FAMINE OF INSPIRATION AND A FEAST OF A WORKLOAD

Sometimes a quick surf around foodreference.com or Wikipedia may yield the early-morning prompt I need to get a blog post going. Today I’ve been given “1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.” By the foodreference crowd, and “Utricularia nervosa is a terrestrial carnivorous plant that belongs to the genus Utricularia (family Lentibulariaceae). It is endemic to South America where it can be found in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Venezuela.” From Wikipedia.

Please, give me strength … It’s enough to make me go and join Lulubelle in bed!

… But I can’t; as will have been hinted by my absence from visiting my blog friends, I am very busy. This is the most hectic time of year as the ad agencies race to go to print before the printers close in early December. It’s also the start of silly season and people are starting to ask for quotes for catering cocktail parties and the like. I must – as they say in the pugilist world – ‘box clever’; in the freelancer’s life things are always feast or famine and I know from past experience that both my businesses will all but die between December and March. In the meantime, my family is happy to have cold suppers.

And, in case the threat of smelly urine puts you off asparagus, here’s why it’s one of the best things you can do for your body by eating more of it.

Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year. Its wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium and calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice for today’s health-conscious consumer.

Asparagus is:

o Low in calories, only 20 per 5.3 oz. serving, less than 4 calories per spear.

o Contains no fat or cholesterol.

o Very low in sodium.

o A good source of potassium.(1)

o A source of fiber (3 grams per 5.3 oz. serving). (2)

o An excellent source of folacin. (3) o A significant source of thiamin. (4)

o A significant source of vitamin B6. (4)

o One of the richest sources of rutin, a compound which a compound which strengthens capillary walls.

o Contains glutathione (GSH). (5)

source: asparagus.org … yes, there are entire websites devoted to asparagus. Go figure …

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65 Comments Add yours

  1. SidevieW says:

    It has also (in rather large quantities) been spoken of as a cancer cure.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I came across that too, it would bankrupt you!

  2. slpmartin says:

    Up late…just back from dinner with a friend…your schedule seems to be far more busy than mine…but I suspect that’s a good thing….good night my friiend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Night night, Charlie!

  3. johnlmalone says:

    what a busy time you have coming up, Cindy; I hope you can still find time to attend to your blog duties 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      So do I, but I can always catch up at quieter times 🙂

  4. Tandy says:

    Asparagus is a good way to test if your kidneys are functioning as they should. Hope today is a good day xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      So far it’s a bit pear shaped, but it will be fine. Off to test my kidneys … xxx

  5. earlybird says:

    I love asparagus… sadly we’ll have to wait six months now for ours to be back in season. Good luck with the coming weeks/months.

  6. Leeswammes says:

    Sounds like something I should eat more often. Thing is, the rest of the fam won’t touch it. So it’s just for me. We only have them around June, though, with a short season only. I could buy imported ones but I try to reduce what I buy that comes from abroad. Tinned asparagus? Would that work?

    BTW I didn’t know you could eat that much! That’s a big plate full! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think the tinned ones are more fattening, seem to remember reading that this morning … 😉

  7. sonsothunder says:

    Lulubelle is beautiful!!! Red Nose, I assume?
    Actually, seems all business these days are
    feast or famine. Thanks for making another
    lovely, informative post. My mention to you
    of your absence was about missing your
    post, as I was becoming a little concerned.
    Just can’t recall when I couldn’t go to your
    site and see a fresh, great reading article.
    Those of us not as prolific as you are tend
    to notice…when a friend isn’t them selves.
    God Bless You
    paul

  8. Pseu says:

    Lovely picture of the dog in bed!

    I need no convincing as far as asparagus goes, but it is out of season here. One of the joys of it is that the season is short…so one has to yearn for it and then be a glutton when it arrives 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes it is a short season, we seem to have them for longer, I suspect because of greenhouse farms.

  9. nursemyra says:

    Lulubelle is adorable

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am very fond of her, Myra 😉

  10. bluebee says:

    Can I come over for one of those cold suppers? – yum

  11. I’d also be quite happy with that cold supper, yummy! Lulubelle is gorgeous 🙂

  12. MissChris says:

    that is still the cutest dog ever!
    I looooove asparagus!
    Don’t push yourself too hard!
    xxx

  13. Sparkle says:

    I never had asparagus, I’m afraid if I buy I’ll get stuck with them. I don’t even know how far down can be consumed like celery.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You eat the whole thing, Sparky. If you like spinach and morogo you are sure to like asparagus 🙂

  14. The Hook says:

    Don’t mess with that dog!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Unless she’s sleepy, she wouldn’t budge 🙂

  15. adeeyoyo says:

    The picture of patience – lovely! I could (virtually) live on asparagus & cheese flan – yum yum!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Since reading the website I am resolved to eat a lot more of it, adee.

