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Monday, May 14, 2012

Kernels, Carrots and Peas, Oh My.



I grew up hating peas and creamed corn. Still don't care for them. But I love me some brussel sprouts. In fact, that's the first thing I cooked for myself after spending a couple months completely restoring my 1940's O'keefe and Merritt stove. No champagne, no celebratory unveiling after all that hard work, just a rewarding helping of tasty brussel sprouts cooked all by myself on my new, vintage stove. Yeah, I'm weird.
Many of you know that I've owned an African Grey parrot, Gumbo, since 1987. He's a fruit and nut only, kind of bird. Doesn't like vegetables much, except for one kind; carrots in any form; cooked or raw. So now I've covered peas, corn, carrots and brussel sprouts in this post. I got nothing more to say about that. But how do you like that great Veg-All label I found? Remember when canned labels were cool? Much cooler than what you found inside the can.
The Illustration Friday word is 'Kernel'.



28 comments:

  1. wow, I like the idea of your work, this label is great :)

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  2. Hahahahaha!!!! Oh my, indeed. We have a five year old pet rabbit , I wonder if she will eat canned vegetables? I never thought... Yes, old labels were so much more interesting then because they were illustrated by people, not computers. Also, I think people appreciated them then.

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  3. In the days when can labels were can labels and real men got real food because canned food was a luxury (I didn't understand that either)...This cartoon made me laugh Ted and reminded me of this old joke...hope you don't mind a link:http://www.cleanjoke.com/humor/He-Packed-His-Own-Lunch.html

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    1. Rod, in the 1950s TV dinners were very popular and considered ultra modern, so I'm sure canned food went thru a period like that too, when it was first introduced. But new doesn't always mean improved.

      Funny joke, but it has a rather dark and unexpected twist at the end, doesn't it?

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  4. LOL! Brussel Sprouts are a favorite of mine and my 13 y/o daughter, believe it or not. LOVE THEM. I have a wicked aversion to 'veg-all', even the organic Earthfare brand, despite loving each veg in their independent variety. I think it is the color combo I find unlikeable, or the fact that each morsel is cut so small you lose out on some degree of robust flavor. Or, maybe it's that veg-all veggies always seem mushy.

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  5. I've come back to say that your post made me think today (nothing more exciting to do!)..What was on my mind was how chopped veg in cans often reminded me of the look and texture of vomit...maybe that's why people often have an aversion to them...even the hardened Bunny workman.

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    1. Precisely why I can't stand the look and texture of canned, cream corn with that slimy pork floating around in it.

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  6. haha, poor rabbit!!
    I have never eaten canned vegetables, only the fresh ones. Do they taste any different?
    I think it is important to laugh and that's why I enjoy visiting here :)
    Depicting violent situations are not really my usual path, I just draw about things I like or things I find important to point, even if those things make me or others uncomfortable. I appreciate your comment.I wasn't expecting many with the subject I chose.
    That label is super cool. I wouldn't mind buying canned vegetables here only for those labels XD

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  7. this is sad ..... again canned veggies, poor rabbit. I am wondering what they are building....maybe canning factory???

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  8. Hahaha! Hey, at least she put emptied it into a container for him.

    That is one cool label! There should be more retro labeling out there. I bet it would make things fly off the shelves. By the way, I recently encountered THESE in my local store and got the dry heaves:
    http://www.englishteastore.com/bamuchshpe30.html
    I think the artificial coloring is the only alluring feature about it.

    You restored a vintage stove???? I am so very impressed. Must be gorgeous!

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    1. Yikes; Mushy peas??? Are they kidding? What's next; Mushy Apples?? Mmmmmmmm!

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  9. I don't know where to start on this! Hatred of canned vegetables? Love of brussels sprouts (especially roasted with olive oil)? Utter delight at the veg-all label? Envy of that funky stove?

    Oh, I can't concentrate on anything because I keep thinking about that astonishing tool you designed! Thank you so much for inventing it & for permission to post it! http://oddments.blogspot.com/2012/05/shut-eye.html

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    1. Thanks, Leah. Just revealing my little-known steam punk side. heh heh.

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  10. 1. I love your comic...AND Mr. VegAll
    2.Your liking of brussel sprouts makes you a little weird, but I like weird (I liked lima beans...so THERE!)
    3. You are weird and cool for having a parrot named Gumbo who loves carrots.
    4. All in all, I think this is a very nutritious post.

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  11. The rabbit's life is hard! Ha, ha...

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  12. Funny cartoon. I can't stand canned veggies either. Except for canned spinach. I ate it when I was a kid 'cause Popeye ate it, and now I got used to it.

    What's with the Friday illustration word "Kernel?" What gives?

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  13. Illustration Friday is a drawing site that puts out a new word every Friday morning. A lot of us bloggers draw something up for it and post it on the site. It's a lot of fun. Where you been??

    http://www.illustrationfriday.com/?sstyle=1

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  14. Haha! Great cartoon. Poor bunny! Yeah, my mom was a great cook but she did use the canned vegetables a lot. Yuck. Great details as always! Maybe he has some nice carrot juice in the thermos?

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  15. Hooray for brussel sprouts! They're one of my favorites, too! I roast them in the oven and sometimes put browned butter and toasted almonds on top. (Oh yum, now I'm getting hungry). I like your funny cartoon – especially since it's got rabbits. The limited use of color is very effective in directing the eye.

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  16. Would you believe that canned veggies is a luxury where I am? It costs more than fresh ones bought by the bulk. Kinda silly, especially when you're getting vegetables soaked in smelly liquid.

    That rabbit would be driving a Mercedes Benz here. Heheh. :))

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  17. I've owned many a rabbit, & I can definitely see canned vegetables not going over very well. (Hell, they don't go over very well with ME!) Great cartoon!! Love the scene you've created! Oh - and ps. I love brussel sprouts too!

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  18. hahaha.. tsk tsk tsk.. spoiled rabbit.. keep complaining and he might have to prepare his lunch pack himself :P Nice one, sir! :D

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  19. Hahahh these are great. You are entertaining. I gotta look through all the stuff I missed while I was away from bloggerland!

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  20. hehehe great interpretation of the word :) much more inspired than mine :)

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