September 21, 2011

At the Carrot Café...



... no, you eat the Brussels sprouts.

61 comments:

Carol_Herman said...

Brussel sprouts! My favorite!

Bob_R said...

I want those eggplants on my grill!

Bob_R said...

Sprouts with shallots and hazelnuts.

Carol_Herman said...

My mom would take one of those large eggplants, and she set it on top of the flame. On top of the stove. While the skin blistered. And, she'd carefully roll this until the whole thing looked like a burnt offering. Skin blistered all over.

She'd let this cool.

And, then she'd peel off the skin (which is easy once it's burnt) ... and from the inside flesh ... she put into her chopping bowl. Which already head chopped up onion and garlic. Then, she added olive oil. And, some salt.

She called it eggplant relish.

It's the most delightful stuff. Worth the work. Especially the part where you just stick the eggplant on top of the flame. (I guess you can't do this if you have an electric stove, huh?)

Julie C said...

Brussels sprouts drizzled with olive oil, seasoned well with fresh ground pepper and sea salt and roasted in a 425 degree oven until slightly carmelized.

Heaven on a plate.

And low carb!

ricpic said...

Eat the brussels sprouts? Gladly. The most underrated veggie of all.

Irene said...

Brussel sprouts are excellent when served with bacon, browned breadcrumnbs, and chopped ... hard-boiled eggs.

BJM said...

I could go for a bowl of carrot ginger soup...if it wasn't 97 degrees.

Looks like a grilled Japanese eggplant, Italian sweet green peppers and flank steak dinner for us.

The basil, eggplants, sweet peppers and Persian cukes are producing like mad in this heat. It's time to fob off a basket full on the neighbors.

rhhardin said...

The dog won't eat brussels sprouts.

edutcher said...

Aunt Mary wouldn't have Brussels Sprouts in the house.

Look too much like cabbage.

traditionalguy said...

Brussel sprouts are good fried in butter 4 minutes and garlic salted. First cut an X in the base.

Fred4Pres said...

I want the eggplants!

But brussel sprouts with bacon and carmelized brown sugar is really good too.

Fred4Pres said...

edutcher said...
Aunt Mary wouldn't have Brussels Sprouts in the house.

Look too much like cabbage.


That is because they are a variety of cabbage.

Mogget said...

I had butterfinger wontons for dessert the other day...veggies are nice and all, but my, my, that was some dessert! Just sayin'

Cedarford said...

Carol Herman -

"And, then she'd peel off the skin (which is easy once it's burnt) ... and from the inside flesh ... she put into her chopping bowl. Which already head chopped up onion and garlic. Then, she added olive oil. And, some salt.

She called it eggplant relish.

It's the most delightful stuff. Worth the work."

Her "relish" is really called Baba Ganoush - a staple from Spain all the way over to Indonesia.

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Part of the enjoyment of visiting Althouse's blog is her photos. Almost always well-done, sometimes going into legitimate artistry.

Peter Hoh said...

How much does a bunch of those carrots cost at the Madison farmers' market?

Patrick said...

Gotta eat our peas

Cedarford said...

Let me say at the Cafe`, that I am completely disgusted at the 16 dollar muffins at a DOJ luncheon. At reports of numerous "Heroes of Security" conferences under the Bush Administration where the catering bill was 50-60,000 dollars - paid to the Republican crony gov't contractors to provide soda, juice and cold cuts at a cost of 810.00 a person.

The Fed government is out of control. And yes, both parties, and similar reckless spending has been going on for decades.

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Tyrone Slothrop said...

Recently read that, until the 17th century, carrots were red, white, yellow or purple. Patriotic Dutch horticulturists came up with the orange carrot.

edutcher said...

Fred4Pres said...

edutcher said...
Aunt Mary wouldn't have Brussels Sprouts in the house.

Look too much like cabbage.


That is because they are a variety of cabbage.


Which is why she wouldn't have them in the house.

NYTNewYorker said...

Nobody mentioned one of my quick favorites, glazed carrots!

A little water, sugar, salt and pepper, butter; slowly evaporate the water, caramelize the sugar and voila.

PETER V. BELLA said...

I love Brussels sprouts.

F said...

EAT brussel sprouts? What do you shoot in your slingshot then?

America's Politico said...

Attended a black-tie affair with WH crowd. The passion for re-election is incredibly strong and so is the biggest defeat of the GOP. The POTUS Obama crowd is salivating Perry nomination. It is believed that with NPR and NYT support, the POTUS can defeat Perry like hitting a ball over the park. They want Perry so bad that they cannot see any other GOP. I am totally impressed with the passion/hatred towards GOP in the camp.

America's Politico said...

