Ok, the subject of today’s post is a tad controversial, but I’m stuck for ideas and it’s the LovinLife linky, so I’m just gonna put it out there. Brussel Sprouts. There. I said it.
When I was a kid I hated them – as does pretty well every other kid on the planet. They were smelly, strong, overcooked and mushy – with absolutely none of that fabulous vibrant green that attracts me to them in the supermarket these days. I used to eat them leaf by grey leaf – gagging all the while, as Mum said things like ‘no need for the dramatics, Joanne!’
These days I love them – well, depending on who’s cooking them, I suppose. I even order them willingly these days. Like these ones we had as a side dish at La Canteena in Maroochydore last Saturday.
Advertised as a BBQ Burnt Brussel, these were crispy pan fried, with fried jalapeños, bacon bits, spices and a spicy chipotle mayo – and were seriously more-ish…especially the burnt, crunchy, black bits…and especially when served with a beer. Even the kids are ordering them – the twenty something behind the bar said they’re one of the biggest sellers on the menu.
The thing is, you don’t have to eat bad brussels these days – no longer are they boiled within an inch of their lives and self destruct into a smelly pile at the merest touch of a fork. These days you can have them roasted with garlic and lemon, or maybe honey and balsamic. You can saute them with riesling, pancetta and shallots. You can make like Yotam Ottolenghi and do them with pomegranate and purple basil. Yotam even does a brussel risotto…although I’m not sure that I could go there.
Yes, the humble brussel is now more than a tad hipster – and it really is worth giving this poor misunderstood vegetable another chance. Go on…I dare you!
Are you a fan of the brussel – or have your tastebuds been forever damaged from childhood experiences?
Ok, it’s Thursday, so that means sharing our happy. Like the Partridge Family sang C’mon Get Happy! Am I the only sad case old enough to remember that?
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