Tuesday, 18 December 2007

learning to like Brussels sprouts

Growing up, there was nothing I detested more than Brussels sprouts. Along with every other child in Belgium, it would seem. My dad would occasionally make them (boiled) and the house rules were such that I had to eat whatever was on the table. I usually got away with three sprouts – my brother even managed to get away with eating just the one.

I felt the same about chicory and didn’t like the bitter taste of it at all, but it now is one of my favourite vegetables. Braised, or wrapped in ham with a cheesy béchamel sauce topped with breadcrumbs in the oven – I absolutely love chicory. And so I thought I owed it to myself to give Brussels sprouts another chance as well.

Plus they keep on popping up everywhere: at my local market, in Christmas food magazine articles and on various blogs. All of which was starting to make me feel like I was missing out on something. So I bought myself some sprouts and got a-cooking.

I went with Molly’s recipe, because masses of butter, cream and brown bits are always a good thing in my book. In an ideal world I would have added some bacon as well, but I didn’t have any. And as for the result… I think I can learn to like Brussels sprouts. They probably won’t make it on my all time favourites list, but they certainly are off the yuk list. And for S, who still didn’t like them because ‘they still tasted of sprouts’ (even though he had to admit they didn’t taste as bad as he remembered from his childhood) I mixed them with potatoes into a wonderfully creamy mash the next day, which he did like.

apologies for the awful picture, but the vanille & chocolat household has been extremely busy of late with hardly any time to cook, let alone take decent snaps (and of course I will continue to blame lack of decent daylight for the next few months)

4 comments:

TadMack said...

Och, I am giving them another chance this year as well. I ate them braised with tofu -- tried to go for eating them "straight." They're still yucky, but you know, I'll be some brown bits and cream would make it all better...

Deborah said...

I never even tried Brussels sprouts until I met my husband. My mom never made them when I was younger. But I really like them, and really want to try this recipe!!

tammy said...

I adore this recipe. Glad you gave it a shot. Maybe that little bit of bacon is all you need to move it to your favorites!

Annemarie said...

I bought bacon with the intention of sprucing up the sprouts with it, but the husband ate the bacon first to save it being 'ruined' by the sprouts.