Eat Your Brussels Sprouts

When I was kid you couldn’t get me to eat brussels sprouts no matter what clever tricks you tried. I thought they looked like weird little green brains and I didn’t want anything to do with them. Fast forward to adulthood and I’ve now discovered that with just the right mix of spices brussels sprouts are amazingly delicious! During autumn, they once again become a frequent visitor to the menu in our house. In part, it’s simply because we eat so many versions of them during the fall and winter that we’re pretty much sick of them by spring. This particular version that Philippe made a few days ago had a bit of an asian fusion twist that made it truly fantastic. Perhaps my tastes haven’t changed at all. I was just waiting for that one clever trick that always works, which is making something taste really, really good! As I’ve mentioned before, in the midst of completely overbooking myself and adding a thousand features to the Doodlewash site, I’m simultaneously working on an illustrated cookbook. I’ve heard that brussels sprouts are good for the brain, so I think now, more than ever, I should try to indulge in more of them!

Actually, blueberries also get a nod for brain health and I have those each morning. I’d like to think they’re making me smarter, but I can’t quite tell if they’re working. Most days lately, I’ve been feeling just a bit overwhelmed and wondering what food you might eat that would add more hours to a day. That, in the end, would truly be considered a super food! But as I still find myself behind on many things, my constant pursuit has caused some rather cool things to happen so I’m really grateful for that. One of those things is our incredibly community right here on Doodlewash that’s been forming! Check out the site’s main feed to see what’s happening there and to log in and join the fun, just choose a social network (it’s 100% social login at this time, no username and password). I have to admit that I haven’t had a chance to interact as much as I would like lately as I still have one last exciting feature to launch. It’s nearly there and will be launching soon so stay tuned!

So yeah, I need to be eating a lot of brain food to get through all of these things. I have this horrible habit of never writing anything down and just sort of hopping on a ride and racing down the hill with my arms up. Or, if I do write something down, I never really go back and look at my notes. I’m not actually a very organized person, I just hold it all in my head and hope my head doesn’t explode with the weight of it all. This is, of course, a perfectly inefficient way to behave, but I’ve always been like this. I’ll go through fits of attempting to organize my thoughts and write down lists, only to discover my thoughts don’t work that way. I don’t think in a linear fashion, so lists sort of confuse me. I’m not alone in this, of course, and it’s the plight of many creative people. But if I just keep DOing things, I know that they’ll all sort themselves out somehow in the end. Our brains are actually a pretty amazing thing. They’re capable of so much when we just let them do there thing. And if you ever find yourself feeling like your need a bit of boost, then I highly suggest that you eat your brussels sprouts!

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42 Comments
  1. Indira Govindan 1 week ago

    I have lived in this country for 35 years yet I have never once eaten brussel sprouts. I could never quiet figure out how to cook it. I would like to know how Phillipe makes it that is so delicious.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Oh wow!! Really? hehe… yeah, I really love them now. At the end of the month, we’ll have a cookbook with a recipe for this one if all goes well! 😃💕

  2. Indira Govindan 1 week ago

    ‘quite’ not ‘quiet’

  3. Teri C 1 week ago

    Looks like you make them the way I do, with other veggies. Yummy looking painting.

  4. Mary McDonough 1 week ago

    Your Doodlewah of the Brussel sprouts is very nice. As I looked at it I thought about your cook book idea. Was glad to see your mention of it in the blog. It is a great idea..hope you get to do it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Glad you like the idea… takes a bit of work to pull together, but still hoping to make a small one within the month!

  5. Laura 1 week ago

    Your art makes Brussels sprouts look tastey.

  6. Ry Austin 1 week ago

    I enjoy a good brussels sprout–raw with other raw veggies, grilled with spices and whatnot, or… One local ramen joint offers brussels sprouts as an appetizer–halved, battered, deep fried, and salted! Damn, they’re good (though maybe not so good for ya).

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Haha! Yeah, I like them simply grilled… but wow… anything battered an fried is SO damn good! Lol 😃💕

  7. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    I love brussels sprouts, but I never noticed how they resemble brains! You were creative even as a kid. Looking forward to yet another new feature, but hoping you take care of yourself too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I’ve always had a vivid imagination. And I’m hopefully in the home stretch now on all these features!

