...you should always eat your veggies.
However my momma never imagined I would be living in a country
that makes her words a bit difficult to follow.
I love that all year long I can get FRESH DANISH POTATOES... and unlike everything else at the grocery store, they are CHEAP! Danes love their potatoes and in fact, Jess pointed out our first Christmas here just how much they love them.....
"Mom, look... they have TWO different potato dishes.What's up with that?!"
(Little did she know that we would both be scarfing those 2 different potato dishes down because we were not so fond of the rest of the "Julemad" offerings!)
If you ask a Dane what vegetable he wants for dinner, you will, 9 times out of 10, get the same answer...POTATOES.
When I try to explain to my Viking that potato is not the answer I am looking for, he just looks at me quizzically. I have tried lots of different veggie dishes with him (many that I have had to purchase supplies for in Germany because veggies are not such a popular thing here!) and other than CORN (which has the nutritional value of......well, potatoes!) he is not so keen on most of them!
I on the other hand LOVE so many different veggies... especially green beans (which again, I buy in Germany!). I could make some kind of beans (including black eyed peas) with every meal, but my Viking would NOT be happy with that!!! He would want to know where the potatoes were!
However, Denmark does offer something in the veggie category that to me, sounded so strange at first.... There were specials at the stores announcing the arrivals of the ROOTS! Seriously... all kinds of roots (like beets) that folks here love to cook in the fall.... but these are things that I have NEVER had in my kitchen before and would have no clue what to do with them!
So Denmark and I are at a standstill when it comes to side dishes.
I drive to Germany to buy my canned (french cut) green beans; I drive to the Asian market to buy my dried black eyed peas. I drive to the Turkish bazaar to buy my pinto beans. And I drive my husband to his mom's house when he wants to eat some roots.
See... COMPROMISE! :-)