I have some lovely colleagues in the Council, including some who are not inhibited in speaking their mind. One of my colleagues who is managing to survive on a slice of cucumber for lunch (and looking increasing like a stick insect) happened to give my executive lunch box the once over.
She has my best interests at heart as she peers in, commenting on this and that. She thinks I'm a real heathen for having peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches , let alone having three fruits each day. Then I often have a little plastic pot with a few nuts and seeds (healthy eh?) to make sure I get some of those really good omega oils.
However it was the dried fig which caught her eye the most. She reacted in a way like she's never seen a dried fig and asked what it was. I explained I like to have these from time to time and they do have quite a few nutrients tucked away in them. This includes being a useful source of magnesium, manganese, potassium and so on. All of these minerals survive the drying process and bring their own health benefits.
"But they look revolting! How can you possibly eat something like that?".
"Simple, it's no problem. THey're a little chewy but actually they taste quite nice, fancy trying one?". I offered her the little pot with a fig left in it.
"Yuck that looks disgusting! Actually it looks totally inedible, like a stone or something"
The rant continued as she ate a thin slice of cucumber. She said she couldn't possibly contemplate eating something which looked like a cross between a rock and the brain of a dead animal. But then, she knows of the terminology we use at home in describing some of the food I eat, so we'' just have to add figs to the list.....
- Muesli = gravel
- Watercress = pond weed
- Salad = compost
- Ground coffee = mud, soil, dirt
- Dried fig = fossilised brain