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A moment of madness

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today I go shopping for dinner on the way home, which I don't usually do. Usually I head straight home in order to avoid the temptations of supermarkets. However today is special because I'm not at work tomorrow, and I had a superlowcalorie lunch and a lowfat croissant (185 calories) for brekkie, so I have oodles of calories to spare and I feel like something really tasty

So, we've all been there. I rummage through the Indian food and I rummage through the Chinese food and I rummage through the puddings and I start squinting, quite horribly, at the number of calories in very ordinary things that I used to eat all the time. ALL the time. I go looking for potato hoops which I still (on bad days) eat by the whole bagful but they haven't any.

After I've been up each aisle a couple of times and round the racks and am starting to attract the attention of store detectives to say nothing of men in white coats, I come, at last to the fresh meat. And there is a lovely fillet steak there, and I swear it has my name on it. A handsome fillet steak, eyewateringly expensive, but only 155 calories in 100 grammes. Mine.

I need something to go with it and as I pass, on the way to the veg, a bag of fresh tagliatelle hops into my basket. And I come at length to the veg. Winter is icumen in, as I remarked in an earlier blog, and so we're on to the brassicas. Not always my favourite but yesterday I ate some Savoy cabbage and enjoyed it and today there's a bag of sprouts and I get one of those sudden impulses usually reserved for chocolate and sling it into my basket and pay before I can think better of it. The sprouts are intended for someone called Angus apparently, but I get to them first.

Back home, the sprouts sit on the counter and eye me and I stand and eye them back. They don't really go with fillet steak and noodles, so I decide to microwave them and eat them as a sort of first course. The microwave pings and I tip the sprouts, green and glistening, into a bowl.

Well I ate five of them. You know, I don't really like sprouts that much. Can't imagine what possessed me to buy them.

Anyone got a recipe for leftover sprouts?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANIHAKA 10/21/2012 12:50AM

    Fillet steak that's not Waitrose you were shopping at by any chance? I'll be checking out my nearest one asap. And sprouts I adore. Those potato hoops aren't they what we called hula hoops back in the day & which my daughter asked me to take out to her on one of my trips back to NZ?

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DANAPRIME 10/20/2012 9:59PM


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COUPONS0216 10/20/2012 9:51PM

    Sprouts are very good roasted, trim off the ends and cut then in half lengthwise. Coat a non stick baking sheet with natural butter flavored cooking spray and lay them cut side down and spray them with more butter spray. Bake 400 Fahrenheit for 15 min or until brown and crisp on the bottom, and just fork tender. Toss with a bit of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper. This works for all sorts of veggies but is especially nice with green ones.

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LEXIE63 10/20/2012 10:01AM

    How about making a veg soup and shredding them into that?
I just love them, but live too far from you to take them off your hands. LOL
Angus sure ain't getting mine! :-)

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CAROLYNNE242 10/20/2012 8:54AM

    Brussels sprouts are lovely steamed. they can be used also as a substitute for cabbage in homemade vegetable soup!
Keep up the blogging - your blogs are brill!!

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BESCATS 10/19/2012 8:43PM

    I like Brussel sprouts, but don't buy them much. I'm not sure why, probably because I don't know much about cooking them. I like them with vinegar on them, and hubby uses just butter.

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AMANDEES76 10/19/2012 12:26PM

    I love sprouts but don't get to eat them often because my husband doesn't like them. I usually just steam them so I don't know of any recipes for them, sorry wish I could help.

I love to read your blogs you have a great sense of humor!

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LIS193 10/19/2012 11:59AM

    Leftover sprouts - make bubble and squeak!

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LINDAKAY228 10/19/2012 10:17AM

    My mother loved brussel sprouts but I never liked them. Unfortunately I don't know any recipes for the leftovers since I never buy them LOL. But at least the madness that grabbed you was for something healthy and not the things you would have normally gone for. Great job on the rest of the meal.

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SYNCHRODAD 10/19/2012 9:35AM

    Brussel sprouts are a charge against evolution and Darwinism. They should have ceased to exist long ago. Probably some abhorrent royal's dainty creation like ties. Both have "no redeeming social value" which is legal definition for pornography by the way.

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KATHIC2 10/19/2012 8:58AM

  Roast them with a little olive oil...yummy!

