9 October 2020

Published October 7, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Hysterical Fiction

Word Count: 100

STALKING THE WILD EDIBLES

“Seriously, Daddy?” Ariel jabbed her fork into a plateful of fishy-smelling seaweed. “You expect me to eat this?”

“Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it. Full of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins,” said Louis. “Expertly prepared by Yours Truly. Ever hear of Euell Gibbons?

“Who?”

“Famous 1960’s naturalist. One winter, his family was down to their last egg and a few pinto beans. He went out and picked a knapsack full of puffball mushrooms, piñon nuts, and yellow prickly pear fruits. Kept them from starving.”

Ariel lifted a green strand, sniffed and grimaced. “It looks like something a Klingon would eat.”

Euell Gibbon, who became famous promoting Grape Nuts cereal. He took a lot of ribbing. Here he is taking a poke at himself.

To know a little more about him CLICK HERE

89 comments on “9 October 2020

  • Dear Rochelle,
    I venture to suggest that even Klingons would turn up their noses at seaweed except for Euell of course! “Hysterical Fiction” could become my favorite genre! 😀
    Shalom,
    Dora

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    • Dear Dora,

      Considering Klingons eat Gakh…live wormy creatures, I’m not sure what they’d do with seaweed. Glad you liked hysterical fiction. I toss that one in every so often to see if anyone’s paying attention. 😉
      I must confess, i really like seaweed.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      I recently went to an Asian restaurant that had the most amazing seaweed salad. Personally, I’m a fan. One of my favorite snacks. Americans. Don’t get me started on SAD, the standard American diet. 😉 Thank you re my story.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I must be weird. I find nothing off-putting about the idea of eating sea-weed. In fact I’ve often eaten fried seaweed in japanese/chinese restaurants. Unlike your main character here, I wouldn’t want to be the first to try anything I found in the wild. Great story.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      I must confess that seaweed is a favorite food of mine, from the papery seaweed squares sold for snacks to a well-prepared salad. I’ve not had fried seaweed, though. Thank you re my story. It’s always fun to rattle a few stuffy cages, no?

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    This was great! I love Grape Nuts and there are so many varieties of seaweed to enjoy so Ariel is being a typical child 😉

    Love this!

    Shalom and lotsa good-for-you love,

    Dale

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  • Good Hysterical Fiction story. I remember his show and all the wild plants and things he would eat. Not a seaweed fan but I’ll eat, or try, about anything as long as I know it’s safe. You have to wonder though, how many people died trying to figure out what was safe.

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  • Klingons… gwak… and gummy worms… HaHAHAHA! Sorry, guess you had to have been there at the Klingon party at MARCON back in the 80’s. Gummy worms, swimming in a vat of red jello mixed with Smirnov’s Vodka…or, gwak as we called it. After the first worm or two, you didn’t really care anymore. LOL! I’ve survived on puff mushrooms, bluegill fish, and those green water plants… watercress, I think they’re called. Not the tastiest of meals, mind you, but my tum was full and I lived to see another day. 🙂 Great story. I’m afraid I’ve already gone well over 100 words with this prompt…see if I can weedle down…hehe. My mojo is back!

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  • I had a lovely Japanese exchange student in my history class one year. Her parents sent her care packages often, and once they sent some seaweed candy for her to share with her American classmates.

    She loved it. The American kids, not so much. But they were all polite 🙂

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  • I’ve never had seaweed. It’s not near the top of my to try list. If it’s really that healthy, maybe I should add it. I’ve had cow tongue, pretty good, and grasshoppers, 🤢. I like Grape Nuts, though I’m pretty sure they’re neither grapes nor nuts.

    I’m still laughing at that “commercial.” I’ve never heard of Euell Gibbons, but I’m wary about taking dietary advice from someone who put lard on his vegetables and died of a heart attack at 64. Though my grandmother used a lot of lard, and she lived to be 95.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I always wondered about the name “Grapenuts”. As for seaweed, I’m a big fan. Cow tongue I wasn’t so impressed with and have never tried grasshoppers.
      I remember when I was a kid, everything was either fried in Lard or Schmaltz (chicken fat). In fact we used to eat schmaltz spread on rye bread. Sprinkle a little salt on it. Pretty tasty. 😉
      Euell did do valid commercials, but he was pretty good about spoofing himself.
      Thank you for coming by.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • That’s interesting. I always assumed the lard was an Hispanic thing. It just goes to show how flimsy our cultural divides are. I’ll pass on the Schmaltz and salt, though. I scarcely even butter things and never add salt. I’m a fake health nut. I love pizza and burgers and have to make up for that elsewhere.

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        • Lard was a common back in the days before vegetable oil came on the scene. These days, schmaltz is a thing of the past. I use some butter sparingly, but only if it’s the real thing. I’m gluten free so that cuts out a lot of carbs. Although potatoes are my friend and there are some terrific gluten free pizzas out there.

          I apologize that both of your attempts at this comment went to my trash folder. I’ve no idea why WP does this.

          To your health!

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  • Seaweed is yummy plis a major health benefit if you have a thyroid problem. The kid is probably at the age where they consider McDonalds as health food 🙂
    Interesting link for Euell Gibbons, now I feel bad about uprooting the dandelion weeds in the garden when I could have cooked them all up.

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    I could picture the young girl turning up her nose at the seaweed.
    Virgin palettes still not cultured enough for exotic foods. I think seaweed and sushi make great bed partners. LOL
    I remember that commercial from way back when. Did you know that Goldenrod makes a great dye for fabrics and yarn? YUP … I recently learned that at a fiber class I attended.
    Another week of stories to read … enjoyed my 1st … this one.
    Abrazos y Carino,
    Isadora

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    • Querida Isadora,

      I’m Jewish. Which means I was raised on Chinese food. 😉 Seriously, I was the kid who didn’t like hot dogs but loved spinach. Seaweed and sushi are in the top 10 of my favorite foods. Re my story. Gracias, mi amiga.

      Shalom y abrazos,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Mags,

      It just so happens I had sushi and a seaweed salad for lunch today. Tuna roll wrapped in seaweed. I love roasted seaweed, too. As far as that goes, I truly could live on Asian food. 😉 Thank you for coming by.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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