Day 9: Brussels Sprouts
Well, the ingredient of the day (as if the title hasn’t given it away) is the mighty brussels sprout. I, personally, have never tasted one. I was a bit afraid of their reputation at first, but when I saw that they were basically a mini cabbage, it calmed my nerves a bit. This was definitely an experiment to be held when the husband was away (if a child won’t eat it, chances are Karl wont either :)).
So I decided to give roasting a try tonight, since Karl was working late. I put about 1 1/2 pounds of the little green things in a large ziplock bag (after soaking and rinsing, of course). I added 3 Tbsp Olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, and some freshly ground black pepper. I sealed the bag, mixed it all around, and then dumped them on to a cookie sheet. They roasted in the oven at 400 degrees for about half an hour, and I shook the baking sheet every five minutes or so to make sure they browned evenly. It certainly did fill the house with an aroma! Probably not a sweet smelling one for non-brussels-sprouts-lovers (Sorry, Sweetie!).
Well, I have to say, they were absolutely delicious. Only problem: substantial tummy ache. So now I have to figure out if (a) the brussels sprouts were somehow bad, (b) I cooked them wrong and made them inedible, or (c) I should add brussels sprouts to the long list of delicious foods that my body has an intolerance to. I’m really hoping it’s not (c), because they were super yummy.
Ahh well, live and learn. It sure would be helpful to have some sort of cook book around to help me with this kind of thing. Perhaps one I ordered a week and a half ago on half.com. *sigh* I think I’m getting fussy. It must be bed time.