Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Broccoli Tree

This is one of my popular Christmas recipes. Already more than 50 people photo reported me and said it turned out great!

Because I don't have any Christmas tree at home, I created my tree using broccoli. It truly gives you the Christmas spirit ;)

Broccoli is known to contain anti-cancer compound called sulforaphane. However, the benefits are considerably reduced if the broccoli is overcooked. To ensure maximum nutrition and cancer-fighting power of broccoli, the best way to prepare is to boil or steam it lightly about 3 minutes until the broccoli is tough-tender.

Broccoli Tree

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5min
Number of servings: 4

1 bunch of broccoli
1 tsp. salt
your favorite dressing
process cheese

1. Carefully wash broccoli and remove all traces of dirt. Cut and trim florets into pieces. Cook broccoli florets in a large pot of boiling salted water for 3 minutes, until bright green and tender-crisp. Drain in a colander and cool down. The salted water will bring out the color and flavor in the broccoli! You can also steam them (without salt).
2. Pile the broccoli florets (stem-side in) on a plate and mold with hands. Cut out process cheese with a 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Attach a toothpick and place it on the top of the tree.
3. Decorate the tree with mayonnaise and pour your favorite dressing over the tree!

You can add grape tomatoes as ornaments :D

My original recipe in Japanese is HERE.

Tomorrow is a holiday (The Emperor's Birthday). I am going to print out our New Year's cards with my darling! I waited till the holiday, so that we can work together, you know!

Till next time ;)

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  1. Ochi, looked like a Christmas's tree.Tiny and cute!!

    You're a creative person.

    I love broccoli so much.I always prefer this veggies more than others.You know,broccoli is quite an expensive veggies here.


  2. かわいいのに簡単っていうナイスアイデアだね!食卓が華やぐ。

  3. Hi jose,

    I'm glad you liked it.

    Me, too! I love broccoli :) And here is the same, not that cheap X(

  4. kazueちゃん、


  5. hello! i came by your blog through your cookpad page. you are so creative in your recipes that i hope to make some :D

    what you write is also interesting. keep up the good work!

  6. Hi grub,

    You know cookpad?! And, you study photography! I love your photos!!! I will follow you :)

  7. haha i came through cookpad during year 10. i've been using it since :D

    i don't study photography but i will continue to study Japanese in university. photography is just a hobby. thank you for the follow :D

  8. Hi grub,

    Year 10 you mean, almost 10 years?!

    You have a plan to come to Japan?! That's good :D Your posts are great!!! I look forward to reading your new updates ;)

  9. haha no no XD year 10 as in first year of senior high school 高校一年 i used cookpad as one of my study resource haha :D

    yes! i do intend to visit Japan for holiday and maybe go there for study exchange during my 2nd or 3rd year of university. (i'll be a 1st year university student in 2011)

  10. Hi grub,

    Oops, sorry! So, that counts 4 years using cookpad?! Should be a great research source, then! I use cookpad since 2005 and saw many changes. And now, they are still growing, you know!

    Congrats! You are young!!! So what's your major?! Japanese?!

  11. next year will be the 4th year into using cookpad :D i think cookpad is always growing into a better site.

    i have decided to major in Japanese next year, but still unsure of my other major/minor haha

    oh by the way, congratulations on your many awards! your hikarin rice is very cute :D i hope you will win more awards in the future :)

  12. Hi grub,

    Thanks for coming back.

    I double majored in business management and art (completely differnt fields). And minored in computer science. Also studied Espanol. I think you will find many things to study at university, so don't worry ;) hehe

    Thanks for congrats. I will do my best... well... I am starting new stuff from next spring. Hope it works out as I want :D


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