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13 April 2009 @ 09:32 pm
Who knew such little things ...  
Let me tell you a tale.

It's a tale of woe. Of tears shed and dinner made lovingly. It might make you laugh so hard you lose control of your bodily functions.

No wait. That was me.

I digress. A young (it's my story - shut up) housewife painstakingly creates a menu for her family's dinner on a Monday night. She finds recipes and does the grocery shopping; a new vegetable catches her eye. A vegetable that she doesn't make very often. In fact, it's a vegetable that she probably hasn't had since she was ten years old. The vegetable was ...

The Brussels Sprout(s).

Okay, okay. I know. They get a bad rap. But they're SO cute! Like little mini cabbages! So I bought a carton; I'd seen a recipe on Serious Eats, a blog I read, and it looked intriguing. There was a link about how Brussels Sprouts were making a culinary comeback.

Well, you know me. On the cutting edge, with my butter and my cream and my Lawry's Seasoned Salt. I like to be current.

So I made them. I thought they were great. In fact, I ate a couple before I put dinner on the table. They had a sort of nutty and sweet flavor, and the color complimented the Chicken Scallopine that I made for the main dish.

The family's reactions were a mixed bag. Ethan, my little vegetable eater, said, "These are great! You're a fantastic cook, mommy," as he was inhaling everything on his plate.

I look at Aaron, and he's just put one in his mouth. I say, "Aaron? How is it?"

He shifts the bite to his cheek and says, "Um, it's long to chew."

Nolan, at this point, snorts.

I look at my handsome husband, the love of my life, who never has anything but loving praise for the dishes I serve him, giving him a questioning look, and he asks, "Do you really want to know how I feel?"

I assure him that yes, I do.

He makes an awful face and says, "It tastes like feet."

Ethan immediately starts defending me, as does Aaron (even though he was still chewing), and I say, "Really? I like them."

Nolan assures me that he does not. He eats exactly one and a half sprouts, I think I had eight (they were halved) and then we clear up the dishes. He keeps making the face. I glare. He glares back. I say, keep it up and you're going to get Brussels sprouts every damn day for the rest of your life.

He shuts up and he leaves to take the kids to church. When he comes back, he's got a strange look on his face.

I ask my darling husband what the matter was.

He says, "Those things make the house smell like a dead animal. No, Carrie. A dead animal that's been dead two weeks, and you put it in the lake only to let it bloat up again before you drag it back into the kitchen and gut it so you can cook it. It's awful. AWFUL."

I tell him they're only vegetables.

He says, "Vegetables that smell LIKE ASS."

This happened to be the last straw. I might have lost my cool.

The last word on the subject was that I said something along the lines of ... he was getting fricking Brussels sprouts for every meal, breakfast included, every day for as long as we both shall live. I told him he made a vow, FOR BETTER OR WORSE.

Snarling my lip, I said, "This is the worse, baby. Buckle up."

He's been awfully quiet for the remainder of the evening. *snort*


It's all in good fun. I'm laughing, he's laughing.... though if he starts in again, I'm not above making good on the threat. *nods*

 
 
I am:: in bed
I feel:: sleepysleepy
I hear:: Band of Brothers - Part Four
 
 
 
Lauradream_mancer on April 14th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
*snicker* I'm the only one in the family who likes Brussel Sprouts. The recipe sounds interesting though. I'll have to try it.

Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
I maintain that they were GOOD.
seegrim: stir until the onions...seegrim on April 14th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
I lurve Brussels sprouts!

No one else in my family does, though. Perhaps we should find someplace to order them this July? *g*
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Kara - Grinjandjsalmon on April 14th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
I love them TOO!!

