I got a comment from an Art of Doing Stuff reader this week and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
You see, I did a post on salad the other day and Alexandra left a comment confessing she doesn’t like vegetables. At all. Doesn’t, in fact, think they even look like food.
I emailed Alexandra right away and told her if she didn’t eat a vegetable within the next 30 seconds, she’d probably develop scurvy. And maybe warts. I also asked her if there was a single vegetable she ate. I said there had to be one.
Sweet Potatoes was her response, with a laugh. She would in fact eat sweet potatoes. O.K. So now that I had something to go on, I could recommend something else I think she might be able to stomach if she likes sweet potatoes. I suggested she try boiled sliced carrots with a glaze of butter and brown sugar. Just a tiny bit. I mean she’s an amateur, we can’t have her eating a bare vegetable. Or – gag – a brussel sprout.
The whole not eating vegetables thing got me to thinking. I eat a lot of vegetables. As in, I eat them every day. But when I really think about it, I don’t eat a huge variety of them. Pretty much the same 10 over and over again, done different ways.
I go to the grocery store and look at different stuff but don’t buy it. There are things I’m familiar with, but don’t ever seem to eat. Then there are things from, you know, foreign places. Like California. Things that have weird bumps and spikes on them. Things I don’t have a clue what to do with!
So I’ve made a decision. This week I’m going to pick up a vegetable I don’t normally eat and I’m going to eat it. Bonus points for myself if I don’t even know what it is.
Double bonus points if the produce manager doesn’t even know what it is.
And I’d like you to do the same.
So your homework assignment for next week is to eat a vegetable you don’t normally eat. Possibly have never eaten. It doesn’t have to be an unrecognizable vegetable, just something for whatever reason, you never cook.
And then we’ll all gather back here next Friday to see what we ate, that we wouldn’t normally eat. Just for fun.
And yes. That includes you little Miss. Scurvy.
You have 7 days for this, your first homework assignment.
I’m sort of excited for homework! But as we’ve established, I’m kind of a dork. Luckily, from what I can tell, so are you.