Wednesday, December 30, 2009


As a child, most of the vegetables my mother prepared were from a can or frozen pouch. "Fancy" at our house was canned cream corn. Being British, she did serve us brussel sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage, but they were always boiled for a long time.

In all fairness, I have to admit that I copied moms method of overcooking vegetables for many years. Recently, I discover roasting fresh vegetables in the oven. The texture difference is excellent and the vegetable flavor is intense. It is such an easy method of cooking, I can't believe it took me so long to try it!!

The measurements in this recipe are totally flexible; it is more of a roasting description than a recipe. If you are preparing more than 2 pounds of brussel sprouts, just increase the amount of bacon and onion a little; the roasting time will remain the same.

2 pounds of fresh brussel sprouts
½ cup chopped onion
6 slices of bacon fried and crumbled
salt and pepper

Wash brussel sprouts and drain well. Cut off the hard stem and peel off the outside layer of leaves. Cut them in half and set aside.

Fry bacon until crisp and remove from pan and drain well. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from the frying pan. Saute the chopped onion in the reserved bacon grease and use the moisture from the onion to deglaze the bacon bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook the onion until it just starts to turn transparent.

Put prepared brussel sprouts and crumbled bacon back into the pan (with the onion) and toss to coat the sprouts evenly with bacon grease, add salt and pepper.

Place everything in a 9x13 baking dish and roast uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes.


Andora said...

Yes I do Coleen...I love your blog,and you don't need to stress,I know we all do,but please take care of you first,because if you don't no one else will..and yes we have to make our own happiness...take care Coleen and be happy....

Sharmila said...

Wish you a wonderful New Year dear Coleen! Am doing exactly that now ... sitting back and enjoying my own cooking without the pressures of clicking and posting. Enjoy your time. :-)

Annie Jones said...

I agree with you entirely. First, that you should enjoy your own blog instead of considering it a burden or cause of stress. And second, that blogging about food can drive up your food costs. This is exactly why I quit posting my weekly menus. I had good intentions with them, But I found myself planning food for my blog and not for my family. So many times we had leftovers or a last minute changes. I didn't want to post about the changes, but I also felt my menus were inaccurate. So I had to quit posting them.

Happy New Year! Enjoy it!

Tara said...

I think that's an EXCELLENT place to start Coleen! Praying that you find your happy place and keep up with the awesome recipes/blogs!
I've been on a brussel sprout kick lately and I'll definitely be trying this one! I found one that I did for Thanksgiving that used shredded brussel sprouts with bacon and leeks and it was to die for! I'll need to post it soon...maybe it will make it on our new years dinner table!!

Sonya said...

I have found those same dilemas in my own blog and like you think it's really important to not stress yourself over what gets posted and how often. This week I asked everyone what they wanted to see on the menu and they all wanted the stuff I have been making for years!

I hope you have a very Happy New Year!!!

Unknown said...

Love your brussels spouts with all that wonderful bacon! I don't like mushy veggies either and have found roasting really brings out the wonderful flavor of veggetables.
I also found blogging to be stressful at times, and it can be way too time consuming, so I've had to rethink a few things in the last couple of months. If you notice, many of the blogs that have been around for several years do not post everyday. And they have lots of readers. So, here's wishing you a blessed and HAPPY New Year!

Heidi said...

You don't have to stay out of touch with all of us by not posting a new recipe every day. Keep looking and commenting on your blog buddies sites and enjoy cooking all your old favorites at home. You could try posting once every week and it doesn't always have to be a recipe it could be a recap of what you've been up to, then if you do make a new recipe then post it. I think you will find if you do that you will start enjoying cooking and be excited when you find a few new recipes here and there. Take care Coleen and Happy New Year!!

Foodiewife said...

I feel you, Coleen. Cooking & baking is both a joy to me, and it's a hot spot for my perfectionism to get the better of me. Your blog is lovely, just as it is. You have such a loyal following (including me) and I'm sure people will be happy WHEN you post something. I always wondered why you posted everyday! I've learned to let go of my need to blog "unique" dishes that will dazzle my followers. Just be you, which is already a good thing. Cook for the joy of it. Share something you are happy with-- once a week, once a month. We'll be here.
Wishing you all the best in basking in your joy,

Ingrid_3Bs said...

I've always wondered Coleen how you were able to blog about a new dish 5 days a week. Now I know. :)I appreciate each of your post but don't need a new one each day. Quality over quantity, right?! The one thing I think will be tough is your hubby and his not wanting to try new things. I'm fortunate to have children that request and enjoy new dishes but do sometimes wish they were happy with quick & easy. :)

Wishing you good health, happiness, and prosperity (for those pricey ingredients :)) in the New Year!

bcsmithereens said...

Your openness and honesty regarding the stress and relationship issues is appreciated! Keep that family of yours happy, and you'll be better for it! Thanks for blogging!

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, hugs.

Whatever you do, I'm a loyal follower.

Kim said...

I know exactly what you mean Coleen. I think your new outlook makes perfect sense and will be here watching out for your posts whenever they come. My husband sometimes asks me when we will be able to return to normal eating. He doesn't always like trying new recipes all the time. You have to do what works best for you.

On the other hand, I love the brussel sprouts with bacon. You are right about roasting veggies. It's easy and delicious.

Donna-FFW said...

I am so in tune with what you are saying. And I totally understand and agree. People will read and comment whether you post 1x a day, week, or month. You have a loyal following.

Have a wonderful Happy New Year!

ann low said...

Hello Coleen,
Happy New year and wishing you & your family all the best for the coming year.

Monica H said...

I think it takes the enjoyment out of blogging when you feel pressured to keep things new and fresh all the time. We (your loyal readers) don't need a new recipe and photos every day. We like to read about you and know what you're up to. Also it's nice to see some of the oldies but goodies that get lost along the way. Those are sometimes the best recipes.

I hope you come to a decision you feel comfortable with.

Happy New Year Coleen!

Leslie said...

I agree with you Coleen. Blogging can cause much stress to us all. God knows, it does for me. Blog when you wish and dont feel obligated!! Make it fun for you

Peggy Clyde said...

Thank you for all the things I have learned from you. You are wonderful!!!

HorseJumper12341 said...

Mmm...its too bad nobody else in my family will eat brussel sprouts. I only have to mention the word and I get three, synchronized wrinkled noses. Maybe I will just have to try this one on my own.