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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    I guess I’m odd in that respect. I’ve liked Brussels sprouts as far back as I can remember. Even odder, I suppose, is that my mother cooked the devil out of them so they were very soft, olive-colored things.
    Same here. My mother couldn't rest until she'd boiled all the vitamins out of vegetables - you don't grow up in Scotland in the 60s without being on the thin edge of scurvy most of the time. I always liked them. I think the story of kids hating brussels sprouts is like the story of kids always asking "Are we there yet?" on car journeys - there's a lot of confirmation bias involved.

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    Kai there are other ways to prepare Brussels sprouts such grilling them or making into something like a coleslaw, there just like small cabbages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    There is a fairly high probability that eventually you will change
    your mind about brussels sprouts. It's something that pretty much
    only adults like. I'm so old, I'll even eat asparagus. Sometimes.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
    I'm odd the other way - I'm well into adulthood and I hate brussel sprouts - I can't stand the smell of them. But I like both asparagus and cabbage.
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    A story I was told: In the first few days after my parents were married my mother cooked some brussels sprouts for my father. A few moments after being served the sprouts were on the wall and my father was apologizing profusely. Seems that after being wounded in France in WW2 and while convalescing in England he was served a steady diet of sprouts. And he probably saw a lot of sprouts in the run-up to D-Day. Anyway, he swore never to eat them again...and didn't.

    As for asparagus, my mom only served a canned variety which I thought were terrible (still do). If she had made fresh asparagus, lightly saute'd with some butter and seasoning, I might have come to enjoy them long before my early adult years.

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    The smell is a major drawback. It seems to vary in intensity, and
    I don't know what makes the difference. A friend brought a big bag
    of broccoli to a party in a party room at a hotel, and the room stank
    for at least the next two days. I'm not sure he noticed. He's the
    same person who moved some magazines in his car for me. I had
    arranged over the phone with a common acquaintance to buy 20
    years worth of Scientific American for $25. For some reason, it
    occurred to me to ask if they were mildewed. He said that no, they
    were not. The instant I opened my friend's car door, I realized that
    I may have misspent that $25. I got almost no use out of them
    before I finally had to give up trying to mitigate the mildew and
    dump them. I would have been far better off if I had taken them
    directly from the car to the dumpster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    There is a fairly high probability that eventually you will change
    your mind about brussels sprouts. It's something that pretty much
    only adults like. I'm so old, I'll even eat asparagus. Sometimes.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
    I've been an adult for around 50 years and still don't much care for Brussels sprouts, or any of its brassica cousins in general. They taste...green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    A story I was told: In the first few days after my parents were married my mother cooked some brussels sprouts for my father. A few moments after being served the sprouts were on the wall and my father was apologizing profusely. Seems that after being wounded in France in WW2 and while convalescing in England he was served a steady diet of sprouts. And he probably saw a lot of sprouts in the run-up to D-Day. Anyway, he swore never to eat them again...and didn't.

    As for asparagus, my mom only served a canned variety which I thought were terrible (still do). If she had made fresh asparagus, lightly saute'd with some butter and seasoning, I might have come to enjoy them long before my early adult years.
    We got some pickled asparagus in a jar and like them, We have an asparagus plant that we just let go to the fern stage instead of picking it,
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    Yesterday morning we were on a little trip so woke up in a hotel. I went to visit my usual webcomics on their wifi and instead got a warning from their ISP that they hadn't paid their bill! Oops.
    BTW, the mobile hotspot capability of my phone works great, and because I told them about it they gave me 10% off the bill.
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    All the talking about Brussels sprouts and broccoli reminding me of stuff that I should be starting soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I've been an adult for around 50 years and still don't much care for Brussels sprouts, or any of its brassica cousins in general. They taste...green.
    Not only brassica, but brassica oleracea. If they are the same species, are they "cousins"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Root View Post
    A friend brought a big bag
    of broccoli to a party in a party room at a hotel
    Man, you guys know how to party.

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    I pretty much avoided that party. There were all sorts of other
    parties and things going on at the same time. It was a science
    fiction convention. My friend brought other things besides
    broccoli, but that is what stood out, olfactorally. It might not
    have been such a memorable problem if he had found a
    refrigerator, or directed a lackey like me to find one.

