HOW TO MAKE THE MOST DISGUSTING VEGETABLE TASTE GOOD
Brussels sprouts – you either love them or hate them. If you hate them, you obviously haven’t tried Felice Tocchini’s fantastic Brussels sprouts recipes. Go get your apron and turn to page 21.
They are the horror of all horrors for children; they are the most maligned of festive foods; and they are the cause of horrendous flatulence. It’s no wonder, then, that Brussels sprouts get a bad rep. It’s also no coincidence that nearly all children have a disdain towards these seemingly innocent little green balls. Even though they’re remarkably nutritious (with high iron and vitamin C levels), they have a strong bitter taste. Children are far more sensitive to bitterness than adults: experts think this aversion helps youngsters avoid bitter-tasting rotten and toxic foods at all costs. Yes, even if that means enduring dinner table tantrums every now and again. Your genes also determine whether you like Brussels sprouts. About half of us carry a mutated gene that makes us tolerate bitter tastes. So, if you inherited that gene, you are probably far more forgiving of Brussels’ distinctive flavour. However, even if you are genetically programmed to hate those crunchy green spheres, celebrity chef Felice Tocchini has some ingenious recipes to make the most of this seasonal fare.