This street-fighter thang must be playing with my mind. Tonight, I had this with my dinner:
I ate an entire Brussels sprout! Me, B-sprout despiser extraordinaire! Seriously, if loathing Brussels sprouts was an Olympic event, I’d have a house full of gold medals. Tonight…well, I wouldn’t win a gold medal, but I might be a contender for the bronze.
It all started when the local paper’s food columnist published a recipe for Crunchy Sweet Brussels Sprout Salad yesterday. It’s not on the paper’s website, but I found the exact same recipe on Food Newtwork. Basically, it’s sauteed B-sprouts with walnuts, dried cranberries, Kosher salt and fresh pepper. Your simple heat-and-stir, which is right up my alley, as you know.
The writer claimed that the addition of walnuts and dried cranberries melded with the sprouts and the Kosher salt for a sweet and salty punch. I love sweet and salty, and I’m always hopeful I’ll someday find some cooked veggies that I like (I mostly eat raw veggies only), so I thought, why not? I ponied up $0.64 at Kroger for three Brussels sprouts yesterday (and $6.00 for a pound of walnuts) and summoned my inner street-fighter to give one a try.
Verdict? Bleh, but not blech. Not yet, anyway. You see, I just had to use some of my extreme couponing WF coconut oil, and even though I used only a smidge, the coconut flavor took over. I couldn’t even taste my freshly toasted walnuts or the cranberries!
So, I might try this recipe again Thursday night with olive oil, as called for in the recipe, or maybe some butter. I found another recipe on Food Network that is almost the same except it uses butter and pecans in place of oil and walnuts. I dunno…
I’m not sure what my next cooked vegetable experiment might be. Someone told me beets are in season, so maybe I’ll buy a beet and roast it.
Have you tried any new-to-you foods lately? Or, as in my case with the B-sprouts, foods you’ve tried before, but were maybe cooked a different way?
I forgot to include a tip from Serentipity yesterday, so here’s a two-in-one:
Until I get my federal law banning the placement of price stickers on merchandise passed, I’m “stuck” with trying to remove the stubborn things. I’ve had some success with using a blow dryer to loosen them. Another option is to apply several coats of vinegar and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Sometimes the sticker just wipes right off.