Don’t give up on them, those pomegranates

So if you get a pomegranate and you’ve never had one before you might be lucky or you might be not. When it’s good, you cut it and tear it apart and the garnet colored seeds are plump and taut and full of juice. When you eat those juicy seeds, they burst when you chew them, the center is only a tiny bit and it sort of disappears and you can just eat it all. They are a sweet and tart wonderfulness. When the pomegranate is not so good several things might happen. Maybe some if it is brownish rather than red. And then it’s a bit overly sweet, like past what it could be, maybe a smidge turned, somewhat flat. Maybe you get it and it’s been out for too long, off the tree, and it’s dry so that when you chew on the seeds there’s a lot of a hard, pulpy, almost woody center and only just a quick burst of juice and it might not seem so right to eat that woody part. You can make the best of it and chew all the yumminess out of it and then spit out the center mush.  If this happens and you haven’t had a good one before you might not be able to say, “Oh, too bad, this was just not such a good one yet I’ll make the best of it, better luck next time”. You might say instead, “What’s the big deal anyway with this stupid, ridiculous, expensive fruit, I don’t even know what all the hoopla is about, it’s just more trouble than it’s worth!”  And you might stop searching for it, that good one, and then you’ll really miss out.

So if you don’t quite get it or don’t quite like it… don’t give up on them, those pomegranates. There is a perfect one out there for you. There is a perfect one for everyone.

Dreams and garlic


Does anybody have advice on what to do to remember your dreams?  I hardly ever remember them…  it’s really rare.  Sometimes I think I remember dreams only if there is something really intense going on in my life and sometimes I’ve thought that I’m remembering them because I have eaten something particular that evening (sometimes I have eaten seafood that evening and it makes me think that’s what has done it).  One time a doctor recommended I start to take a bunch of vitamins and he said, “don’t be surprised if you have really vivid dreams”.  I did and it was pretty great.  I just can’t remember what vitamin specifically was the one that made me dream and the doctor is in a city far, far away.  Yes, I’ll do a web search but I just thought I’d ask and see if any humans out there had any tips from their own experience.



Puree a whole garlic clove with a few pinches of salt (to taste) and enough olive oil to help the puree process (I use about the same amount of olive oil as there is of garlic- I use a little more or a little less, depending on what method I use to make the paste).  Save it in a little jar in the fridge and have it ready to put it on everything.  It’s a super handy way to store it in order to have it ready to cook with too.  But raw, oh my gosh raw, is just so incomparable!  A wonderful feeling comes from knowing that this is such an absolutely delicious and bright taste that you really don’t care who smells the garlic on you.

Eat a Pomegranate

Items needed:  
  • 1 good-looking pomegranate
  • 1 plate (using a ceramic or glass-type plate adds to the sound quality)
  • 1 sharp and non-serrated big knife
  • your bare hands 
Put the pomegranate on the plate.  Knife it in half in one slow stroke down.  You’re done with the knife.  Then slowly pry it open, segment by segment, nudging off the seeds. Other than the ones you cut, they fall intact, clinking on your plate.  Eat it all in handfuls.