A couple of days ago, the Ninja Turtle and GodzillaPin were reflecting on the fact that time was catching up with them, and it’s high time they admitted to themselves that they are no longer the cool, hip Uni students they still imagine themselves to be (that’s what they were when they met, and that’s how they want to forever be, dammit!) Time is marching forward briskly, and there’s still so much they want to see, explore, try, and get done before the kids, the house, yadda yadda…
What brought on this revelation? No, it wasn’t the endless laundry. Nor was it the stack of bills. It was something far more mundane, actually. It was dinner. Specifically, it was the cabbage stir-fry they were eating that night, because GodzillaPin came home from the market with a 3.5kg monster of a cabbage, and the Ninja Turtle spent a good while wrestling with the beast despite a brilliantly sharp brand new knife.
Ninja Turtle: When cooking for yourself back at Uni, did you ever buy a cabbage?
GodzillaPin: No, I don’t think so.
Ninja Turtle: I never did either. I think the most fancy vegetable I ever bought was an aubergine.
GodzillaPin: Oh yeah? I didn’t even buy that.
Ninja Turtle: What vegetables did you cook as a student?
GodzillaPin: You know, if I remember well, I only ate tinned vegetables. Oh no wait, I bought a red cabbage once, and it was horrible.
So there you go, the progression from carefree, slightly irresponsible students living off the ghosts of vegetables soaked in brine and sold in metal tins, to full-fledged adults who stroll the farmers’ markets for fresh, local, organic, in-season produce. We are officially old. But we get to eat meals like these:
Cooking a decent meal doesn’t begin in the kitchen, it starts at the market/grocery store. It may seem overwhelming, making decisions so far in advance, which is why GodzillaPin leaves this task to the Ninja Turtle.
With so many beautiful fresh produce on hand, it’s impossible to not want to eat them. That’s the real secret to eating healthy – buy it, and keep it in plain sight. If it works with junk food and snacks, why won’t it work with fruits and vegetables? The sad reality is, we’re all greedy buggers who’d eat anything placed before us. Don’t say you don’t like it before you try it, and if you really don’t like one type of produce, choose another. It’s a remarkable world of fruits and vegetables out there, and you’ll never run out of new experiences.
Of course, it’s not all about fruits and vegetables, everything in moderation and after a race, the Ninja Turtle wanted to reward herself. Not long ago, they visited the Salon du Chocolat, and ever since, GodzillaPin’s been bugging the Turtle to do some baking. As the saying goes, give a man a fish, and he’ll have fish to eat today; teach a man to fish, and he’ll have fish to eat everyday. Well, give a man some cookies, and you’ve damned yourself to baking for him every time he wants cookies; try to teach a man to bake, and you’ll find yourself doing all the cleaning up…
Kidding. The Ninja Turtle and GodzillaPin had plenty of fun together in the kitchen, making these cookies.
What little reminders do you get of time passing by?
What is the weirdest vegetable you’ve ever eaten? Did you like it?