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  1. #1
    Michael Nielsen Guest

    Default How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    Throw them into a pot with water.
    Set it over the stove.
    Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    tender.
    Throw in the rest of the broccoli.

    When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.

    Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...

    Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    time...




  2. #2
    Michael Siemon Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Michael Nielsen <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > Set it over the stove.
    > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    > Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    > are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    > picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    > Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    > Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    > tender.
    > Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >
    > When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    > Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    > some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >
    > Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >
    > Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    > time...


    Yuck; adulterated potatoes.

  3. #3
    Sky Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    Michael Siemon wrote:
    >
    > In article
    > <[email protected]>,
    > Michael Nielsen <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > > Set it over the stove.
    > > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    > > Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    > > are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    > > picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    > > Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    > > Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    > > tender.
    > > Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    > >
    > > When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    > > Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    > > some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    > >
    > > Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    > >
    > > Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    > > time...

    >
    > Yuck; adulterated potatoes.


    Those broccoli'd potatoes wouldn't fool me!!! At least I don't
    think they would <G>. Besides, wouldn't the broccoli make the potatoes
    turn sort of green or at least give a bit of green tinge? Not to
    mention, the taste would still be there, I'd imagine?

    Sky

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  4. #4
    Michael Nielsen Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it


    > *Those broccoli'd potatoes wouldn't fool me!!! *At least I don't
    > think they would <G>. *Besides, wouldn't the broccoli make the potatoes
    > turn sort of green or at least give a bit of green tinge? *Not to
    > mention, the taste would still be there, I'd imagine?


    Yes, it is a beautiful bright green color. I do not mean it as people
    will not know that it is not mashed potatoes.
    However, they will sceptically take a first scoop and go "wow" and
    then gorge themselves in it.

  5. #5
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    Michael wrote:

    > Yuck; adulterated potatoes.


    While I'm not an advocate for adultery[1], I do think that potatoes can
    usually benefit from being "dressed up." My personal favorite is the Joel
    Robuchon method of mixing potatoes with lots of butter and cream, but I also
    like potatoes puréed either with parsnips or celery root.

    On the other hand, tiny potatoes which have been pulled from the ground less
    than a day ago are best by themselves, with only a toss in butter and maybe
    a sprinkling of coarse salt and chopped fresh parsley.

    At any rate, the original post was intended to suggest a possible
    improvement for broccoli, i.e., the final dish is supposed to be better than
    plain steamed broccoli, not better than mashed potatoes. And I'm sure that
    some people would consider the "adulterated potatoes" to be a _vast_
    improvement on steamed broccoli.

    My experience has been that kids will eat steamed broccoli if you give them
    something in which to dip it. And it doesn't even seem to matter all that
    much *what* they dip it in: ketchup, ranch dressing, honey mustard,
    mayonnaise with lemon juice, nacho cheese, barbecue sauce, and teriyaki
    sauce have all been seen as attractive broccoli-dipping options by kids.

    Bob
    [1] Yes, I know it's "adulteration." I'm just playing with the words.


  6. #6
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    On Fri 03 Apr 2009 07:45:56p, Michael Nielsen told us...

    > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > Set it over the stove.
    > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    > Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    > are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    > picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    > Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    > Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    > tender.
    > Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >
    > When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    > Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    > some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >
    > Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >
    > Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    > time...


    I'm a firm believer in never forcing anyone to eat something they clearly
    don't like. I happen to love both potatoes and broccoli, and many other
    things that some people don't care for. Having said that, I would much
    prefer having both the potatoes and the broccoli served separately. This
    dish has absolutely no appeal to me. OTOH, I don't mind topping a large
    baked potato with crisply cooked broccoli and a cheese sauce.



    --
    Wayne Boatwright

    "One man's meat is another man's poison"
    - Oswald Dykes, English writer, 1709.

  7. #7
    Michael Nielsen Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it


    > While I'm not an advocate for adultery[1], I do think that potatoes can
    > usually benefit from being "dressed up." My personal favorite is the Joel
    > Robuchon method of mixing potatoes with lots of butter and cream, but I also
    > like potatoes puréed either with parsnips or celery root.


    Yes, mashed potatoes with parsnip is good. And mashed potatoes with
    parsley and bacon.


  8. #8
    Michael Siemon Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    In article <001f542a$0$18011$[email protected]>,
    "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz> wrote:

    > Michael wrote:
    >
    > > Yuck; adulterated potatoes.

