Re: September 12: Broccoli Issues (Score: 1)
posted Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 08:53 AM (#44739
People keep talking about broccoli whereas what they mean is the considerably more mudane calabrese. (sigh).
However, to make broccoli or calabrese and cauliflowers into something rather more special, try a dish called flowers of the reformation - roughly equal volumes of purple sprouting broccoli, or calabrese if you must, with cauliflower. Not so much cook as turn out hot and dizzy after about five mins or so in/above a minimum of water that is just below boiling (at boiling if in the hills), flick a little unsalted butter over 'em and finish off with sprinkling chopped ham mixed with a tiny amount of crumbled cheese (a proper cheese with a crumbly texture - coverdale, wenseleydale, white stilton if you must. A chunk about the same size as your forefinger will do it for four people). We like to finish it off with a dusting of black pepper.
As to sprouts (aka the devil's vegetable), well, the memsahib does them, only hot and dizzy again, with chopped bacon and chestunts and they aint too bad. OK, I only eat them once a year with Christmas dinner!
Of course, with all veggies, they tend to be lots nicer if you grow 'em yourself and they arrive in the kitchen still blinking and wondering where the garden went!
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