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Eddie Mair | 06:09 UK time, Saturday, 19 December 2009


"A sprout Christmas tree. David McNickle"


  • 1. At 08:29am on 19 Dec 2009, concerned_uk_citizen wrote:

    So there is a use for the inedible sprout!
    (Though I believe covering them in chocolate for the ‘Trick or Treat’ hand out at Halloween is another good use of them)

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  • 2. At 09:14am on 19 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    dav, at last your tree appears and very good it is too. Well done and Happy Christmas - or Happy Holidays.

    Anyone seen Sprouty?

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  • 3. At 09:36am on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    It just goes to show that sprouts can last for a couple of years.

    cukc 1, I'll pass that on to my family and friends in the US.

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  • 4. At 09:54am on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    I'll cross that off my list...

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  • 5. At 10:06am on 19 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Davmcn, That is an impressive use of sprouts!!

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  • 6. At 10:29am on 19 Dec 2009, CG wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 7. At 11:16am on 19 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    No moaning now David! Excellent, I love it!

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  • 8. At 11:27am on 19 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    I particularly love the bit of broccoli at the top, anchoring the star on - 2 of your 5 a day? ;-)

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  • 9. At 11:52am on 19 Dec 2009, DoctorDolots wrote:

    No disrespect to the photographer, but I'm constantly intrigued as to why sprouts have become the laughing stock vegetable, even small children know to say they hate them for a quick cheap laugh. Why? I have always loved sprouts, they are crunchier than cabbage and most other members of that family, are just amazing sliced thinly in coleslaw, and keep longer than any other veg. Oh and are available when all other veg have been harvested and eaten. I wonder if it's one of those sheep moments humans get now and then, all having to follow the flock, not quiite knowing why but not wishing to stand out from the crowd and not get 'the joke'. If it's because of farting, I've never found that an effect, so surmise that some people's digestive systems must be already challenged [perhaps habituated to too much burned flesh so can't cope with healthy food].

    Lay off the sprouts OK?

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  • 10. At 12:29pm on 19 Dec 2009, AllotmentJo wrote:

    dav. - At last! I think it's great!
    Doctordolotts - Sprouts are disgusting, inedible and make me gag! My Mum used to force me to eat them at Christmas, then when I threw up, I'd get a clout round the ear. There is a LOT of PR work to do to improve the image of (yuk!) sprouts! And you will not find them growing on my allottment, either. I think davmcn has found the perfect use for them!
    Ban The Sprout From Christmas!

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  • 11. At 1:32pm on 19 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    What a lovely idea ... and a wonderful epiphany feast for David and the McNs.

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  • 12. At 2:36pm on 19 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Wow - what an amazing sight.

    I wonder how green it is though? - If eaten, I mean! - as in methane emissions;-)

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  • 13. At 2:44pm on 19 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    This one is even bigger than David's though.

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  • 14. At 2:56pm on 19 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    I hope the photographer will be planting the sprout tree in his garden after the festive season. It can be used again next year, and will also provide many sproutlets for the cook in the house.

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  • 15. At 4:24pm on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    VP 8, That isn't broccoli, it's part of the sprout stalk.

    DD 9, J 12, GDS 14, We did eat them. I like sprouts. I am the photographer.

    AJ 12, You can now have a Happy Christmas.

    Eddie, See, it was well worth the wait.

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  • 16. At 4:27pm on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    j 13, But no decorations except for the star. Sprout stalks are all about the same size, and £1 each in our farmers' market.

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  • 17. At 4:37pm on 19 Dec 2009, AllotmentJo wrote:

    d - 15 And a Happy Christmas to and yours too! You will have to better the Sprout Tree next year. Now, have you ever eaten Jerusalem Artichokes?

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  • 18. At 4:44pm on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    AJ 10, We were watching a cooking program on TV recently, and I commented that Jerusalem artichokes are one veg that I've never knowingly eaten. I think my origami tree is better than the sprout tree.
    Sprouts done with garlic and sliced almonds are nice. I think that's what I read.

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  • 19. At 4:50pm on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    AJ 10, In case you didn't see the origami tree elsewhere.


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  • 20. At 5:00pm on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    j 13, Aaaaand, mine is more tapered/triangular, like a real tree.

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  • 21. At 5:05pm on 19 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    AJ 10, We (my wife) grow purple broccoli.

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  • 22. At 9:00pm on 19 Dec 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Ban The Sprout From Christmas!

    Pah! If you don't like sprouts, you don't love Christmas!

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  • 23. At 9:00pm on 19 Dec 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Cracking tree, btw.

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  • 24. At 1:43pm on 20 Dec 2009, AllotmentJo wrote:

    davmcn 18 - Beleive me - you would know it if you had eaten Jerusalem Artichokes!
    My daughter loves them and during one of her 'Im a vegetarian' phases, treated us to Jerusalem Artichoke Vindaloo....... non of us could leave the house for days, for fear of coming across someone lighting up!
    My grandaughter has nicnamed them 'Farty Chokes' for a very good reason...
    I grow Purple, white and red broccoli on the allotment, and it's all delicious! The only veg I just can't eat is sprouts. I blame my Mum, really.
    No 22 G etc - I LOVE Christmas, but I don't love sprouts!

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  • 25. At 1:47pm on 20 Dec 2009, AllotmentJo wrote:

    davmcn - forgot to mention, I think the origami tree is good too, but I still think the sprout tree tops it. And I have just noticed I have spelt 'believe' wrong. (It was the thought of sprouts thet put me off).

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  • 26. At 4:35pm on 20 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    AJ 24, I think it was Hugh Farmers-Marketstall who said that Jerusalem Artichokes make you fart.

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  • 27. At 4:44pm on 20 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Sprout tree, origami tree, which is better? FIIIIIGGGHHHTTTT! The origami tree took ages to make. Wish I still had it. Not edible, though.

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  • 28. At 6:21pm on 20 Dec 2009, voice_germany wrote:

    Not worth a comment. It seems to be made deliberately ugly!

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  • 29. At 11:26pm on 20 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    28: If it's not worth a comment why bother ..... nah, why bother commenting on your comment.

    David, it is fun, though your farmers need to leave the stalks a bit longer before cutting as those sprouts look somewhat undersized. I agree with you, the origami tree was probably better, but what I think is ace is your unceasing power to amaze.

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  • 30. At 01:22am on 21 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    I'm beginning to realise that voice_germany isn't all she/he seems?

    Is there a troll amidst the PM Christmassy blog posts?

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  • 31. At 10:05am on 24 Oct 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Sprout tree anyone?

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  • 32. At 11:48am on 24 Oct 2010, Gillianian wrote:

    It's a wonder they haven't all fallen off by now, Dave.

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  • 33. At 3:31pm on 24 Oct 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Gill 32, Ate 'em.

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