From My Own Personal Garden
Alice invites Bob to dinner, or lunch. Bob is impressed by the excellent cooking, and Alice smugly informs him everything was grown in her very exclusive garden. Interestingly, Alice is usually a villain, either because villains are the ones who tend to have big egos and be obsessed with living "off the grid" somewhere in Waco or because Hitler Was A Vegetarian. Often (but not always) paired with No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- Mercilessly warped in Umineko no Naku Koro ni during the second tea party. Beato starts bragging about how every dish Rosa is eating was made from her siblings.
Beato: It's a sweet aperitif of noble rot German-made wine. A wine cocktail made of white wine mixed with a crimson golden drop. If I had to give it a name, I'd call it a Bloody Krauss. Soaked with just a golden drop of your brother's blood that was squeezed out of a compressor.
- Played with in one chapter of Oishinbo, where a famous artist provides a meal of vegetables and chicken he raised himself. While one set of guests enthusiastically praises it, Yamaoka dismisses the cooking as simple and provincial, but truly hospitable and displaying great effort and thoughtfulness from the host.
- The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible eats with Mirage, Syndrome's Sexy Secretary, who points out how everything on the table was grown on the island, thanks to the rich volcanic soil.
- A non-villainous example in A New World, A New Way - Swarm, X offers the changling Nell some Sitrus Berries that his Trevenant Asia's grew inside of her thanks to Harvest. Because of Harvest, Asia's is X's personal garden.
- The Black Hole is the Trope Namer. Reinhart tries to pass off the garden as "tiny" but it was, in fact, huge in order to feed the entire zombified crew.
- A variation in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo informs his prisoners that everything they are eating was taken from the ocean. One of them is less than thrilled to know he's eating octopus embryo gelatin.
- Not that that's much better than what gelatin is normally made of.note
- This trope is also justified: Nemo bother to mention the food because his guest, The Professor Aronnax, is starving, and Nemo wants to convince him that it’s possible to survive without any “Civilized world” product.
- This might be an Unbuilt Trope, as the first known example, where the garden is the ocean.
- In Halo: First Strike, while negotiating with an insurrectionist community for repairs for their ship the bridge crew of the Gettysburg-Ascendant Justice are treated to refreshments that Governor Jiles brags are grown from the hydroponics gardens in the asteroid.
- In Street Magic, when Briar is entering the stronghold of the Big Bad, he notices at once the luxuriant and flourishing gardens of the rich widow — very strange in a landscape that is in the middle of a desert (the city is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to a Middle Eastern one). When he asks the plants how they're so strong, they answer "Rich food!" This is before Briar learns what the widow is using as fertilizer...
- Hammond, who is much less sympathetic in the book than the film of Jurassic Park, mentions that the ginger in the ice cream he shares with Henry Wu was grown on the island.
- Parodied hilariously in Seinfeld:
Guest (to Kramer): You made this salad?Kramer: Yes, I prepared it as I bathed!
- Horrifying variation in I, Claudius. Livia gets around her husband only eating directly from his fig orchard to avoid poisoning by putting poison on them while they're still on the trees.
Livia: Don't touch the figs.
- Sent up in Bottom, when Richie attempts this ("All the ingredients in tonight's main meal have either been grown, found or foraged") despite living in a grotty garden-less upper floor flat in the middle of London:
Eddie: What's wrong with these beans?Richie: What d'you mean wrong? They're fresh. I grew those in the window-box.Eddie: They've got black bits all over them.Richie: Well it's just a couple of greenfly, for heaven's sake! Well they're dead now, they've been under the grill for ages. Really, I watched them pop.
- Star Trek: Voyager: The two-parter "Year of Hell" has a No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine scene where Tom Paris gets the opportunity to taste the typical food of alien civilizations that never existed! The Big Bad Annorax has wiped them out of time itself, and keeps the last artifacts of their culture on his ship. Granted, this stuff was not grown by Annorax himself, but at least the access is quite exclusive.
- Stargate Atlantis plays it for laughs and creeps during a diplomatic meeting between Atlantis and their occasional out-of-necessity Wraith ally "Todd". As vampiric entities feeding on lifeforce, Wraith have no need for "normal" food on their ships; although they can enjoy eating it, they derive no nourishment from it. Also, the entire human population of the Pegasus galaxy is Wraith cattle, hence the trope.
Sheppard: Fruit bowl - nice touch.Todd: (dismissively) Oh, we picked them up during our travels. I thought they would make our discussion a little more comfortable. I hope they prove as delicious as the farmers who grew them...!
- On an episode of Sanford and Son, Grady serves a dinner with food served from the garden he's been growing. He doesn't realize that marijuna has been growing in the garden and he mixes it in with the salad and invites two cops to have dinner. Hilarity Ensues.
- Discussed by Eddington regarding Sisko's homecooked meals for the officeers in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Eddington is sure that Sisko managed the ingredients by himself, as they were of higher quality than replicated food. In an inversion, Eddington is the villain (well, Anti-Villain) in this scenario, although he saw himself as the hero.
- Played in a horribly straight way with the products of the Garden of Nurgle, Chaos God of Despair and Decay from Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 mythos. Roughly everything Nurgle makes is a horrifying, grotesque disease, and likely to make you Deader Than Dead (unless you join in with him). Nurgle considers these to be gifts, and will jovially bestow them onto a populace, no matter how ungrateful they will be in the end.
- Justice League: In the episode Hereafter, after Superman realizes the futility of fighting Vandal Savage, the latter invites the former to lunch. The food is great because Vandal Savage has had 30,000 years to rediscover the principles of agriculture.
- As it turns out, not only is it futile to fight Vandal Savage, but he has effectively done a slow Heel-Face Turn in the many years since the end of civilization, and is one of the uncommon non-villainous examples of this trope to the point that he helps send Superman back in time and tells Superman to do whatever it takes to stop past him.
- A version of this shows up in Transformers Animated. Megatron convinces the Constructobots to join the Decepticons with some wineglass-shaped barrels of high quality oil. When the construtobots comment that the "Autobot's oil tastes like water next to this stuff" Megatron mentions that it's his "private blend".