August 2018

From the Things-I-Never-Thought-I'd-Do-With-My-Life files, a few months back I went on TVNZ's Breakfast show to talk to the nation about Brussels sprouts. I didn't think Brussels Sprout Correspondent would ever be something you'd see on my CV but it's funny the way life works out sometimes, isn't it? 

I'm a fan, but this much-maligned vegetable has its haters, and it was my job to simply offer a way to cook them. This simple and punchy recipe was the one the nation was treated to over their morning coffee, and since I completely forgot to share the recipe then, and because I've had more than one person message me recently asking for advice on how to cook them, herewith. Brussels sprouts.  

Recipe inside!

Brussels sprouts with a lemony dressing

Take a couple of cups of Brussels sprouts. 

Cut into halves, and remove any loose, manky-looking leaves.

Scatter onto a roasting tray lined with baking paper, then drizzle with olive oil and a generous sprinkle of sea salt, and cracked black pepper.

Roast for about 10-15 minutes at 200C. 

Meanwhile, make the dressing. You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • zest and juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • a couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • a couple of tablspoons of roughly chopped, or sliced, almonds

Simply whisk together the oil, mustard, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper. Taste and adjust as necessary - you may need more lemon juice or more oil. Then stir through the almonds and the parsley.

Remove Brussels sprouts from the oven, drizzle over the dressing, and enjoy!  

// Posted by Delaney at 7:54 PM

Coming at you from Melbourne, Australia, where the food is incredible and the wind is worse than I’d prepared for but the sun is out. It was a big few months of packing and farewells, with a trip to the States and Canada thrown in for good measure. As a result I can barely fit my jeans anymore, but I consider it worth it having experienced a country where you can swap your side of toast for a side of pancakes. God bless America. 

// Posted by Delaney at 6:41 PM // Labels: Travel