  8. Carol Hartmann 1 week ago

    I love roasting them with parsnips, beets, and whatever else I find in the fridge. A little olive oil and pepper too. Yours look perfectly prepared!

  9. Lisa 1 week ago

    I love the little things! Yours look good enough to eat!

  10. Sandra Strait 1 week ago

    I love the reflection of the Brussel Sprouts on the fork! I’m coming down with the flu, so nothing looks tasty at the moment, but it does look beautifully painted.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 And Oh no!!! Sending you healthy vibes and virtual hug (which is the best kind, since I don’t want your flu… LOL … I just want you to feel better!!)

  11. memadtwo 1 week ago

    I think the problem with childhood vegetables is that they were generally not fresh, at least not in my house. Out of the can is never the same…
    But yours look delicious!
    And make sure you’re resting as well as doing…(K)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Kerfe! 😃💕 Yeah… cans were the only kind of vegetable I knew unless I was at my grandmother’s house. And even then the green beans were cooked in oil … and SO awesome by the way!! lol

      • memadtwo 1 week ago

        You can’t go wrong cooking something in butter or oil…

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        Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

        Nope! hehe Always awesome!

  12. Kaye Boggs 1 week ago

    I love brussel sprouts, split in half, brushed with olive oil, salt & peppered and roasted on a sheet pan in the oven.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Yum!! That’s how we like them as well! Have them that way often! 😃💕

  13. Thomas Blanchard 1 week ago

    No exploding heads allowed 🙂 Love the fork reflection and shadow. Nice!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe!! Yeah… exploding heads is a graphic and unsettling visual as well! LOL And thanks, Tom! Glad ya liked this! 😃💕

  14. Susan Cuss 1 week ago

    What a neat painting! Brussel sprouts have never been a fave of mine but DH loves them. They’re nice done in butter with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and lemon zest. or cheese.

    • Kaye Boggs 1 week ago

      yum.. I’ll add lemon zest and/or cheese next time. that sounds wonderful.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Susan! Yum… all these recipes of brussels sprouts are making me hungry!! 😃💕

  15. Jacob 1 week ago

    Little brains is right – I used to think the same. It’d take a magician to make brussels sprouts appeal, though it appears you’ve both managed it!

    Amazing that there are still new features coming!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… that’s why my brain is filling up fast. Just one more giant feature to go and lots of little tweaks. So far it’s coming along nicely, but lots of work!!

  16. Tom Cunliffe 1 week ago

    I would think sprouts are the most difficult vegetable to paint – you’ve done a great job here Charlie. I love sprouts – always have done, the lovely nutty flavour and crisply texture (if they’re slightly underdone)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃 hehe.. yeah, I usually sketch desserts… savory foods are tough, especially fully prepared. I sketch single brussels sprouts earlier and it was WAY easier.

  17. Sandra Gilbert 1 week ago

    I live brussel sprouts, actually I love most veggies and fruit. But your sprouts look really yummy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Sandra!! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m with you… I like pretty much all types of fruits and vegetables!

  18. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    Absolutely love Brussels sprouts. To Kaye’s recipe, I add grapes, slice in half and tossed on the pan along with a hearty handful of pecans, though almonds or walnuts will also do. Glad you grew up just enough to learn to love Brussels sprouts because they are so gooooood.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe…. yeah, I think growing up is good if it allows you to enjoy more food. 😃💕But that’s probably the only part that’s worth it.

  19. Jennifer McLean 4 days ago

    Ok, I have a great thing that might just work. I started using Chaga, an ancient mushroom, it’s used to suppress cancer, which I’m dealing with. What I found is that ancient mushrooms also help boost brain power! I got a 5 mushroom blend for my mom as she’s so overwhelmed with my illness and my aunt (her sister) is also dealing with cancer. She and I find that using these mushroom powders truly build brain power and staying power, it’s amazing, just add a scoop to your morning smoothie and wow what a boost to metabolism and focus. I use Wild Rose Chaga and also Wild Rose 5 mushroom blend. Hope this helps, it’s the closest food to adding hours to a day, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      What a fabulous tip! I will definitely try that! And I can totally tell that it works… you’re killer smart and amazing, so I’m going to eat whatever you tell me to in hopes of being just like you!! Much love! 💕💕😃

      • Jennifer McLean 3 days ago

        Hmmm, me thinks I could use that to my advantage. Mwwaahahahahaha!! ;o)

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