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Cabin Cooking; Brussel Sprouts

This week I took a quick trip to the cabin and as usual, I took the opportunity to cook a dinner of the foods that I enjoy – including brussel sprouts – without worrying whether the kids would eat it or not.

Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts

To start, I did my broiler-brussel sprouts. After cleaning them up, I sliced each sprout two or three times so that each slice was about the same thickness.

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Next I sliced the bacon that I had picked up at Meat Craft Urban Butchery into pieces about a half inch wide and then layered it over the brussel sprouts. I hearty sprinkle of sirarcha sauce, a drizzle of olive oil and these sprouts were ready to get some heat.

Broiler Brussel Sprouts
Broiler Brussel Sprouts

I have to admit I was not paying attention so I can’t say how long these little gems were under the broiler – maybe ten minutes? I do know that I took them out at least once or twice and gave them a stir to make sure they were browned all the way around.

I love the way that some of them get smoky and almost burnt! The bacon cooked right down to a perfect little smoky bacon flavour gems and added just enough flavour to give a little flavour explosion. Great flavour combinations!

 

Of course the broiler-brussel sprouts were the “side dish” to my bone in pork rib chop. To cook that solid piece of meat I gave it a thorough coating of dry rub (I can’t remember the brand … Pete’s?) and then into the cast iron pan and under the broiler for 6 minutes.

Pork Rib Chops
Pork Rib Chops

After six minutes, I took the pan out of the oven, flipped the chops over, and then back in the oven for another six minutes.

And of course you may have noticed that baked potato. A beauty of a Russet potato baked without a tinfoil wrap so the skin was beautifully crispy and the spud inside was creamy. I dollop of butter mixed inside and then a couple massive spoons of Avalon Dairy 14% sour cream…wow.

Then I sat down and ate without hearing a single “ew I don’t like this…” or anything like that. It was an amazing meal, but you know, it was kind of lonely without my kids there with me. Even if they do complain about most of the food.

When You Forget Your Lunch

When you forget your lunch AND your wallet at home on the same day, it is awesome to be able to come home and quickly prepare a healthy snack. 

  
I put a small pot of steamed broccoli and half a zucchini (chopped) from the front yard garden and a handful of rice from last night’s dinner all together into my frypan, added a couple tablespoons of water, put the lid on it and sat down for a few minutes to breathe. 

Five minutes later, my after school snack was on the table. Oh yeah, a drizzle of sriracha in top makes it perfect. 

Sprouts

I remember when I was a kid living back on the family farm, we didn’t gave good and reliable refrigeration or access to fresh veggies so we always had jars of sprouts in a variety of stages of readiness.
Alfalfa, radish, cabbage, broccoli and fenugreek were some of the sprouts we would have.

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These fenugreek sprouts will be ready to eat in the next couple of days.