Pasta with Cauliflower, Saffron, Chilli, Pine Nuts & Raisins

This is an adaptation of a Rick Stein recipe in his Long Weekends book. I’m particularly attached to this book (and the accompanying DVD of the TV series) at the moment, not only for its great and reliable recipes, but its subject: Long Weekends. Pre-Lockdown I’d become well practised at making the most of a […]

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Simple Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is a favourite vegetable of mine and much underrated, I think. We tend to think of ‘good’ vegetables being those with vibrant colours – like carrots, tomatoes and sweet peppers – but despite its bland appearance, cauliflower is full of wonderful nutrients: calcium, magnesium, folic acid, potassium, beta-carotene and Vitamin C (source: The Food […]

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Grilled Cauliflower Steak on Creamy Mash with Tahini Sauce

It’s taken me most of my life to appreciate cauliflower; it’s not that I disliked it when I was younger, more than I thought it was a bit boring. I grew up at a time when cauliflower was only eaten two ways: boiled with white sauce poured over the top to accompany a Sunday roast; […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Spices

Sometimes I get a bit carried away when I’m food shopping and forget there’s generally just me to cook for or that I might be going out a few times in the week¬†ahead. So there I was with a beautiful organic cauliflower I bought a few days ago sitting in my fridge and I thought […]

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Cauliflower & Cumin Soup

What do you do with three-quarters of a cauliflower? That’s what I had left over from the Winter Tabbouleh I made on Friday evening. It’s actually quite a lot of cauliflower for a girl to use up on her own. I considered making the wonderful Cavolfiore Affogato – Drowned Cauliflower – again, as the addition […]

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‘Drowned’ Cauliflower – Adding the ‘wow’ factor to cauliflower

I’ve been so enjoying the wonderful BBC2 series, Sicily Unpacked, with Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli that it’s got me thinking Sicilian cooking. ¬†This was a recipe I used to cook a lot from Antonio Carluccio’s Vegetables, a really lovely book that – as the title suggests – is all about Italian ways of cooking […]

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