Fun with Brussel Sprouts

June 20, 2007 at 11:14 pm 22 comments

On Sunday, I was sitting on the front stoop getting some fresh brussel sprouts ready to steam.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with brussel sprout preparation, you peel off the outer leaves, you trim the stem and you cut an “X” on the bottom of the trimmed stem.  I was putting all the scraps in a nearby flower pot (sort of designated as my mini compost pile– it only gets used when I prepare vegetables on the stoop).

While I was working, Ann and the kids came over.

“What’s that?” Penn looked into my colander.

“Brussel sprouts,” I said.

“Can I eat one?” he asked.

That’s a hilarious question.  Penn’s not exactly a vegetable person.  He once announced at the dinner table that his mother’s salad, “tastes like trash.” Need more proof?  Tonight while trying to choke down squash, he threw up.

“They aren’t cooked yet,” I said and easily circumvented what was destined to be a failed endeavor.

But I did give him one unappetizing sprout to play with.  He tossed it around like a ball and chased it around the yard.  Suddenly his sister was jealous.  Jealous over…a brussel sprout!  So I gave her one too.  This activity kept them busy for some time.

When the two children tired of chasing their sprouts around the yard, their attention moved to the peeled outer leaves.  They would each grab a handful, run into the yard and then yell, “Hip Hip Hooray!” and throw the leaves above them like confetti.  It actually looked quite neat.  Brides to be, don’t spend money on rose petals– brussel sprout petals would be a thifty replacement (plus they’re green, a far superior color).

After that, Penn put the leaves to a different purpose– ammunition.  He and I had a brussel sprout fight.  I’m pretty confident he won.  I remained seated on the stoop, so I was a stationary target.  He, on the other hand, was very active on the evasive maneuver front.  I still got a fair share of hits on the boy, but he seemed to be more successful than I.  The leaves proved to be much more aerodynamical than one would expect.

When it was all said and done, 45 minutes had gone by.  No Scooby Doo.  No fancy toys.  The children were entertained for 45 minutes straight with nothing more than brussel sprouts. 

Not bad for a cruciferous vegetable.

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22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tgaw  |  June 20, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    My original ending to this post was:

    “They fight cancer. They entertain kids. Is there anything Brussel Sprouts can’t do?”

    But then I realized the first reply would likely be:

    “Taste good”

    For the record, I rather enjoy the taste of Brussel Sprouts. I think they taste great.

  • 2. Carolyn  |  June 21, 2007 at 7:04 am

    I haven’t had a brussel sprout since I was a kid. Grandma made them once. If I recall, I didn’t hate them, and I was like, “These aren’t so bad, I wonder what the big fuss is about.”

    Another plant that has a bad rep that I kept avoiding “in case I don’t like it” is eggplant. But I’m really finding that eggplant is pretty good. I especially like the eggplant parmesan sandwich from the deli that was near my work until we moved.

  • 3. Clint  |  June 21, 2007 at 7:42 am

    I hate ’em. Asparagus too

  • 4. tgaw  |  June 21, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Aw man, I LOVE aparagus. I would say my Top Five Vegetables are:

    Brocolli (cooked or fresh)
    Green Beans (preferably steamed fresh or canned but without crappy meat in them)

    Brussel Sprouts are high up, Edamame, Snap Peas, Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens/Turnip Greens, Fresh Carrots, Celery, Potatos. I’m also on a big Tofu kick right now thanks to the Annie’s Bowls and the Cafe de Bangkok Thai restaurant.

    I don’t think there are many vegetables I don’t like. I can’t stand cooked carrots. I haven’t eaten straight beets for decades, but have had beet juice in Yoplait Whips (used for coloring), soups (Sean’s Mom makes a beet soup as a Christmas Eve tradition) and juices (V-8). I reckon I wouldn’t mind beets if I gave them a chance.

  • 5. Clint  |  June 21, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Oh horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!! (your list of top 5)

    Tomato is #1!

