Friday, 25 April 2014

The Broccoli Chip Beverage ....


Some of you may be a bit too recent to remember the broccoli chip incident of 2012, but believe me it is the stuff of legend in our house and remains one of the defining moments in parenting joy.
In short broccoli chips are reminiscent of fish food filled, wet, old boots that have been baking in the sun for a couple of days and have provided a benchmark for the level of disgustingness of something ever since, but it would appear we have a new contender.
Sinus and I headed off to the liquor store, which is know as the bottl-o in these parts, to buy a celebratory beverage for the end of radiation.  I am no drinker... infact if you look up cheap drunk in the dictionary there is a little animation of me dancing on a table while singing eighties tunes, followed by a very unflattering collapse into a snoring, drooling mess. 
But glug glug woohoo tendencies aside, I do love all the pretty bottles and labels, and my eye was caught by this little vintage looking wonder... It had cloudy apple juice... which I love, plus maple.... which everyone loves right... and bourbon... which I couldn't really remember drinking in the last 20 years or so, but I had fond college memories of bourbon... I think.... some of those details are a tad fuzzy. The clincher was that it was called the rambler, which seemed to be talking directly to me and was totally appropriate as I am four paragraphs in and haven't gotten to the point yet... 


Now I am sure there are some people out there who think this stuff is like the nectar of the gods, and maybe my lack of drinking chops contributed, but this is impressively awful... one taste and my throat slammed shut, my eyes did a funny dance and I had trouble catching my breath. Phantom looked suitable horrified and concerned through her giggles and snorts, which is why she is such a magnificent daughter, but Sinus of course was disbelieving of my theatrics, immediately decided he needed a taste. 
Just as he got the drink to his lips, I found I was able to breathe again and managed to gasp out two words... broccoli chips... It was too late though and poor Sinus had taken a gulp, and I must say he made my theatrics look reserved, especially as he added a slight hopping and nose pinching manoeuvre which I had never seen before. The tongue scrubbing and complaining that ensued for the next few hours was truly broccoli chip worthy and we now have rambler as a beverage equivalent descriptor and broccoli chip can be reserved as the food benchmark from this day forward


Of course I needed to immortalise this new addition to our family lexicon, and now it has been done I can get back to painting up the view from the bedroom window... Nothing remotely broccoli chip or rambler about that...
Happy painting all...xx


48 comments:

MeOfCourse said...

That bottle looks great. Wonderful job as always and congrats on the celebration. Woo Hoo! Hooray! Love that view from the bedroom window. Take care.

Heather Foust said...

You are hilarious!! Snort! I know what your saying!! Those illustrations are wonderful!!! I want a view like that! Beautiful!

Lynn Cohen said...

So happy to learn you are done with radiation! So now what? You just sit around and draw to your hearts content and wait for everything to be tested and come back with "perfectly healthy" stamped on your forehead? I sure hope so!!!
Love all the art! Especially the clear glass shine to the rambler bottle!
Happy day, Tracey, happy day!

Jennifer McLean said...

that gorgeous bottle makes up for the fact that it's eminently non-drinkable. Cool!!!

Jennifer McLean said...

that gorgeous bottle makes up for the fact that it's eminently non-drinkable. Cool!!!

Lynn Richards said...

So, so funny!!!!! Glad you have these memories. But you are quite right, the bottle is a nice one!
xo

Nic McLean said...

Oh Tracey that was hilarious! I'm so disappointed it wasn't nice because as you described what was in it I was thinking Oh that sounds like something I'd like to try. What a shame but still it provide great fodder for another funny blog post and a great illustration to boot!

Clare Lloyd said...

Fabulous work .

Claire said...

Wow, I just love your illustrations!!
Happy PPF :
(no. 20 on list - I'm new!)

Nordljus said...

It is a really beautiful bottle though, so that's something :). What a lovely view, love all the tall big greens in your garden.

Polly Birchall said...

Love your sketches. You are hilarious and make me laugh out loud

Netty said...

shame the contents didn't match this great bottle Tracy.....lol and Brocky chips.....yuck.....too awful. Wonderful to have such a supportive family.......Loving your beautiful view, it looks so lush. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

VonnyK said...

Still giggling thinking of your face when you drank it. Isn't it always the way, you get sucked in by the packaging, I'm sure they do it just to get you to buy one. Love your pictures. May I suggest you try a simple wine next time but get Sinus to try it first(he he).
Have a great weekend.
Von

Jez said...

