Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Vegetable Meme

I have been tagged for a veggie-meme by Honeybee of Beurre et Pain. Although it may not seem immediately apparent, I actually love vegetables, it’s just that my love for bacon and chocolate sometimes tends to obscure this fact. My problem really is that there isn't much I won’t eat…

Anyhoo, on with the meme, six questions on vegetables:

1. Is there a vegetable you hated as a child but came to love as you got older?
There are a lot of veggies that I developed a taste for only as I grew up. Although I can’t say I absolutely hated any of them when I was a child. I ate pretty much anything that was in my path. There is one that I vehemently disliked as a child, and still do now – ampalaya (bitter gourd). I mean, it’s really bitter. Why?

2. Most underrated vegetable?
I would have to say malunggay (Moringa oleifera Lamk). It’s a local plant that can grow pretty much anywhere here. It doesn’t cost much and it has a ton of nutritional and medicinal benefits. It’s also my favorite vegetable to put in monggo (mung bean stew). Although they make pills out of it for breast-feeding mothers (it’s supposed to increase breast milk…imagine that!), I’d like to see it used more at the table and at restaurants.

3. Name one favourite summer vegetable dish.
Summer is a pretty broad term here as we have no real winter. In the summer I like to eat salads that have fruit and sinkamas (jicama?), or just cold sinkamas with some salt. Another great and refreshing salad is pako salad. Pako is a type of fern and I like is tossed with thinly sliced red onion, tomatoes, and some red (salted) egg. I also love (and I do mean love) lato...a type of seaweed. Ok, is that still considered a vegetable? Well, it's a veggie of the sea! The best way to have it (in my humble opinion) is fished directly out of the sea (lato will only grow in clean water so don't worry), give it a few swishes in the salty sea water, and pop into you mouth. It has these small globes that burst in your mouth with sea-and-summer-tasting goodness. Amazing.

4. And one for winter?
No winter here! :) It does get a bit chilly (this is very relative…”chilly” here is not really chilly in the general sense of the term…it’s more like “not hot”) around December, and around June our “wet” season starts. During these times a hot bowl of monggo (mung bean stew) can’t be beat!

5. What vegetables are in your fridge and freezer right now?
Tomatoes, lettuce, sprouts, red cabbage, mustasa (mustard leaves), eggplant, labanos (radish), and gabi (taro?).

6. Is there a vegetable you really like but don't make much yourself?
Brussel sprouts! I LOVE brussel sprouts, but as supply here is not as regular as I’d like, and it’s also a bit pricey (being imported), so I don’t have them all the time.

No tags for now but if you’d like to join in feel free and let me know!


Kevin said...

Nice veg photos!

Deniz said...

I can't live without vegetables. I love vegetarian recipes. And your veg photos are very successful. It seems I'll check out your blog frequently.

Linda said...

This was so interesting to read! I've never heard of malunggay though I may have had it in some asian dishes and just never known :) I'm a vegetarian and have been for four years now -- wow i can't believe it's been that long! I was made fun of as a kid for loving broccoli. Veggies are like candy to me, but they will never replace chocolate!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kevin! Thanks :)

Hi Deniz! Thank you :) I can't live without veggies either!

Hi Linda! Glad you found it interesting :) Wow! Four years...that is something :) Although I'm not a vegetarian, I do love veggies...and broccoli is one of my faves too!

Mila Tan said...

Ditto on the ampalaya. I have horrible childhood memories of my mom forcing me to eat it. Yuck. Still hate it. I grew to love broccoli, spinach and tofu (ok, not a vegetable, but it was always something I ate with vegetables). I find the okra underrated and yet I love it so! It was my favorite vegetable as a child, probably because it was slimy (heehee).

christine said...

Like you, there aren't many vegetables I don't like. And I don't like ampalaya! I tried and tried but my taste buds revolt. One of my most favorite veggies along with the likes of broccoli, zucchini, artichokes is the sweet potato! I have to have it at least once a week.

Mila,I love okra too! In pinakbets, it's what I scoop most of onto my plate with eggplant (which I also love!).

oggi said...

