- KNOW YOUR VEG
member of the brassica family, along with broccoli
and cabbage, cauliflower was first eaten in Europe
in the Thirteenth century and was originally from
the Middle East. Cauliflower was originally known
as coleflower, meaning cabbage flower. With its classic
creamy white florets and delicate flavour it is an
attractive and popular choice. As well as the familiar
white variety, Romanesco cauliflowers are available.
These are conical-shaped and pale green in colour.
Baby cauliflowers can also be bought and are an ideal
size for a single portion. Whatever variety you buy
choose a cauliflower that has a clean, firm head with
crisp-looking green outer leaves.
How To Use Cauliflower
can be eaten raw or cooked. Raw cauliflower can
be served in salads or as a crudité for dips.
It can be made into the ever-popular dish, cauliflower
cheese or served simply as an accompanying vegetable.
Cauliflower can be made into soup or included in
curries, stocks, stir fries and chutneys. Along
with green beans, marrow and cucumber it is the
one of the classic ingredients in piccallili, a
mixed summer vegetable preserve flavoured with mustard
and turmeric which gives it a distinctive yellow
How To Prepare Cauliflower
away any outer leaves (these can be cooked like
cabbage) and trim the base of the stem. Wash the
cauliflower thoroughly in cold running water. If
cooking whole either cut a cross in the base of
the stem or remove a core from the stalk with a
potato peeler this helps to ensure even cooking.
Alternatively cut the head into even-sized florets
and discard the main stalk which can then be used
in stocks or soups.
How To Cook Cauliflower
can be boiled or steamed. To cook a whole cauliflower,
place it stem down in a large pan of boiling water
(add a squeeze of lemon juice to enhance the creamy
white colour), cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the
stalk is tender but still firm. Drain well. To cook
florets, bring a pan of water to the boil and cook
for 5 to 10 minutes. Alternatively steam florets
for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain the florets well before
serving and season with black pepper.
How To Store Cauliflower
refrigerated after purchase.
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