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Archive for July 28th, 2009

Food/Plants as Art: What is This?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I went to the Allen Street market last Wednesday and purchased a number of wonderful fresh foods. The dark cherries were the best I have had in years.

I got fresh beets with the greens still attached (had the roots one night, the greens another). I purchased kohlrabi, that cabbage-family quiet cousin which looks like it came from mars, and I got two sorts of greens. Mustard greens we have had before, but I also got the ones pictured here.

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These greens are so beautiful, you might think they were for looking at rather than eating. I tried a leaf fresh, and it was pungent and a little bitter but intriguing. The vendor suggested soup. I put it in chicken-based broth soup and it softened up and became darker, and much more mellow. It’s lovely stuff.

Does anyone know this plant? I bought it from an Asian vendor who did not have an English word for it. I am thinking this is the same green a young Vietnamese teen told me once, was her favorite vegetable. She also suggested it in soup.

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I love it when foods are beautiful *and* tasty. It reminds me of the Buckminster Fuller (humanitarian/ scientist who created the geodesic dome) quotation:

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.