Friday, July 15, 2005

Brussel Sprouts, I found you!


Oh my little darlings! Finally we are together!

Yes. I love brussel sprouts. They are one of my favorite veggies...right up there with broccoli, asparagus, eggplant (aubergine), and spinach. They taste similar to cabbage...some say a little milder, while others say more intense in flavor, but to me they just plain taste better. They are also more densely packed. I'd much rather have these babies than cabbage any day. Unfortunately, I hardly ever come across them here. That's why I grabbed the little ones as soon as I laid eyes on them...cost be damned. I wonder if there are any local farmers who cultivate them here...

Another reason I love them is their unapologetic cuteness. How can you not be taken in by these little green mini-me "cabbagettes"? And who really in the veggie family can claim to be "cute" (ok, fine, barring all other mini-me veggies)?

To prepare, I just steamed them and then tossed them in a little butter and salt. Yum! I was reluctant to share my stash but, to my surprise (!), no one in my family fought me for the delicious sprouts. Have they lost their minds?! Oh well, there's no accounting for taste I suppose...and more for me in the end!

10 comments:

Karen said...

You described the veggies very well. I would never have thought of the phrase s "unapologetic cuteness" and little green mini-me "cabbagettes" applied to brussels sprouts! What lovely writing!

I think there are farms in Bukidnon which grow brussels sprouts.

megwoo said...

You know what's better than Brussels sprouts? Brussels sprouts cooked with diced bacon!

Okay, you know I'm obsessed with bacon, but seriously, the flavors go really well together!

ChichaJo said...

karen - Thanks! Now if only I could get myself to Bukidnon...saw some in the grocery today imported from Australia, so you can imagine they cost a pretty penny...

megwoo - Sounds like a match made in bacon wonderland! I can definitely imagine the flavors going well together...will have to try that next time...

Midge said...

Hullo! Where did you find those lovely ickle Brussels sprouts? This'll sound funny, but I haven't had any of those in about two decades. I liked them as an eight-year-old and I crave for them now. **sigh**

Steamed and topped with a bit of salted butter's okay, but I prefer mine sauteed lightly with some minced ham and onion - BLISS!

Lori said...

I also recently just discovered brussels sprouts and I daresay that I love them. :P I don't know if you can eat them raw, but I do -- sometimes. I've also heard that they go well with bcaon and balsamic vinegar.

ChichaJo said...

Midge, I found the little critters at Santi's deli. I also found some at Rustans Supermarket at the Power Plant Mall (near where the salad stuff are).

Lori/Midge, I am so glad I am not alone in brussel-sprout-love! Especially after the nasty look my mother gave them. Thanks for sharing your sprout eating preferences...mmmm, now I have other ways to try them...must get to that soon...

Lori, I don't know if you can eat them raw either. But if you have been doing it, and you don't seem worse for wear, them keep on truckin' I say :-)

Little Foodie said...

I'm working my way through your blog, a little bit every other day. It's so funny as I hardly ever eat breakfast and I'm not fond of brussel sprouts all things I try and hide from my children... Perhaps from you and my husband who loves breakfast and brussel sprouts I'll learn something. Great read.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Little Foodie! I'm so glad you are enjoying my blog :)

Ceno said...

HI,
Just stumble upon your blog and had to read it all the way from the beginning. I like brussel sprouts but not as much as you. I think the smellis too strong. And I agree with megwoo, it pairs very well with pork (sliced bacon, shoulders etc...). Btw my favourite way to prepare them is shredded with diced shoulder pork ..yummy!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ceno! Shredded with diced pork shoulder definitely sounds delicious! Pork and Brussels sprouts are really a fantastic pair :) Glad you are enjoying my blog!