Saturday, December 13, 2008
Eat your sprouts - they're good for you
It is my turn to cook the Christmas meal this year; Mr Fancy's ma and I take it in turns each year and this will be the first year I have elected to make a normal Christmas meal. I usually go for the quirky option - the Chinese or Indian alternative, the cold buffet, anything but the whole turkey shebang. But middle-age brings sentimentality to these holidays and I think that this year I am - almost - going to Go Traditional.
I've got my organic locally-reared turkey in the freezer and I'm planning on roasting all the accompanying vegetables - even the dreaded Brussel sprout. These are the little green balls that people are either openly hostile to - but eat because it is Tradition, or else are mildly ambivalent about- they just get eaten because they are also on the plate. However, if the sprouts are roasted they actually become something that people want to eat. Nothing is nicer than a dish of roasted sprouts with pancetta and chestnuts caramelised against them.
Best of all - the kitchen doesn't have that smell of boiling brassica - not a good Christmas odour at all. However, you do still get the other Christmas odour as a result of the roasted sprouts. Some things never change -open the window please.