Broccoli

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How awesome are broccoli?

Broccoli are the awesomest thing in existence
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26%
Broccoli are pretty good
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53%
Broccoli may be ok, I guess...
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6%
Broccoli are jucky, but I will eat them if I have to
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2%
Broccoli are evil, and should be burned with inextinguishable fire
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11%
Otter liver goes well with broccoli and a fine Chianti
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3%
 
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Broccoli

Postby Bluggo » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:00 pm UTC

Right now, I am craving broccoli something fierce. Not sure why, but whatever.

The point is, lots of people can't stand broccoli, and they are wrong. Provably, factually wrong.
Bertrand Russell wrote somewhere that he did not like broccoli, I think: but I once tried to read his Principia Mathematica and they did not make sense to me, so he was a poopyhead anyway*.

In fact, I would argue that broccoli are even better than bacon: truly, they are the food of the gods.

Argue.

Also, what is your favourite broccoli-based recipe? Mine is rather trivial: just steamed broccoli, with (good) olive oil and lots of pepper and a little bit of grated parmesan, maybe.



*Note: I am being silly. I love my Russell and his (and Whitehead's) Principia, albeit only in an heterosexual just-buddies sense. But his act of treason against the Broccoli Brotherhood is difficult for me to forgive.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby podbaydoor » Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:27 pm UTC

Broccoli is one of those things where it has to be cooked a certain way or it's just stomach-turning. Put another way, my threshold of stomachability for broccoli is higher than for, say, bread.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:57 pm UTC

Broccoli is tasty and incredibly nutritious, but also a big producer of flatulence.

I tend to eat it in stir-fry.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby poxic » Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:04 am UTC

It's one of the few veggies I'm not allergic to, so I try to cram it into my diet whenever possible. And I kinda like it.

My favourite way of eating it is in tiny pieces in soup, but that might be because I like soup. I'll also dig on stir-fried spears with a lot of garic and a bit of sauce. Om nom.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby kfish » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:37 am UTC

I used to hate broccoli as a kid. It was either a mushy mess or really bitter. Since I started eating it without it being boiled to death, it's my favourite vegetable. Not sure why I haven't tasted a bitter broccoli in many years.

Stir fried is good. With olive oil, pepper and parmesan sounds very tasty. I'm also a fan of having it with copious amounts of cheese sauce, made from cheddar, milk, pepper and a little flour. Oh, and paprika.

Edit: Oh, and one of my favourite dishes to order at Chinese restaurants is a stir-fried scallop and broccoli thingy in a deep-fried yam bowl. Mmmmmmmmmmm

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Zohar » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:33 am UTC

I read this thread this morning, then I went to the supermarket to buy groceries. I thought about what sort of soup I should make and decided to go with broccoli. Although I wasn't thinking about this thread at the time, I doubt this was a complete coincidence.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Vincent91 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:04 pm UTC

With molten cheese, preferably Monterey Jack, all over it. It has to be cooked right too.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:07 pm UTC

Like hell it does. It's better when it hasn't been cooked yet.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Nath » Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:00 am UTC

I don't understand why Broccoli polarizes people so much. I like it, I guess. But really, it's broccoli. If it went extinct tomorrow, it would be a couple of years before I noticed. I've had it cooked right, and I've had it squishified by dorm kitchens. It's always just broccoli. Even done wrong, a little salt and pepper and I'll quite happily eat it without thinking about it much.

Except in soup. Broccoli is interesting when it's in soup.

I tend to keep some of the frozen stuff around for when I want to add a simple vegetable side dish to a meal. Other than that, I pretty much just eat it when it shows up in something I order at a restaurant. I had some beef with broccoli and snow peas at a Chinese place today, actually.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby ameretrifle » Mon Dec 21, 2009 6:03 am UTC

Yeah, I actually quite like broccoli now. There was a time when I would've said that was impossible. I ususally have it with some cheese on top, though I've had it with just a bit of butter and salt before too. I don't like the stalks as much, though they're edible, and I do not like them with carrots at all. Mainly because I still don't like the taste of carrots and I hate to see a good food get ruined. I would say broccoli's one of my favorite vegetables now, actually. And I don't have too many of those (though I am slowly expanding my repitoire).

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Cammy » Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:18 am UTC

Love broccoli. In all its forms. I'll eat it raw with dip, but I love it with some good cheese sauce or seasoning and butter. Broccoli and cheese soup is awesome.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Alder » Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:26 pm UTC

Broccoli! One of the vegetables I actually eat. The first time I had it, it was near enough al dente, not soggy at all, and I think that's why I liked it. Texture seems to have a big effect on what fruit and veg I eat.

