She's Choppin' BROCCOLI!!!
Do you remember that Saturday Night Live skit with Dana Carvey? The one where he plays Derek Stevens, a musician trying to make a comeback? (You can jump in the Waywayback Machine here if you'd like to check it out — gotta love the 80's hair!)
When we were on the cusp of becoming teenagers, it was a Rite of Passage to be able to stay up past midnight to watch SNL. Of course we didn't understand half of it, but once in a while, for whatever reason, something would just stick that we thought was absolutely hysterical — like the chopping broccoli song. My friends and I would belt out Derek's tune in moments of boredom, which, at 13 years old, was pretty damn often. Those days seem to have worn a groove in my brain because to this day, if I'm in the kitchen with a head of broccoli and feeling a little bored, before I know it I'm belting out "she's choppin' broccoli... she's choppin' broccolee-hee... CHOPPIN' BROCOLAY!!!"
As far as this recipe goes, there's really not much to direct you with. Simply:
Steam some broccoli.
Splash on a little Ume Plum Vinegar (to taste).
Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top (again, to taste).
Yeah, I won't be receiving a Julia Child Award for this one. But it's simple, healthy and big on flavor so of course I'm going to share it with you!
Ume Plum Vinegar is difficult to describe, so I'll just call it tangy, salty goodness. I find it to be a great alternative to soy sauce and also use it on sushi rolls and Chinese food (if you're lucky you can find the little bottle that's the perfect size to smuggle into restaurants!). You can find it in the Asian section of your local health food store, selling for about $5 for a 10 ounce bottle.
So there you go, folks. One quick trip to your local health food store should supply you with all you need so you too can raise your voice in honor of Derek Stevens, all together now:
There's a lady I know... If I didn't know her... she'd be the lady... that... I didn't know....
Broccoli with Ume Plum Vinegar and Sesame Seeds
I like to serve the broccoli in individual bowls so that everyone can dress it the way they'd like. A few shakes of the Ume Plum Vinegar and sesame seeds is good for me, but my husband likes it without the sesame, and my son likes it plain. The Ume Plum Vinegar is pretty strong, so add it sparingly until you decide just how much is right for you.
Eden Selected Ume Plum Vinegar is the 8SAFE brand that I used in this recipe.
A recipe is only 8SAFE if it is free of gluten and the top eight food allergens. Please be mindful of this when selecting products to use in this recipe, and double check the ingredients of the products you use.
1 large head of broccoli, cleaned and cut into large spears
A few good shakes of Ume Plum Vinegar (to taste)
A few pinches of Sesame seeds (to taste)
Fill a large saucepan with about 1 inch of water. Add about 1 heaping teaspoon of kosher salt.
Add the broccoli to the pot, cover, and place on the stove. Turn the burner on high and cook for 8-10 minutes until desired tenderness.
Remove from heat and drain the water.
Dress with a few shakes of Ume Plum Vinegar (to taste) and a big pinch of sesame seeds.