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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 5th Nov 04, 8:46 PM
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    • #2
    • 5th Nov 04, 8:46 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 8:46 PM
    We do vegetarian sprouts hash, combining them (cooked and mashed) with mashed spuds, fried onion and grated cheese. Sliced tomatoes on top and a bit more cheese to give a golden effect, stick in the oven for half an hour, and yummmm ;D

    Sleep in separate rooms lol :-[
    • MATH
    • By MATH 5th Nov 04, 9:24 PM
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    • #3
    • 5th Nov 04, 9:24 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 9:24 PM
    That sound luuurvly Bogof Babe, will give it a go.
    Havn't got a spare room for either of us to move to so we'll just have to umparpar together ;D
  • trafalgar
    • #4
    • 5th Nov 04, 10:18 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 10:18 PM
    eeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwwwww that sounds disgusting cathy but I'll try anything once , love sprouts !
    like the idea of alsatian potato puffs ;D great site
    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 5th Nov 04, 10:26 PM
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    • #5
    • 5th Nov 04, 10:26 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 10:26 PM
    Last Xmas, my sis in law did the dinner. We had shredded sprouts pan fried with bacon and garlic. Was absolutely scrummy. Must try them again soon. Mind you, I do that already with green cabbage instead of the sprouts.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 5th Nov 04, 10:52 PM
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    • #6
    • 5th Nov 04, 10:52 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 10:52 PM
    My husband makes a mean bubble and squeak type of fry-up using potatoes, carrots, onions and sprouts, all steamed first to soft then fried up in the wok.

    Yummy!!!

    Sprouts are also very nice raw, finely chopped, to be used as you would use cabbage, in coleslaw.

    Why all the eurghhhh? I did not know that sprouts make people fart - maybe because as vegetarians we already fart so much that a bit of extra goes unnoticed

    Caterina
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 5th Nov 04, 10:54 PM
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    • #7
    • 5th Nov 04, 10:54 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 10:54 PM
    Are you a vegetarian then Caterina?
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 5th Nov 04, 11:04 PM
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    • 5th Nov 04, 11:04 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 11:04 PM
    Yes, I am vegetarian, and so is my daugther.

    My husband eats fish (very occasionally) but no meat; my son was vegetarian until age 10 then decided to start eating meat and now he will eat anything. But he has a mainly vegetarian diet as after a bit of meat he gets fed up and reverts to pizza hehehehe.

    I have on very rare occasions (once or twice a year) strayed and eaten fish, especially when I was travelling through Scotland - just couldn't resist it.

    A bit like with fags- I don't smoke but on very rare occasions I scrounge one, at a party maybe, then feel guilty and go back to the straight and narrow for ages hehehehe! Nobody's perfect!

    Ciao

    Caterina
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 5th Nov 04, 11:15 PM
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    • 5th Nov 04, 11:15 PM
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
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    • 5th Nov 04, 11:15 PM
    Cheers Caterina

    I suggested to a member who is trying to cut down on shopping bills and is also a vegetarian to start a thread on here about veggie meals (I told her you loved a challenge ) and that was before I knew you were a vegetarian yourself.
  • Quackers
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    Bogof Babes sprouts sound loverly but I have to admit that I love sprouts and can eat a plate of them just as they are ;D

    I'm a veggie too but the rest of the house isnt Although we've been eating veggie for the last 4 weeks to save some pennies ;D ;D ;D But hubby couldn't resist some chicken in his stir fry tonight :
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 5th Nov 04, 11:42 PM
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    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    Hi Spendless,

    I have found that sometimes as a vegetarian, also committed to eating local/organic (where possible) and avoiding supermarkets as much as I can, sometimes it is more expensive than being a meat eater who does not care much where his or her food comes from.

    Factory farmed chicken is so cheap to buy, likewise the horror burgers that are made of reconstituted meat, or sausages, danish salami, you name it, it is quite cheap to cook a meal with some meat these days, unless you choose prime cuts.

    It takes quite a lot of planning for me to feed my family well, mostly organic and local, and still manage it within a tight-ish budget.

    I buy lots of grains and pulses in bulk, as well as olive and sunflower oils, detergents, stock powder (marigold), flour, sunflower seeds, nuts etc.

