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UPDATE: 11:38 AM 7/27/2009
Fresh "RAW" Organic Corn on the Cob
Organic Corn on the Cob fresh from the local health food store. |
A rarity! Did someone say RAW? They did indeed...
3:37 PM 7/27/2009
When organic corn on the cob is so fresh, sweet and crisp, there's only one way to eat it - raw.
Now calm down and let's consider... steamed with butter is good, but raw is so oddly refreshing and different, an acquired taste that becomes so addictive, that one's body leaps about for joy transmitting its elation to you - if you're listening.
Raw food is the prerequisite native state of the body's Bureau of Feasting Affairs.
However, as so many of us have become accustomed to seasoned, broiled, baked, boiled, steamed, roasted, charred and altered foods, we've lost touch to the ethereal fragrance, textures and pureness of raw.
The essence of raw vs. cooked?
One illustration, corn... as an adult, you will hate your first taste of raw corn. But had you been raised on it, you would have come to abhor and deplore the heating of something so inherently fresh off the "vine" sublime.
Last evening, I had the distinct pleasure of sinking my choppers into two, 99 cent organic ears of mouth watering, crisply sweet, raw corn.
(Admission of Guilt: Too lazy to cook...)
One was not enough, so greedy piglet that I am, snuck in number two. Could easily have gone for three... but demurred...
And what was the payoff besides delicious late snack convenience on the cob?
Waking up with skin glowing, light on my feet.
That's the flagrance of raw. : )
Lazy Hazy Summery Raw Corn on the Cob
If you're a bit lazy, want fash food, shuck an ear of organic corn, test it for sweetness, then rinse and eat raw right off the cob.
Raw Corn Cob Wheels
To acclimate a family, cut a chunky wheel off the cob and eat with gusto and lip smacking crunch. If your kids want to try, cut them a tiny wheel each. Make it fun!
Raw Corn Salad
Cut the kernels from several ears of corn and make a raw corn salad. Toss corn, red, green and yellow peppers, and tomatoes together with dash of unfiltered olive oil, natural salt, fresh ground pepper.
Fresh Raw Corn Gazpacho
Or throw together a cold fresh corn gazpacho with peppers, olive oil, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado. Top with marinated fresh mozzarella OR dollop of organic sour cream. (Do not DREAM of using non-organic sour cream) Sensorama sensational.
For hot summer days, cold dishes save on gas and electricity.
Summary of Raw
Try it - it might grow on you. Granted... hot corn with melted butter is a uniquely scrumptious treat. But high quality fresh picked raw corn on the cob is refreshing, light, strange, unique, cleansing and tonic.
And maybe you'll wake up with skin glowing, light on YOUR feet. : )
UPDATE: 3:39 PM 5/1/2009
A Little Story About Tomatoes
Call it a fruit or call it a vegetable, the tomato is one of the most beloved fresh staples in the entire food world. |
What would the world be like without tomatoes? No pizza sauce, no spaghetti, raviolis, no juicy hamburgers with fresh tomatoes or ketchup. Everytime I go to the store, every visit always includes some tomatoes...
The other day we stopped by a "regular" grocery store. One of those cavernous and colorful big box stores that blanket the landscape with universally recognizable names such as Ralph's, Vons, Albertsons, Stater Brothers.
This particular store is particularly inviting, I must say. In fact, we inevitably drop by this store before others because of the warm, cozy halogen lighting that spreads cheery light so lovingly on colorful endcaps with deli goodies, Pizza, Salads, tasty treats.
An aside: Why do those salads always call your name? Anyway...
Hitting the Veggie Isle
We hit the veggie isle forthwith and glimpsed these beauteous red orbs of tomato goodness on sale, non organic, for 99 cents a pound. What the heck, we thought, they look identical to the usual organic varieties we purchase at our local health food store. Let's grab some!
On occasion, it's always nice to save some money. On occasion? How about all the time? This raises a great question that I will answer further down.
So! We took our tomatoes home and I made my usual delish sprout and romaine salad that never gets tiring. (Send me some money, I'll send you the recipe. : )
I carefully washed and cut up my spiffy ripe tomatoes into bite sized cubes with my super duper Japanese nick-knife (tell me to tell you about nick-knives) and arranged them beautifully atop my little salad, added my usual little accoutrements, then settled in by my computer to do the Uge. (Usual)
Let's just say, as the bowl approached empty status, there remained a fairly large quantity of uneaten tomato pieces at the bottom.
Now... why would that be?
It wasn't something conscious on my part.
I took a small chunk and realized it didn't taste as good
as my tomatoes usually do.
And... evidently, my body, hand and mouth colluded together to avoid those tomato pieces. That's a first, folks... body over mind.
My actual lonely little pile of tomatoes left on the bottom of the bowl, lovely to look at, (well, I think so) but not so yummy to taste...|
As I tried to eat them anyway, I discovered that they were somewhat tasteless, textured rather oddly, and lacking the "substance," the "sweetness" and fresh "tomato'ey" flavor so inherent in my organic tomatoes that I purchase at the Health Food Store.
It seemed so strange that generic hothouse tomatoes, whether organic or non, would be so different in flavor and texture... how can you go wrong with hydroponic nutrients?
Well, it seems you can. Go wrong, that is.
Will I again purchase those red globes of wonder at the regular grocery store? Not unless I have to...
The difference was so remarkable that the extra 25 cents or so per pound for the organic is totally
worth is to me. I can cut back elsewhere.
It seems that I am a bit spoiled... my organic tomatoes taste home grown, and I had grown so accustomed as to take it for granted. And, I had forgotten how lucky I was to be able to enjoy such fresh home grown raw fruits and vegetables at low, reasonable prices.
Answering the Above Question
Oh - about that question above as to whether it's worth saving money all the time... at first, yes, as the budget is very much an important consideration, and all things considered, produce would seem to be pretty much the same.
But, in truth, spending a few extra cents on something that gives so much more enjoyment is worth it. When I need to save, I cut back in other ways, and actually, that helps me not eat what I'm not supposed to! : )
Another Wonderful Thing
There's a most excellent chance that you have Farmer's Markets fairly near by where you can purchase natural produce that could supplement your tastiness factor and up your reputation as a great cook. : )
Here's a link
) to see if a farmer's market is in your location if you're in the United States. (Link may open new window)
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