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CAMAEL100 10/19/2012 7:20AM

    There is progress!! Buying sprouts on impulse!

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SPACEBOT1 10/19/2012 4:48AM

    Sprouts are devil poo.

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MRS.DOYLE 10/19/2012 3:00AM

    I think the best thing to do with Brussels Sprouts is to take a photograph and blog about them. I loved cabbage even as a child. But I still can't stand the smell of sprouts and have never got as far as eating one. Eugh.

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NEW-CAZ 10/19/2012 2:58AM

    Lightly fry them ( low cal spray oil or olive oil) with some smoked bacon and have with a poached egg and toast!

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ANDYLIN90 10/19/2012 12:42AM

    You are very funny and I enjoyed reading your blog. Roasted sprouts with a little olive oil and garlic are delicious, but since yours are already cooked, try quartering them and adding to a salad. Or since they were suppose to go to Angus, maybe send them back...

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IMISSOATIE 10/19/2012 12:34AM

    Brussels sprouts roasted in the oven on high heat and tossed w/olive oil, garlic and salt, is one of my favorite veggies. The sprouts get carmelized and have the sweetest taste. I cannot abide sprouts from the microwave--so you might give roasting a try. Congrats on indulging in healthy food!!!

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L1ZB3TH354 10/19/2012 12:08AM

    good luck finding a recipe that you like. Thanks for blogging, even when you don't feel well. emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 10/18/2012 11:39PM

I emoticon Brussel Sprouts !
But no one else in family likes them

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Have a WONDERFUL day off tomorrow


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LAURIETAIT 10/18/2012 11:02PM

    The problem with impulse buys in the grocery store is that you often have no clue what to do with them when you get them home. Thank goodness for the internet. The source of all human knowledge and bad advice as well. Now you just have to decide which is which. Sorry I can't help you I am culinarily impaired. Best of luck with the leftovers.

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LINDAK25 10/18/2012 10:44PM

    Hey, Nesarian gave you something pretty close to my recipe! I like to cut them in half and take out that little core, too. They're one of my favorite veggies!

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ALDEBARANIAN 10/18/2012 9:50PM

    But Brussels Sprouts are so good! Just steam them, that's all they need. emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 10/18/2012 9:09PM

    I love sprouts. I just eat them plain. They are an acquired taste. My DH hates them. When he was a kid he tried to feed them to his dog & even the dog wouldn't eat them. emoticon

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KIPPER15 10/18/2012 9:01PM

    I live brussel sprouts and my husband loaths them. He calls them monkey brains. I can eat them any way. I do like them roasted, then I put vinegar on them. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/18/2012 8:51PM

    I love 'em! I just steam them but I know lots of people eat them as if they are an artichoke with lemon butter or mayo.

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CRANRANA 10/18/2012 8:46PM

  Do your cat need little green balls to bat around???

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DJSHIP46 10/18/2012 8:44PM


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TREYONE 10/18/2012 8:25PM


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TIZSLIM 10/18/2012 8:18PM

    Maybe you should just find Angus?

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LYNNA1968 10/18/2012 8:12PM

    HAHAHA! Sorry Nope I just throw them out

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CHRISSYM30 10/18/2012 7:53PM

    Never tried brussel sprouts but I hear that they are like mini cabbages only with a more powerful taste. I remember seeing Alton Brown from the Food Network doing a show on them and went searching for you to find a link to a few recipes that he came up with on that show.

Good luck to you. (Oh by the way your posts with the pictures of your walks inspired me and I took a bunch of pictures of my walk to work and home today lol)

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MADAMES 10/18/2012 7:52PM

    I love Brussels sprouts, and my husband can't stand them. We have a standing joke when I fix them...I always offer them to him, and he always refuses because he loves me and wants me to enjoy every last one!! I just eat them cold out of the fridge if I have any leftovers. Tell yourself they will combat the flu! No? You definitely don't want to overcook them....If you must warm them, nuke them quickly in the microwave and put some real butter on them.

