Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Brussels sprouts for dummies

It's my birthday. I turn 29 today and -apparently- your 29th birthday is "the golden birthday", something I never knew until today at least 10 people mentioned it on Facebook. I thought it was going to be a cool birthday because I'm turning 29 on the 29th of the 9th month of the 9th year of the millennium. Yes, I do have too much time on my hands and spend an alarmingly large part of my day musing about stuff that is completely useless. So last night I decided to make something different, something that would surprise most people that know me when they see this post: Brussels sprouts. Why, you ask? Because in my entire life I've never eaten them, short of one little piece once, many years ago, just to determine that they were a horrible, wretched vegetable that I would never eat again.

But of course the good guys at the co-op had other palns in mind. They delivered me a truckload of Brussels sprouts and -after parking them in the fridge for a while- I decided that last night would be the night. A few hours before my golden birthday I thought, why not? So I made them, following a Christmas recipe from Cooking Light, and guess what? They turned out delicious. Either that or I'm getting so old I'm starting to like old people food -you decide.

5 cups sliced Brussels sprouts
2 medium onions, vertically sliced
1 large shallot, sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
3/4 cup chicken stock
A pinch of thyme
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

In a large skillet melt the butter and sautee the onions and shallots. Add the Brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sautee for a few minutes (about 4 or 5), add sugar, thyme and chicken stock. Stir, cover and simmer for a couple of minutes or until tender. Top with toasted pecans and serve.


  1. Happy 29th Birthday! Enjoy your day! I haven't had brussels sprouts since I was 7. It was also the first time I had lobster, in that same dinner. You can probably guess which I liked more. :P But if you enjoyed it now, I guess I should try it again sometime. I'm sure taste buds change as we get older (and 29 is old!) Just kidding :P

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope it's a wonderful one. Mine is tomorrow. ;)

    I just recently started liking brussels sprouts myself. (I hated them as a kid!) This recipe looks fantastic, I love the nutty crunch of the pecans!

  3. Happy Belated birthday, you spring chicken!!

    This recipe might actually made brussel sprouts edible...

  4. Actually it was your golden birthday because you turned the age of your birth date. My golden birthday was my eighth since my birthday was November 8. =)

    But do enjoy your last year before a whole new decade begins!



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