2005-01-29

Mixed Veggies

I had mixed vegetables with my lunch yesterday. What kind of a dish is just called "mixed vegetables"? Do you ever see "grilled meats" on the menu? No, of course not. Yet many menus offer a side simply called "mixed vegetables."

So which vegetables would you expect in mixed vegetables? Cauliflower, carrots, and brocolli. Peas, carrots, and corn. Green beans, onions, and potatoes. There are dozens of combinations - I could throw lima beans or peppers into any of the above combinations!!

The only conclusion that I can reach on this issue: culinary experts have determined that any three vegetables, when eaten together, taste exactly the same.

9 comments:

Kate said...

I think it's the restaurants' way to use up their left-overs...when you think about it that way, it's even less appetizing. My question is, why do they add "mixed" to the title? Saying vegetables already implies more than one vegetable...some places don't actually "mix" them, the vegetables are just lined up in a row...Any restaurant that adds lima beans to their "mixed vegetables" doesn't deserve my patronage!

kenny said...

Wow, I can't believe Kate let this one go... In our family, it is a running joke (on Kate) regarding the vegetable-status of Corn. She claims it is a grain and everyone else defends its birthrite into the vegetable kingdom. Most likely she's right, but it's still fun. :)

J-Wild said...

I am telling you this is great material. You should have a show that's about...nothing really! Me and Kenny could be your friends and we can come over and talk about all kinds of stuff that happened during the day! You know there are two kinds of people in the world...Those who can "mix" their food and those whose food can not touch! The culinary expert who came up with mixed vegatables is definately a mixer.

kenny said...

I'm liking the idea Jason... maybe I can live across the hall from Brandon and come over unannounced and maybe always make a really big, awkward entrance. It could be my trademark...

Kate said...

Great - that would make me one of Kramer's crazy women - only I'd be the wife - THE crazy woman! I refuse to mix vegetables in the shower - with or without a garbage disposal.

Unknown said...

Hi, Brandon! I was clicking on links yesterday as I was procrastinating (should have been studying for my Korean test or cleaning the apartment) and I found your blog! Wow. I'm jealous, though, because you get more comments than me.
Lela - all the way from Korea!

K Ashby said...

Hi Brandon - saw your response to one of Lela's entries and couldn't wait to check out your blog! I look forward to reading more in the future - Kristin

KCB said...

You are a vegetablist. It should be a crime. Each vegetable is unique in taste and nutritional value. Perhaps if you didn't overload your tastebuds with so many preservatives and additives and SUGAR you would actually be able to TASTE!!
ARGH!
Signed,
KC Baker
President, The Foundation to Protect the Integrity of Vegetables from Junk Food Fiends

Brandon said...

Hey, I'm on your side Kacey. The food service establishment has threatened the integrity of our vegetables by forcing us to accept them "mixed."

This blog post was my cry for help. Thank you for answering.