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Too good to be true - no, but it probably does confirm that I need to get out more!
A member of the cabbage family which has a compact head composed of bunches of tiny florets (curds) on clusters of stalks, cupped by green leaves. It has a firm, almost waxy texture, and a mild, delicate flavour. The entire floret portion and the white stalks are edible as are the green leaves at the base (these take a bit longer to cook and have a stronger flavour).
Its surprising to hear that you cauliflowers come in other colours than the standard white, Orange; purple and green are all available, as well as the sweeter Romanesco cauliflower, with its distinctive pointed florets. Like all brassicas, cauliflower smells very unpleasant if overcooked, so briefish cooking is essential.
Whilst available in the shops all year round they are ‘In Season’ between December and April in the U.K., so now is the time to dust off the cauliflower recipes and put it on your familes menu plan.
Its a funny thing - the shops always are well stocked, and the displays look wonderfully enticing. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it...you have to admit that Winter Veg is not all that exciting.
Yes, we could pick enticing vegetables with their air miles of moral baggage.
Yes, we can all make a cauliflower cheese (But have you seen how the price of a cauliflower has rocketed over the past few months!)
Yes, Roast Potatoes are good on a Sunday and in fact any day of the week, but once we are in January and those of us who are less virtuous are all trying to undo the excesses of Christmas, and it doesn't matter how you try to play it down, there are a lot of calories in a roast potato, or three!
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday
According to Wikipedia..........The word shrove is the past tense of the English verb to shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one's sins by way of confession and doing penance. During the week before Lent, sometimes called Shrovetide in English, Christians were expected to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season of turning to God. Shrove Tuesday was the last day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, and noted in histories dating back to 1000 AD.
In the United Kingdom and many other countries, the day is often known as Pancake Day. Making and eating such foods was considered a last feast with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
Pancake Day falls this year on the 12th February, and whlist my research on this day leaves me dismayed to discover that it used to be a half day holiday (who let that one slip!!) resolve to take time to spend it with the kids, however this year have a little joke on everyone and spend some time putting together a Main meal based on pancakes too - that way you can have both a savoury and a sweet and ensure that all the batter is utilised.
In praise of the humble Potato
I wonder where on the culinary map good old blightly would be without the return of the Spanish adventurers from the Andes Mountains of South America to the present to the nation the humble Potato? Thats not exactly how it happened and we can gloss over the Hundreds of years it was thought to be unfit for human consumption and was only fed to pigs and cattle, and lets also gloss over the fact that when it did finally make its way on to our plates, hailed as the solution to mass starvation, it then took centre stage for one of the most terrible famines in European History, when over a million people died after the crop failed due to potato blight.
It isn't pretty, brightly coloured like carrot or Pepper, it won't grab your attention like lovely deep green broccali or a huge round pumpkin. New Potatoes are small and round, Old potatoes can be huge and odd looking. the Knobbly varieties are a pain to peel. Some are red skinned rather than white and often when purchased they are just a 'lump' covered in mud.
For a crop which isnt indigenous, it grows surprisingly well and fast in cold welt climates. It's cheap to produce cheap to buy. It's barely seasonal - you can buy potatoes pretty much all year round. A combination of a long season and the fact that they store well, makes the potato a friend for 'all seasons'