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Bitter Melon. Or, How I Got My Husband to Eat "The Worst Tasting Vegetable" He Ever Had.

(post, Cristin Couzens)


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Home from the farmers’ market around lunch time, my husband helped me unload my cache.  Casually, I inquired if he’d already eaten. 

“A bowl of oatmeal about an hour ago,” he said. 

“Oh. That’s too bad,” I said without inflection.  “Because I was going to make squash blossom quesadillas. I know. I’ll make the bitter melon recipe instead, because I know you won’t like it.” 

I could see the 'Jedi Mind-Trick' taking hold in his brain.

“No. I’ll try it,” he replied with a tone that said, "you can't tell ME what I like and don't like."  My trap had been set.

Looking at this vegetable on the cutting board, which Ayers Creek Farm had labeled bitter gourd but on the web it’s mostly referred to as bitter melon (even though it actually looks more like a cucumber with a fungus problem), I was reminded of the movie Better Off Dead. John Cusack’s 'culinarily' challenged Mom scoops a dish of green slime on her family’s plates, telling them “It has raisins in it, you like raisins!”  Then the slime comes to life and slithers off the table.     

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