"let your boat of life be light, packed with only
what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, someone to love and someone to love you,
enough to eat and enough to wear
and a little more than enough to drink:
for thirst is a dangerous thing"

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

nice one sainsbury's

This all happened last year in June but is only now doing the rounds and is all over Facebook and media sites.

Read this letter from Lily to Sainsbury's.

Lily then received this reply from Sainsbury's (click on letter to enlarge)

Go Chris King!!  What great customer service and I also read that because of the sudden interest in the bread, Sainsbury's are thinking of re-naming it Giraffe bread.  I think they should.

Talking of food, I found this recipe today and am dying to try it.  Do you like brussel sprouts?  One of my favourites but one of those things I don't buy very often because not everybody enjoys them and then I kind of forget how much I enjoy them and never buy them. How great does this look and sound?  

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado, and Lime

1lb brussels sprouts
2 slices bacon (If you are a bacon LOVER, you may want to add a slice or two more....I think this is just enough.)
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1 lime
1 avocado, sliced
a pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
olive oil
salt and pepper

While you are slicing your brussels, cook the bacon until crispy in a large skillet.
Remove from pan.
Add a little olive oil to the pan (depending on how much bacon drippings were left over), and add your shredded brussels, garlic, and crushed red pepper.
Cook for just a few minutes on medium heat, until brussels start to get tender.
Mix in lime juice and crumble bacon into the sprouts. s&p to taste.
Scoot your sprouts over to the side of the pan, and add avocado slices--just to quickly warm each side. You don't really want to stir them around into the sprouts or they will mash right in. 
When they are heated through, mix everything together and enjoy!

Now to taste it.  Take a look at the blog where I found the recipe.  She has some great recipes and ideas and stresses that brussels sprouts must never be boiled.  Roasting the way to go, with olive oil and salt.   I agree - boiling brussels are the main reason why they are so disliked by children all over the world (maybe the smell as well - and you don't smell them when you roast them).

Some interesting facts about these sprouts:-

They get their name from the fact that they were widely cultivated around Brussels, Belgium during the 16th century. (COULD HAVE GUESSED THAT)
According to a 2002 survey, Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in Britain.(AND PROBABLY IN SOUTH AFRICA)
Like broccoli and some other members of the Brassica family, Brussels sprouts contain something called sinigrin, a glucosinate that may prevent colon cancer according to research. (COME ON, START EATING THEM)
One cup of Brussels sprouts contains 1,122 IU of Vitamin A.
That same cup also contains 669 IU of beta carotene (AND THEY ARE NOT ORANGE??)
A cup of cooked Brussels sprouts contains about 60 calories (ENCOURAGING)
1/2 cup contains 80% of the RDA of Vitamin C (PRETTY GOOD NEWS TOO)

I will let you know when I get around to making it.

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