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February 2, 2013

Today the Beloved, Arlo, Boo and I went in search of wellies – again – and lego and other things that can only be had in the delights of either a specialised shop or a more buzzing metropolis than the small town we live.

The first stop was Tuckers which sells everything man needs (according to the beloved) from wellie boots and plants to seed labels, bolts and string. You can even buy a (locally grown) burger there on special days as they have an outside barbecue. We didn’t do that, but Arlo now has a great pair of green wellies for less than a tenner,  the rabbit has some sawdust and the hamster has some bedding. I didn’t manage to buy anything for the beloved’s birthday, which is looming, but I’m not panicking yet. Boo was a little more successful.

Next we headed off to Newton Abbot and Austins toy shop in which Arlo was relieved of his £20 Christmas money which had become a real burden. He’s added more essentials to the already substantial lego collection which adorns the front room and is a happy child.

The market was beginning to pack up by the time we’d left the toy shop, but there were still some bargains to be had – namely 3lbs of Brussels sproutssprouts for a quid. The beloved loves sprouts so I bought 3lbs.

I’m not much of a sprout fan, nor is Arlo or Rella or Halo (and I think they make Boo feel definitely on the queasy side – “Did you have to buy so many?” she said ). What is it about sprouts that makes some people love them and others hate them? Whatever it is, I think  parsnips must have it too.

Anyway,  for the beloved sprouts are a rare treat – an early birthday present.sprouts2

I lightly boiled a whole pile of them up this evening for dinner and the beloved added a dollop of butter, sprinkled them with pepper and pronounced them delicious – there were sausages with mushroom gravy too, but for the beloved they were an mere distraction from the glories of the main event .


3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2013 12:45 am

    Sprouts certainly do divide opinion. I love them but I still have 3 entire stems of sprouts standing in the wind whipped raised beds, despite 6 recipes. Any further ideas welcome!

  2. February 3, 2013 9:51 pm

    mmmmmm LOVE sprouts. Very finely shredded raw and tossed in a lemony vinaigrette dressing with some finely chopped fresh herbs as a winter salad. Lovely with a bagel topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

    Also shred finely then cook gently in a non-stick pan that you’ve cooked some bacon lardons until they’re crispy. Add the sprouts and a little water to stop from sticking and cook until they’re soft but not mushy. Add a swirl of cream and some freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. mmmmmmm

    • February 3, 2013 10:13 pm

      I’ve just stir fried some shredded ones, but I haven’t tried them raw…maybe tomorrow

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