Wednesday, November 29, 2006
GEORGE W BUSH DOESN'T LIKE BROCCOLI
I have found one good reason to persevere with Broccoli.
According to that very reliable source of great quotations, the internet, George W Bush said : " I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli. "
Clearly I have a duty as a parent to feed my children broccoli at every given opportunity and to instill in them a lifetime's love of this green hero of the supermarket. If only George Bush's mother had got it right.
I feel sometimes as if I have unleashed people's private passions about vegetables. Read this thread on a BBC Food Message Board. It started off as an innocent appeal for Broccoli recipes and ended up as a etymological discussion of brassica oleracea botyris asparagoides.
I have been referred to wikipedia articles, quoted at by the Oxford English Dictionary but most touchingly of all, been sent the most enticing range of broccoli recipes to tempt young master Frederic. You can see him now with his sister in the top right hand of the blogsite. Anyway, Freddie is a little in awe of this public warmth for the brassica and bravely chomped his way through broccoli pesto and pasta this evening, whirred up by my own fair hands. He liked it - not a lot - but he liked it.
I'm thinking of suggesting a new book title for Lauren Child - "I will not never ever eat broccoli" with a new character, George W Bean.