    >
    > While I'm not an advocate for adultery[1], I do think that potatoes can
    > usually benefit from being "dressed up." My personal favorite is the Joel
    > Robuchon method of mixing potatoes with lots of butter and cream, but I also
    > like potatoes puréed either with parsnips or celery root.


    I often do a potato/celery-root puree; also cauliflower or sometimes
    artichoke-stem (previously steamed...), or other combinations. I haven't
    tried parsnips, but suspect they'd work fine...

    > On the other hand, tiny potatoes which have been pulled from the ground less
    > than a day ago are best by themselves, with only a toss in butter and maybe
    > a sprinkling of coarse salt and chopped fresh parsley.


    Oh, yes; pure potato for good potatoes is wonderful...

    > At any rate, the original post was intended to suggest a possible
    > improvement for broccoli, i.e., the final dish is supposed to be better than
    > plain steamed broccoli, not better than mashed potatoes. And I'm sure that
    > some people would consider the "adulterated potatoes" to be a _vast_
    > improvement on steamed broccoli.


    Personally, I think it is just a way to make potatoes unappetizing.[*]
    >
    > My experience has been that kids will eat steamed broccoli if you give them
    > something in which to dip it. And it doesn't even seem to matter all that
    > much *what* they dip it in: ketchup, ranch dressing, honey mustard,
    > mayonnaise with lemon juice, nacho cheese, barbecue sauce, and teriyaki
    > sauce have all been seen as attractive broccoli-dipping options by kids.


    Yes; sufficient disguise of the taste of broccoli is one way to go.
    ---[*] As a kid, I was forced to eat potatoes. The problem, as it turns out
    (since in fact I _love_ potatoes), was that my mother served over-boiled
    potatoes with the cheapest possible margarine. And I _loathe_ margarine.
    Since I loved french-fries, and mashed-potatoes with chicken gravy
    (which my mother also made, so she was not a total loss ...), I _knew_
    it wasn't the potatoes that were the problem. But it wasn't until many
    years after I left home that I discovered that food could actually be
    interesting. Luckily, my mother never made broccoli.

  9. #9
    Michael Siemon Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Michael Nielsen <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > *Those broccoli'd potatoes wouldn't fool me!!! *At least I don't
    > > think they would <G>. *Besides, wouldn't the broccoli make the potatoes
    > > turn sort of green or at least give a bit of green tinge? *Not to
    > > mention, the taste would still be there, I'd imagine?

    >
    > Yes, it is a beautiful bright green color. I do not mean it as people
    > will not know that it is not mashed potatoes.
    > However, they will sceptically take a first scoop and go "wow" and
    > then gorge themselves in it.


    YMMV.

  10. #10
    Stan Horwitz Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Michael Nielsen <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > Set it over the stove.
    > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    > Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    > are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    > picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    > Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    > Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    > tender.
    > Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >
    > When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    > Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    > some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >
    > Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >
    > Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    > time...


    No offense, but you flatter yourself too much. I am a life-long broccoli
    hater. I see nothing about your recipe that stands a chance of inducing
    me to change that. I have tried broccoli several times. Blech! The
    flavor is terribly off-putting to me. I can deal with broccoli's texture
    fine, but the flavor is a deal breaker for me and nothing in your recipe
    looks like it hides the flavor. I even tried fresh broccoli that was
    fresh out of my dad's garden. Mashing up broccoli is an unusual idea,
    but it won't change its flavor. I will notice it even before the fork
    hits the plate due to the terrible and distinctive smell that broccoli
    has. Icky!

  11. #11
    Hedda Lettis Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it


    "Michael Nielsen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..

    However, they will sceptically take a first scoop and go "wow" and
    then gorge themselves in it.


    Like people aren't fat enough these days. :-\


  12. #12
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Bobo_Bonobo=AE?= Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    On Apr 3, 9:45*pm, Michael Nielsen <mniel...@cvmt.dk> wrote:
    > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > Set it over the stove.
    > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    > Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    > are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    > picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    > Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    > Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    > tender.
    > Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >
    > When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    > Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    > some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >
    > Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >
    > Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    > time...


    Serve you right if someone slipped a large dose of LSD into your
    orange juice. Asshole.

    --Bryan

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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it


    "Stan Horwitz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:stan-2A4E91.05354204042009@UNKNOWN-98-[email protected]..
    > In article
    > <[email protected]>,
    > Michael Nielsen <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    >> Throw them into a pot with water.
    >> Set it over the stove.
    >> Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    >> Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    >> are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    >> picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    >> Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    >> Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    >> tender.
    >> Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >>
    >> When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    >> Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    >> some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >>
    >> Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >>
    >> Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    >> time...

