Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Farmers’ markets have huge heads of wonderful cauliflower now.  Here’s a great cauliflower recipe for you to try from Mark Estee, chef and owner of Campo in Reno, Nevada.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

1) Cut 1 head cauliflower into florets

2) To make the dressing, whisk together the following ingredients:

– 3 garlic cloves, minced

– 3 anchovies, minced  [or if you are vegetarian as I am, to get the salty taste, substitute  nori strips, miso, Kalamata olives, or capers]

– 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

– 3 Calabrian chilies, minced [These are small, round, red chilies that are touted as the “best tasting hot chilies.”  However, they  are hard to find outside Italy or  big places such as N.Y. city. Most of us can substitute quality dried red chili flakes].

– 2 Tablespoons crushed red pepper

– 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

– 1 cup olive oil

3) Toss dressing with cauliflower florets and roast until tender, about 10 minutes.

4) Remove from oven and top with a few tablespoons of bread crumbs.

– from Spirit Southwest Airlines, July 2012, p. 46.

Not only is cauliflower tasty, but it is also healthy.  A 1/2 cup of cooked cauliflower has 14 calories, 1.1 g of protein, 2.6 g of carbohydrate, 0.3 g of fat and 1.4 g of fiber.  Cauliflower’s  low calorie and carbohydrate content helps control weight and blood sugar.  <http://www.livestrong.com/article/486204-how-is-cauliflower-good-for-us/#ixzz20BIW0zic>

Enjoy this wonderful summer vegetable.

Aloha, Renée


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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