    I recycle leftovers religiously without telling my family of course, because teenagers are notoriously squeamish hehehe.

    Today I made a lovely barley stew with a cup of barley (from a 5kg bag which will last me the winter hopefully), 2 carrots, 1/4 cabbage, 1 head of broccoli and 2 onions. Added a spoonful of marigold stock powder and simmered for 2 hours. Served with homemade bread (from bread machine I hasten to add....) and a chunk of cheese for the veggies (not organic but bought on the market, a lovely camembert that is nearly over dates so it is nice and runny) and a piece of organic chicken for my son.

    Pudding: I always have plenty of fruit. The Steiner Kindergarten across the road from me has an arrangement with an organic box scheme. They buy stuff in bulk and then sell it to parents and neighbours at a very small mark up. So I get very nice organic
    veg and fruit for much less than I would buy in the shops or even regular box schemes.

    I also shop at the local farmers' market. Some stuff is more expensive but for example I can buy a very large bag of tomatoes for a couple of quid by going late in the day and ask the guy for soft tomatoes 'for sauce'. The best ones I use in salad, the others I turn into tomato sauce.

    Fruit in season is also very cheap, and veg can be bought by weight, so in theory I could buy the proverbial 'small onion for 5 p'!

    I grow some veg in my garden but that's a small one and it is north facing, so not much comes up. But we always have some rocket leaves to spruce up a salad, and at the moment I have a good beetroot crop. Maybe we will get an allotment but we are so busy that it might over-stretch us timewise, so we haven't decided to do so yet.

    I think that, because of putting quite a lot of thougth in the way I shop, I am not spending much more than if I was shopping in the 'regular' way (e.g in supermarkets etc).

    If I gave up organic altogether and stopped being fussy about buying local etc I could save a fortune, but I really care for the environmental issues that come with food shopping so I am willing to pay a little more.

    I hope that this is useful to your friend!

    Love

    Caterina
    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 5th Nov 04, 11:57 PM
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    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    Yes, Caterina, it is ;D

    And I shall start that thread
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 6th Nov 04, 10:04 AM
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    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    that sounds good, but god help the kids for umparparing as math so nicely put it.
  • franky
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    I always mix in some chopped up crispy bacon with Xmas sprouts,
    and to be really money-saving you could use tha bacon you've had over the turkey breast
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 8th Nov 04, 9:39 AM
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    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    for those of you mad enough to acutally like them

    try cauliflower cheese only !use sprouts instead of the cauli

    old fart loves them like that
    No wonder you call him 'the old fart' ;D ;D ;D
  • Lucie
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    The only way I will eat sprouts is to shred them up & stirfry with onion & bacon. It's good wth cabbage too - as pointed out by Ticklemouse above.
    This way you avoid the smell of them boiling, which is far worse than the taste.
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 8th Nov 04, 5:38 PM
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    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    pmsl


    No wonder you call him 'the old fart' !;D ;D ;D
    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 9th Nov 04, 7:55 AM
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    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    All these sprout recipes sound really good. Great disguise, especially if they are shredded. Going to try that out on daughter really soon, who won't eat her veg, but had some success with spinach recently, so there is hope here. Unfortunately, I will end up like a barrel at this rate.
    I really do like my veggies plainly steamed, the flavour is so much nicer.....well, when I don't have them roasted and drizzled with oil and herbs, or in a cream/cheese sauce.......... ;D
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 9th Nov 04, 8:53 AM
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    16011996
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    All these sprout recipes sound really good. Great disguise, especially if they are shredded. Going to try that out on daughter really soon, who won't eat her veg, but had some success with spinach recently, so there is hope here. Unfortunately, I will end up like a barrel at this rate. !
    I really do like my veggies plainly steamed, the flavour is so much nicer.....well, when I don't have them roasted and drizzled with oil and herbs, or in a cream/cheese sauce.......... ;D
    i love veggies in cheese sauces, but have restricted it to once a week. why can't they make fat free calorie free cheese.
  • cathy
    Re: spruce up your sprouts
    and please note

    5th december is the last day to start boiling your sprouts in time for christmas

    thankyou

    ;D
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