    >
    > No offense, but you flatter yourself too much. I am a life-long broccoli
    > hater. I see nothing about your recipe that stands a chance of inducing
    > me to change that. I have tried broccoli several times. Blech! The
    > flavor is terribly off-putting to me. I can deal with broccoli's texture
    > fine, but the flavor is a deal breaker for me and nothing in your recipe
    > looks like it hides the flavor. I even tried fresh broccoli that was
    > fresh out of my dad's garden. Mashing up broccoli is an unusual idea,
    > but it won't change its flavor. I will notice it even before the fork
    > hits the plate due to the terrible and distinctive smell that broccoli
    > has. Icky!


    I'd a thought fer certain you'd enjoy broccoli crudites with Heinz ketchup
    dip.

    I like broccoli but not mashed into potato... however I do like spinach
    mashed into potato. Btw, the best way to have potato is potatonic... second
    best is potato k'nish.



  14. #14
    Felice Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it


    "Michael Nielsen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > Set it over the stove.
    > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.


    <snip>

    Never could understand why broccoli-lovers insist that other should love it,
    too!

    Felice



  15. #15
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 05:46:18 -0700 (PDT), Bobo Bonobo® wrote:

    > On Apr 3, 9:45*pm, Michael Nielsen <mniel...@cvmt.dk> wrote:
    >> Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    >> Throw them into a pot with water.
    >> Set it over the stove.
    >> Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    >> Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    >> are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    >> picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    >> Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    >> Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    >> tender.
    >> Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >>
    >> When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    >> Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    >> some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >>
    >> Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >>
    >> Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    >> time...

    >
    > Serve you right if someone slipped a large dose of LSD into your
    > orange juice. Asshole.
    >


    what is it with you and surreptitious dosing?

    blake

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    Mr. Bill Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 09:52:53 -0400, "Felice" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Never could understand why broccoli-lovers insist that other should love it,
    >too!


    Felice....lamb lovers do the same thing. "You haven't had it
    fixed right...you would love mine"!

    No...thank you.



  17. #17
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    Mr. Bill wrote:
    > On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 09:52:53 -0400, "Felice" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Never could understand why broccoli-lovers insist that other should love it,
    >> too!

    >
    > Felice....lamb lovers do the same thing. "You haven't had it
    > fixed right...you would love mine"!
    >
    > No...thank you.
    >
    >

    I think it's one thing when you encounter an extremely picky
    eater, who perhaps hasn't even tried the food in question. It's
    quite another when a person has tried the food, perhaps several
    times, and has formed an opinion based on taste, texture, or
    something else.

    --
    Jean B.

  18. #18
    sf Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    On Sat, 4 Apr 2009 07:13:56 -0500, "Hedda Lettis" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Michael Nielsen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]..
    >
    >However, they will sceptically take a first scoop and go "wow" and
    >then gorge themselves in it.
    >
    >
    >Like people aren't fat enough these days. :-\


    Aren't potatoes like that "the meal"? Serve with a salad if you want
    more greens.


    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  19. #19
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    Felice wrote:

    > Never could understand why broccoli-lovers insist that other
    > should love it, too!


    I'd guess it's either because of the undisputed health benefits of eating
    broccoli or the fact that some people would look on it as a challenge to
    find a way to make broccoli palatable to broccoli-haters.

    Bob


  20. #20
    Kate Connally Guest

    Default Re: How to stuff broccoli into those who hate it

    Michael Nielsen wrote:
    > Take 2 large potatoes, wash them and dice them.
    > Throw them into a pot with water.
    > Set it over the stove.
    > Now sneak the broccoli out of the bag.
    > Wash it and cut off the "blossoms" ( the green, not the yellow; those
    > are not supposed to be there - then the broccoli should have been
    > picked earlier - althought they taste ok anyway... a bit sweet..)
    > Dice 1/4 of the stem and throw them in with the potatoes.
    > Bring to boil for maybe 5-6 mins until stems and potatoes are half
    > tender.
    > Throw in the rest of the broccoli.
    >
    > When everything is tender, pour the water out.
    > Bring out your potato masher - or a fork - and mash it all a stir in
    > some olive oil, salt, pepper, until a nice creamy texture.
    >
    > Serve with a nice steak ( as always)...
    >
    > Watch your loved ones stuff themselves with broccoli for the first
    > time...


    It would never work with me, that's for sure.
    Broccoli is right up there in the top 10 foods
    I hate the most. ;-)

    Kate


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