Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cauliflower Soup

"Training is everything.  The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." - Mark Twain

 Is this not a beautiful natural wonder?  Why am I so uneducated about the educated cabbage?  Most of my experience with cauliflower has been the bland steamed vegetable tray, sometimes called "steamies," served to fill space beside a more tasty entree in restaurants.  And this is a waste.  Cauliflower is just too common and inexpensive to remain so untapped in my kitchen.

I came across this recipe for cauliflower soup  by The Pioneer Woman recently and the cream called to me.   It seemed just a tad thrown together, which appeals to my slapdashedness in the kitchen.  It was nothing too exact, so I thought I couldn't really mess it up.  I was right, because it was great even though I forgot to serve it with the sour cream.

 Here's two more cauliflower recipes that I'm anxious to try out:

One, for Roasted Cauliflower with Olives and Herbs is so beautifully photographed it is making my stomach growl.  (Sadly, my stomach will be receiving lazy grilled chicken salad tonight instead.)  Those marinated olives!  

The other is a Coconut Curry recipe with potatoes and zucchini accompanying the cauliflower.   Anyway, the curry interested me.  Plus, the site reminded me that I've been wanting to order a giant vat of coconut oil  for forever, but either forget to budget for it or simply forget.  This is the year of the vat.

 I read that Louis XIV ate his cauliflower quartered, boiled in broth, seasoned with a little nutmeg and shaken with butter over a fire.  Guess I have to do that now, too.

 There are tons of roasted cauliflower "popper" type recipes out there right now selling cauliflower as the new baked kale, which was the new baked lays, which was the old pork rinds.  I don't know how snack-y I'd find it, though I did recently eat a whole bag of Brussels Sprouts by myself, but I know it would be the perfect steamies upgrade.

5 comments:

  1. oh my goodness!!!! that looks so wonderful!

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    1. Candace, it was good! And it was unusual for us; kind of nice to serve something so different.

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  2. I honestly can't believe you only have 30 followers. I love it here!!!

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    1. Thanks Severien, that's really sweet to say. I can't believe I even have 30! I've said before that this is like a little journal, even if it records very boring day to day things, and so is special to me. I don't have a lot of time to post lately or read other people's blogs as much as I'd like, but I love that so many of us out there are like minded and we can get a peek into each other's lives this way.

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    2. That's very well said; although I don't blog about my own daily life, I love reading about all those little things that make people happy. Makes me happy too. :-)

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