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Archive for April 6th, 2012

Tastes Like Broccoli

That’s what Richard said to me when I asked him if he liked the food we made in class last week.  It tastes like broccoli.  Not such a problem if you’re making broccoli…we made Brussels sprouts.

So I know Brussels sprouts are a pretty big thing to start cooking with kids.  All I heard about growing up is how gross they are…how you’re supposed to try to feed them to the dog or sneak them into your napkin so you don’t have to eat them.  I never actually tasted a Brussels sprout until I was in my 20s.  Kind of weird, huh?  My first Brussels sprouts were bought on a whim a few years ago as I was walking through Publix looking for something to cook.  I bought them, found an easy recipe (roll them in olive oil, and season with mustard powder, garlic salt and pepper, then microwave for about a minute to soften.  Stick them on a skewer and place on a grill for a few minutes, turning once), and I’ve been in love ever since.

My thoughts last week as I planned the meal were about that first Brussels sprout experience.  All I wanted to do was share it with the kids, show them they don’t have to feed their sprouts to the dog, they can eat and enjoy them.  I tried to make them tasty, they had a million spices on them, they were just the right degree of doneness, and were surrounded by whole wheat pasta and fresh grape tomatoes, parmesan and basil.  No luck. Turns out they had a lot more fun preparing the food than eating it.  But I guess that’s ok too.

Not going to share this recipe…it was merely mediocre, and not how I’d like the world to see my lovely Brussels sprouts showcased.  There’s another recipe coming up that does them justice.

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