Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Everyday Elitism

If there's one thing that chaps my ass, it's how "arugula" has become a catchword among right-wingers and the lazy media types who never call them out on their bullshit for snobby elitism. While shopping at the local C-Town supermarket, I ran into a display of elitist leaves (eleafists?):





Yeah, at $1.29, that's really something that only a Snooty McSnootington could possibly afford to buy. Hell, a bunch of arugula is cheaper than a goddamn box of four hot pockets, and cheaper than a Big Mac. If eating arugula is elitist, it's the sort of elitism than an ordinary working stiff can afford. Sauteed with a little garlic and served with cannellini, arugula can be a delicious, nutritious meal on the cheap. For the record, I'll probably make a salad with the bunch I purchased- some olive oil, a hint of balsamic vinegar, some shaved pecorino romano, and good crusty bastone... bellissima!

I have no idea why a certain segment of the population thinks that processed crap is authentic, and that quality foodstuffs are suspect. Let me get this straight... industrial product extruded out of a plant and stamped into a shape reminiscent of something edible is real food, while a perfectly nutritious leafy green is somehow fit only for rabbits? Grazie, ma no! I think I'll stick to the elitist rabbit food.

12 comments:

Laura said...

And look at that! It's even grown in the good old U.S of A.!!! How can you argue with that??

I've been waiting my whole life to be classified as "snooty". So glad I've finally arrived.

Now I'm HUNGRY!!! Arugula! Get IN MA Belly!!!! :)

((Hugs))
Laura

vacuumslayer said...

Mmmmm, elitist rabbit food.


You're really speaking my language with this entry. I just cannot agree more strongly with just about every word. And there are few things that are more delicious to me than a green salad with Parmesean shavings and homemade vinaigrette.

Cruel of you to mention cannellini, though. Hubby won't eat beans. (Of any kind!) This bums me out to an enormous degree, because do you KNOW how much vegetarian cuisine is bean-based?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I've been waiting my whole life to be classified as "snooty". So glad I've finally arrived

Yeah, right? It's not snooty, it's ethnic!

Hubby won't eat beans. (Of any kind!)

What's his aversion to beans? If you pureed them, would he notice? How about chickpeas?

vacuumslayer said...

No chickpeas. And, yes, he will eat pureed beans. But how many recipes call for pureed beans?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

You can sneak pureed beans into just about anything. Would he eat hummus or falafel?

Another Kiwi said...

I humbly suggest a bean cassoulet ma'am. it's got sausages and bacon in it.

Nonny Moose™³²®© said...

You could play bean propaganda cassette tapes while he's asleep, vs.
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Rachel said...

Arugula's awesome. I've got a super-sharp (I'm not kidding. It'll make your eyes water) strain growing in my garden and it's way better than any gross mass-produced 'hamburger' could be.

Laura said...

Seriously Big B... you MADE me go out and buy some today.
In the middle of a snow storm!!

Be careful. You hold much power. Or should I say.. POWAHHHHH!!

((Hugs))
Laura

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That Nonny Moose character is suspicious. Someone better report him to the proper authorities.
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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Arugula's awesome. I've got a super-sharp (I'm not kidding. It'll make your eyes water) strain growing in my garden and it's way better than any gross mass-produced 'hamburger' could be.

Sounds awesome! Have you ever eaten purslane? It's one of my favorite vegetables, and most people spend a lot of effort trying, unsuccessfully, to eradicate it from their gardens.

Be careful. You hold much power. Or should I say.. POWAHHHHH!!

I only use my powers for good!

That Nonny Moose character is suspicious. Someone better report him to the proper authorities.

I've reported him to the ombudsmoose.

Another Kiwi said...

Nonny Moose is 5th column. No doubt