My brother has a broccoli and stilton soup recipe which is ok, given that I don't like stilton at *all*.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Decker » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:17 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Like hell it does. It's better when it hasn't been cooked yet.

Madness! MADNESS!

Anyway. I like broccoli as long as it's been cooked. I'm not too picky about how I'll eat it.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:02 pm UTC

I can put a big hurtin' on some steamed broccoli smothered in cheddar cheese, or cooked in a stir-fry with beef, pork, chicken, and/or shrimp. Raw broccoli is good, too, but since my teeth are really starting to weaken, and I've already had 6 of them removed, I can't eat a lot of hard foods like that anymore.

*wonders how broccoli smothered in cheese and topped with bacon bits would taste*
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Re: Broccoli

Postby voidPtr » Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:49 pm UTC

In celebration of this thread, I cooked up some broccoli soup tonight. I think I used too much broccoli though.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Axman » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:00 pm UTC

Thanks to this thread, last night, I made cheese soup with leeks, potatoes, and the aforementioned.

1 leek and 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped, sauteed, add
16oz beef stock, 8oz beer, 2 potatoes, peeled, cubed home-fry sized.
Season with peppers red and black, reduce 'til the potatoes just start to get soft, and add
1/2c whipped sour cream and
2c chopped broccoli, and simmer.
Once the potatoes begin to break with a spoon, add
4c grated yellow cheese, stirring constantly until the cheese starts melting, then add
1/2c corn starch dissolved into 1c cold milk, bring it back to temp, let it sit for a minute or two and it's ready.

Adjust with water and garnish with something red like paprika. This makes 4 servings.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby AntonGarou » Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:42 am UTC

Axman wrote:4c grated yellow cheese, stirring constantly until the cheese starts melting, then add

4 cups sound like a lot of cheese for that amount of soup- did you have a typo?
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Axman » Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:10 pm UTC

4c grated isn't all that much, by weight. Four biggish handfuls of grated cheese from a bag of grated cheese. I mean, it's a large amount of cheese to go into what is basically a liquid, and I know what you're thinking, ball of rubber with a layer of glue tacked to the bottom of the pan, but between the potatoes and the corn starch there's enough emulsifier to bind all of it to the body of the soup. The important thing is to slowly add water afterwards; it's a process I don't fully understand, but it makes the stuff pure velvet.

Also, this recipe is doubled from what I have made in the past; however, it refrigerates well and while it's assumptive, I'm gonna reach out and say most people won't use half a leek for something else. It's better to have leftover soup than waste produce.

Much of this stems from my hatred of using flour to make macaroni and cheese. It's like noodle fucking chowder, and everyone's convinced themselves it's better than Velveeta Shells & Cheese. I have to admit, the best fucking macaroni and cheese in a box is the Velveeta Shells business, and I have successfully replicated it after catching the "cheese sauce" recipe on the side of a box of Argo corn starch. It wasn't a day later I confirmed you can blow that shit out of the water if you use Dubliner and Campanelle pasta.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby JCM » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:57 pm UTC

I can eat broccoli without cringing in disgust, but I would never, ever say that it's better than bacon.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:23 am UTC

Went to Quizno's today for lunch, and while getting ready to pay for my sandwich, I saw the soup choices: chili, chicken noodle, and broccoli and cheese. I made my sandwich a combo with a cup of the broccoli and cheese soup and a drink. Ate the soup, and yea, it was delicious. Full of cheesy-broccoli-y goodness. Was perfect for a day like today.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Gia » Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:59 pm UTC

I buy my broccoli in two-pound increments, and I live by myself. I always have some in the freezer. I managed to ignite a mini-war on facebook when I posted as my status that broccoli, in my belief, is better than beer... I had no idea so many of my friends would side with broccoli, but the debate dominated conversations for about a week.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby voidPtr » Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:16 pm UTC

Gia wrote:I managed to ignite a mini-war on facebook when I posted as my status that broccoli, in my belief, is better than beer...


Hey, I like broccoli too, but better than beer?!? Let's not get carried away here! ;)

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Re: Broccoli

Postby lemurdoom » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:36 am UTC

As long as it's being served by an Asian restaurant and it's covered in sauce and noodles. It is my second favorite vegetable (corn is first)

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Phoenix112358 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:31 pm UTC

When my dad cooks it I hate it because the outer skin is always so tough and bitter-ey. When my mom used to cook it when I was smaller she would shave off a layer or two of the stem part. Then you get the yummy and nice texture; instead of the tough leathery stuff on the outside.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Rinsaikeru » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:13 pm UTC

Broccoli tastes sulphury to me and has that weird funky smell asparagus does for me. I can't eat either of the two.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Jorpho » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:43 am UTC

It has been scientifically prove (no, really! I posted the reference elsewhere a while back!) that steamed broccoli has more health benefits than boiled or raw broccoli.

