Hello! First of my ’10 ways with’ posts, aimed at helping you use the ingredients in your fridge that are creeping closer and closer to too floppy/old/wrinkly…. in a simple way, of course.
Today I am doing cauliflower (one of my favourite vegetables). I hope it will inspire someone to pull their little white and green bundle of joy out of the fridge draw…
1. Roast. If you have never roasted cauliflower you are totally missing out! Cut into florets, toss in oil and a little salt and treat it like any other roast vegetable. For best results aim for a golden colour on most of it. So yummy!
2. Soup. Boil up with some leeks, potato, a bit of cream or milk, definitely add a parmesan rind if you have one (or serve it topped with parmesan), whizz up in the blender, salt and pepper to taste and voila!
3. Frittata. Par-boil the cauli, drain very well and mix up with a few eggs, a couple of tablespoons of self raising flour, a small amount of grated/crushed garlic (or chopped, sauteed leek), grated tasty cheese, some herbs, maybe some peas or spinach and even some left over tomato pasta sauce if it’s around. Cook in a deep fry pan and finish under the grill (more cheese, of course).
4. Raw. Chop it up and crunch on it as a snack. Don’t knock it ’til you try it, it’s actually super sweet and delicious! (especially if it’s straight from the garden or a really good grocer).
5. Add it to curry. Cauliflower is amazing in curries and I often add it when I’m not keen to eat the curry with anything else (like bread or rice). Just gives a little break in the flavour. Add chopped cauli about 20 minutes before a simmering curry is ready to serve (you may need to add a little extra water to ensure the curry doesn’t dry up).
6. Use in place of rice. This is pretty popular with a lot of health food lovers at the moment but it really is surprisingly good. Just grate up cauli and sautee in a little water for a minute, or zap in the microwave for a couple of minutes if you’re short on time. Use as you would rice.
7. Use in a salad. Finely slice the cauliflower (think of cross-sections of the florets – super pretty!). I love it raw so I love it in salads – think mixed up with some baby spinach leaves, toasted nuts and a simple olive oil/salt/pepper dressing. It will adapt to the flavours around it and if you’re unsure, just chop it up more finely – experiment!
8. Stir Fry. No reason you can’t add cauli to your stir fry.
9. With leftover veg. If you have some leftover vegies (especially if they were roasted), par boil your cauli and caremlise some onions. Add the cauli to the pan with some raisins, left over veg and a teaspoon or 2 of garam masala (pre-mixed spice blend readily available in supermarkets). Super tasty and easy! I often add some chickpeas or lentils and make it a whole meal.
10. Cheese sauce. If you’ve come this far and nothing has appealed to you then cauli loves cheese sauce. Google a bechamel recipe, add extra cheese (or try blue cheese!) and pour it all over. If you can’t be bothered making a sauce then just grate cheese over your hot boiled cauli… if you don’t like cauliflower just eat the cheese.
In fact, let’s make a rule – if you don’t know what to do, just in general, cheese may be the answer…..
There we have it! The 10 most common ways I use cauli. Were you waiting for a cauli pizza-base mention? I’m sure they’re lovely, but not my style.