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Mixed Vegetables

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Preparation info

  • Fills

    Two

    1 litre
    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

MoVida Rustica

By Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish

Published 2009

  • About

IT WAS JUST BEFORE LUNCHTIME IN A BIG CONSERVAS FACTORY IN NAVARRA AND THE WOMEN ON THE ASPARAGUS LINE WERE WAITING FOR THE BELL. WITH HANDS LIKE LIGHTNING THEY CLEANED, TRIMMED, STACKED AND PACKED SCORES OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF TINS AND JARS OF WHITE ASPARAGUS. THE BIG SPEARS WENT INTO THE BIG TINS AND THE LITTLE ONES STOOD UP IN GLASS JARS. SEEING THE WOMEN STANDING IN THE STEAM WITH THEIR GLOVES AND HATS, I COULDN’T HELP THINKING OF LAVERNE & SHIRLEY. THE WAREHOUSE WAS LIKE A GALLERY: ROWS OF HAND-MADE PIECES OF ART. BUT IT WAS THE CONSERVED MIXED VEGETABLES THAT REALLY GOT ME. CAREFULLY LAID OUT IN ROWS AND LAYERS, THE JARS LOOKED MORE LIKE ENTRIES IN THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW THAN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS. IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME THAT THEY WERE INDEED DESTINED FOR DISPLAY, ALBEIT IN RETAIL SPACES-AND NOT SURPRISINGLY THEY ALSO TASTED VERY GOOD.