Broccoli is indeed pretty good, but I really can't stand the stems. This leads to a perplexing dilemma: is it better to buy the broccoli bunches with the big long stems that will get cut off and thrown in the compost, or is it better to buy the "broccoli crowns" with much shorter stems?

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Re: Broccoli

Postby poxic » Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:53 am UTC

The crowns are more expensive, but if you're going to throw out the stems it might be worth it. And I think the unused stems go into things like broccoli slaw.

I used to prefer the flowers as well. I'm starting to prefer the stems, at least when they're peeled a bit. Crisp and juicy!
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Kendo_Bunny » Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:04 am UTC

I love broccoli: it's definitely one of my favorite veggies. I can eat it raw in salads, but I prefer it steamed. I usually just put a dab of butter and some sea salt on it, but it's also good with cheddar sauce (add a tablespoon of white wine and it's perfect), or stir-fryed with teriyaki sauce, ginger, and cinnamon.

And fettucine alfredo is just doubleplusgood when it's got broccoli in it.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Bakemaster » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:29 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:Broccoli is indeed pretty good, but I really can't stand the stems. This leads to a perplexing dilemma: is it better to buy the broccoli bunches with the big long stems that will get cut off and thrown in the compost, or is it better to buy the "broccoli crowns" with much shorter stems?

Buy the whole bunches, and use the stems for something else. They may need to be peeled a bit as you would a potato. Julienne or slice them and throw them in stir-fry; they are much easier to deal with in small bits, and at that size they get soft in about the same time as the same-sized slice of carrot.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:43 pm UTC

Blended into potato soup.
Chopped up into tiny florets, and just dumped on salad. All of my kids like to eat the 'salad trees'.
Flash-pan-fried in olive oil, chopped garlic, chopped onions, and panko. Serve as soon as it's hot, do NOT overcook.
Also chopped up fine in nearly any sort of layered dish, a la chicken lasagne.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Axman » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:48 pm UTC

Pocketknife validiser: cut the stem off at the grocery store.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Scrambles, the death dealer » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:42 pm UTC

roasted broccoli

chop broccoli
drizzle with olive oil, parm, salt, black pepper, cyan pepper, and lemon juice.

roast at 400F for about 10 to 20 min

missing ingredient broccoli soup

boil broccoli
remove broccoli from water
blend broccoli into paste
add just enough boil water back so it's soup consistence

tastes good, but is missing something. can't for the life of me figure out what it is; needs zazz in some form.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Mishrak » Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:08 pm UTC

Two ways I really enjoy it:
1) Broccoli Cheese soup. Lots of velveta, chopped up broccoli and other tasties.

2) Steamed w/ lemon juice. My grandmother always made it and it's one of the best ways to eat it.

Every time I eat it raw like in a veggie dip, it always upsets my stomach.


@ the Zazz necessity. Are you putting garlic/pepper in there? Try that if you're not.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Axman » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:35 pm UTC

I'd add garlic, onion, cream or yogurt, turmeric, ginger, coriander, and cardamom.

And call it broccoli saag.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Nath » Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:34 am UTC

Why would you call it 'broccoli saag'?

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Re: Broccoli

Postby kaimason1 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:03 am UTC

BROCCOLI!!!

That means I voted awesomest thing in existence.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:54 pm UTC

Nath wrote:Why would you call it 'broccoli saag'?

Because a similar dish made with spinach or other greens is know as saag in Indian cooking. If you add cheeses it's saag paneer.
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Re: Broccoli

Postby Mishrak » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:14 pm UTC

It's so good I sang a song about it.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Nath » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:12 pm UTC

PAstrychef wrote:
Nath wrote:Why would you call it 'broccoli saag'?

Because a similar dish made with spinach or other greens is know as saag in Indian cooking. If you add cheeses it's saag paneer.
Mighty tasty stuff.

Well, that's because 'saag' means 'greens'. 'Broccoli saag' means 'broccoli with greens'; not a very good name for a dish without greens. Cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli are collectively known as 'gobhi' in Hindi. I don't think broccoli has its own name, but I guess you could call it 'hari phool gobhi', meaning 'green cauliflower'.

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Re: Broccoli

Postby Bakemaster » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:30 pm UTC

While we're on this subject, what's up with palak vs. saag? Same word, different dialect? Or different words used for the same dish? I know what the dish is called depends on the region you're in, but not why the variance...
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