Friday, August 29, 2008

Go Ahead, Honey, it's Cauliflower!

The garden continues to pump out an astonishing amount of produce, which Dan and the girls and I are valiantly trying to eat, give away or preserve for the winter like a bunch of crazed squirrels. The latest produce to pop are some beautiful heads of cauliflower. I've tried growing cauliflower before, but been skunked by bad soil or growing conditions, but now I've got lots of lovely yellowish heads of cauliflower to play with. If I had been vigilant and tied up the leaves over their heads they would have been snowier white, but I don't mind little yellowing of my cauliflowers.

Naomi, of Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried, the founder of the Go Ahead, Honey, It's Gluten-Free blog event, is off on holiday, so I am this month's host for that fun cooking event. The theme for this round of GAHIGF is "Seasonal Vegetables", so I came up with a delicate mushroomy saute to feature my beautiful cauliflower bounty as my contribution:

Cauliflower and Mushroom Saute

1 big head of cauliflower, separated into small flowerets
1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 lb. mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Steam cauliflower flowerets in lightly salted water until crisp-tender, about 7-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add onions, and saute until softened, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking, stirring often, another 4 minutes. Add cauliflower flowerets, salt, pepper and nutmeg and cook another couple of minutes, until heated through.

This delicate dish is lovely served over rice or GF egg noodles.

Serves 4-6.

The Seasonal Veggies Round of Go Ahead, Honey, It's Gluten-Free, continues through Sept. 7th, so feel free to join in the fun until then. There are already a colorful array of veggie entries that will tempt you all, I'm sure. The details for submitting an entry in this foodie blog event are found here. I believe Naomi is also looking for a guest host for the next round of GAHIGF, so feel free to contact her if you are interested.

Back to harvest....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

very cool! I've always wanted to grow cauliflower but haven't given it a try. looks tasty!