Brussels sprouts have quite a poor reputation for being inedible and tasteless, even though they are popularly served with Christmas Dinner. So, here's a simple recipe to put an edge on your sprouts, which may even have your guests coming back for more.

First prepare the sprouts in the usual way: cut off the base of each sprout, remove the discoloured outer leaves and cut a slot in the base. Even better, buy a packet of ready-to-cook sprouts from the supermarket!

Put the sprouts in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover them. Add a chicken stock cube to the water. You may wish to add some salt as well, although I find that stock cubes are usually quite salty enough.

Now for the secret ingredient! Add half a teaspoon of Cumin seeds to the water. Don't be tempted to add too many - they give quite a distinctive flavour.

Cover the saucepan and bring the water to the boil. Cook for twenty minutes, until the sprouts are getting soft when prodded with the point of a knife. Remove from the heat, and allow to stand for a couple of minutes before draining.

The stock used for cooking the sprouts can be used to make Chicken Gravy.