Mustard Leaf Memories
Sunday, July 04, 2010
As I tasted my steamed mustard greens just picked from my garden, I thought that these are OK, but a little soggy and seemed to have lost a little of their flavor after only 2 minutes of steaming. This brought me back to a time 33 years ago.
I had just graduated from college and I had decided that I was going to leave the east coast and find a job in the L.A. area. However, as I checked into a hotel with newspaper opened to the want ad section, I immediately could see that there wasn't a job just waiting for me there. At that point, I decided that I would make this a two week vacation instead. I did a lot of soul searching and at some point I decided that I would become a vegetarian since I don't beleve in killing animals in order to eat them. I've stayed true to that commitment for everyday since I made that decision. At first, I did try to eat healthy as well. I remember on a side trip to San Francisco where I bought healthy vegetables. This brings me back to the mustard greens. I bought a can of mustard greens and opened them up in my hotel room. I really thought that I was going to enjoy this as my favorite pickle of all time was a mustard dill pickle bought from a specialty store or road side stand back in New England. I opened the can and started eating these completely soggy leaves that had little flavor to them. I didn't like it and tried to force myself to eat the whole can. About half way through, I couldn't take it anymore and started to throw up. I don't think I ever tried mustard greens again until a few weeks ago. Tasting them fresh was a lot better and having them only slightly steamed was still much better than that dreadful canned variety that I had.
Anyway, after my trip, I tried to eat very healthy by eating salads without the dressing as this was the unhealthy and/or fattening part of the salad. This plan backfired on me as the salads became unappealing to me and I ended up avoiding them in favor of cheese sandwiches, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese pizza, pastries and the like. Within 6 months, I had gained 50 lbs. and this started my never ending battle with the scales. I do eat my salads now, with either dressing or a little bit of feta cheese on them and I actually like mustard greens. My battle with my weight continues, but I feel that I am winning the battle Iittle by little.