So glad the radiation is over for you Tracey. What a great view from your bedroom window, and a lovely painting of it. Plus the painting of the bottle which is obviously better than the taste of it. Fun post to start my day, and celebratory thoughts winging their way on the end of that medical chapter.

Gourdess said...

A another giggle fest for this fine morning! Thank you! That bottle is very cool. It reminds me of a vinegar bottle which would have put me off at the get go! Not having the stomach to tolerate much in the booze department (though in my younger years I gave it a good effort) I can totally relate! :) So glad to hear the radiation is done & over! Wooooo hooooo!

denthe said...

haha, I can just see it happening :-) This is one celebratory drink you won't forget. So good that radiation is finished, and i LOVE that view from your bedroom window!

Linda said...

so glad your radiation treatments are over Tracey. I can so picture all of this with those swigs of bourbon :):) Your drawings continue to amaze me -brilliant!!

Giggles said...

OMG I remember the B chips well. So funny!..haha I hate when that happens. Well at least you got a good sketch out of the bottle...I love how it turned out!! Glad you are done treatments....now go EAT CHOCOLATE...that's a the real celebration!!

Hugs Giggles

Snap said...

Snort! Good to see you painting and Yippee -- the radiation is over!

oxox

Laurie M said...

better findd something a bit less evil tasting for that salute! That is again the old do not judge a book by its cover !!!I'm so glad you finished with treatments!!!!

Roxanne said...

Hahaha! Tracey, you and yours are just way too funny!

Simona Cordara said...

Each time I come here you make me smile and think that all bad things must be faced with a big smile stamped on our faces.
<3

Christine Phelps said...

Congrats my friend to the end of treatments! I myself am not a drinker except I do enjoy an occasional hard cider or glass of sweet Moscato wine - I enjoyed your very descriptive celebration it is how it would have gone at my home as well - I'm a sucker for a pretty label too. I am so happy you are finished and onto your next stage - recovery with a lot of being kind to your self thrown in there. My prayer for you is that your energy comes back fully (along with that pesky half-brow) and this becomes a distant memory. Scary and uneasy as it may be with ending treatment we need to transition into another new "normal" I should hopefully be there as well in June. xoxo Christine

bellefrogworks said...

Congratulations at the end of those treatments! Your post is hilarious as usual and I have a mental picture of Sinus dancing around with his nose pinched that is pretty funny. I think that nasty drink was a fitting way to say good bye to a very untasty (word?) adventure you've been having. Love your sketch

WrightStuff said...

I tried Kale chips the other day which I suspect could be added to your list. Although, nothing prepared me for lactose-free cheese. Latest diagnosis for my poorly son is foot intolerance (though I did insist that we'd been down that route before...). Anyway we are trying a week without milk and gluten. I bought some lactose free smoked cheese and thought I was eating vomit!

WrightStuff said...

I tried Kale chips the other day which I suspect could be added to your list. Although, nothing prepared me for lactose-free cheese. Latest diagnosis for my poorly son is foot intolerance (though I did insist that we'd been down that route before...). Anyway we are trying a week without milk and gluten. I bought some lactose free smoked cheese and thought I was eating vomit!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

SSooooo happy to hear you are done with the yuckkie stuff. Now you can heal and create your beautiful art.
Always sending healing energy to you.
Nicole/Beadwright

JoyCorcoran said...

It's good to have benchmarks. Just when you think nothing can taste worse, you find your rambler. Congrats for getting through radiation! I hope you had something delicious to celebrate. The painting of the offending rambler only shows a hint of disgust in the dark brown. Love the view from the bedroom window -- gorgeous and lively work.

Boo said...

What a great story. I especially like the nose pinching part. I haven't had a drink in many years and your latest adventure has not encouraged me to change my mind. I think I'll continue to get my high from Choc. Chip Cookies and Paint.

Your painting is gorgeous. I want to live there.

Jo Murray said...

Delighted to hear that you are over the radiation. Definitely cause for celebration....but YUK! For heaven's sake...get a bottle of bubbly. Mind you, it perhaps contributed to your beautiful sketch... definitely a good way to forget the experience.

AnnD said...

An excellent story and a wonderful drawing! I love your line work! Wish the drink had been tastier, but at least you have a funny memory and a great story!

Faye said...

Tracey, I'm so happy for you that the radiation is over. Not being more of a drinker than a glass of white wine every couple of weeks, I think I will forever pass on the opportunity to sample this beverage you are mentioning. I thought the episode of broccoli chips would have assuaged your appetite for trying new and exotic foodstuffs. Apparently your culinary curiosity is stronger than mine. Love your artwork as always. You brighten my day. What delight you bring into the online art community.

