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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.360 – Felicity’s perfect roasted whole cauliflower

    Posted on April 30th, 2017 charlotte No comments

    We’ve had cauliflower in our veg boxes every week now for… I’ve lost count! But then we are in Cornwall, the UK’s cauliflower kingdom. We’ve so many suggestions for preparing cauliflower on Camel CSA’s recipes page, it’s hard to find new ones.

    Felicity Cloake of How to cook the perfect fame has the final solution: simply give the whole cauli a good roasting. As she says:”It makes a great centrepiece.” (And it’s perfectly delicious.)

    Serves: 4

    cauliflower-camelcsa-160312Preparation/cooking time: 40 minutes

    Ingredients
    1 large cauliflower, about 1kg
    Fine salt
    50g butter, softened
    2 tbsp olive oil

    For the sauce (optional)
    2 tbsp olive oil
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    4 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped (optional)
    Leaves from a couple of sprigs of thyme or rosemary
    1 lemon
    1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

    For the dip (optional)
    150g creme fraiche
    75g feta or similar cheese, finely crumbled
    1 lemon
    1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

    Method
    Trim the leaves of the cauliflower, if necessary, so the top of the white part is exposed and level the base so it sits flat. Heat the oven to 240C. Bring to the boil a large pan of water with 1 tbsp fine salt per litre dissolved in it, then lower in the cauliflower, stem-side up.

    Bring to the boil again and cook for eight minutes, turning once if necessary, then drain and leave to dry in a colander, florets-side down, for 10 minutes.

    Beat the oil into the butter. Rub all over the cauliflower and season, then roast on a baking tray for 20 to 30 minutes until well browned, basting occasionally.

    Meanwhile, if you’re making the sauce, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan and fry the garlic and anchovies, if using, until the garlic is golden and the anchovies begin to break down. Stir in the herbs and the grated zest of the lemon, followed by the tomatoes and 2 tbsp lemon juice.

    Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Season to taste, then pour into a shallow bowl and place the cauliflower in the middle.

    If you’re making the dip, stir the cheese into the creme fraiche. Finely zest in the lemon, then add a scant 1 tbsp of its juice. Top with a little olive oil and serve alongside the cauliflower when it is cool enough to handle.

  • Seasonal local food recipe No.168: Warm cauliflower salad

    Posted on November 12th, 2012 charlotte No comments

    Roasted cauliflower makes a delicious crunchy winter salad in this recipe from BBC Good Food. You can use the mixed salad leaves in Camel CSA’s weekly veg boxes instead of the baby spinach.

    Serves: 4

    Preparation time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 35 minutes

    Ingredients
    1 cauliflower, broken into florets
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 red onion , thinly sliced
    3 tbsp sherry vinegar
    1½ tbsp honey
    3 tbsp raisins
    small bunch dill , snipped
    3 tbsp toasted, flaked almonds
    50g baby spinach

    Method
    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, season and roast for 15 mins. Stir in the red onion and carry on roasting for 15-20 mins more until tender.

    While the cauliflower is roasting, mix the vinegar, honey and raisins with some seasoning. When the cauliflower is done, stir in the dressing, dill, almonds and spinach, and serve.