Apparently November is Pomegranate Month so it’s fitting that this prompt occurred early so we all have a chance to celebrate properly. I’m not entirely sure what one does in honor of such an occasion, but I assume it involves lots of pomegranate consumption. As fruits go, I love the interesting look of these, but I’ve never really craved them when it comes to eating. Its name comes from Latin and basically means “seeded apple” which is a fairly good description. The thing that makes it odd is that, unlike other fruits, the seeds are all that’s on offer. There’s literally nothing else inside worth talking about. I asked Philippe if he liked them and he said, “Yes” and then clarified further by saying, “well, I’m not a fan, but they’re not offensive.” That’s probably a very accurate description as to how I feel about them as well. So it’s entirely likely I’m be celebrating this month with just this quick little doodlewash and leave the actual eating of this fruit to those who appreciate it much more.

This is also another of those foods that I didn’t have a chance to even try until I was an adult. They still never managed to seduce me, but the sight of them is a true signal of the holiday season and for that alone, they are a welcome sight. I should mention that they are labeled as a “super food” for the antioxidants they contain and their ability to keep fat from building up around one’s arteries. Thankfully, the juice version works as well, so if crunching seeds isn’t your thing then that’s also a perfectly healthy option. Instead of this super food this evening, we just had a snack of cheese and bread. It is Friday, after all, and one should have a bit of luxury. The cheese was a French artisan cheese made right here in Missouri, which was kind of cool. It’s a goat cheese that was insanely good and we paired it with an artisan rosemary olive bread from the local bakery. A decadent experience that was a wonderful way to cap off the week.

Dinner is about to come next, so my time is running short to complete this post. If you’re new to this blog, my watercolor time is my “happy hour” and I have to complete my little doodlewash and this post before dinner. If you’re one of my friends thinking I’m such a jerk for always turning down invites to an actual happy hour, then my apologies, but let’s do lunch sometime! I’d love to catch up! It’s true, watercolor has captured my heart and it makes me happy to take that tiny of bit time each day to make a little something new. In the process, I hope to illustrate to you that daily painting is entirely possible and you don’t have to wait until there’s “time” to do so. And yeah, I still have my glass of wine, so it’s totally like that other happy hour as well. I’ve no idea if painting daily will happen forever, but now it’s so much of a habit, that I don’t think I could avoid it if I tried! And why would I want to? While others are out spending money on fancy drinks in loud bars, I’m sitting quietly at my kitchen counter, paintbrush in hand, happily pondering pomegranates.

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38 thoughts on “Pondering Pomegranates

  1. Pomegranates are best consumed as a flavoring for something else-they’re so messy just to eat seeds. I’m glad you choose to spend your ‘happy hour’ painting and writing up a little something for all of us at Doodlewash to enjoy…and you say you don’t like crowds, lol. Your goat cheese and rosemary olive bread sounds sooooo good!

  2. Wow, goat cheese and rosemary olive bread with wine, and you still get to have dinner afterwards! It all sounds wonderful. I love the color of pomegranates, and you’ve captured it well in your painting.

  3. Explosively pretty pomegranate – it almost looks like a bauble.

    It’s also Cliché Day (well, not for me any more, sadly) – I wouldn’t have remembered had you not jogged my memory! I’ve just been back to reread THAT classic post. 😉 Love!!

  4. Looks delicious! I don’t eat them either, but I do like to embroider them on cloth. Happy Friday! Or, as my father used to say, “Happy Poits Day!” (Poits = piss on it tomorrow’s Saturday) LOL

  5. Pomegranate is very popular in middle-east and Induan cuisine. The juice is deliciously cool in summer and pomegranate molasses is a great sweetner. Dried and powedered pomegranate seeds add a touch of tartness to pindi chole. On the other sude, your bread, cheese and rosemary olive oil is mouthwatering.

  6. Your pomegranates are as beautiful as the actual fruit. Of course, one always has to paint a whole fruit and then another as the inside is so unexpected. Throw a handful of the arils over a baked chicken or a piece of white fish – now you’re talking heaven on a plate.

  7. I actually love pomegranates more in paintings than on the plate. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy them, they’re terrific on a salad, but they’re a lot of work to get into that said salad. Although, one can only LOVE a fruit that you have to spank with a wooden spoon to get it to give up it’s yumminess. ;o)

  8. I enjoy the tartness of pomegranates, and once you get them out of the shell, the remind me of cranberry popcorn. I agree with Jennifer too, they’re terrific in salads! I wouldn’t have the patience to paint one though, that’s a lot of shiny seeds! Great job!

  9. Ohhh, I love your pomegranate! If you’ll forgive the writer in me for coming out for a moment, it looks like it belongs on the cover of a book – perhaps a story of Persephone ruling, since the top almost looks like a little crown.

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