My Love / Hate Affair with Broccoli

Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I love broccoli.

The answer is no - I could NOT fit the whole thing in my mouth.

But it wasn't always this way.  Way back when, I only ate the stalks.  Yep, its true; I was one of those weird folks who ate the woody stems and would ditch the leaf-like parts.  Everyone thought I was a freak but they just couldn't understand that I detested the texture of those yucky florets.  Texture is important, don't you know?  In fact, I detested them so much, I considered just ditching broccoli altogether.  Don't even get me started on raw broccoli (*shudder*).

I started reading Janae's blog, The Hungry Runner Girl, and I started to rethink the whole broccoli situation.  You see, along with being a candy-crazed, wickedly funny, super duper running machine, Janae is a bit bonkers about broccoli!  She can go through one of those giant sized Costco bags of broccoli in nothing flat.  I was amazed.  Perhaps I hadn't given broccoli the college try it deserved.  So ... I did.

Not as gross as I thought.  It certainly helps if you don't overcook it. 

I soon discovered that florets were actually pretty good.  Sure, the texture still took some getting used to but I began to experiment.  Now?  I'm in deep deep deep veggie love with broccoli (just don't tell cauliflower or I'll never hear the end of it).  Most of the time I steam it (NEVER boil it...ugh!).  Its a toss up though as to my favourite way to serve it.  On the one hand, its melted Cheez Whiz - don't judge me - with sprinkle of chili pepper flakes for kick; on the other, its tossed in a light Italian-esque vinagrette with a sprinkle of freshly grated parm, asiago or romano cheese.  Around the blogosphere, a number of people are roasting it but I haven't had any luck there yet.  Raw is still out of the question (sorry Janae).

A while ago, a couple of commercials came out in Canada (not sure about the US of A) promoting the miracle that is broccoli.  They make me giggle and not just 'cause the florets are tickling my nostrils.

According to Wikipedia, the knowers of all things everywhere, broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and "Since the Roman Empire, broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians".  I don't know if that last part is true but I like it.  However, I'm not Italian so I can't speak on behalf of an entire nation of people.  This green delight is full of Vitamin Cm which is not just found in oranges! It also contains much needed fibre (healthy colons are a must!) and calcium - you don't have to drink tons of milk to get calcium; it's found in plant sources too!  And Mommikins and the cats can certainly attest to the statement "Broccoli consumption is also associated with malodorous flatulence".  I'm sorry but its true.

Broccoli (photo by David Ng Photography via Flickr)

Have you had your broccoli today?


sp said...

I love this post because I love broccoli. I haven't had any today, but I do enjoy it at least once or twice a week.

Love the picture too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I like broccoli. It's one of my veg standards and I usually have it a couple of times a week. I generally just microwave it, but it is nice roasted as well.

The Offspring is a major broccoli freak and whenever she is home I have to stock up on the green trees.

Ben Ditty said...

I really liked the picture :) You make broccoli very cute.

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