Simple Brussel Spouts

IMG_8464Hi there– I have to admit, I’ve not always been a Brussel sprout lover.  On my first acquaintance with them, they were tough little balls, slightly bitter and just too much to chew.  But Larry, the vegetable lover convinced me over time to give these guys another chance.  I’m glad.

I like this recipe because it’s quick, tasty and colorful on your plate– easy to put together while you’ve got other parts of a meal to attend to.  I’ve changed my Brussel sprout ways…

12 plump Brussel sprouts
3 tab. olive oil
garlic salt to taste
1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup orange bell pepper, chopped

Cut the tough stem end off the Brussel sprouts and slice them into slivers.  Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and drop in the Brussel sprouts.  Cook them in the oil, stirring and salting with garlic salt–just enough to wake up their flavor.  When they are tender enough to eat, but still a bit crispy (about 4 or 5 minutes), stir in the peppers and cook 2 minutes more.

Serve them up warm– We added them to plates of bar-b-qued chicken and roasted potatoes…  Enjoy!


Wet Market in Lijang, China

Our first morning in Lijang, we set off with my sister Luanne to the “wet market,” through winding alleyways to stall after stall of — fruits and vegetables, meat and spices…

First stop, the herb counter for Lulu to pick up a small bag of lavender.

There were so many vegetables I had never met before.  I’d like to buy a basket full and take them to a Chinese friend to cook up for us…

There were dozens and dozens of varieties of dried and fresh mushrooms, some fungi as big as my head!

We browsed past the copper smith’s stalls– rows of beautifully burnished pots and ladles,

…and on by the potter’s tables of pitchers and pots.

There were varieties of fruit, familiar and brand new to me.

And I studied tables of bright peppers and every color of pickled vegetables.

There were eggs, hen, duck and quail…

Fresh meat and all kinds of cooked fowl…

Midday even the vendors stopped for a bit of lunch as they tended their stalls.

We took home a small bag of these– just to find out what they were.  The thick peel comes off to reveal little slimy while globes, tasting a bit like super juicy strawberries.

It was a fine, full morning ambling through the market with my Mom and sis.  A feast for the eyes as well as the shopping basket.