"Fred's mom posts photos and the recipes they've tried (some suggested by
readers) and Fred himself rates dishes—recently he's given potage crecy a nine and courgette quesadillas a full ten, so he can't really be that much of a
vegetable hater, he certainly seems to like them more than I do! The GBVC is
first and foremost a fantastic idea but it's also a very charming read, and I
look forward to eating vegetables vicariously through their continuing
adventures." ( Serious Eats )
A very positive blog review by Chow.com and Serious Eats means that Freddie now has several new football stickers to place on the map for visitors to the Great Big Veg Challenge. He adopted a swagger at breakfast when he read the words "he can't really be that much of a vegetable hater..." goading me, " See Mum, I'm not that bad at vegetables." Now I believe in the power of positive praise, in presenting the half-full glass but I have to put things straight now. In another life Freddie must have been a gold prospector and more specifically a pan-handler. You know - the one that sieves the silt from a river to capture any tiny glint of gold. This is what he does with vegetables. And he has been doing this for so long he is an expert in picking out any fleck of vegetable to avoid eating it. Which is why it's so extraordinary for him to be trying out all these recipes on the blog. It is his avatar; his alter-ego on the internet. The vegetable hater (and believe me, he really did fall into that category) is trying out being a vegetable lover under the safe cover of a blog. The blog recipes are received with open mouth and ready fork. But last night he scraped the onions off a pizza made by his Dad just like the old days. So, more blog recipes needed!