Skip to main content

Fuzzy melon

Captain's Log, Supplemental

This is, I believe, a “bitter melon” (it’s an Asian vegetable, and it’s actually called that). If it’s not a bitter melon, it’s a winter melon. I can never remember which is which. It’s squash-like.



Someone gave it to my sister-in-law, but it wasn’t used in whatever Chinese soup they made for Christmas dinner. I know it’s a commonly used vegetable, but I’ve certainly never cooked with it.



The problem is that once she got it, my sister-in-law noticed this funny fuzzy sprout growing out of the top. So she stuck it in a glass and watched to see if it would continue to grow.

And it did!



She didn’t water it. She didn’t do anything except stick it in a glass. And it’s looking like some space pod from an alien planet, getting ready to jump out and body-snatch everyone in the house.

We watched the fuzzy sprout grow another couple inches in the two days we were at my sister-in-law’s house. Who knows? Maybe I’ve contracted some extraterrestrial disease it was carrying in its spores.

I fondly called it “Hairy.”

Thoughts from the peanut gallery? At least help me brainstorm a nicer name for the poor guy.

Comments

  1. ok its time i was in bed so my comment may not be to right
    but how about russel as in Russel sprouts. (now i know i spelt that wrong)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Camy! Haven't you seen seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Smash that thing in the trash compactor quick!

    ReplyDelete
  3. totally cracking up over here... let's call it Hubert, why because I like the name :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. You know I actually like the melon in my soup. It brings back many memories. Just drop an egg and some tofu along with the chopped up melon in some chicken broth and you're set. Simple and delicious. As for the sprout, you might think about separating it from the actual melon and seeing if it still continues to grow.

    ReplyDelete
  5. my parents eat this thing all the time! they grow them in the garden in our back yard. they can get pretty huge. i won't touch it lol.

    ReplyDelete
  6. What about Spike? Or Spike Lee?

    And for what its worth, I've never seen such a thing in my life! But then, we don't have that many Asian veggies in Mississippi, either. :/

    ReplyDelete
  7. What you have in the glass is a very common veggie here. They are used in soups and various veggie dishes. And it is from the squash family. Here it is called a chiyote.
    Blessings from Costa Rica

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts

No Cold Bums toilet seat cover

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.22.2008 I actually wrote out my pattern! I was getting a lot of hits on my infamous toilet seat cover , and I wanted to make a new one with “improvements,” so I paid attention and wrote things down as I made the new one. This was originally based off the Potty Mouth toilet cover , but I altered it to fit over the seat instead of the lid. Yarn: any worsted weight yarn, about 120 yards (this is a really tight number, I used exactly 118 yards. My suggestion is to make sure you have about 130 yards.) I suggest using acrylic yarn because you’re going to be washing this often. Needle: I used US 8, but you can use whatever needle size is recommended by the yarn you’re using. Gauge: Not that important. Mine was 4 sts/1 inch in garter stitch. 6 buttons (I used some leftover shell buttons I had in my stash) tapestry needle Crochet hook (optional) Cover: Using a provisional cast on, cast on 12 stitches. Work in garter st until liner measures

I joined Sweet Romance Reads!

I just joined Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors who all write sweet romances in a variety of sub-genres. I’m friends with several of the authors from my days writing for Harlequin/Love Inspired, so it’s nice to be able to join their group. If you’re on Facebook, this is their Facebook page , and this is their Facebook group . I posted my introductory post yesterday on the Sweet Romance Reads blog (Blogger), where I listed three strange things about me. Click here to read the post, and tell me three strange things about you!

ひとり寿司第22章パート3

「ひとり寿司」をブログに連載します! ひとり寿司 寿司シリーズの第一作 キャミー・タング 西島美幸 訳 スポーツ狂のレックス・坂井 —— いとこのマリコが数ヶ月後に結婚することにより、「いとこの中で一番年上の独身女性」という内輪の肩書を「勝ち取る」ことについては、あまり気にしていない。コントロールフリークの祖母を無視するのは容易だ —— しかし、祖母は最終通告を出した —— マリコの結婚式までにデート相手を見つけなければ、無慈悲な祖母は、レックスがコーチをしている女子バレーボールチームへの資金供給を切ると言う。 ダグアウトにいる選手全員とデートに出かけるほど絶望的なわけではない。レックスは、バイブルスタディで読んだ「エペソの手紙」をもとに「最高の男性」の条件の厳しいリストを作った。バレーボールではいつも勝つ —— ゲームを有利に進めれば、必ず成功するはずだ。 そのとき兄は、クリスチャンではなく、アスリートでもなく、一見何の魅力もないエイデンを彼女に引き合わせる。 エイデンは、クリスチャンではないという理由で離れていったトリッシュという女の子から受けた痛手から立ち直ろうとしている。そして、レックスが(1)彼に全く興味がないこと、(2)クリスチャンであること、(3)トリッシュのいとこであることを知る。あの狂った家族とまた付き合うのはごめんだ。まして、偽善的なクリスチャンの女の子など、お断り。彼はマゾヒストじゃない。 レックスは時間がなくなってきた。いくら頑張っても、いい人は現れない。それに、どこへ行ってもエイデンに遭遇する。あのリストはどんどん長くなっていくばかり —— 過去に掲載済みのストーリーのリンクはこちらです。 *** ********** 父に白い封筒を渡される前から、レックスの心臓は張り裂けていた——冷たい日本海で真っ二つに分かれる氷河のように、耳をつんざくような鋭い音がする。 (あなたを、ワサマタユ・スポーツクラブの男女混合および女子バレーボールチームに受け入れます……) その手紙にきちんと折り目をつけて、封筒の中に戻した。そして、膝を上げて横になっているソファの隣に置かれた、コーヒーテーブルに手紙を落とした。 彼女の入部を伝えるために、その日の午前中、ダレンから電話があった。 「ダレ