Thursday, December 22

On the Stalk


lots of lovely Farm Shops and Self-Growers locally
so we can buy gorgeous fresh veg-
my favourites at this time of year are brussels on the stalk
(even better since we've had a few sharp frosts)
and crisp leafy sprout top greens shredded and stir-fried.

As far as cooking goes
Ted likes sprouts boiled almost to a mush
(dare I say "just like his mum made")
and I like them lightly cooked with a firm bite
Sooooooo. . .


I've been roasting them!
Another dimension completely, they taste utterly divine!
Olive oil, a few grinds of black pepper. . .
mmmmmmmmmmmm

If I can fit them in the Rayburn oven,
I'm going to try roasting them on the stalk
on Christmas Day!

(PS I've also been roasting cauliflower- try it!)



(google images above, not mine)

16 comments:

Pennyblossoms said...

They look really tasty! Mmmm, I have to admit I am a sprout lover...tried growing them this year, but all I've got is big, blousy leaves!
Have a fabby festive season! Between the ear rubs to Bruce. (Thinking of that red-nosed picture from last year as I type!!)
Z xx

Fading Grace said...

I am the only one who eats the sprouts...so I will put a few int oven to roast :-)
your comment made me laugh out loud!!
xx

sandiart said...

Never thought of roasting them before, I sometimes steam them lightly and then fry them with onions and bacon. Am thinking they would be nice with a little garlic too.
x Sandi

The Cloth Shed said...

Well, this is going to shock the oldies this Christmas....roasted sprouts instead of boiled ones.
I am going to give it ago on Sunday and see what they say...
Julie x
Have a lovely Christmas xxx

Jee said...

We all love sprouts so any way will do here, but roasting sounds great. I've started roasting the thing stem/stalk of broccoli, which is nice as well as cauliflower. We also eat the green leaves of cauliflower - works stir-fried too.

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

You are quite mad Miss Bunny, I am totally with Ted, there is only one way & that is soggy!
T x

polkadotpeticoat said...

Yummmmm indeed....Merry Christmas!

Sherri B. said...

Such envy in my heart right now, my hubby turns his head away and mumbles (probably a bad word) at the mear mention of the lovely, tiny cabbages on the stalk...so very sad. Will I ever be able to roast a brussel sprout? - Merry Christmas my friend and eat a sprout or two for me, please! xxoo

Susan T said...

I have been won over by roasting vegetables, but have as yet never tried roasted sprouts, a first this year. Have a fab Christmas and don't eat too many!

Sylvia said...

I love Brussels sprouts, Elaine !
In the oven and mashed potatoes with pieces of boiled sprouts and fried bacon, I prepared it yesterday :-), it's one of our favourite dishes.
Wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas time !
Sylvia

Menopausalmusing said...

You've made me all hungry now..... We love cabbage roasted too. I'm the only sprout eater here though, love 'em!

jane and the happy crow said...

Have to admit I am not a sprout fan, have tried them many ways over the years but still dont like them. I am glad to hear that Bruce is settling down, we have not seen much about him recently. Have a lovely Christmas, lots of love. XX

Purrfect Haven said...

you make us feel hungry. we wish you a very happy and peaceful festive time. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

Country Style Living said...

Love Brussels, especially off the stalk, thought I might try them with chestnuts this year.....roasting them is a new one on me, but they look delicious so may be worth a try. Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas Elaine to you and your family, thankyou for all your kind comments over the year. Enjoy the festive season.......

My Spotty Pony said...

We eat huge amounts of sprouts during the year, but I have never roasted them! Great idea, will give it a go :)
Happy Christmas to you and Ted... and give Bruce an extra big carrot from me. xx

BusyLizzie said...

sorry.. I cannot eat sprouts in any shape or form.. yech! (and double yech!!) must be a childhood thing??
Have a lovely Christmas. xxx

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