Monday, August 27, 2007

Which Came First?

I'm chicken to let this baby get any larger on the plant, even though I won't be cooking it today.
Something this fresh — could you imagine ever buying an eggplant at your grocery store that was any less than two days old? — will probably still be OK tomorrow, when I convert it (and much more yard produce) into my summer's first ratatouille (not counting the movie).
I just didn't want it to keep growing to the point of woodiness.
I was probably over-concerned. This baby, a common variety called Black Beauty, is only about 6 inches long. Seven.
Yah!!
OK, vegetables, schmuh... I'm just happy because Gonzo resigned.

11 comments:

El said...

Here's a clue, if you're worried about this beautiful thing's brethren still on the vine: note the shine on this baby? OLD ONES DON'T SHINE. This holds true for your farmer's market finds, and the godawful crap they pawn off on us at grocery stores. Feel free to keep the others on the vine as long as their shine isn't dull.

...and I loved the movie too!

xxoo

Monkey Wrangler said...

I was eyeing that sucker on Saturday. In fact I'm a little surprised I didn't catch the older monkey picking that beauty. It was shiney. Like hella. Like you guys.

Thanks for the pears! H made them into more chutney today, with a few more left over for eating. But, if you are around this thursday, and don't mind me inviting myself over for a pickup, we'd gladly take more off your hands, or lawn, or bark, or dog......I'll bring more jelly in exchange. (No pear, no worries)

Dagny said...

It's just so cute. And shiny. I like shiny things.

Zoomie said...

Me, too, happy about Alberto's resignation - he was playing havoc with DOJ, even in the lower ranks! I'm glad he's gone, gone, gone! Just wish he'd gone earlier! But, don't call him Gonzo, okay? I loved the Muppet Gonzo...

Sam said...

I know that aubergine.
But I want to make pear chutney exactly like yours - help!


I am so blessed to know such lovely people. People who have cool parties, give me pears...

ChrisB said...

I heard all about the lovely pear chutney! My aubergines (bought yesterday) look very sad and not so shiny - if only I could pick my own like you !!

cookiecrumb said...

El: You are my gardener's grad school. Thank you.
(Loved Ratatouille as well. I don't think my version of the dish will come out quite so Thomas Keller-y.)

MW: I kept careful watch over that plant. I think Sam was on the verge of swiping it too.
You are totally on for a pear pick-up Thursday. Let's e-mail.

Dagny: You -- I would define as somebody who likes shiny things. :D

Zoomie: It's all so weird. Fun weird. Scary weird. Who's next?

Sam: I will tinker up a fake recipe for you. It involves underripe pears, home-roasted tomato sauce, onions and flavorings. (Don't you think you can just wing it?)

ChrisB: Oh gosh, I have internationally known chutney! I am honored.

dancingmorganmouse said...

What a beautiful bebe - congratulations.

Stacie said...

yay! a very happy day indeed! think he'll be up on the hill a lot anyhow? he's got some 'splanin to do! I like my veg young and small too... they just taste better that way!

sfmike said...

Dear cookiecrumb: My account of your fabulous Tacky Tiki party just got picked up by a New York blog. In other words, your pear tree is now nationally famous.

http://lancemannion.typepad.com/lance_mannion/

Sam said...

And here too look at what you started!!!!