Re: Ron S. new book, the verdict from NOW and others is that they will do what they did during Lewinsky era. They will simply ignore the issue. The issue will die. It is in fall 2011. There will not be any news next summer or fall. The re-election of the greatest POTUS Obama will not be impacted by a slimy-hit-job of the book.

A. Shmendrik said...

AMERICA'S POLITICO:

Keep on smokin' what yo b smokin'!

MarkG said...

When AP says this: The POTUS Obama crowd is salivating Perry nomination.

Interpret it is as this: The White House saw the Perry ad and is shitting bricks.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

@America's Pollo

It's not like hitting the ball over the park. It's more like scoring a cap trick in hockey, or a holy one in golf.

Scott M said...

What does everyone use to read their favorite blogs? At work, I use Outlook and, for instance, as AA posts a new thread, I can subscribe to it using Atom (with the helpful link at the both of each thread). It becomes it's own item in Outlook and updates when new comments are made.

Perfect.

I don't use outlook at home, but just got a laptop with Office 2010 and quite like Windows Live Mail and it's RSS feed utility. HOWEVER, I can't find a way to show the comments as they come in. I have to link to the page itself. I think Google's Reader works in much the same way.

So...who uses what?

deborah said...

If I shear the spent buds off the mums, will they re-flower this fall?

Simon said...

Earlier tonight, Texas executed an evil man who was undisputedly guilty; right now, as I write this, Georgia is executing a man who may well have been innocent. Neither presented a case where it was necessary within the teaching of the Church, and Troy Davis' case had enough evidentiary concerns that even pro death penalty folks should consider this one a loss.

Please pray for all involved and their families.

PETER V. BELLA said...

AP- What does your bullshit have to do with carrots and Brussels sprouts?

Keep smoking that hopium. We will hopefully see a picture of your wasted body on a slab.

EDH said...

...enough evidentiary concerns that even pro death penalty folks should consider this one a loss.

Simon,

I'm interested. Any links to any "pro death penalty folks" who do "consider this one a loss"?

All the advocacy I've seen so far from the commutation side (Amnesty Intl et al.) is about who is on the commutation side, not why there should be commutation of sentence.

Simon said...

EDH, re pro-DP folks who urged hesitation, Bob Barr and Bill Sessions both penned op/eds. I'm too tired to find links.

Re why, I can't speak for them, but for me, I adhere to what JP2 taught in Evangelium Vitae: Regardless of guilt, the death penalty should be applied only when necessary to protect society. That didn't obtain here.

And, y'know, I'm a hypocrite, or at best a work in progress, because I'm not losing any sleep over the Texas racist. It just leaves you with a heavy heart when there seems to be a real possibility that the guy may not have done it.

Simon said...

In the last analysis, though, our hope isn't in the institutions of this world. This isn't the end, and Troy Davis' appeal now goes to an altogether higher court that we know will do justice, whatever that entails.

Fred4Pres said...

EDH, I am pro death penalty but I am cautious about its application. This case has some doubts that makes me lean for life sentance rather than death. And I was for Mumia getting the needle.

Cedarford said...

Simon said...
In the last analysis, though, our hope isn't in the institutions of this world. This isn't the end, and Troy Davis' appeal now goes to an altogether higher court that we know will do justice, whatever that entails.
=================
Why is Hell an "altogether higher court"? That is where the black bastard cop killer and the white animal - the killer who dragged a black man to death chained behind a pickup truck - are.
They both arrived Wednesday.

The racist that killed James Lynch, however, never became a cause celebre` with liberals, progressive Jews, the Pope, and the usual "black leaders". To get marquee status with that crowd, you have to be a black thug like Troy Davis or "Our Beloved Mumia", and kill a white police officer.

MarkG said...

The racist that killed James Lynch, however, never became a cause celebre` with liberals, progressive Jews, the Pope, and the usual "black leaders". To get marquee status with that crowd, you have to be a black thug like Troy Davis or "Our Beloved Mumia", and kill a white police officer.

Black guys who kill white cops should grow long, fashionable dreadlocks, wear intelligent-looking glasses, and write poetry. It really is the best defense against the death penalty there is, next to being innocent.

EDH said...

Yikes, did I start this?

It really is the best defense against the death penalty there is, next to being innocent.

Actually, I came to the conclusion long ago that the best way to beat the hangman was to hire as your lawyer a narcoleptic alcoholic.

JAL said...

Actually, POTUS told us to eat our peas.

And raise our hands when we're called on like good boys and girls.

The Crack Emcee said...

... no, you eat the Brussels sprouts.

Shut up.

I'm not going to shut up (You shut up)

EDH said...

A song I always found wordy, but here's the tight part.

