If you are feeling snarky, you're probably wondering, "Oh, really, SpSq? What was your first clue? That not only do you feed everyone brussels sprouts, you blog about how much you love them? That you go through 13 heads of cauliflower in a few weeks? That you anonymously send people vegetable cookbooks?"
Well, actually, I didn't come up with this phrase on my own. I didn't know I was a vegetable evangelist until someone told me I was. We had friends in town, and as I was roasting brussels sprouts, turnips, sweet potatoes, and beets while discussing the apple fennel slaw I apparently made last time they were in town and mentioning best things to do with parsnips and rutabagas*, the phrase magically appeared. And I love it. "Vegetable Evangelist" makes me feel much cooler than "woman who inflicts root crops on unsuspecting guests."
I'm a vegetable evangelist and apparently I am becoming a poor writer. Or rather I am becoming the writer I have always been: one who cannot quickly articulate the bits that are cleverly connected in her head. And because some of what I am wanting to write is time sensitive, I guess I will go ahead and list my points and (probably never) return to rewrite in a clever and witty fashion.
Intended Points of Post:
- I am a vegetable evangelist and proud of it.
- I want to discuss Thanksgiving side dishes.
- The Mister and the boys made little "hoop houses" (or very low "poly-tunnels") over our winter garden on Saturday and it made me ridiculously happy.
- There was a "holiday" farmer's market in town on Saturday, at which we purchased fresh tomatoes (peppers, sweet potatoes, new potatoes, eggs, honey, pickles and turnips). I harvested my basil before it froze (for the first time) on Saturday night, so we had pasta with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella last night, as is typical of late November in Oklahoma (or maybe not).
- I want to teach people how to cook (and to not be afraid of vegetables). I want suggestions for how to do this.
- I am excited to offer my readers an opportunity to help refugees by helping them grow food through a fund-raising project vetted by a friend I trust (I have lots and lots to say about this, but for now, a link to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is),
Please comment about side dishes and suggestions for spreading the good word o' veggies.
*Parsips: parsnips and carrots. Rutabagas: rutabagas and apples, perhaps with some red cabbage.