Broccoli Rabe / Raab / Rapini is a vegetable with a Bad Raabutation. (I'm sorry) I've seen it mentioned in recipes for years, and the copy always frightened me off. It also said something to the effect of "Broccoli Rabe is an extremely bitter green that will knock your ever-loving socks off with it's nastiness! If you still have a taste bud left on your tongue, it would behoove you to replace the Rapini in the Recipe with something palatable, like Chard." So, I never dared to try it! I don't like bitter greens... and even more so, my husband has a tough time with bitter greens. This created a decade during which every time I read "broccoli rabe" I instantly translated that into meaning "chard." However, this project is all about challenging my own perceptions on food, so I decided to finally Give Raab A Chance.
|It looks so harmless!|
Along with my dinner, since I'm a Beer Drinking Broad these days, I had a glass of Trader Jose's Dark Lager. And this helped to cement the fact that I really am now ok with many varieties of dark beers. The light beers still pose a huge problem for me, but I've come around to the dark ones. Which is major progress!
In closing, I want to tell you that I almost called this entry Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Rapini, but as much as I liked that, it makes no sense. And it reminded me of those idiotic PETA women who go around in those Lettuce Bikinis. So, I would like to take a moment to point out, in case any of you are confused, I don't know ANY vegans, or even other people who otherwise support animal rights, who are fans of PETA and their tactics. PETA clearly has nothing but lunatics as members, because no sensible people support them. I just wanted to make sure that no one reading this could possibly think, "Oh, she's a vegan, so she must go around wearing a Lettuce Bikini and holding up PETA signs in her spare time." I'm still too much of an Old School Feminist to embrace their nonsense!
|Crazy lunatics giving vegans a bad name.|