Monday, May 23, 2011

Fear of Broccoli

I have been growing broccoli in my backyard garden. The broccoli didn't develop into large heads. Instead it looked like broccolini. Very little was edible. This weekend I pulled out the remaining plants to start a new planting and I brought the pitiful little stalk into the house to cook with dinner. I CAREFULLY washed the stalk, running it under water vigorously.  While holding the stalk I started cutting it into bite size pieces. Some of the water droplets dripped on to my hand. Oh wait, that isn't a drop of water - it was a big orange spider! OMG!

I have never shook my hand so quickly!  Spider off? Check. Now I had to find it and get it out of the house. Normally I treat spiders with respect. I am a life-long fan of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. When there is a spider in the house I gently catch it and take it outside. This one was going to die. It violated the agreement of co-existence by being on my body without my permission. I caught the eight legged assailant and disposed of it. Then I re-washed the broccoli and inspected it, I thought carefully.

I put the broccoli bits and water into a bowl and zapped it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Taking it out and putting it on a plate I stopped and peered closer . . . OMG, that is an egg sack on the broccoli and it has been microwaved and has opened to reveal a mass of spider eggs. The blob appearing similar to a hack of spit. The broccoli was immediately put in the garbage and we had one less vegetable for dinner. 

Now I cannot bring myself to eat broccoli. I blame the broccoli for having the spider, not the spider for living there. Damn broccoli. It has been three days and I am avoiding broccoli like the plague. Looks like I will be keeping the pounds off with string beans and tomatoes again tonight. 

~Jane

11 comments:

Jacqui said...

I now have the heebie jeebies! LOL
Last summer, there were a few people who bought some grapes at a couple local stores that had black widows in them. I think there was 3 different times this happened. I stopped reading the articles in the paper. I still can't buy a bunch of grapes.

Jane Cartelli said...

I once had a black window in my basil plant on my kitchen window sill. I got over that - after a few years. Now I grow basil and always check for the black window spiders. Luckily they are not as deadly as they are painful.

Sheri - The Motivational Girl said...

I hate spiders!!!! Jane that is horrible!!! I would never eat fresh brocolli again! Stick with frozen. :)

Gerri Helms said...

jane, please don't turn on Broccoli. You know how much I love it! LOL.

Love, Gerri
http://www.trustGodandbuybroccoli.com

Jane Cartelli said...

Sheri,
I actually like frozen more than I like fresh - so that works. Thank you for the suggestion.

Gerri,
You need to write a sequel "Trust God to Keep the Spiders out of the Broccoli!

Jane~

Lauren said...

ew ew ew ew EW

Jane Cartelli said...

Lauren, your aversion to spiders is duly noted.

Mary said...

Truthfully? I'd rather have spiders in my broccoli than slugs in my lettuce. :(

Jane Cartelli said...

EKK! I have never had slugs in my lettuce but I have to admit that sounds worse that spiders.

~Jane

Jacqui said...

I just posted a blog post... I now have no use for broccoli in my life. I had the same thing happen today.. what are the chances??? I had to post a picture, because I thought there was no way anyone would believe me!
http://jellybelly811.blogspot.com/2011/05/not-for-faint-of-heart.html

Jane Cartelli said...

I am buying brussels sprouts for now on.

Jane~