Tonight I tried a whole cauliflower
And it wasn't bad at all!
I've long harboured a desire to taste cauliflower that is not languishing in a thick white cheese sauce (which is how my Wiz likes it, and of course the kids too), where the cauliflower acts merely as a silent and tasteless vehicle for gloopy slop. And after visiting Ecoscapes and picking up an organic cauliflower, I was ready to give it a go. Side note: Wiz was also taking no notice about what was coming out for supper, added bonus.
So I duly melted my coconut oil and stripped off the leaves and stalks of the cauli. I placed it in a baking tray and poured the oil over, before placing in the oven for 35 minutes or so. In the meantime, the rest of the meal got underway: baked fish with lemon zest, oregano and capers; fresh mange tout, mashed potato for Wiz. At about 30 minutes in to the cooking time, I got impatient and removed the cauliflower at which point I poured over another mixture of:
1 tblsp coconut oil + 1 tsp sumac + 1 tsp cumin + 2 tsp fresh chopped oregano + lemon zest.
Once poured over the cauliflower, I put it back in the oven for another ten minutes. To be honest by this time I thought I had burnt it, so it was with some trepidation that I had a taste of it. Luckily, there was no burn - only brown crispiness that added to the flavour. I chopped it in half with lofty ambitions of having half a cauliflower as my hero vegetable, and then realised that was a folly and cut it in half again. Much better! Highly recommended...