I'm a vegetable lover, and yes, even ampalaya. Love your vegetable pictures.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mila! C was forced to eat it too as a child but now he loooves it! So I've been looking for recipes to surprise him with :) I love broccoli and spinach too, but not okra...for the same reason you like it, its slimy-ness!

Hey Nens! Yes, you are a veggie queen :) Artichokes...YUM! You know I saw fresh once here in Rustans...then gone in the blink of an eye! Eggplants...another YUM! My favorite way to enjoy it is tortang talong :)

Hi Oggi! Thanks! You and my husband are both ampalaya lovers then :) So if you have a good recipe to share please do! :)

dimaks said...

how about saluyot? and okra? hehe

gusto ko rin ng ampalaya, lalo na pag omelet. yummy!

sha said...

i hate ampalaya my taste buds have develeloped veg i hated i now try and eat but those bloody bitter ampalayas...

speaking of brussels sprouts when i was in la spezia for 3 months i kept looking for them

xmas came it hit me what is xmas without those sprouts... my captain said.. whats your hang with englishness shalimar and those sprouts haha

Honeybee said...

Thank you so much for participating, Joey! I hadn't even realised how many new veggies (to me) I was going to discover through this meme!

Anonymous said...

When I read the part where you said "no winter here!" I couldn't help but feel a bit jealous seeing as it's 20 degrees F outside and suppossed to drop into the teens tomorrow! Brrrr. I'd like a bowl of monggo please. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Dimaks! Thanks for dropping in :) My husband like ampalaya with bistek...omelet sounds good to :)

Hi Sha! I agree, brussel sprouts are definitely "huntable" :) I am always hunting for them here!

Hi Honeybee! It was fun :) Yes, I know what you whta's a cardoon? :)

Hi Ari! We do have blistering summers though...with such high humidity that I sometimes can't tell between my sweat and the moisture in the air! The coldest place here is the mall...surreal!

Melting Wok said...

Greetings from Southern California :) wowww, this is a great post !! haha, I was tagged to write bout "meme", I like this vege Meme better :) Very interesting questions you got there, for :
1) My mom used to coax us into eating bitter melons too (Chinese mothers are very fuzzy into getting their kids with their greens, back there we don't have broccoli, so bitter melon it is) *lol*
2) I think lotus roots are underrated hehe, I love lotus root friessssss !! :) hmm..chinese mustard greens are good too :)
3) Oh my my, jicama it is !! We do this salad thing with shredded cucumbers, mangos, fresh pineapples, jicamas, toasted sesames, peanuts with a mean toasted shrimp paste..woo hoo, jicama !!:)
4) Woww..another good one - mung beans !! We love cooking this in coconut milk, tapioca pearls with screwpine leaf essence. Soup or stew sounds really good too ! :)
5) You got all the goodies !! :) Ok, just came home with lotus roots, small bok choy, chinese broccoli, and some chinese belly-button mushrooms.
6) Oh..they had some really small brussel sprouts at the market, bought some coz I was craving for some baked panko breadcrumbs with them, ditto on that one :)
Okay, there you have it, I love this vege meMe thingy, hope you don't mind me playing along :) Thanks for sharing, and cheers ! :)

paz said...

Love your photo shots and answers. Enoyable reading!


Fairly Odd Tofu Mom said...

I love the blog! Great stuff! I'll be back!

I'd never heard of some of the veggies, so that was educational as well.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Melting Wok! Thanks for answering the meme and sharing your veggie-thoughts :) Taro fries...sounds good! Brussel sprouts with baked panko bread crumbs...sounds yummy too :)

Hi Paz! Thanks! :) I was surprised myself to see how many vegetable shots I've accumulated :)

Hi Fairly Odd Tofu Mom! I like your name! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :)

Kristen said...

I love veggies too. Those photos are great.... so colorful it takes me right into Spring!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Kristen! :) Glad they reminded you of such a lovely season...although we don't get to experience spring here nice to know that my veggies can give me a clue :)