It seems very wrong, and I wasn't sure about posting tonight. I remember when I was a little girl my first horse was hit and killed by a drunk driver. I wondered at the time why the world didn't stop and acknowledge my personal childhood tragedy. Life does go on, and dinner does go on the table.
In light of all those who are doing without, I wanted to make do with what we had in the house today. And I decided to bite the bullet and try Elaine's suggestion of steamed pumpkin shoots. As you all know because I've complained so much about them, the pumpkins are not pumpkining. But they are shooting, and off I trotted through the giant mud bath that is my backyard to harvest a few of the shoots.
First off, I did have trouble peeling them as the lovely Elaine had suggested. It seemed either all the shoot or nothing wanted to come off, so I ended up leaving them unpeeled. Then I couldn't find my steamer basket (the boys like to cook) so I boiled up some water and dropped the shoots in. A few minutes in the water and they turned the most fabulous green colour, I popped them out and dressed them with lemon and soy.
Now I have to admit, I wasn't 100% sure about eating these shoots, so it was with some trepidation that I approached the pumpkin shoot delicacy.
And they were delicious. Just delicious. Sweet and fresh, I could feel the healthy goodness coursing through me as I chewed.
I hope others in Queensland got to have dinner tonight too.
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