Friday, March 09, 2007

Not that much of a vegetable hater?

"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 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!
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  1. Go on Freddie! Very impressed, this is right up my street. Check out the work that we do at Expochef on my links. And keep up the good work, I look forward to keeping up with your progress.

    All the best
    David (Masterchef 2007 finalist)

  2. What a delightful blog! I shall follow the progress with interest.

  3. I like my carrots sweet - try this recipe!

    Glazed Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas

    5 medium carrots, thinly sliced diagonally
    1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
    1 Tbsp honey
    2 tsp unsalted butter
    1/4 tsp table salt
    1/4 tsp ground cardamom
    1/8 tsp white pepper

    In a large skillet, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil. Add carrots. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until softened, about 10 minutes. Pour off liquid.

    Stir in sugar-snap peas, honey, butter, salt, cardamom and pepper. Cook, covered, until peas are just tender, about 4 minutes.

  4. PS: Though this is implied, I forgot to actually say - I love your blog, Freddie & his Mom! Thanks for posting photos and recipes for things you've tried. I too fight the love/hate battle with vegetables. So I will be reading on with interest. was how I found you, just in case you're curious!

  5. Okay Freddie...

    You inspired this Los Angeles California vegetable LOVER to try a new one.

    I found Celeriac at the market today and I'm going to give it a go this weekend.

    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  6. Add Rochester, NY, to your map!


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