Sunday, January 17, 2010

Warhorse With A Braided Mane

Now, don't get me wrong - I love broccoli. I happily eat broccoli all year 'round. My mother never had to scold me to "Eat your broccoli!" I was dismayed when the first President Bush proclaimed publicly his distaste for this reliable old warhorse of a vegetable. You can depend on broccoli. It's always available, even when the evanescent asparagus or fresh English peas are missing, the good old broccoli is always there. Right?

Who was it who said "Absence makes the heart grow fonder?" Whoever it was, s/he hit the nail on the head.

As reliable and delicious as broccoli is, I was getting a tad tired of it and the vernal vegetables are still a month away, even here in California. So, how to present it positively, one. more. time?

I had taken a spin through now-wonderful Civic Center farmer's market on my way to and from work on Wednesday. On the way in, I bought bright, sweet tangerines to share with my colleagues and students. On the way home, I stopped for a small stash of lemon quark from Spring Hill Cheese company and a big stick of their butter. In my desperation to dress up the broccoli, I thought of the lemon quark, so dug it out and plopped a small spoonful on each of our servings of bright green. The lemon was a natural with the broccoli and so, oddly, was the almost-sweet cheese; really pretty good and certainly a change of pace. It got a little melty after the picture was taken, and ran into the crannies between florets. We love lemon quark on crackers and with fruit, but this was a new and interesting combination that we can recommend next time you are faced with Old Reliable again.

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Blogger Kailyn said...

Spring Hill is at the Sunday farmers market to which I occasionally go. And I have broccoli in the fridge. You are trying to get me to go to the market, aren't you?

Sunday, January 17, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Now-wonderful Civic Center farmers market? OMG. That's such great news. Well, of course, I no longer work two blocks away so it's not much use to me, but it was such a dump, it's great to hear it has been renovated.

Sunday, January 17, 2010  
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Sunday, January 17, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kailyn, yep, exactly.

Cookiecrumb, it's downright vibrant now with a fishmonger, chicken and egg seller, tamale lady and lots and lots of fruit and veggie stands filling the whole UN Plaza from end to end. Sneak over this way, take BART and you're there.

Bed Frames, you stinker, you're spam and I hate you.

Monday, January 18, 2010  

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