All Brussels sprouts are good for…

Ah, the Brussels sprout – probably the most maligned vegetable of them all. I myself cannot stand them. Never have. As a child, when forced to eat one at the Christmas dinner table, I was so repulsed I threw up on the roast potatoes. I think that’s the last time I was in close proximity to this foul beast of the vegetable world. (I hasten to add I’m not a fussy eater, I’m a supertaster. Yes, that’s a thing – and a rather fantastic excuse!)

But – everything’s changed this year and I bought my first-ever bunch of sprouts on the stalk last week. Not to eat. Oh no, that would be way too normal. I believe I’ve found the only use for the sprout, which I think will be emulated up and down the country for Christmases to come. Check out my sprouty wreath, it’s the bomb!

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Here’s how to work the sprout magic:


– Wreath ring and oasis

– Lots of leaves (I foraged for mine in the local park)

– Spray paint (I went with bronze)

– Brussels sprouts (Two bushels were enough for my wreath)

– Florist’s wire


– Dry out your leaves and then coat with spray paint

– Once dry, stuff into the outer edge of the oasis, padding out as you go so there aren’t any holes

– Stick some wire into a sprout and attach it to the oasis, continuing until you have no room for any more.

Job done! How very festive!

7 Responses to “All Brussels sprouts are good for…”
  1. Pooky says:

    Yiure a total nutter. But I love it. It’s beautiful. X

    • Sarah Adie says:

      Thanks! I love it too! Will have to top it next year, I saw a lovely one made of Christmas baubles – except baubles are v expensive and if I’m going to buy them, they’re going on the tree! Have you got a wreath this year?

  2. Conor Bofin says:

    Try my Scraped Sprouts recipe. First boil the sprouts in heavily salted water for 40 minutes. Drain and scrape the offending vegetable into the bin. Best place for them.

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