Monday, October 17, 2005

Eating local

So I missed the whole 'eat local' challenge in August. It would have been fairly easy where I live because there are so many farms and I grow quite a bit myself. Anyway, I missed it, so now I'm trying to do my best to make local choices and seasonal choices as well, and while I still have tomatoes and squash and carrots and pumpkins and apples, I am trying to switch to more seasonal produce. Local and seasonal stuff, which means root vegetables. So while I was at the grocery store, they had really beautiful brussel sprouts. Not too big but very firm....and I bought some. The only thing is....I hate brussel sprouts. They stink and taste bad....but I haven't had them in years and I suspect the last time I had them they were boiled to within an inch of their lives. So I'm thinking of ways to make them palatable. Any ideas? I'm thinking balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and roasting. I think I could eat dirt clods if they were marinated in balsamic and olive oil and roasted. Maybe a big old baking sheet of brussel sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes and roast them.

Oh, and I bought a ton of apples on Saturday. They were 'seconds' from the local orchard. but I got a trashbag full for $4. Time to put up apple sauce. My neices are coming this weekend, so maybe I will save it for then. They love that stuff. They get to pick a vintage apron from my collection and get to use 'cool' things like food mills and mashers and ricers...it's so funny. They fight over who gets to do what. So take heart all of you out there that have serious doubts about the youth of today....that insolent child glaring at you from the school bus window isn't thinking about TRL and the Nick and Jessica Breakup. She's thinking about donning a depression era embroidered apron and mashing apples with her aunt in a kitchen that smells like cinnamon.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer Maiser said...

I think your idea of using balsamic is a good one. Here's another idea that I love.

I am jealous that you have sprouts - I haven't seen them here in San Francisco in a while.

10:12 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

That recipe sounds really good. Anything involving butter would make them good. And the garlic would solve the stink problem too I'm guessing. I will try it. Thanks.

9:39 AM  
Blogger EFB said...

I came across a recipe for brussel sprouts where they were sliced thin with a japanese mandolin and used in a salad. i don't remember what else they did with them. i'll have to check at home.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I just love eating with the seasons. I didn't think I like brussels sprouts either until I had them roasted in the oven with shallots & diced ham, and tossed with brown sugar. It's the added sweetness that makes them palatable to me, but the balsamic sounds good too.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Judith said...

No, no, brussel sprouts are good!! Yum, yum! And from the garden they are most excellent...My recipe is: el dente (sp?) steam them (the need to be crisp & not cooked all the way through & then put them in a microwavable dish with the white ends of sliced scallions & red grapes (I cut the seedless grapes in half)-- to this add either olive oil & vinegar or a favorite prepared dressing--I am lazy, I toss this concoction w/a little Paul Newman's olive oil/vinegar dressing & then put in the microwave to finish the cooking...don't over zap. It really is very good. Bon appetit!

8:09 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

well now I have a whole series of brussel sprout recipes to get me through the winter. Thanks everybody. I think tonight will be brussel sprout night. I will let everyone know how they turned out.

9:47 AM  

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