The night that the lights went out in Georgia

The Georgia patrol was a-makin' their rounds
So he fired a shot just to flag 'em down
A big bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said
"Why'd you do it"

The judge said guilty in a make believe trial
Slapped the sheriff on the back with a smile and said
"Supper's waiting at home and I got to get to it"

That's the night that the lights went out in Georgia
That's the night that they hung an innocent man
Well don't trust your soul to no back woods southern lawyer
Cause the judge in the town's got blood stains on his hands

EDH said...

I wonder what the sheriff was having for dinner?

A rotund man, it sounds rather important to him.

Trooper York said...

OF COURSE CAROL HERMAN LOVES BRUSSEL SPROUTS!!!!!

Trooper York said...

Brussel Sprouts are the Sarah Jessica Parker of vegtables.

walter said...

America's Politico is trying to tell us those $16 muffins have special, uber organic ingredients.
But in a desparate attemmpt to go off topic,
"you eat the Brussels sprouts"?

Algore would attach a methane collector on me if I did.

EDH said...

Oh, it was the judge with supper waitin'?

But the sheriff was the fat one.

See, that song always confused the shit out of me.

EDH said...

Simon said...
EDH, re pro-DP folks who urged hesitation, Bob Barr and Bill Sessions both penned op/eds. I'm too tired to find links.

Take it slow, but I don't think I would want Simon as the attorney advocating my appeal.

:)

EDH said...

Wait a minute, "too tired"?

Maybe Simon is narcoleptic!

And an alcoholic too?!!!

Put him on retainer.

Palladian said...

Goodbye, R.E.M.

Kirk Parker said...

Excuse me, where are the onion rings?

(Onions are vegetables, right???)

Don't Tread 2012 said...

To the droll 'America's Pathetico', I wish you a lifetime of watching the 'shocking meat video' accompanied by Tchaikovsky...Stanley Kubrick can be your attendant and provide the eye drops.

Idiot.

wv - spooff

Shanna said...

Troy Davis' case had enough evidentiary concerns that even pro death penalty folks should consider this one a loss.

He had a whole bunch of hearings it sounds like where they decided not to stop it.

I never know what to think of these cases. It's really easy for people to second guess everything 20 years later, and there is a crowd that is sort of permanently on the anti-death penalty side who seem to think everyone is innocent. Obviously if there is a good reason, the trial should be overturned, or the sentence should be changed, but who has the authority to do that in Georgia? I understand the governor does not.

Fr Martin Fox said...

I recognize the carrots, eggplants and brussel sprouts--but what are those purply-white things?

Psychedelic George said...
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Roger J. said...

C4--re baba ganoush--you got to put tahini in it, otherwise it is just eggplant relish--

WV: plating (how does it know?) what you do with baba ganouse and pita

Simon said...

Shanna said...
"Obviously if there is a good reason, the trial should be overturned, or the sentence should be changed, but who has the authority to do that in Georgia? I understand the governor does not."

Georgia has transferred that authority to a committee, the board of pardons and paroles. Traditionally, anglo-american polities have vested the clemency power in a single individual, and it was an error to change that, punting it into a faceless bureaucracy. It defuses responsibility much like a firing squad: Everyone can pretend to themselves that they didn't kill the man, they aren't personally responsible. And that personal responsibility, the natural instinct of a human being not to dishonor themselves by executing a man who may be innocent, is an important circuit breaker. It won't always trip, but I suspect—concededly with no empirical evidence at all—that a board will do so much more rarely, because whereas the incentive of an individual is not to dishonor herself, the incentive of a bureacrat is to not rock the boat.

Psychedelic George said...

I am surprised that none of Althouse's astute commenters have mentioned that the Romans regarded Brussels Sprouts, which they called "cyma," as an aphrodisiac given this edible's obvious resemblance to testicles.

"Caesar cymas cuminum salem vinum vetus et oleum. Si voles addes piper et ligusticum mentam rutam coriandum." (Pliny, N.H., XIX-xli)

This passage by the historian Pliny means "Caesar in cold weather relished Brussels Sprouts, roasted in oil, coriander, and honey. He ate them with peppered lettuce {also an aphrodisiac] boiled in wine which he ordered brought forth on his campaigns.

The WP also recently reported (can't find the link) that Brussels Sprouts are among the First Lady's favorite vegetables. So I guess we know who wears the toga in that family......

(Original post deleted due to incorrect citation for Pliny's Natural History.)

gerry said...

Patrick and JAL: and if we don't eat our peas, we will be reported.

Jeff in Oklahoma said...

Stumbled upon some fascinating reading from Murray Rothbard (via Jonah Goldberg)- For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto - Murray N. Rothbard

http://mises.org/resources.aspx?Id=ab1ba643-dc19-462f-82ff-2d34f46bb7f6

If you question governments role in your life, it is worth a read - and it is free!

Chapter 10 was fascinating, and timely.