Maple Syrup Flavored Brussells Sprouts



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My mom was a great person, and a great cook. What I hated about her, however, is that she believed we needed to eat a little bit of everything on the premises that all food brought various vitamins and nutrients. That is the reason why she served us many vegetables, and other food such as  liver  because it was good for us. For example, liver and spinach were good for iron, oranges for their vitamin B.  etc cetera…

I will tell you that even though she was a fabulous cook, I did not always like her cooking. One of the thing I really disliked as a child in fact was Brussels sprouts. They were bitter, smelled awful , and they were not gentle to my stomach.
It took me many years to cook them when I got married. I cannot remember exactly why I cooked them again. I think my husband liked them (in fact it is one of the very few vegetables he likes and will eat).
My children never liked them, but to follow the tradition, they had to eat them because  eating vegetables is good for you.

However it did not matter how often, or how different I served them. Both my children hated them, making faces with every bite they took.

What happened one day really came as a surprise. Lisa and I were grocery shopping one day, and I picked up a bag of Brussel Sprouts. I surely thought that if she was going to comment on my choice, she was going to scream why I would choose to pick them. But she did not. Instead of a statement of disgust, she actually inquired to see if they were for us, and when I told us that they were not, she gave a sigh, looked pitiful and said: Mom , can you get some for us. Really???? Had I heard right? really ??? I was shocked!!!
All I can say is that you she probably likes them because i am using bacon and maple to flavor them, and I am using my demarle mold to steam them which makes them so much better, and so much tastier!

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Ingredients for 4-6 people:

  • a bag of brussel sprouts ( about 12oz)
  • 2 tbsp of bacon bits from costco
  • 2 tbsp of maple syrup
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  1. Place the brussels sprouts in the sink filled with water and a tbsp of white vinegar.
  2. Cut the stem of the Brussel sprout, and peel the first and maybe the second leaf of the sprout. Repeat with each sprout.
  3. Cut each Brussel sprout in half, and place them into the round mold.
  4. Add the bacon bits. Place the octogonal silpat on top of the round mold to cover the round mold and place it in the microwave to cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile turn the oven to 425.image
  5. When the Brussels sprouts are cooked. Pour the maple syrup and the olive oil over the Brussel sprouts and stir.image
  6. Place a large silpat over a large perforated sheet and spread the Brussels sprouts over the silpat.image
  7. Place them into the oven and cook for another 8-10 minutes or until they are getting a golden color.
  8. Enjoy!!! I know my sweet daughter does. I hope that your family and children will enjoy them 🙂image

Bon appetit and happy cooking!!!!

Sauteed Scallops with Steamed Brussels Sprouts


A few weeks ago as we were shopping for one of our cooking classes, i picked up a bag of brussels sprouts from Costco. Lisa asked me if they were for us and when I replied that they were not, she asked if we could buy some for us… the look on my face must have been priceless at that point! Because Lisa generally eats little vegetables, and brussels sprouts is one that she would refuse to it. You can imagine at this point what I asked her… “you like brussels sprouts??” Well it turns out, Lisa really loves any vegetables that i cook in the round mold, and she now loves brussels sprouts because they don’t smell as bad when cooked in the large round mold, and they don’t bother her stomach…

So for dinner, this evening this is what i cooked: Brussels Sprouts.

While the rest of my family enjoyed a not-so-healthy meal, I sauteed a few scallops to go along the sprouts. Et voila:

Ingredients for 2:

  • 1 bag of brussels sprouts of about 16 oz.
  • 2 strips of bacon or  1/4 cup of bacon bits
  • 8 scallops
  • 1/4 cup of Mediterranean balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper

First you will want to cook the bacon. Cut the bacon strips in tiny strips and turn the stove to medium-high. Cook the bacon until it is crisp. Drain the bacon drippings from the bacon using a colander and place the bacon into a small bowl.

If you are using bacon strips, just warm them up in a frying pan with 1 tsp of olive oil. Empty the bacon into a small bowl and Set aside.

Now, rinse the brussels sprouts  in water with a little bit of vinegar. Remove the outer leaves of the brussels sprouts if they are damaged. Cut the brussels sprouts in half. Place them in the large round mold, and add 2 tbsp of the cooked bacon. Cover the large round mold with the octogonal silpat and microwave for 4-5 minutes. The brussels sprouts should be cooked but still firm ( I don’t like them too soft).

While the brussels sprouts are cooking, turn the heat back under the saucepan and when the pan is hot, add the scallops. Saute them for a minute on each side or until they are golden.

Spoon the brussels sprouts on individual plates, and place the scallops over the brussels sprouts. Then pour 1/4 cup of Mediterranean balsamic vinegar into the saucepan with the rest of the bacon and bring this to boil. Season with salt and pepper, stir and remove the pan from the stove. Pour the thickened vinegar atop the scallops and eat up. Et voila!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon


I love vegetables so I am always cooking some. I usually eat whatever I see, and whatever strikes me fancy in the grocery store 😉 Today, I cooked brussels sprout because they are actually something my husband would eat.

Ingredients: 1 pack of brussels sprouts, 4 slices of bacon, salt and pepper.

Rinse the brussels sprouts  in water with a little bit of vinegar. Remove the outer leaves of the brussels sprout if they are damaged. Place them in the large round mold, add 1 tsp of water mixed with 1/8 tsp of salt. Cover the large round mold with the octogonal silpat and microwave for 5 minutes. The brussels sprouts should be cooked but still firm ( I don’t like them too soft). Cut them in half. While they are cooking in the microwave, cook the bacon in a frying pan until it becomes crispy. Remove the bacon pieces from the frying pan. Keep 1 tbsp of bacon fat and discard the rest. In a frying pan, place the 1 tsbp of bacon fat and turn the heat to medium high. When the bacon fat is sizzling, add the brussels sprouts, the cooked bacon and cook the sprouts for a few minutes stirring constantly so that they will not burn. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1 tsp. of chopped parsley. Et voila!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!