Cape gooseberries, and a meme

Born of an illicit affair between a randy tomatillo and a particularly wild berry. Each glowing voluptuous body sheathed in a gossamer cape, begging to be unwrapped and devoured.

Um. Okay. I'll just post the pictures.

After three years, I found rasbhari (literally- juicy) in the US. My scream-turned-to-gasp of delight could be heard three aisles down.

Hangaku Gozen has tagged me to write about 7 weird things about myself. What can I say..I'm the kind of girl who yells when she finds cape gooseberries in the grocery store, and scares little kids buying candied ginger in the next aisle.

Is that not weird enough? You need six more?

2. I don't like drip coffee.
3. I think plants have feelings. I say a quick sorry when I have to uproot a plant.
4. I don't get sarcasm. Like, not at all. Not even elementary school level sarcasm.
5. My longest online friendship is now 10 years old.
6. I eat snow. And hailstones. I also drink rainwater sometimes.
7. Can't think of one. My online-friend of ten years can't think of one either. Neither can my husband. I'll leave this one for my neighbors, then. Tell me what's weird about me. Then tag yourself.

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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33 Responses to Cape gooseberries, and a meme

  1. Those are GORGEOUS!!! Like dainty paper lanterns!!!and lol re the weird things!I also screech out loud when feeling joyful and surprise. I think it just HAPPENS or it doesn't.And plants? I apologize profusely when I pull off dead leaves, etc. Sometime remind me to tell about the 8th grade botany exp. -where I "proved " (HAHAH) that plants cry at sad music!!Sarcasm…most of the time i don't like it. but when I'm tired or superannoyed and it slips out (never at people, only at TV), it makes me feel good)Snow…..hail……no…….not after I've seen the pollution shows.10 years online friend? WW! Congrats! You must have been a kid!*runs*

  2. LeendaDLL says:

    7. You're an oddly good cook with an oddly good outlook on life.My list:1-7: Everything.

  3. I'm back…you said to tag ourselves……OK.In a bit. I'll send you the post.

  4. 7: You are the most good-natured gourmet cook I have ever encountered. Which I guess is like LeendaDLL's comment. Honestly: last summer I was helping my friend's son-in-law, an unemployed chef, prepare a barbecue sauce for grilling steaks (which I don't even eat) and he began screaming at me for putting ordinary salt into the sauce. I was supposed to use KOSHER salt, for heaven's sake. So I think screaming at the sight of Cape gooseberries is perfectly forgivable and so much more preferable.

  5. jaklumen says:

    3. I've seen a documentary about the guy that hooked a plant up to a lie detector and got some very interesting results– first by accident, then by experiment. (Sorry, no idea where I'd find it.) So I don't think it's odd at all to think that plants might have feelings.7. Building on what LeendaDLL and Hangaku have said, you're also incredibly good natured about being vegetarian. I think this pisses off some when I say this, but I have seen such religious zealotry about it, and I find it very tiresome. I have seen nothing about trying to convert a loved one, or any sort of pretension like that. In fact, I think you barely even mention the recipes are veggie at all– and I think that simply allows them to be regarded as delicious and tasty to anyone, without any expectations.

  6. Waterbaby says:

    i was thinking the same — like little paper lanterns.

  7. Emjay says:

    What fabulous imagery your words gave…. and then the photos are gorgeous.

  8. Karen Lynn says:

    These pictures are just fantastic! You are getting better and better gf! I don't think you are weird at all. My longest online friendship is now about 17 years…meeting people online is just amazing. Especially when the blossom into life long friendships!

  9. Vijay says:

    Great imagery & images

  10. Purplesque says:

    šŸ™‚ Yes..I don't really thing the screeching thing is that weird, even if it begets us strange looks.About the plants, I'm glad to find some company. I hope they can hear us. (They have done studies on how music makes plants grow faster.)As for the berries, I'm eating one every few hours..making them last as long as I can. šŸ˜€

  11. Purplesque says:

    Thank you for the kind words. 'Oddly good' sounds like something I could strive for. šŸ˜€

  12. Purplesque says:

    Ha ha..according to my mom's theory, you can't do any screaming in the kitchen. One of the things which makes food delicious is the love you put in. I used to be cynical, but am becoming a big believer in this one.That being said, I do scream a lot, but that's just at random stuff (I forgot the bread! I dropped the salt!!). Never at someone, especially not someone who is trying to help.

  13. Purplesque says:

    Thank you, Jak. I grew up thinking of food as food, and it never occurred to me that there was anything special about being vegetarian. I'm not comfortable eating food made by killing animals, and that's that. There might be two reasons for the 'religious zealotry'- one, most people here switch to vgetarianism/veganism, going against tradition (and family, in some instances) because they strongly believe in it. That along with the historical socio-cultural comfort with meat makes them speak out more..trying to spread the word, so to speak.The other reason (which is how I explain the religious/dietary zealotry in some relatives of mine) is that this is how they identify themselves. If you take that away/make it common, there is nothing left that makes them stand out. Hence they can't let it go.*Gets off the soapbox.*

  14. Purplesque says:

    šŸ™‚ Maybe thats where my love of paper lanterns comes from.

