina, I handed Mark a leaf of spinach. He inspected it care­fully for a good five min­utes before finally attempt­ing to chew it… the look on his face was priceless!

Unlike the woman at the park, he has an excuse, though—he is only eight-month-old!

Now, he loves his Baby Mum-Mum rice rusks. I started to give him these lit­tle snacks a cou­ple of weeks ago—we started with the “orig­i­nal” one, and now the “apple” one—and he loves them!

Spinach ver­sus “baby bis­cuits”… we have a clear win­ner here!

You can see all the pic­tures of Mark in his Flickr set.

What's That Thing?

What’s That Thing?

Alright, I'll Take a Look...

Alright, I’ll Take a Look…

Mmm... Bendable...

Mmm… Bend­able…

And Is It Good?

And Is It Good?

Mom, Seriously!

Mom, Seri­ously!

Want Cookies Now...!

Want Cook­ies Now…!

That's Better!

That’s Bet­ter!

Ymmy Rice Rusks!

Yummy Rice Rusks!

10 comments

  1. That pic­ture after tast­ing spinach is excel­lent! I am the same as you — I love veg, just not Brus­sels. But…I hate fruit! I think it is because I don’t like the tex­ture of most fruits. I like berries, at a push, but that’s it!

  2. I absolutely can­not deal with some veg­gies, like egg­plant or okra, for instance.

    • That’s so funny… I had always thought most Indian loved veg­gies. A stereo­type, I know! I love egg­plants, cooked the Chi­nese style (spicy with garlic).

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