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4KWALK 10/18/2012 7:00PM

    I don't care for Brussells sprouts either but I had some last week just because they jumped in my cart. The leftovers I shared with the composter. emoticon

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1MANKNEY 10/18/2012 6:49PM

    I think Brussel sprouts are my least favorite veggie. I do eat them when I have to--when I am a guest and someone serves them. The preferred method is slightly under cooked and buttered. I don't have a clue of what to do with leftovers except to give them to someone else! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 10/18/2012 6:35PM

    Brussels sprouts, eh? Now Tagliatelle I can understand. I've never met a pasta I didn't like. Sprouts need to be fresh. If they're bitter, they're old and/or overcooked. You've got lots of good ideas. Look through the SP recipes!

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MAMAOWLS 10/18/2012 5:46PM

    I can just imagine those darn sprouts sprouting legs and jumping into your shopping cart. I hope you can find a way to use what is left it is a shame to waste food. I would mix them with some onion and hamburger add salt and pepper. Really delicious.

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STONECOT 10/18/2012 5:39PM

    After last Christmas, my daughter curried them!! They were DISGUSTING. And I actually normally like both curry and sprouts.

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JUDSTERF 10/18/2012 5:23PM

    I'm not real crazy about brussel sprouts myself, but I have had them by steaming them and spray them with zero spray butter and a little salt and pepper. Not too bad either, but just don't usually cook them as my husband doesn't eat any of that kind of stuff.


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    Thanks for sharing...
Got a ?... What are 'potato hoops' ??
as to suggestions... the ones I would have given have already been given so I guess I am just...
'A day late and a dollar short'
.. A warning... do not over cook the "sprouts".. you will probably get a really violent belly ache, unless you can get rid of the gas before it becomes serious "PAIN"...
Looking forward to tomorrows blog.
Thanks again... Audra

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SUZYMOBILE 10/18/2012 4:47PM

    Never mind leftovers, this is the way to have any kind of sprouts (this for 1 pound of sprouts). I can eat the whole pound easily, get awful gas, and don't care.

Chop off ends of sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.
Heat 3T olive oil in pan on medium-high heat until it almost smokes.
Lay sprouts, which are nice and dry and thus won't spit, cut side down, lowering heat to medium.
Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
Sear until nice and brown, maybe 3-5 minutes. Turn over until other side is nice and brown, even with some black crunchy bits! (My favorite part.)

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REGILIEH 10/18/2012 4:39PM


I flavor brussel sprouts with bacon and sometimes add a little onion too. I don't know what tagliatelle is, I will have to look it up.

I'm really glad the men in white coats didn't get you!

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NESARIAN 10/18/2012 4:25PM

    roast them in your oven at 350! lightly coat them in olive oil, Italian herb blend and maybe a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Roast for 10 minutes (since they are already cooked) and splash with balsamic vinegar! I could and have eaten the entire delicious pan full!

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ESCHLETZ 10/18/2012 4:22PM

    I'm not a big fan of Brussel sprouts either, but I love cabbage rolls, so if you chop them in with some cabbage you could make a delicious Lazy Cabbage Roll casserole. Not only disguising the somewhat offending veggie, but also saving so much time on not making actual rolls =)

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60NLOVINIT2 10/18/2012 4:22PM

    left overs???? we never have left overs with veggies... specially sprouts... never tried them with vinigar... sounds good for me but not boyfriend... i love to shop after work... but i am getting off at 6am and there is no one in the store at that time..

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COCK-ROBIN 10/18/2012 4:21PM

    Oh, I just LOVE sprouts! Remember not to overcook them, but blanch them for about 6-7 minutes so they are bright green and crunchy. Overcook them, and they are yellowish, mushy and taste like spoiled cabbage. The suggestion on dipping them in balsamic vinegar is a great one! I've got to try it.

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JANETTEB553 10/18/2012 4:19PM

    Chicken broth one sounds good... emoticon

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GUITARWOMAN 10/18/2012 4:19PM

    This is too funny, impulse buying brussel sprouts.

Don't like them or cabbage very much; no ideas for leftovers.

I do cook big cauliflower heads and then re-heat portions as needed. I like them when they get mushy.

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SJKENT1 10/18/2012 4:19PM

    You crack me up!!! I once planted brussell sprouts in my garden just because they are so cute. Yep, tons of them were harvested and I gave them to everyone. They were grateful. Nope, I wasn't even tempted to try them. Isn't that weird?

Congrats on your good choices.

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DNRAE1 10/18/2012 4:17PM

    Nope! They are always bitter when I cook them. Must be doing something wrong. emoticon

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