Oh boy, I had a shock when I saw that it was the 1st of March the day before yesterday. It can’t possibly have been that long since I last made a post, can it? My last post was on the 21st of February which means that was… 10 days ago? Then I realised that I was being very silly and February only had 28 days so it’s not quite as bad as I’d thought, although my posting has been rather sporadic, as has my visiting everyone else’s wonderful blogs whom I follow. My apologies if my drop-ins are rarer than they used to be. Time does seem to get away from me so fast, and so easily these days.
Before I forget as well, I’ve got a nifty new logo! If it’s showing up weirdly for you then you may need to force-refresh your browser cache for my page (Chrome: Ctrl+F5, Firefox: Shift+F5). I decided it was high time I ditched those huge colourful banners I had which looked like someone had spilled a paint pot over the screen. Thanks to the lovely Shuhan – yes, the “Mummy I Can Cook” Shuhan – I now have a lovely, “simple” logo, instead of something which smacks you in the face as soon as the page loads!
One of the things which I’m relishing about living up here now, and surely will do even more come summer and autumn is the difference in produce which is available compared to France. Sure – I sorely miss readily available, cheap Mediterranean vegetables like aubergines but heck if the choice of things here doesn’t make up for it. Let’s start off with a few examples of…
I can’t wait for autumn to roll around so I can go out and pick some of these. I hope I can find my own little spot in the forest somewhere ripe with cloudberries. Only problem is they love growing in marshy ground so it’s a real mosquito-fest out there. Arctic raspberries are apparently quite rare but lingonberries and bilberries should be plentiful. Sea buckthorn doesn’t grow this far up north in the country as far as I know, but I should be able to buy some from further south. It’s going to be awesome!
I may complain about the price of aubergines here but we do get some other fun stuff to make up for it. I saw a sack of purple brussels sprouts the other day for about 3kr. For those of you who don’t know, that’s about US$0.46, €0.33, or £0.27. Cheap, basically. I didn’t even know purple sprouts existed, and while I didn’t really expect them to taste different I figured they’d be a fun thing to cook with.
So, what do you do when you have some beautifully-coloured vegetables?
Curry-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Why, roast the heck out of them so it’s impossible to discern any colour of course! Nah, you could still make out a bit of the purple, but nowhere near as much as if I’d served them steamed or raw, shredded. Oh well – they were still tasty!
I got the idea for some curry-roasted brussels sprouts the other day after reading Nazneen’s blog, Coffee and Crumpets. She’d made some delicious looking curried sprouts, and it was a great inspiration. I knew I wanted something with a bit of curry kick, but wanted a slightly different dish and thus these were born. They make a great side dish for anyone who likes sprouts, especially if you’re bored of eating them simply boiled or steamed all the time.
- 500g Brussels Sprouts
- 3tbsps Olive Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
- 1tbsp Curry Powder
- 2tsps Turmeric
- 1tsp Cinnamon
- Salt and freshly ground Pepper
- Start off by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. While the oven heats up, trim the stalks from the sprouts and remove any dirty leaves from the sprouts, before slicing in half.
- Mix the oil with the spices and garlic and toss the prepared sprouts in the oil mixture, turning well to ensure they're well coated.
- Lay out on a roasting tray and sprinkle on a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place into the hot oven. Roast in the oven for about 20-30 minutes according to preference. Some people prefer their sprouts with a bit of bite, others prefer them soft all the way through.
- Remove and serve as a side dish to the meal of your choice.