Okay, well today was the day of the experiment and I have to say it went pretty well.
I used baby sprouts, which I gently steamed and then halved or quartered so that the pieces were more or less "pea" sized. They were tender and "mild" flavoured but still have some texture.
When it was cooked, the top was still a bit pale. So I did what any self-respecting home cook would do and took a blow torch to it!
I made a "holly" garnish along the lines of Steve's pic, using slices of tomato and whole sage leaves. Pics are before and after blow-torching...