Thursday, January 21, 2010

The ordered nature of nature.

My husband recently confessed to me that he doesn't like cauliflower. What?! Almost 12 years of marriage and I didn't know this. What is he going to think when I put this on the table for dinner tomorrow night? I like pushing the boundaries just a little bit and am proud to say he will now eat mushrooms and tomatoes. Crazy times, I know. As small as these achievements are I will take my daring where I can get it- Kids kick my ass.

When I was 20 yrs old, it would never have occurred to me that I would find a vegetable this outstanding or that I would get pleasure from convincing my husband (married no way - not for me, ever!) that mushrooms are not slimy toadstools and tomatoes are more than projectiles.

I love how a seemingly random object has order and structure, and that it makes sense. Called Romanesco cauliflower or broccoli,  originally hails from Italy and can be prepared similarly as one would cook a cauliflower. Now, whatam I going to do with it? 

photos by me.


  1. It's so pretty, it's almost a shame that it'll have to be cut up!

  2. This is a veggie that is finding itself in my garden this year! Could a veggie look cooler? I don't think so. As far as what to do with it, what about a gratain? With enough cheese and cream even your cauliflower hatin' hubby should like it :-)

  3. Michelle: It is so pretty, this time of year I am dreaming of all things chartreuse...

    Andrea: It's amazing and cool at the same time. I am blown away by the fractal organization, everything relates to everything else.

    I am going to prepare it simply, olive oil, pecorino cheese, cauliflower florets, tossed in fresh pasta.

  4. Roast that bad boy!! We froze ours last summer and roast it for delicious winter dinners!! The best way besides my humble opinion.

  5. We love roasted cauliflower, a little bit of olive oil some course salt and spices (garam masala works great). Yum...



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