So, my brussels sprouts are finally getting to a decent size. The only problem is the caterpillars! They have gotten right into the sprouts! Hortico spray doesn’t get to them, and short of peeling away the layers of sprout, I can’t pick them out and squash them with my fingers. And all the little holes they leave in the sprouts allows dirt to get right in there and it’s impossible to clean the sprouts properly without peeling the sprout apart.
I personally have never minded a bit of dirt in my food so I cleaned the sprouts as best I could and cooked them up anyway. A couple of caterpillars drowned in the process. I got the sprouts pretty clean in the end. Even my hygiene fussy boyfriend ate them so they must have been ok! I’ve actually never cooked sprouts before. I thought I’d start off with something plain so I just boiled these in salted water for about 5 mins and served them with some butter. (Plus I wanted to boil away the dirt). They were a little hard still but tasted ok. Not the amazing home-grown sprout sensation I was hoping for though. This is only about a tenth of all the sprouts I have so plenty of opportunity to experiment with some sprout recipes. Next time I might fry some up with bacon. Bacon makes everything taste great!