Roasted Cauliflower. Hot right now – and London restaurants are charging a premium for this humble veg. I know, I fall for it every time, and although I spend the rest of the meal saying under my breath ‘how much…?!’, in reality I’m enjoying every tasty mouthful.
The humble cauliflower has come a long way since the days when your Gran would boil it down to mush and slop it on your plate to keep the boiled cabbage company. Or perhaps, like me, you remember your Mum feeling terribly posh when she managed to boil a cauliflower whole, scoop it, trembling, out of the watery depths and produce it triumphant at the Sunday dinner table. There might even have been a packet of Colman’s cheese sauce to accompany it. Oh la la!
Someone had to do it – someone had to rescue this underrated veg. First, it was cauliflower rice; cleverly whizzed up grains of faux rice which were good enough to fool anyone trying to low carb. Then cauliflower pizza made with said grains. And before we knew it we’ve arrived safely at, what must be, the pinnacle of brassica greatness: Roasted cauliflower.
Cornwall and cauliflowers go together like a horse and carriage, or perhaps a pasty and a pint. I was given a couple of the veg this week from The Cornish Food Store and I made a really simple supper on Meat Free Monday. Here’s the skinny (which is what I’m hoping for on a diet of caulis)
Roasted cauliflower salad
I like to slice the Cauli into thick slices, some florets fall off, but that’s OK.
Place in a roasting dish and drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. I often pop a sprinkling of turmeric on at this point too. Cover with greaseproof paper and roast at 200ºC for 20 mins, uncover, flip over the veg and roast uncovered for another 10-15 mins (until golden)
Now you can get creative!
I added grains (freekeh and quinoa), red onions (marinated for a few mins in red wine vinegar), feta cheese, toasted almonds, sliced red chilli peppers, two good handfuls of mint and parsley.
Mix up, drizzle with oil and a bit more salt and pepper and voila, a tasty supper – no meat needed!
Here are the golden turmeric roasted cauliflowers – lovely on their own, or nice with a salad containing pomegranate seeds. Just yum!