Monday, November 9, 2009

Food Shopping


So this is what can happen when an artist goes food shopping.

I saw this thing at my favorite organic booth at our local farmer's market and just had to have it. The guy said it was celeria and told us of a few ways to prepare it. However, I didn't really pay attention to what he was saying because I could not. stop. looking. at the celeria. So for two bucks I now have this thing to gaze upon. I might make a drawing or a painting of it, but actually I just want to enjoy looking at it; it is very textural, voluminous, earthy and kind of bizarre. I consider these to be very good attributes.

I guess I might end up cooking it or maybe I will buy another one next week so I can still have one to look at for awhile. I found some recipes and they look interesting.

Will keep y'all posted. Heh.

13 comments:

Sydney said...

Oh, I can see why you had to buy it. I remember people talking about it when I lived in Germany, but I never got a chance to see one. From what I recall, people either hated it or liked it okay.

Anonymous said...

FOR THIS!, I HAVE WAITED SINCE OCTOBER's 29TH!!!

Just kidding Tracy - sort of.

Actually, i'll take anything you post because I like you and your art so much. Now, get thee to a Chinese grocery store - that'll be inspiration for some abstract inspiration.

Sherrill, Montreal

Maryanne said...

It is good to eat and good to draw. Take a look at some of Jim Dine's drawings of roots.

Tracy said...

Sydney, isn't it cool?! Kind of internal organ looking too, I think. I have seen some interesting recipes so maybe I will be cooking this one;)

Sherrill, hehe, well what can I say? I took to my bed for a week, I was just SO devastated about my rooster's death.......

Chinese grocery store? Would if I could, not one within a hundred miles.

Maryanne, thanks for the tip. I vaguely recall those drawings it's been a long time. I will look them up.

Jala Pfaff said...

Ewwwww! Fabulous!

Steven LaRose said...

It reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky".

SamArtDog said...

The guy who grew this mother-ship can call it anything he likes, but I've always called it "celeriac", as in, ack! I've grown it, but only for the viewing; I never dared put it's feet to the fire.

Tracy said...

Jala, My sentiment exactly:)

Had to google that, Steven, and you are right! I totally see it.....

SamArtDog, you are right too, his little sign might have even said 'celeriac' too and I didn't catch it. Missed it when I googled it too. Sigh. Any tips about growing it? Maybe I will add it to my garden next summer.

Natalya said...

it look like fabulous fodder for abstract work! and you should try growing it too...

SamArtDog said...

My advice about growing celeriac is don't, unless you have nothing else to do/grow. I only tried it once so I could say I had. Be kind to yourself, and leave it up to the guy at the farmers' market. Save your love for the tomatoes.

Tina Mammoser said...

Celeriac! Yes! Very popular here (well, as popular as odd foods get). Quite nice just chopped and roasted like you would do with squash or turnip. Very strong celery/pepper taste! Also good in soup, but again make sure you put in blander things too to calm the strength of the celeriac. It's not my cup of tea but enjoy! :)

Robyn said...

Gorgeous! Paint it - then grate it and mix the raw celeriac with half mayonaise and half French dressing with a teaspoon of French mustard. Even kids swoon for this one.

Sumabokemo said...

This is one of my favorite vegetables, and every time I buy one at the grocery the clerk asks me what the heck it is! My family loves this stuff.