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Broccoli Conundrum

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Flossieturner Sun 23-Jun-19 14:09:49

In Waitrose today the man in front of me had a basket overflowing with broccoli. He must have had more than 20 heads. I was busting to ask him what he was going to cook. As I was too well mannered to do that, I am asking the Gransnet Wise ones. What would you do with a basket full of Broccolli

M0nica Sun 23-Jun-19 14:16:17

Add cheese and make soup.

Charleygirl5 Sun 23-Jun-19 14:21:16

I have no idea- one is more than enough for me.

SueDonim Sun 23-Jun-19 14:24:11

Maybe a restaurateur? I can imagine that there are things you could do with that much broccoli. I can't imagine what the elderly couple behind me in Aldi who had a trolleyful of swedes were going to do with their purchase! They weren't buying anything else at all, just swedes.

The poor checkout assistant was flummoxed - he didn't know whether to scan each one individually or to scan one swede multiple times. grin

Whitewavemark2 Sun 23-Jun-19 14:24:15

I’m making a broccoli and gorganzola pie next week, but only need one head. Maybe he’s making loads of them to sell.

EllanVannin Sun 23-Jun-19 14:25:15

Broccoli and cheese sauce ( like cauliflower and cheese )

Whitewavemark2 Sun 23-Jun-19 14:25:25

Maybe the swedes were for sheep or cow?

Whitewavemark2 Sun 23-Jun-19 14:26:26

Or they could be making loads of pasties.

I love swede in pasty

SueDonim Sun 23-Jun-19 14:34:54

I don't think the swedes would be for animals. It's a farming area and they would be much cheaper from an agricultural supplier. Pasties aren't a thing here, unless maybe they're embarking on a mission to turn us into pasty-eaters!

Summerlove Sun 23-Jun-19 14:35:08

Broccoli and crasin salad- yum!

Daddima Sun 23-Jun-19 14:35:46

Feeding lots of guinea pigs?

SueDonim Sun 23-Jun-19 14:46:24

If Aldi start selling guinea pig meat, I'll know that's the case, Daddima!

Whitewavemark2 Sun 23-Jun-19 15:01:17

They seem to grow them here on the downs then let the animals in to eat them.

MiniMoon Sun 23-Jun-19 15:38:09

Broccoli and cheese soup.
He may have been shopping for his pub kitchen as my son tried to do recently. The kitchen ran out of cauliflower so son offered to buy some as he was visiting us. He tried both the supermarkets to no avail, and had to go back empty handed. I expect that cauliflower cheese was off the menu that evening.

Callistemon Sun 23-Jun-19 16:00:00

Broccoli smoothies
Broccoli and cheese bake
Broccoli and Stilton soup
Broccoli and salmon tart

I thought the swedes could be for sheep, perhaps they have a few pet sheep rather than a flock.
Or pet donkeys

I may have been tempted to ask grin

GabriellaG54 Sun 23-Jun-19 16:15:57


SueDonim Sun 23-Jun-19 16:21:15

Callistemon I likely would have asked but I was wrestling with my 18mth old granddaughter at the time! It's certainly been a topic of conversation - what would you do with a trolley-load of neeps. grin

Nanabilly Sun 23-Jun-19 17:17:05

Maybe the Swedes were for a home brewed wine !
As for the brocolli... Soup?... A dieter?... A pregnant lady?
I would have had to ask but them I'm nosey.

Callistemon Sun 23-Jun-19 21:00:22

Not for a Burns supper in June!

SpringyChicken Sun 23-Jun-19 21:11:10

I saw something similar - a trolley loaded up with broccoli, onions and peppers. He was shopping for the local Chinese takeaway.

SueDonim Sun 23-Jun-19 22:36:58

Swede wine would be lethal, don't you think? grin

Back in the day, we tried making potato wine and pea-pod wine. Not one of our more outstanding successes is the kindest comment I can make! 🤢

absent Mon 24-Jun-19 01:00:17

SueDonim I have never made potato wine but have made drinkable pea pod wine. It is absolutely essential to make sure that no peas – even teeny tiny ones – remain in the pods before you start.

BradfordLass72 Mon 24-Jun-19 06:06:49

How could you bear NOT ask?

If you saw me with a basket of broc I'd be on my way to the food bank. Hee hee smile

Ginny42 Mon 24-Jun-19 06:22:34

Perhaps it was cheap and they were going to freeze it for the coming months.

sodapop Mon 24-Jun-19 08:28:39

Me too BradfordLass I hate broccoli and my husband is always insisting I eat at least a small portion. I do love swede though.

Theoddbird Mon 24-Jun-19 10:32:45

I would have what one does...isn't it. Ok I am the one who talks to people in queues...

Tillybelle Mon 24-Jun-19 10:36:10

Flossieturner. I admire your restraint and good manners! I did once ask a man who had a big trolley load of chicken if he was having a party, but only because he was smiling and made eye contact. He said it was to feed his family!
Brocoli? A special diet? (ugh) maybe soup. Possibly to freeze...
I once saw another man with a whole basketful of cucumbers, masses of them. I could only think of soup then.
Both above were in Lidl.
(btw I am so envious of all of you with Aldi! I like Lidl but I don't think it is the same.)

jaylucy Mon 24-Jun-19 10:36:11

I'd guess he's in catering of some sort - maybe a pub or small cafe. Many catering suppliers have a minimum bulk delivery or maybe he is one that decides on the day for the menu

polnan Mon 24-Jun-19 10:36:28

lol depending on the vibes from the person, I would have asked.

catering of some sort!

