forum: Food & Drink

#1 Wed 31 Jan 07 8:04pm


Occupation law student
From johannesburg
Member since Wed 22 Nov 06

some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?

hey guys!
was just wondering if any of u have any exciting new ideas to try with cauliflower and broccoli? besides making risotto and griddling them i lack inspiration.. no cheese bake ideas please and curries only if they really innovative... lol the one my mum makes tends to be insipid!
many thanks   smile  thumbsup

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#2 Wed 31 Jan 07 8:26pm


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Occupation Duty Free Lancome and Fragrance sales
From Greater Vancouver
Member since Mon 23 Oct 06

Re: some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?

The thing I have been doing with cauliflower lately is to cut it up in florettes, and cook until just done in chicken stock, a spoonful of garlic and a batleaf... drain and whiz it up in a food processor with a tiny bit of butter and some milk... since we don't eat carbs at night it kind of resembles mashed potatoes and it's a veggie. I have bought the orange cauliflower and donr the same too. I would like a few other ideas though, my kids have told me that once a week it a little too much, lol! maybe a soup?

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#3 Thu 01 Feb 07 2:19am


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Occupation Growing things
From Up the garden path...Tasmania
Member since Thu 02 Sep 04

Re: some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?

African Spiced Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad    

Ingredients :

3/4    cup    broccoli flowerets small
3/4    cup    cauliflower flowerets small
1/2    cup    carrot diagonally sliced 1/4 inch slices
1/8    tsp    salt
1/4    tsp    ground ginger
1/4    tsp    ground cumin
1/8    tsp    ground coriander
1/8    tsp    ground nutmeg
1/8    tsp    crushed red pepper
3    tbl    fat-free sour cream
2    tsp    cider vinegar
1/2    tsp    honey
2    tbl    sliced green onions

    Method :

     1. Steam first 3 ingredients, covered, 2 minutes. Rinse broccoli mixture under cold water; drain well.
     2. Combine salt and next 5 ingredients (salt through crushed red pepper) in a small skillet; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring constantly.
     3. Combine spice mixture, sour cream, vinegar, and honey in a bowl; stir well. Add broccoli mixture; toss well to coat. Stir in green onions just before serving.
     Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 1 cup).

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#4 Thu 01 Feb 07 7:46am

little Patty

Member since Wed 10 Jan 07

Re: some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?

Maybe pasta with broccoli? Orecchiette?

Cook the pasta, orecchiette take 15 minutes. After 10 minutes throw in the broccoli stalks, sliced, after 13 the broccoli heads, small.

The boiling water needs lots of salt!

In the meantime heat some olive oil in a big frying pan with garlic cloves and maybe a chilli, drain the orecchiette and broccoli and toss in the oil.

very tasty! Some people add anchovies, other crushed black pepper.
Some even pecorino cheese (but not with the anchovies)


little Patty smile

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#5 Thu 01 Feb 07 1:00pm


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Occupation Registered nurse
From Australia
Member since Thu 24 Jun 04

Re: some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?


George Calombaris


¼ cauliflower
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped chives
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Cut cauliflower into small florets, cook in boiling water until tender.
Drain well.

Process cauliflower in a food processor to a fine crumb, alternatively, chop finely.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add cauliflower and sauté until golden and crisp. Stir through chives, season to taste and serve.

Cauliflower Pakora's


Cauliflower 1 medium head
Gram flour  1 cup
Red chilli powder  1/2 tsp.
Cumin seeds  1/2 tsp.
Garam masala powder  1/2 tsp.
Chopped coriander leaves 2 tbsp.
Salt to taste   
Vegetable oil as required


1. Mix gram flour, red chilli powder, cumin seeds, garam masala, chopped coriander leaves and salt.
2.  Add little water and beat the mixture to form a thin and smooth batter.
3. Break the cauliflower into flowerets. Cut the bigger ones into smaller pieces and then wash thoroughly.
4. Heat oil in a kadhai / deep frying pan.
5. Dip the cauliflower pieces into the batter and deep fry on medium heat until golden brown.
You could serve them with a spiced yoghurt dipping sauce or whatever you fancy.

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#6 Fri 09 Feb 07 12:41pm


Occupation law student
From johannesburg
Member since Wed 22 Nov 06

Re: some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?

hey guys many thanks for the ideas! will defo try it out  smile

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#7 Fri 09 Feb 07 1:02pm


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From Scotland
Member since Wed 06 Apr 05

Re: some new ideas for broccoli and cauliflower?

Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Balti

Serves 4
ready in 35 minutes

1 tbspn sunflower or olive oil
2 onions, very thinly sliced
4cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tsp light muscovado sugar 
1 tsp cumin seeds
400g can chopped fresh tomatoes
half tsp ground turmeric
half tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chilli powder (can be adjusted to taste)
2 sweet potatoes, cubed
1 cauliflower cut into small florets
410g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
juice of 1 lemon
chopped coriander, to garnish

1. Heat the oil in your largest pan and cook the onions, ginger and sugar for 5 minutes, until softened and gently browned. Add the cumin seeds, tomatoes, chilli powder, a pinch of salt and some pepper and 250ml water.

2. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the sweet potatoes. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the cauliflower. Cover and cook for a further 15 minutes. Add the chickpeas and cookl for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

3. Stir in the lemon juice and coriander just before serving.

Edited for spelling  oops

Last edited by oliviascotland (Fri 09 Feb 07 1:03pm)

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