Blogmas 2018 – brussel sprouts

They’re a bit like marmite! You probably either think they’re an important part of the Christmas dinner, or you can’t stand them. Either way, we apparently eat more of them in the UK than in any other country in Europe, and if you go to any restaurant for a Christmassy meal, you’ll find a couple on your plate. Yes, I’m talking about brussel sprouts!

I didn’t even realise that people bought and enjoyed them at other times of the year, but I know at least 3 people who do!

I bought the Christmas decoration in the picture because I thought it would be amusing to have an enormous sprout hanging from our tree, but S is less of a fan than I am an he wasn’t impressed!

I have to say, I don’t particularly like them (when I did Christmas with a couple of friends, I only agreed to have the obligatory one sprout on my plate each year), but I think part of that comes down to the fact that traditionally we don’t do anything very exciting with them. Perhaps if we spiced them up or masked the flavour somehow, they might be ok? That’s why I went in search of some recipes to make them a bit more interesting. More of that later, but first some sprout facts for you.

Did you know that there are over 100 types of brussel sprouts?

Did you know that sprouts contain vitamins A and C?

Did you know that the long period of hot weather this Summer caused concern about whether there would even be enough sprouts for Christmas 2018? I’ve seen plenty in the shops though, so either we’ve imported them or the damage to the harvest wasn’t as bad as predicted.

Did you know that we’re not just fussy eaters? The reason why some people don’t like sprouts is genetic. There’s a gene that makes sprouts taste bitter to some people.

Did you know that the area covered by sprout fields in the UK has been compared in the past to over 3200 football pitches?

Now for those recipes – I don’t have any of my own to share, but when I asked in a blogging group, Carol shared her link with me in which she suggests some alternative ways to cook brussel sprouts. Let us know if you try any of them!

Advent calendar unboxing

Throughout Blogmas I’ll be unboxing my two advent calendars from Glossybox and the Body Shop and giving a brief product review.

Body Shop – a 50ml pot of the Spa of the World® French grapeseed body scrub with organic sugar and grapeseed powder. As I already have my mango scrub, which I got for my birthday, I’m putting the grapeseed scrub in the giveaway box.

Glossybox – a deluxe sample of the Nip+Fab dragon’s blood fix serum which I have already talked about on my blog before. It’s a lovely serum that absorbs quickly and “delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin”. It’s something I used, and I was glad to get another one.

Unseen Beauty Blogmas Giveaway

Author: englishwithkirsty

I have two blogs. Unseen Beauty is my personal blog. English with Kirsty is my business blog for people who are interested in languages or learning English.

5 thoughts on “Blogmas 2018 – brussel sprouts”

  1. Over 100 types? No way! Eugh, not a fan personally, but I quite like the decoration, maybe as something I’d give to someone I wasn’t keen on as a gift. Heheee. Another generous giveaway, you are far too kind to your readers 😉 Looking forward to the rest of your Blogmas posts with the unveiling of the calendars! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend xx

    1. Seems the feelings have been overwhelmingly negative about the poor old brussel sprouts so far!! But then why do we eat so many of them as a nation? Very strange!
      Don’t forget that you have a chance every day and all days stay open until the end of December – so if anyone wants to go back to the day 1 page and enter on there as well, that’s fine!

      1. Thanks, that’s helpful as I’m not quite ‘on top’ of things and blogging at the moment!
        I wonder whether we’re just a self-loathing kind of country, where we use brussel sprouts as a means of subconscious punishment. That or some people don’t have fully functioning taste buds! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing the Brussel Sprout post, Kirsty…:) I hope it encourages others to try them as they really are very nice 🙂 Better when they have had a frost on them 🙂

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