Willow10 Mon 24-Jun-19 10:38:55

Many years ago my (now ex) husband ran a grocery shop with his parents when we first married. They were too tight to let us have food from the shop, so I continued doing a weekly shop at Asda. Whenever he knew I was going, he would give me a list of things to get for the shop, which were cheaper to buy at Asda than at the cash and carry! I would cringe with embarrassment going through the checkout with dozens of trays of yoghurts, but was never asked why I was buying so many thankfully. I think the broccoli and swedes must be for someone catering.

GrannyMosh Mon 24-Jun-19 10:39:17

Before I moved to Osnabrück I lived on the Fylde coast, where there are many retirement/nursing homes. It wasn't unusual to see staff members with trolley-loads of sliced white loaves, plus lots of whatever was on special offer that day..veg, fruit tea cakes, milk near its use-by date. Could it have been something like that?

Paperbackwriter Mon 24-Jun-19 10:51:22

I'd have asked! I'm a nosy sod anyway but my excuse is my job - I can always say it comes under 'research'.

widgeon3 Mon 24-Jun-19 10:55:03

why waitrose? I'd have thought that the price was better in almost any supermarket.

Tillybelle Mon 24-Jun-19 10:55:54

Just wondered, maybe he was a Muslim and was sent out to buy it to go with the meal they give free to people?

Or the local school dinners hadn't been supplied with their proper amount?

Or he was a Fireman and was sent out to get the greens for their Watch's meal?

Tillybelle Mon 24-Jun-19 11:00:33

widgeon3. Me too. I saw this happen in Lidl. Perhaps he couldn't get to a cheaper place quickly enough? Needed it urgently. Good start for a novel:

"Kevin raced out to get the 10 kilos of broccoli he urgently needed....."

Farmor15 Mon 24-Jun-19 11:28:54

Tillybelle - that made me smile! Maybe someone should start a new thread where each contributor added a sentence or paragraph to story, starting with the broccoli?

grandtanteJE65 Mon 24-Jun-19 12:49:54

I boil broccoli with sliced up potatoes, strain and mash, add salt, pepper, flour and an egg or two and fry as "meatballs". They make a good vegetarian dish, served with boiled carrots or with a salad.

I imagine he was filling his freezer with some of the dishes suggested on here.

Tillybelle Mon 24-Jun-19 13:00:51

grandtanteJE65. That's lovely! I think he's someone on here's friend / DH, sent out to start getting recipes....

chicken Mon 24-Jun-19 13:01:42

Tillybelle----because, while secretly researching in his lab, he had discovered how to make an extract from the broccoli stalks which was an undetectable poison.

marionk Mon 24-Jun-19 13:42:33

Don’t you just love other people’s baskets of shopping. I always wondered about the man with 12 white sliced loaves and a bottle of Scotch!

SueDonim Mon 24-Jun-19 13:49:39

Maybe that was our error, Absent - a hidden pea! We had good success with parsnip and also strawberry wine one year when we had a glut.

Flossieturner Mon 24-Jun-19 14:39:03

At the other extreme I once saw an extremely well dressed mother and daughter in the queue. They were expensively dressed and the mother was holding a large bag of crisps. There was a hissy conversation and then the daughter snatched the bag out of her mother’s hand, stamped on them and ran out of the door. The daughter was about 25.

gillybob Mon 24-Jun-19 14:42:19

I think maybe the man was probably a vegetable artist Flossie and the broccoli is for the trees.

Flossieturner Mon 24-Jun-19 15:43:14

Gillybob you win😀

Desdemona Mon 24-Jun-19 15:45:39

I know someone that feeds it to their aviary of birds.

HillyN Mon 24-Jun-19 16:42:59

My GS calls broccoli 'trees'. Maybe they were to landscape his model train layout?

Barmeyoldbat Mon 24-Jun-19 18:14:52

don't like broccoli so i only buy the frozen packets so my oh doesn't have to go without

nipsmum Mon 24-Jun-19 18:53:51

Definitely buying for a shop or catering business. Here in the north it will be cheaper to buy in from a supermarket than pay transport costs to have it delivered from a supplier. I see it often in our supermarkets. Sainsbury, Morrison, Asda Tesco.

Twig14 Mon 24-Jun-19 19:29:22

I make a lovely no pastry Quiche with broccoli

GeorgyGirl Mon 24-Jun-19 20:28:52

Waitrose shouldn't really allow people to buy in bulk, they're not a wholesalers and then there is not much left for other customers.

Shirls52000 Mon 24-Jun-19 21:57:31

Make soup or broccoli cheese instead of cauliflower

Lilyflower Wed 26-Jun-19 07:31:27

I expect he runs a restaurant. The local Chinese restaurant used to send a chap out to buy twenty lettuces and so on.