    -- Jeff, in Minneapolis
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    I couldn't believe it, a few years ago, when spinach started showing up in contexts that implied that people could actually like it and might even voluntarily choose it. I knew that that was simply impossible; that stuff only existed for parents to torture their kids with, like beets and liver and Lima beans and cottage cheese... things I can't even think of without feeling my throat already start to tighten up in preparation for that involuntary gag reflex that my parents always told me not to do (as if they didn't know perfectly well what an involuntary reflex is).

    But there was a crucial difference: what now being called "spinach" was in the form of fresh leaves, pretty much unaltered except for cutting them off the stem. The stuff that had taught whole generations that spinach was unfit for human consumption had been canned all those years, and came out in the form of heavy soggy strings sticking together like something you might pick up off the top of the darkest, most oxygen-deprived corner of a swamp. How in the world had THAT ever become the standard delivery method for what has finally turned out to be a plain ordinary edible leaf that's not inherently offensive at all?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Man, you guys know how to party.

    Grant Hutchison
    I was thinking of another word that rhymes with party...more or less.

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    Tinned spinach? Beets and liver and lima beans and cottage cheese? I liked those, too. No-one ever copied me into these "stereotypical dislike" memos when I was a kid. I liked food. And if it was stuff I'd never eaten before, even better.
    And still, when we're abroad, my wife can generally identify what I'm going to order from the menu: "It's either the pony or the puffin. Oh, you've had pony before. It's the puffin."

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    I was thinking of another word that rhymes with party...more or less.
    I was wondering if "broccoli" was slang of some kind. "Man, we certainly did some broccoli last night."

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    Surely, Delvo copied the text of his "spinach" post from the
    immortal words of a great philosopher engraved on a towering
    granite monument that will ring through the ages. No greater
    truth has ever been uttered.

    Popeye was just a masochist.

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    Really trivial stuff that amuses you...

    I like spinach, even the canned type. Kale, on the other hand, is inedible, nasty stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I like spinach, even the canned type. Kale, on the other hand, is inedible, nasty stuff.
    The Romans particularly hated it, and would leave any banquet at which it was served.

    Oh come on, haven't you heard "Kale, and farewell!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Tinned spinach? Beets and liver and lima beans and cottage cheese? I liked those, too. No-one ever copied me into these "stereotypical dislike" memos when I was a kid. I liked food. And if it was stuff I'd never eaten before, even better.
    And still, when we're abroad, my wife can generally identify what I'm going to order from the menu: "It's either the pony or the puffin. Oh, you've had pony before. It's the puffin."

    Grant Hutchison
    For some reason I'm now thinking about Scotland's reputation in the world of food....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    For some reason I'm now thinking about Scotland's reputation in the world of food....
    As a culinary disaster area? Haggis? Deep-fried Mars bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    As a culinary disaster area? Haggis? Deep-fried Mars bars?

    Grant Hutchison
    I ate Haggis once at a Christmas party. It was canned. Didnít taste like chicken. More like liver with overtones of oatmeal.

    My Scottish friends who served it thought it was very good. Uh....if you say so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    More like liver with overtones of oatmeal.
    Pretty much. Lungs and heart, too. Onions. Bit of suet or trimmings.

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    The way my mind works sometimes....

    Cat says "Mew" because it's time for me to brush her.
    A Day in the Life pops into my head: "I heard the mews today oh boy...."*
    ...4000 holes....
    ...rather small....
    ...Albert Hall....
    Wait one, how big is the Albert Hall?
    The internet says between 3 and 3.5 million cubic feet.
    3,000,000/4000 = 750 cubic feet per hole. Lets say 5 feet by 15 feet by 10 feet. Those are pretty big holes, considering the story was about potholes in the roads of Blackburn, Lancs.

    *Yes, I sang that out loud.
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    I sang it out loud as I read it, first time through.

    I've always wondered about the number of holes-- it seemed way
    too small-- but I don't think it ever occurred to me to calculate their
    volume.

    Maow maow.

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    Ah yes. One of those rare occasions on which a John Lennon lyric made less-than-perfect sense. It's said he regreted it for the rest of his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I think the story of kids hating brussels sprouts is like the story of kids always asking "Are we there yet?" on car journeys - there's a lot of confirmation bias involved.
    Oh, Simon asks that. (And "long" can sometimes mean "of more than five minutes.") Irene doesn't, but be fair--she isn't talking yet.
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