Tuesday 24 December 2019

Brussel Sprout Picking For Christmas Dinner.

I went out to the veg plot with the bread knife this morning and came back with two big Brussel sprouts triffids.   They like firm ground and not too much nitrogen or else the sprouts blow.

They have had no cow plop or fym this year.  Just a sprinkle now and again of organic chicken pellet manure.  I love this stuff and you don't get a lot of weeds  like you do with 'cold' manure like cow manure and all the rain has supplied us with lots of free nitrogen.  Thankfully not enough to make the sprouts blow.

We had a few days of frost recently and it does help to improve the taste.  I saw an advert on the telly last night for Tesco carrots for 19p.  It really makes you wonder what's the point in growing your own doesn't  it.  You can beat the taste of fresh homegrown vegetables and we never use manmade chemical fertilizers or weed or pesticides killers on our veg plot.  So I  suppose it's worth growing them for that?

I would go round the bend if I didn't have a veg plot.  Living in the countryside next to the sea would be very boring.  Any way have a great day tomorrow and don't  eat too many sprouts!

29 comments:

  1. The point the 19p carrots in Tescos really make is why the farmer bothers to carry on growing them. They will be growing them at a loss. Believe me, Tesco will not be absorbing the special offer of 19p, they will be saying to the supplier, this is all we are going to pay you, take it or leave it. Happy Christmas!

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  2. I know what you are saying Rachel. Supermarkets are making food and drink cheaper than ever. I bought 24 cans of Guinness for twenty Euros. I use to pay thirty Euros for them. It's good for the consumer but not for the farmer or even the brewer. Happy Christmas Rachel,

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  3. I'm with Rachel on the economics. And I'm with you on the benefits of good home-grown veg. Nice sprouts. Enjoy. Merry Christmas.

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  4. Hello Kris. Thanks for your thoughts. I won't walk past cheap vegetables or meat in a supermarket but I also like to grow some chemical free veg myself. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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  5. I love sprouts but 'im indoors hates the smell of them so I don't often cook them. Enjoy yours and have a great Christmas!

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  6. Hi Jaycee. We steam them but you can also roast them. I love the etymology of vegetables. Apparently the Roman's grew them in Mediterranean areas. The Belgians have been growing them since the 13th century hence why they get their Brussel sprouts name. Have a great Christmas Jaycee and I hope Elfie gets lots of presents. Cheers!

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  7. Nice looking sprouts, Dave. Happy Christmas.

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  8. Thanks Philip. That is a compliment. Hope you have a great Christmas.

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  9. I do love a frosted sprout! They're nice wrapped with bacon rashers, drizzled with maple syrup and baked in the oven too! Happy Christmas! :)

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  10. Hi Simone. Your bacon wrapped sprouts sound delicious. Thanks for the tip. Happy Christmas.

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  11. love sprouts roasted in the oven is best

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  12. We will give them a go Sol. Thanks and have a wonderful Christmas.

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  13. I can't grow sprouts at all. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and kale, no problem.
    I've them, cooked until mushy then mashed with pepper and butter. Yum.
    Can't wait to get on the allotment.
    All the best, Dave. I enjoy your blog very much.

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  14. Hiya Christina. Sprouts love hard and well trod ground and not too much artificial nitrogen. Robinson's or Mammoth near Lancaster are well worth looking at their website or visiting them in spring. Wonderful veg plants and full of growing knowledge. Will try your recipe it sounds great. Thanks for the encouragement. Wish I could raise a pint of Thwaites to you both. Merry Christmas and thanks.

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  15. Oh, my. How many dinner guests are you expecting! Have a good day tomorrow.

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  16. I think there will be 5 humans for Christmas dinner and the dog and the cat will help too. I don't think they will be eating Brussels though. Happy Christmas Joanne.

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  17. Enjoy your Christmas Day! We're going out for our meal this year. It's a restaurant I don't even know the name of or exactly where it is. I wonder what I will have? Probably not sprouts. We've already them two or three times, usually with carrots etc. in vegetable soup. All our veg is from local farmers weekend market.

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  18. Thanks Gwil. Enjoy your restaurant meal and have a great Christmas.

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