I never had brussel sprouts growing up. I don't know why. I figure that my parents never liked them, so I never had to eat them.
I felt I needed to rectify this lack of experience, so I bought a stalk of brussel sprouts from the farmer's market. Everything I had read said to be very careful about overcooking the sprouts, for they are (apparently) really bad when they are mushy. Makes sense. So I boiled about ten of the sprouts for about 6-7 minutes and took them off. I think I was a bit over-cautious and they could have used a few more minutes, but it wasn't much of a problem. I poured a little melted butter over the top, seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper.
And, wouldn't you know it, brussel sprouts are actually pretty good. But I can totally understand why they have their reputation--they are possibly the most "vegetable-y" of any vegetable I've had. Which, if you, like me, like that sort of thing, is good.
It makes me realize, once again, how much we have all been lied too. By older generations, the government, religion, society, TV (have you turned on me too?
), "common sense."
So many lies. I guess there's just no substitute for personal experience. Go out and try some brussel sprouts.
(I just noticed that the above quote was from the same episode of two of my favorite Simpsons quotes, ones that I actually use in real-life conversation. So, for your pleasure, even though they have nothing to do with the above, I reprint them here:
"It's funny 'cause I don't know him." -- Homer, watching footage of car crash victims.
Marge: Homey, do you ever drink alone?
Homer: Does the Lord count as a person?
Homer: Then yes.)