One of my children had a classroom survey, where they were asked – “What’s your LEAST favourite food?”
My son said to me, “What should I write? I like all foods! Oh I’ll just write brussels sprouts.”
I laughed. “But you’ve never tried brussels sprouts. How can you say you don’t like it?”
“Oh that’s just what everyone else says.”
My other boy’s ears perked up and he joined the conversation, “Yeah, I’ve read they are slimy and really disgusting!”
“Apparently they are the grossest things in the WORLD mum!” says my first boy.
I said, “You know what? I’ve never eaten brussels sprouts either. Let’s go to the shops and buy some. I’ll cook them up and you guys can decide for yourself.”
They were SO EXCITED.
Sheesh. Are we, like, the kookiest family ever or what?
According to many popular children’s story books, brussels sprouts are THE MOST HORRIBLE, AWFUL, AND DISGUSTING THINGS EVER!!!
But we all thought they looked kinda cute.
Like baby lettuce.
My boys also thought they looked like glowing green, “power-up” blobs in a computer game, where you have to collect them and shoot them at the bad guys haha.
I boiled them for 4 minutes.
Drained them and let them roll around in a tiny bit of butter (because let’s face it, everything tastes better with butter!)
The verdict… the outer leaves were lovely and had a nice crunch to them, like bok choy or some other leafy green Asian vegetable.
But the inside stalk was pretty bitter. Even I winced.
I think I’d have to cut them up first, and cook them harder to get rid of the bitterness. But if I cook them harder and longer, I’ll destroy the vitamins and nutients, which defeats the whole point of eating a vegetable really.
So no, I don’t think I’ll be cooking these up anytime soon.
I’m just going to stick with our “mini trees”!
**Edit! Way hey – I received about 10 messages from readers… suggesting brussels sprouts recipes, tips on ways to make them taste better and how to get rid of the bitterness.This website about “Understanding the Brussels Sprouts gave a nice explanation and some nice recipes. So I might give them another go! Thanks guys! xxx