Tuesday 15th October 2019. Big Data and Brussel Spouts

October 15, 2019


In the second hour of today’s program we have as our guest Jaime Vasquez. His specialty is Big Data, Big Data is just that lots of information but it is the analysis and the treating of that information which is used as a tool in business to ascertain facts that assist in business development.

In the last hour is all about Brussel Sprouts. Our Feisty Foodie Sara Solomon gives us some clues as to how to cook Brussels and various recipes. We covered two on the program this morning but here is one that can be used in a salad..

Brussels Sprouts and mixed green salad

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts

2 cups baby arugula

1 head Belgian endive, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup freshly lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 Using a small paring knife, remove the outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts. Reserve the cores for another use. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the Brussels sprout leaves and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and put in a bowl of iced water, then transfer to a colander to drain. Put the Brussels sprout leaves, arugula, endive, and almonds into a large salad bowl. Add the dressing and toss together. Sprinkle with the cheese and serve.

Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Note:  To toast the almonds, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven until lightly toasted, about 6 to 8 minutes (or toast them in a frying pan, but be sure to watch them and move them constantly, so they don’t burn). Cool completely before using. The unused core of the Brussels sprouts can be used in soups and stir-fries.

Note:  Frozen brussels sprouts can be a good alternative, if you can’t find fresh.  Freezing them does generally not reduce the quality and they are often more uniform.  I find them great for curries, soups and stews.

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