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.

5 comments:

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

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  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 :-)

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  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.

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

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  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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