We never like the same things. Colour me shocked. ;)
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Katemugglechump on April 14th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
*giggles*

That's awesome. I love Brussels sprouts and this reminded me of how I used to abuse my best friend in high school. Whenever Cyndi stayed for dinner, we always seemed to have Brussels sprouts. She hated them, but I wouldn't let her have dessert unless she ate some. I was a horrid girl.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
They aren't that bad! I think it's just their bad reputation.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Kara/Lee Poofjandjsalmon on April 14th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Vegetables that smell LIKE ASS
Well - I looked at the recipe and it didn't draw me - but I just like mine steamed with butter or cheese sauce - so I'm BORING.

But your hubby is hilarious. You're hilarious. THE BOYS are hilarious. I wonder if Aaron is still chewing... *grins*

Edited at 2009-04-14 05:18 am (UTC)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Vegetables that smell LIKE ASS
I think he probably is.. Poor kid.
WolfStar: confusedwolfstar07 on April 14th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
That's a funny little exchange. :)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
It was funnier when you lived through it. :)
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on April 14th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
*GIGGLES*

Is this the married bliss I have to look forward to?

*GIGGGGGGLEEESSS*

Also? I like brussel sprouts. Just sayin'

*smoooshes*
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Yep. THAT was an example of married bliss.

If you're married to a stinker.
dragonsangel68: TW - Edward Adorkable Laughingdragonsangel68 on April 14th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Well, I'm with Nolan *nods* Brussel sprouts smell like sweaty ass!

But I do feel your pain, because I have the same trouble serving my family spinach (which I love).
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
LOL

Not just ASS, but sweaty ass? WOW, Jen. That's tough. I like spinach, too.
Keeks: gigglefitbaby_k21 on April 14th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)
That's funny! They shall forever be the ass and feet vegetable.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Not the body parts I'd want to be associated with. :D
anethema_deviceanethema_device on April 14th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
Brussel Sprouts are the second best vegetable in the world.

The first is Cabbage, luckily, my other half likes them as well. Can I come to your house if you are having them everyday? It sounds good to me.

Also, you and Nolan are funny, if this is married bliss I can't wait.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Come on, Beci. It's be you and me against Nolan. ;)
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maureenmaureen on April 14th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
When I was a kid I used to love Brussel Sprouts. I haven't had them since then. I'm afraid to now!

Glad you guys are laughing about it. And hey... at least you didn't BURN them.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't burn them, but Nolan's face when he smelled them was priceless. I wish I'd had a camera!
Embellishedembe11ished on April 14th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
I love Brussels Sprouts! How did you cook them? I usually just boil them, which is good but a little boring. If I see any more recipes, I'll let you know, since you're going to need them if you're going to serve them for every meal for the rest of your life! Hee hee!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Heee.

I'll forward them all to Nolan.

And there's a link in the post to the recipe I used. :)
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dL: dramaqueendieloreley on April 14th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with Nolan. They taste like feet. And I love veggies normally. They're abnormal veggies that don't taste good. Their bad rep is entirely deserved!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Wow. You and Nolan in solidarity. I'll tell him you're on his side. :D
sue_bridehead on April 14th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I know you meant well, but Brussel sprouts make me gag.

I used to work with this lady who would bring in a Tupperware dish of Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower for lunch and warm them up in the office microwave (like we all wanted to smell them-?). :P I like some veggies, but one whiff of that combination had me reeling, and it always seemed to permeate the office for at least an hour afterward.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, what can I say? It was a whim.

That lady was horrible. Even I wouldn't do that to an office of people.

Just my family.
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Not a lady at all: animal: hamstercosmo_jenny on April 14th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but I agree with your husband.
I don't like them either; they smell really weird.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I heard. :)
slitherhither: exhibit_snapeslitherhither on April 14th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha ha ha!

Brussel sprouts: people either like them or HATE THEM with the burning passion of a thousand suns. They are super good for you, though (you're so lucky your [smaller] boys like them!), but pretty much impossible to choke down if, to you, they smell LIKE ASS. *still chuckling at your husband's vehement opinion*

(Oh Lord--that was my third attempt to post this. The end!)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on April 14th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I think a thousand suns might be a little mild for how Nolan feels. Now they're in league with the evil banana, in his mind. *snort*
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