    Green beans? Yuck!
    artichoke? Yuck. Plus, way too much work.
    asapargus? yuck.

    spinach? decent
    brocolli? good

    but tomato is #1!

    Yes, i know it’s technically a fruit.

    cooked cares are the SHIT! but they hae to be just right or they simply taste like hot uncooked carrots.

    beets suck

    but i generally like vegetables and love a good salad. just not with THOSE ingredients 😀

  • 6. TGAW  |  June 21, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Yeah I specifically left tomatos and avacodos off that list (even though I love them both) because they are fruit.

    Do you like mushrooms? If so, next time I’m up, let me make you my crock pot chicken caccitore. It has a delicious tomato-mushroom-wine sauce. I love it.

  • 7. Clint  |  June 21, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Mushrooms are neutral. I don’t care either way; used to despite them with intense despiseyness. Portabellos are good.

  • 9. Clint  |  June 21, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Peas are candy! Awesome.

  • 10. tgaw  |  June 21, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    @Clint — Your “Peas are candy” comment reminded me. Last year, I visited Great Uncle Chuck’s farm in Northern Pennsylvania. We stopped by his friend’s house, who was Amish. Every inch of their land was put to some kind of use. At one point I picked a fresh pea from their garden and ate it immediately. Holy cow– that thing was *REALLY* like candy. It was the single best pea I have ever had in my entire life.

  • 11. Carolyn  |  June 21, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I was not a fan of asparagus because it is always too hard to chew. I had some raw once though and I thought it was good. And someone gave me one that was just barely cooked and was still crispy and it was good. so i dunno.

    I looooove artichokes.

    Broccoli is good, but I have to be careful of broccoli bits getting stuck in my teeth. At parties I stick to cauliflower.

    Corn is good, but again, the teeth thing.

    I like mushrooms. I wish subway had mushrooms.

    Oh yeah, speaking of subway–CUCUMBERS!

  • 12. Scott  |  June 21, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Cooked asparagus should not be hard to chew, it should almost melt in your mouth. I would guess it was not cooked right.

    I use to hate peas untill someone got me to try Le Sueur Early Peas, they really are good. They are smaller then normal peas because they are picked early and that must give then a different taste also.

  • 13. Clint  |  June 21, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    That pea sounds awesome.

    And yeah — CUCUMBERS!! On a sub, or straight-with-salt, or in a salad, they are 2nd only to the great tomato. 🙂

    cherry tomato > plum tomato > normal tomato

  • 14. Melanie  |  June 21, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I would like to thank you for introducing me to brussel sprouts. The first time I had them was at your house. I had some trepidation about trying one and was surprised to find it tasty. I now eat them regularly and recommend them every chance I get. So, thank you!

  • 15. tgaw  |  June 21, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    @Melanie – WOW! I no longer remember serving you brussel sprouts, but I’m glad to hear you like them!!! Does that mean Sean and I are a good influence on you? 🙂

  • 16. tgaw  |  June 21, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    @Clint- I should have known you were such a big tomato fan. You were all about those grape tomatos I took to Assateague two years ago!

  • 17. Carolyn  |  June 21, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Oh yeah, I completely forgot to say i like Edamame too. It reminds me of lima beans, which I also like a lot.

    But, oh man, one day I got the bright idea to attempt to steam my lima beans instead of boil them like I normally do. I don’t know what I did wrong, but they were the worst lima beans ever. Poor Clint, who doesn’t like them normally, really had to work at eating them. I think he ended up not eating them.

  • 18. tgaw  |  June 21, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Sean’s favorite is lima beans! His mother’s lima beans are really good. She cooks them in butter and pepper. I’ve tried to mimick hers, but I still have a lot of room for improvement.

  • 19. tgaw  |  June 21, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    I’m hungry now.

  • 20. foodtruthandbeauty  |  March 25, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I love brussel sprouts. Great post! I wish I had a stoop at my house!

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