  16. mairedubhtx says:

    I remember when ketchup was allowed to be considered a vegetable in school lunches under the Reagan administration here in the States. I was totally outraged. My daughter was in elementary school at the time. It just seemed so wrong.

  17. Tes says:

    Your dog looks so cool 🙂 and wow really? there’s a website about asparagus! The webmaster must be really in love with this vegetable!

    1. theonlycin says:

      There are DOZENS of websites about asparagus, I was amazed, Tes.

  18. knowing u struggle w initiating writing is a perfect example of not being alone in suffering! here i thought it was only me

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nope Doc, you are not alone 🙂

  19. ceciliag says:

    Hey Cin, if you like asparagus pop out here in the early spring, I have about 400 hundred plants that i will be harvesting.. talk about smelly pee! but it is one of my top wonder vegetables! c

  20. ceciliag says:

    Hey Cin, if you like asparagus pop out here in the early spring, I have about 400 plants that i will be harvesting.. talk about smelly pee! but it is one of my top wonder vegetables! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahaha, I reckon it’s much like garlic, smells don’t matter much if the whole household is eating it 😉

  21. SuziCate says:

    Love this expression on precious Lulabelle! Wonder what she was thinking!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know that she was thinking, SuziCate, we love her dearly but she is not the brightest glow worm in the garden 😉

  22. Yay for good old asparagus – love the stuff!
    Wish Pete would enjoy cold dinners – didn’t even get that right in Mauritius in summer!
    Hope you have had a good day.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Old Spouse is really quite easy to feed, as long as it’s healthy and there’s no grease on it he’s very happy 🙂

  23. gospelwriter says:

    Your cold supper looks delicious! And I love asparagus, even if it’s good for me. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Nice to be ‘allowed’ to over-indulge in something we love for a change 🙂

  24. nrhatch says:

    Make sure that you take good care of yourself during this busy busy season.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will do, Nancy 🙂

  25. Last year a friend gave us a little pot of asparagus which Pete somehow magically divided into seven plants which are now planted in our driveway. Who knows when or if we’ll ever get any spears, but it’s nice to try! And when we do, I suspect we’ll get…seven spears. 🙂

    Your cold suppers look like a feast, and I agree with the others, do take care of yourself during this hectic time!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I believe they grow like monsters, Celia, hope yours do 🙂

  26. souldipper says:

    O So Good! I love asparagus…raw or slightly steamed.

    I’m sure aware of your fatigue, Cin. I know you only speak lightly about it, but I suspect it is a ‘bit’ more than than a lighthearted comment. I’ll ask that you be given lots of good energy to fill the cracks! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Amy, taking my vitamins 🙂

  27. Melted, seriously, at Lulubelle. My vocabulary deserts me. Awwww.
    I love asparagus….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lulu puts me at a loss for words often, Kate 🙂

  28. dearrosie says:

    J’adore asparagus.
    Is your dog laying inbetween the sheets of your bed?

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, in my daughter’s bed. She is not allowed to do this, but sneaked in when my daughter left for school.

  29. libraryscene says:

    yes, and the lunch program has continued to go downhill as has our health, oy!
    As for asparagus…someone just told me last week that it was an aphrodisiac? Can you confirm, oh wise foodie-one?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Asparagus is considered a psycho-physiological aphrodisiac because of its shape. It is said to trigger the mind to have a physiological response. The French word for asparagus is asperge; asperge is a slang word for penis…

      1. dearrosie says:

        Well the things one learns…

      2. theonlycin says:

        I am to please 😉

  30. Linda says:

    Ketchup as a vegetable! Ha. I think I shall be eating a lot more asparagus. Thanks for the information.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re most welcome, Linda 🙂

  31. Naomi says:

    Love that pic of Lulubelle! And even your cold food looks delicious. Also, all the best with your workload, Cin…hope it levels off just perfectly for you 🙂

  32. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    I love asparagus… and lulubelle is adorable!!

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