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Model Vegetables

June 25, 2012

NOTE: After the last post and an urgent visit to the doctor, I was taken off work; my back and leg pain being just too extreme to handle the commute and workday any longer. Since then I’ve been getting lots of rest and taking my medication when needed — a godsend. More treatments and physical therapy will follow, but for now I’m home. To stave off boredom and the vegetative state induced by daytime TV I will be engaging in simple, non-taxing, projects. And, speaking of vegetables …

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I love when the mailman delivers a book I’d forgotten I’d ordered; last week’s surprise tome was ‘Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Design’ (buy it here). An examination of the “new ugly” in design, it’s full of examples of high style that’s purposefully low-brow … think garish colors, bizarro fashions and furniture, amateurish photography, cringe-worthy typography. You should know I love it … and what a great book to receive right now; I haven’t been able to put it down. I was thinking of this book Saturday morning when Paul came home from the farmer’s market with a Japanese eggplant that had something extra: a ski nose that Bob Hope might envy. Silly, I know, but I had to memorialize this special veggie before it became ratatouille … why not have it star in a ‘Pretty Ugly’-style scene of domestic drama? I have plenty of gaudy-hued stuff around the house I can use as a backdrop and I am a fiercely amateur photog, after all. Well, I thought the photo turned out so well I targeted two additional far-mar veggies for tableaux; they follow. The wayward eggplant was our ratatouille’s delicious main man Sunday morning, but I think next time I’ll try this savory version that features capers and fresh mint.

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Beneath polka-dotted paper skies, Chinese long beans cascade over chola-browed alien princesses; the same beans cut down were added to Sunday’s ratatouille. Next time I think we’ll pickle them; click here for the tangy recipe.

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Finally, this imperial vision comes courtesy of a halved acorn squash and some collected African busts. Inspired by the pairing I tracked down a recipe for African Peanut & Squash Stew. As always, I altered the recipe to suit my tastes, doubling the spice amounts and using a large jalapeño pepper in place of a small red one. Easy and quick to prepare and delicious … Paul’s having some for breakfast with a hard-boiled egg sliced into it.

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I enjoyed putting this post together, it got me off the couch painlessly and kept my mind from becoming mush … Now to tackle that huge stack of art and photography books in my office, there’s inspiration between those covers!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Guida permalink
    June 25, 2012 3:38 pm

    You crack me up! You are ALSO making me hungry….sounds delicious. Danny makes lettuce tacos with chopped long bean with onion, spices and ground beef or turkey. Quite yummy too. Take it easy…xo

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 25, 2012 3:45 pm

      Yum, that does sound good, Guida. Lettuce tacos á la Danny are on the menu … thanks!

  2. June 30, 2012 1:56 am

    That stew sounds delish. Can’t wait to try it one of these days. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the grilled eggplant tonight!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      June 30, 2012 4:25 am

      Excellent choice … and do try the soup, it was great!

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