Wednesday, May 22, 2013
~ the one with the brussel sprouts ~
This week we got our first (of many, I'm sure) fresh veggie boxes from Hilbarn.
They gather fresh, seasonal products from Tasmanian farmers, pack it all up and deliver it (weekly or fortnightly) to various locations around the state.
I've been umm-ing and ahh-ing about this for ages - load of people seemed to be happily on board but I was a bit unsure about being stuck with ingredients I'd never use and could see myself guiltily feeding them to our worms.
Then, yet another friend raved about her box of goodies on fb last week and I took the plunge.
Total worst case scenario...our box came with brussel sprouts.
I don't think I'm a picky eater...but brussel sprouts...
I loathe them.
My mother forced us to eat them. Far too often.
They were bitter and yucky and just the smell of them made me feel like puking.
(and then we went to the UK and they treated them like the gods of the vegetable kingdom. I initially thought it was some practical joke but when people fought for my discards...well, I was only too happy to offload them)
So last night the Doc cooked them.
A hint of butter.
And in the spirit of "do as I do, not as I say" (I'm always nagging the kids to just try something new) I nibbled the edge of mine ... and then found myself eating the lot. And 2 out of 3 kids did too.
Verdict... I'm not a sprout convert... but.... I can think of worse (the grey wrinkled broad beans of my youth, lambs fry, any offal product...)
I'm planning veggie soup, roquette and tuna pasta and a fresh radish salad this week.
The carrots, pears and apples are already gone.
We'll definitely be signing up for more deliveries... one less stop on my weekly (it's really daily but I like to pretend I'm organised enough to go weekly) shop makes me a happy girl. And one who will have to branch out and try new things. That can only be good... right?
Are there any foods you hate?
Are you bravely trying any new recipes this week? Please share.