Thursday 12 June 2008

lemon & garlic broccoli

Jonas discovered this recipe online one evening and made it for me and my friend. It is so deliciously lemony that even avid broccoli-loathers will be converted.

I remembered when George Bush Snr publicly admitted he hated broccoli. I thought all the growers were ridiculous when they rallied in rage against him. So some people don’t like broccoli, get over it! Who is going to stop eating broccoli because the President doesn’t like it? Come on, surely it's an incentive to start eating it by the truckload!

I have always liked broccoli. As a child it was one of the few greens I didn’t detest. Broccoli and beans, liberally sprinkled with vinegar. Mmmm. Yum. Now I’ve switched to lemon juice, but it’s the same theory.

I remember once my little sister, Amy, told Mum that she only liked the broccoli leaves. Mum spent quite some time scouring the shelves for broccoli that still had leaves attached. When dinner was served we all had some pieces of broccoli on our plates, except Amy who had some steamed leaves. She wrinkled her nose and said, “what’s this?”

Turns out Amy meant the flower heads, not the actual leaves. Of course all us kids knew what she’d meant from the outset. What kid doesn’t think broccoli florets look like miniature trees with their green stalk/trunks and flower heads/leaves!

This is one of my favourite side dishes because it’s healthy and really cheap to make.

Lemon & Garlic Broccoli
Jonas’recipe. Serve 4-6 as side dish.


500g broccoli
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 small red onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Break broccoli into small florets. Peel stem and slice into rounds.

2. Steam or boil broccoli florets (not stems) until tender but firm, about 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat; add the onion and sauté until translucent

4. Add garlic and broccoli stem and sauté until stems are soft.

5. Add the broccoli florets, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, cooking briefly to combine.

Here's my entry to the weekly food blogging event, Weekend Herb Blogging. Our host this week is Astrid from Paulchen's Food Blog.



  1. Lemon and garlic anything is ok in my book :)

  2. I wouldn't mind some of that there broccoli, no sir.

  3. i'm always looking for new ways with brocolli, and this is perfect, thanks :)


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