Archive | March, 2011

Potato needs a bath – and I can’t stop laughing!

28 Mar

Being a “blogger” I tend to subscribe to lots of different blogs that interest me.  The problem being I have ADHD and my interests change by the day (hence why I have no tattoos). Somehow I got looped into the New Victory Theater blog, a kids’ theater in mid-town NYC that puts on some pretty awesome shows (if you are in the age range of 2-8 years old or a wierdo like me who still gets some Big Bird action every now and then – yes they call him BIG Bird for a reason).

Anyway…I got an update entitled “Start Your Spring Cleaning with Potato Needs a Bath!” . Which is only funny cause my family calls the female private parts “the potato” – So I grew up hearing things  like –

-After a potty break: “Did you wash your hands after wiping your potato?”
-In the bath: “Make sure you wash that potato good!”
-When they put me in too tight pants: “Quit playing with your potato.”
-The sex talk: “Boys’ hands are not allowed to touch the potato.” (The advice should have been don’t let boys eat potatoes – as I learned later in life boys will eat potatoes any way they can get them even from a diner waitress!)

So, when I heard about this veggie show starring all types of real fresh veggies and puppeteer Shona Reppe –  I wondered what did Potato do to get so dirty, giggle, giggle. Check out the trailer and show description below, sounds like Eggplant is a diva and the mango tango is an awesome dance!  Seriously, New Vic puts on some awesome shows, if you are in the NY area it might be fun to check one out with a child you care about, or get drunk and go with your friends.

About “Potato Needs A Bath” – It’s a birthday bash and all the guests are ripe for a good time! Eggplant shows off her glamorous new jewels, the pair of Pears flirt and flit, and Plum needs a potty break. But where is Potato? We can’t dance the Mango Tango without Potato! Before he can celebrate with his produce pals, the muddy little spud needs a bath. Superstar storyteller and puppet master Shona Reppe (Cinderella, New Vic 2009) gets giggles and grins galore in this light-hearted, gentle and highly visual show that’s perfect for the very young (and young at heart).

In honor of the New Vic show I will be washing some batata and serving them up this week. Batata is sweet Spanish vagina, oops I mean potato! Giggle, giggle.  Until then keep your potatoes fresh and clean! – VEGina

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Stuff It!

24 Mar

Stuffing brings many things to mind —  favorite stuffed animals, the thanksgiving turkey, a birthday pinata, a fluffy pillow, an evening of in and out and YES how could anyone forget the PEPPER! Us I-talians have been stuffing peppers back as long ago as Adam stuffed Eve.  So then how is this blog not just another Sunday in guidette Vegina’s kitchen? Ah, my dear friend the TYPE of pepper.

I was able to procure these cute long cubanelle peppers and have my way with them. I stuffed them deep and hard and then devoured them whole. Give them a try and let me know how you like your peppers stuffed, wink wink.

Stuff It, Stuff It Good Peppers

You Need:
4 Cubanelle  Peppers

Stuffing:
2-3 cloves finely minced garlic
1 shallot, minced
Pepper parts, minced
3-4 anchovies, mashed (or to taste)

1 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2-3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup  parsley (I used all dried spices cause that is what I had)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp each oregano and basil
olive oil
2 eggs or 4 egg whites
Splash of milk (to ensure stuffing is moist)
Pinch of dried  sage

Directions:
-Cut the top off the pepper, mince
-Core and gut the pepper removing seeds and veins
-In a heated saute pan place olive oil, minced pepper, minced shallot, garlic & anchovies
-Cook till tender

-In a mixing bowl, mix remaining ingredients
-Add sauteed veggies & furry fish (anchovies)
-Mix well, add more milk if not moist
-Stuff peppers

-Preheat oven to 350
-In a fry pan add 1/2 inch oil and fry peppers, turning to brown on all sides
-Place in oven for 20-30 minutes until tender

Relax and enjoy your stuffed conquest!

“They taste really bad, when I eat them I usually puke.”

18 Mar

In doing my veggie research (and really trying to figure out why my full-grown, adult friend Kenny HATES vegetables, when I know he had good parents), I came across this you tube video. In the video the young lad asserts – “They taste really bad, when I eat them I usually puke”, referring to his peas & corn.

A few things come to mind:

1) If you take a look at his veggies they are not the most stunning I have ever seen – frozen peas and corn, YUCK!  I would probably agree with him that they do taste REALLY bad; I think the “they make me puke part” he just added for dramatic effect.

2) His Mom REALLY needs to subscribe to veggienation and mix things up. These carb laden veggies are NOT even close to  A-veggie-mazing.

3) Why would you post your kid’s veggie meltdown on You Tube. Entertaining for me, yes; going to haunt little Johnny when he goes to get a job someday (“I hate monthly reports and when I do them they usually make me puke”), maybe; flip camera misuse, certainly.

The moral of this story is: Peas & Corn (especially canned or frozen and ice cold) DO NOT = Good Vegetables!

As for Kenny, we will have to get back to him – that may be a case study in itself!

Watch the video, I would love to hear your comments on this one and stay tuned, stuffed peppers are coming your way this weekend and they are Y-U-M-M-Y!

Vegging out for now!

Peas & Love,

Vegina

Spanish Eggplant – Some Like It Hot!

16 Mar

!Hola, amigos! Long time no espeak to tu! I wish I could say that I have been off vacationing on a Spanish Isle somewhere but rather I have been rolling down a ski slope in Colorado and then recovering from a wicked head cold in bed! Thank you to all my worried fans who sent flowers, cards, and boxes of sugarfree candy in a gesture of love and concern (what YOU didn’t – well hmph I see what type of friend/relative you are, huh!).  Anyway, back to posting, no more excuses. Actually, I will make good on my delinquency and post twice this week.

One of the major complaints that came from my “fan mail” is that I don’t spice things up enough, that their is not enough caliente  in my kitchen. My initial response- if you want fire and heat drive yourself to the Super 8 after the bars close – there is some spicy shit going down there- illegal but spicy, comprende? After thinking about it and locking eyes with Produce Pedro’s bulging Spanish Eggplant, I decided to get spicy with it… (it’s like getting jiggy but with a sombrero and some green chilies).

Some Spicy Spanish Eggplant

You Need:

1 large Spanish Eggplant, Cubed (regular eggplant will work it is just no fun)

1 large onion, diced

1 can of Rotel, orginal diced tomatoes with green chili

1 large green pepper, diced

1 can of black beans, drained & rinsed

Teaspoon of Onion Salt

Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper

Teaspoon of Crushed Garlic

1/2 Teaspoon of Parsley

1/2 Teaspoon of Paprika

What to Do:

Coat Saute Pan with Olive Oil

Saute the all the veggies with Rotel & beans.

Add Spices, mix well, saute until veggies are tender.

Serve as  a spicy side, cause some like it HOT!!

Enjoy! Ole!