Monday, March 2, 2009

Eating seasonally:
Vegetables from the moon

What could be more exciting than a vegetable that comes on its own little tree? Brussel sprout stalks look to me like something Gumby might have found on his visit to the moon. (Remember that episode??)

When Sophie was little these stalks played an important part in my campaign to convince her that vegetables are fun (!) and exciting (!). 

It worked. And I agree with her that the fact Brussel sprouts look like doll cabbages is a plus. 

I think roasting is the best way to cook them. I cut them in half and place them on a large piece of foil, then drizzle them with balsamic vinaigrette and some pine nuts.

I place another equal sized piece of foil on top and crimp the edges. The package goes on a rimmed baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for about 35–40 minutes.

I'm back in my kitchen after another weekend in the Sierras. We had a great day at Squaw on Saturday where I hacked my way down The Nose off Headway over into North Bowl for the first time. Snaps to me for doing it on my carving skis, and thanks to my friend Eric for serving as my guide and not pushing me but being ready to go when I gave the word. This victory was tempered slightly by the massive tumble I took down Headwall Face on the next run. I caught an edge, over turned, and fell down backwards. Down, down, down, while turning from my back to my front and then running like a cartoon character to get my feet pointed down and finally coming to a stop. Someone who witnessed this from the lift declared my wreck "spectacular." Thank goodness I had a committee to collect and bring me my gear and help me reassemble. I decided I had had enough of it for the day (something about your adrenal glands emptying out, I think), but I'll be back. 

In the meantime, I'm eating  my winter veggies. Beets, anyone?


Purple Flowers said...

Yes, please. I love beets.

It sounds as if you had an interesting time there on the slopes. Glad you came home in one piece. :)

lisagh said...

Wow! I've never seen how brussels sprouts grow... very cool. And beets? Mmm mmm mm!

adozeneggs said...

I love brussel sprouts. We see them on the stalks at the farmers market. My husband however, does not like the sprouts.
I have a recipe for beets with ricotta and pasta, haven't tried it yet, but thinking next week will be a good time to.

Mom on the Run said...

My first CSA box of the season comes tomorrow. I'm excited.

Cid said...

I never thought I'd see the day when someone could combine - in one post - skiing and brussel sprout. Well done!

Midge said...

That is quite the brussel spout stock. I've never seen that before! I bet they are really pretty growing in groups.

Jackie said...

That brussel sprouts stalk is the funniest thing I've seen in awhile and I have no idea why!
Thank you for the recipe. My hubby loves that veggie and I think it tastes blah. Will definitely try this out.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

mmm- I love brussel sprouts! and beets too for that matter! seriously, will you adopt me? i've very tidy and sew things. Just to eat at your dinner table would be a dream!

The Mrs. said...

We eat them all the time...Brussies we call em...never seen them on the tree! So cool!

Angelina said...

We don't have any brussels sprouts here at this time of year but my CSA just gave me beets. I'm making beet salad with them today. But I do love brussels sprouts off the stalk. So stately!