@SuperSkeptic: Unfortunately, she often omitted one critical element: turning the burner OFF before the water all boiled away!
Many years ago, I had just started dating someone in England. She had two young daughters who were 7 and 9 at the time. One day I was invited round to supper -- the youngest daughter stuck her head thriough the door and said "we're going to play with the kids next door" -- her mom replied "how will you know when your supper's ready?" and the kid immediately responded "we'll smell it burning" LOL
...was "barbecuing" vegetables long before the current trend. She used to put them in a saucepan, add some water, and turn on the burner. This worked particularly well with cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. Unfortunately, she often omitted one critical element: turning the burner OFF before the water all boiled away! Being a frugal household, we were expected to consume them regardless.... all the while "enjoying" the aroma concentrated in our small eat-in kitchen.