5 broccoli recipes for people who hate broccoli

by admin on October 16, 2007 · 6 comments

I’ve promised Brys and Claire that I won’t just start posting about babies all the time. But after reading Kim Severson’s article on the genetics of picky eating in last week’s NYT, I started trying to process why I’ve been cooking as much as possible in the two weeks that Angus has been at home.

Certainly, it’s due somewhat to my using the kitchen as a sanctuary in what is a pretty chaotic environment. (Donald Antrim had a great thing in a recent New Yorker about cooking as “grandiose distraction.”) And sure, the man-baby in me is probably trying to exert some influence over a domestic arrangement in which I’m otherwise mostly useless right now. (“You two go off and have fun with your breast milk. I’m making a bolognese!”)

But since I was a very picky eater as a child — for a while, I ate only mustard and bacon, and later in junior high I used to eat saltines and orange juice for lunch — I also have some notion, completely unsupported by science (or at least any science I’m aware of), that if Angus is able to absorb all kinds of kitchen smells in his infancy he’ll not only skip over the picky eater phase (genetics be damned) and grow up to have a masterly palate, but he’ll also always have some sense memory of this time and when, say, 15 years from now, he’s angry at me for some injustice I’ve committed (like wearing black socks with shorts or forcing him to go on a family trip to Gettysburg), I can temper that anger by triggering a counter-emotional response with the smell of onions frying in butter or a simmering potato-leek soup. It’s a long shot, but what the hell?

Anyway, it took me 25 years to willingly eat broccoli, so in the spirit of picky eating and damning genetics and doing as I say and not as I do, here are five broccoli recipes for people who hate broccoli:

VeganYumYum: Broccoli Lentil Soup With Roasted Pepper Coulis
Hogwash: Sneaky Chicken Pasta Salad
Cookthink: White Bean And Broccoli Burritos With Cilantro
Cookthink: Broccoli And Cheese Soup With Tarragon
Cookthink: Italian Broccoli And Potato Soup

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Jess October 16, 2007 at 12:25 pm

You must be on the right track – I think smell absorption is strongest in the first few weeks :) Keep cookin’!

Chef Tom October 17, 2007 at 7:43 pm

I love broccoli and these recipes sound great! I do have members of my family who don’t like it….so thanks!

Bonnie October 18, 2007 at 12:21 pm

In my entirely unscientific experience — observation of my extended family — I will say that picky eaters are indeed born, not made, and there’s nothing you can do about it except patiently wait for them to return to the fold. They all do, eventually. Patience wins out — along with requiring your kids to keep trying new foods. Just don’t make your kid sit at the table until they choke down a cold plate of something they hate, like mine did, unless you want them to barf up brussel sprouts everywhere in protest. ;-)

chip November 1, 2007 at 10:39 am

Bonnie: I was always forced to eat one pea or one piece of broccoli, which somehow seemed worse because it confirmed that whatever it was I was supposed to eat was so bad that my parents made me eat only one.

Annie May 5, 2009 at 11:30 pm

That broccoli looks ‘EEEWWW’ i hate broccoli it is so gross sometimes i can only have it with butter

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