Posts Tagged ‘cauliflower’

Paula Wolfert’s Pan Roasted Cauliflower

March 19, 2014


I love Paula Wolfert and I love cauliflower. Here is a recipe from Paula for cauliflower. What could be better?

As a cookbook writer, Paula has been a visionary, an innovator who was exploring and writing about authentic Mediterranean cuisine long before it was trendy. Her classic book on Moroccan food was published in 1973, and she has promoted the food of the region ever since with a series of acclaimed books such as The Cooking of Southwest France, The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, Mediterranean Grains and Greens, The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen, Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking and, most recently, The Cooking of Morocco (2012 James Beard Award winner for best international cookbook).

Recently, Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Well, actually, to be precise, she was diagnosed by two different neurologists with either early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or “mild cognitive impairment, a form of dementia that can progress to Alzheimer’s.” In addition to changing her diet by adding in more super foods, she has become an Alzheimer’s activist. This April, she is behind a fundraiser dinner for the cause. The Mediterranean Feast menu will include her pan roasted cauliflower.

As she explained in a PBS segment with Judy Woodruff, Wolfert learned this cauliflower recipe from a well-known chef and cookbook author, Arto der Haroutunian (born in Syria to Armenian parents and then transplanted to England). She likes it because “it is so simple to make.”

This is the basic idea: cook cauliflower in oil in a pot until it gets soft and caramelized. Then add garlic, tomatoes, raisins and pine nuts. After that, put in in the oven in an oven-proof casserole. Finally, sprinkle with lemon juice and parsley. It is a nice change of pace from the usual oven-roasted cauliflower and the texture is superior, I think.

Bonus: Here is my version of Wolfert’s recipe for Morshan, chickpeas and greens.


Too Beastly Hot to Cook Cauliflower Salad

July 22, 2011

I had a cauliflower to cook, but I just couldn’t face roasting it today. The temperature is close to a hundred and the air is so thick with humidity, that when you step outside it feels like you are walking through soup. “It is like living in a terrarium,” my husband says.

So, then I remembered Rachel’s cauliflower salad, which involves NO COOKING. I made a few changes here and there, adding in corn, roasted red pepper, and chick peas.


Ottolenghi Cauliflower “Cake”

October 25, 2010

I saw this on Smitten Kitchen (originally published in The Guardian).

Changes that I made: left out the cheese and rosemary; used regular sesame seeds, baked in a 9″ round silicone pan (lined both bottom AND sides with parchment); baked it a bit longer than the recipe said; and used 3 extra large plus 4 large eggs instead of 10 medium eggs or 8 large eggs. Oh, I forget to measure the amount of oil before adding it to the onion to saute them. I think I added maybe a couple of Tablespoons of oil to the onions and then I added another 4 Tablespoons of oil to the batter. (more…)

M Cafe’s Curried Cauliflower Salad

October 6, 2010

M Cafe de Chaya’s Curried Cauliflower Salad. An easy dish disguised as an overly complicated recipe. (more…)

Oven-Fried Cauliflower

July 26, 2009


My husband and I loved fried cauliflower, but I really hate deep frying. I was very successful in getting breaded cauliflower nice and crispy in the oven.


Aloo Gobi: Leftover Peas & Potatoes, Repurposed

February 19, 2009

aloo gobi

I had leftover baked potatoes and steamed peas, plus a head of cauliflower in the fridge. Time to make the recipe for Aloo Gobi from Olive Trees and Honey! Except, I was also tempted by the recipe on Smitten Kitchen. I ended up improvising, since I didn’t really have all the ingredients for either recipe.