4 January 2007

Strangest thing I've brought back...

Perhaps the strangest thing I brought back from England this time round is....



Brussel sprouts!

Now, I know that they're not everyone's cup of tea, but I love them! As a child I couldn't bear them and would hide them under my mashed potatoes so that I didn't have to eat them, but not anymore! I'm making up for lost time! I love them with mash and gravy yuuuummm. They're an essential part of Christmas day menu too.

I found them here last summer in Carrefour (supermarket) - which is strange because apparently (according to my aunty) there needs to be a frost on the ground for them to be good. These were imported though, and you can get all veggies all year round now after all. Since this sighting of the sprouts though I haven't been able to find them again. I can only imagine that maybe they didn't sell well? Maybe I was the only one to buy them? Mmmmmm

I had to pay excess for my luggage this time, but the sprouts were worth every penny.

13 comments:

C in Bo said...

Hi Delina - you can get them in the coop in Bologna! Our fridge is full of them as I stocked up for Christmas thinking they might run out....think I was the only one bulk buying though!

Annika said...

but why, oh WHY? Brussel sprouts are the most disgusting, bitter greens .... eeeewww!!!

Kataroma said...

My Dutch BF loves the sprouts too. We get them all the time here in rome and they are actually imported from Holland!

Yum.

Delina said...

It must just be down here that they're hard to find...

Annika maybe one day you'll change your mind - I did after all :)

Shirley said...

Yum I love brussel spouts too, I was very tempted to bring some back from the UK, Ive had them from Carrefour here, but they are not quite the same!

Giulia said...

I'm so curious to know how you prepare these little guys?

Anonymous said...

Well, here in Italy they are no famous: but, I've tried from a friend (I'm italian) and is gorgeus.

He prepared "steamed" but the tast and consistency gorgeus. I've tried with grilled steak, and potato and "fagiolini": very very good!

Delina said...

Giulia, cut the bottom bit off, then take the first layer of outer leaves off, some then put a cross on the bottom to make them boil quicker..then just boil them til they're as soft as you like - about 10-15mins usually. Add a bit of salt to taste if you like. Good with a meat + potato meal.

Alyson said...

One of my faves too! My family hate them so I just get a small portion from the rosticceria when I fancy. They do them as I like, all soft and squishy!!

Giulia said...

Thanks, I'll have to try them some time.

nikinpos said...

Can you still get chedder cheese in the carrefour in Naples? Carlo went the other day but forgot to liik...grrr.

Delina said...

Nicki, I didn't know they stocked cheddar so I didn't look out for it. I'll try and remember to have a look next time.

Elle said...

I got mine from Lidl for Christmas, couldn't find them in Carrefour.

I only tend to eat them once a year and when I do, I wonder why I don't eat them all year round - I love them :D