  15. Purplesque says:

    Thank you, Emjay! The imagery was meant more as a joke..but it gets the point across. Cape gooseberries are sexy.

  16. Purplesque says:

    Seventeen years..Wow!!! That is so cool. I hope mine lasts as long.

  17. Purplesque says:

    Thank you, Vijay. Do you get rasbharis in TN?

  18. My mother used to say that screaming or cursing in the kitchen ruined the taste of the food. It has something to do with putting negative energy into the cooking, which makes sense if one thinks about it. I wonder if that's a universal in Asian belief systems?

  19. Purplesque says:

    Maybe it is. That is so interesting. So..do you get loud in the kitchen?We will often say that a food is 'sweet enough' because the cook added his/her love to it. Also, we use our hands instead of spoons and ladles quite often, and it is said that each cook's hands make the food taste different. There are frequent references to 'food by her hands is delicious.' I wonder if thats universal as well.

  20. Karen Lynn says:

    Yes, I hope my friendship with you lasts that long too! or twice that long!

  21. jaklumen says:

    Well… I would hope that meat lovers would consider giving veggie dishes a chance. There's too much assumption and stereotype that they are bland, tasteless, or that they taste too much a certain way. Tofu (not considering it a filler, as it usually is) and wheat grass juicing comes to mind. And I would hope that veggie lovers accept that their meat lovers may simply try the dish (and try again and again, hopefully) without a total conversion.I think your points about breaking with societal and family tradition, as well as self-identification, is spot on– it matches pretty closely with what I have read and what I have personally observed. When it mingles with animal rights activism, it seems to grow in passion and fervor. There's nothing wrong with that, provided it doesn't go to extremes *cough*PETA*cough*, but I think it would probably be more productive to sell it as healthful, diverse, and even economical. I think those who have ethical and environmental concerns will more often seek it out on their own without too much prompting.

  22. Usually not—the only time I swear in the kitchen is when I've burned myself, or sliced a finger while chopping vegetables. And then I try not to shout it: after raising children I taught myself to swear softly so I wouldn't be introducing them to a whole new vocabulary. (I felt terrible when the first word out of my oldest baby's mouth was "Sh*t." I gave her a bottle that was too hot, and she threw the bottle down and said The Word. A friend tried to comfort me by saying, "At least she said it in context." But of all the words in the English language: it taught my husband and I that babies do understand when you're swearing.)When my mother makes rice balls, onigiri, she always says hers aren't as good as her mother's because her mother had "special hands." Your comment also reminded me of the movie, "Like Water for Chocolate," where everything the heroine cooked had magical properties. Some cooks really are like that, I think! (Points at Purplesque.)

  23. Purplesque says:

    You're right..even at potlucks and such, I never make a point about my dish being vegetarian. They usually go down pretty well. And I never, ever, ever try to talk somebody in/out of any kind of diet. It is a free country, after all. :)There are several people I know who are eating more and more vegetarian food simple due to health concerns. Not sure about economical, though..unless you grow your own, a pure veggie diet can be pretty expensive (especially if you're vegan and don't want to compromise.)

  24. Purplesque says:

    Ahh..deja vu. I stopped saying 'sh*t' when my three year old nephew paused dramatically after dropping some food, looked at me, and said, 'sh*t!!' Now its only 'ouch' and 'darn'. Re: your grandma's hands, that is quite the compliment. I'm not sure I deserve it. It certainly stands true for my mother, who can make magic out of nothing in the kitchen.Isn't it funny how we go from idealizing our parents to hating them and then right back? šŸ™‚

  25. jaklumen says:

    Forgot to specify that– yes, expensive unless you grow your own, and yes, much more so when you commit to eat *nothing* animal-related.

  26. Aubrey says:

    #7: You write randy commentary about foodstuffs. (Is this going to turn into Grocery Pornography?)
    #8: You are uniquely wise and gentle.

  27. *taps gently on Purplesques' door*Just stopped by to say Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooo…………………… šŸ™‚

  28. Purplesque says:

    They do call it food porn, after all. šŸ™‚

  29. Purplesque says:

    Hello!!! Its been a while, hasn't it? Things keep happening..I'm going to try and visit tonight.

  30. These photos are so pretty! Can we just eat these cape gooseberries raw? I know it's a silly question. I also believe plants have feelings. I talk to trees and do a bit of the telepathy thing with them. I feel their presence if I concentrate. Eating snow sounds like fun. I should try it if I get any this year. šŸ™‚

  31. Purplesque says:

    Thank you! As far as I know, cape gooseberries are only eaten raw. Not a silly question at all..Snow in Florida! (Just don't eat any that is yellow..lol)

  32. Unfortunately, I don't think we will get any snow after all. It's still like around 70-75 degrees during the day. We had sort of planned to go to NY for Christmas but the trip was canceled because we had to face the fact that we had traveled a bit too much to feel settled down. So this Christmas is full of sunshine and your lavender-infused chocolate pudding. šŸ™‚

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