Renee Dowling said...

Tracey, your art could convince anyone to give the contents a try!

I so enjoy looking at your banner with all of the tea, the colours in it are all my favourite! I love tea too!

I hope your art fills you with strength and courage and you are healthy for a very long time.

Best wishes,
Renee

TwinkleToes2day said...

Don't do that!! You made me laugh so much I snorted......nothing gross, just that awful sound when other people look up and say.."What ARE you doing!?" LOL. Well that's my Saturday morning brightened up, the day will be down hill from here...nah, it's going to stay chipper (no pun intended - heheh) cos I can think of you and your hubs and your beautiful daughter celebrating from this day forth, for every blessed day to come. Happy happy happy! :D **hugs**
And your paintings are pretty damn good too! Loving the shine on that bottle :D Love n more hugs xoxox

ann @ studiohyde said...

As always, you paint a wonderful picture with your words...I have spluttered my coffee whilst reading...I can only imagine how funny this was in person (sorry, I know it must have tasted so awful), but the way you tell it....

Love your painting btw :-)

Sandra Busby said...

Bourbon? Isn't that Brandy? And it's also a chocolate sandwich type biscuit here... Well, if it's Brandy, that's something I used to quite like in Coke, but now think it is repulsive on every level!!! I think my reaction would probably be the same as Matts! Funny how our taste buds evolve!! But, like you, I LOVE the bottle! I would have been drawn to that too... Your painting is perfect!! Love it!!! 0)

alarmcat said...

well, at least the label is cool! that's my determining factor when purchasing alcohol.

cjsrq said...

Congrats on the end of radiation! It's great to see that your humor and painting skill survived intact. There's nothing like one of your stories to get the weekend started on the right note.

Irene Rafael said...

I feel like I was a little fly on the wall through your experiences. Yuk. Remind me never to try broccoli chips. Well, I'm not one for fish food pellets or old wet boots so there isn't a remote possibility. Your sketches are always an inspiration for me to continue practice practice practice. Congrats on your last radiation treatment. Best. xo irene

Belinda Basson said...

I thought of you today as my friend posted on Facebook "Never say never...had my first 3 tattoos today!" They too are for radiation and will never be seen by the public. But at least she is tackling this whole affair with humour like you have. Good luck as you move into the next phase of this new life of yours. Raising a glass (of smooth single malt whiskey - my tipple of choice) to you and yours from this side of the ocean. Cant say that I have seen that bottle or anything like it here, but thanks for the heads up...I will avoid it like the plague if I do!

Alicia C said...

what a lovely dreamy view!! so lucky... cool looking bottle too! I tell ya, the things kids drink nowadays... tsk tsk... I brought back some frightful stuff called Baijou from a trip to China and it gave me great pleasure for months to come to invite folks to try it - this sounds like that. Have a great week!

Cindy D. said...

Haha! Fantastic story. I am also a lightweight. I do not like the taste of alcohol but it is sometimes fun to get a little buzz. I'm told I make some award winning faces and I suspect the beverage you purchased would elicit one of those.
Beautiful drawings, of course!

Rita said...

OMG!! That sounds so dreadful!! Makes me glad that I haven't had anything to drink for over twenty years now. (I am not a good drinker, either.)

You simply MUST celebrate somehow, though! A celebration must be enjoyed--LOL!! ;)

Ayala Art said...

That was hilarious! in a yucky way hahaha
The bottle however is fantastic, love the old world look, and your rendition is so full of life! I'd be tempted to try hahaha
Congrats and happy celebrations!!!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Since I never drink whiskey or the like I can't imagine how it would taste good, but, the label was worth the bottle. Great sketch. Congrats on your end of radiation. Happy hair growing. Do you think broccoli chips are good for that! xox

JKW said...

The bottle is great. I love the green leaves and the house. . fantastic. Blessings, Janet PPF

Neesie said...

I haven't a clue why I'm only visiting this post tonight but oh boy am I glad I am...I've had one hellova day and you've just made me snort my tea. Not quite up to your theatrics but enough for every to check if I was okay ;D
Fantastic painting of the bottle...the glass looks amazing.
I'm so glad you are able to celebrate the end of the radiation but maybe just the usual bubbly might be less traumatic...just a thought.
The bedroom window view is brilliant and I wish my foggy bedroom view could be changed to yours for a wee whilie.
Take care my friend and I'll write soon xoxo

see you there! said...

Well at least the label is fun. I like your version of it.

Darla