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I remember years ago, working in a nursing home, and one of the staff told me about this diet she was on. She could only eat ‘white’ foods. Except flour. And sugar. Of course.
Cauliflower, egg whites, protein powder, chicken, milk and potatoes made up the bulk of her diet- which lasted a few weeks. Enough to see her sufficiently hungry, irritable and I daresay, smelly. At the time, my thought was ‘Gross’. Still is, actually. But I also recall thinking that I would DIE if cauliflower was the only vegetable I could eat.
My experience with cauli’s was probably like every other Aussie kid. Roasted ‘trees’ in white sauce. Or boiled and served with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on the top. It was never one of my favourites.
Give me broccoli! Cabbage! Potatoes! Pumpkin! Kale!
Then as I got older, and began my food journey, I discovered the versatility of the very humble cauliflower. Cauliflower, who sits, understated and often forgotten about in the crisper. Waiting to be used for something other than a ‘roast dinner’ and begging to be covered in a myriad of spices, and sauces, and herbs, and baked, roasted, broiled to perfection.
Since cauliflower was revealed as the magic, new, fantastic, paleo (yawn) pizza base (see my recipe from 2013 here) I feel like it’s solidified itself as something heartier than a mere ‘tree’. Able to be turned into soup, rice, bread, and the pizza itself, pushing the boundaries on this little guy is welcome. Relished.
And it’s no surprise that here, alas, is a Mexican inspired dish.
Mexican Food + Me = BFF’s.
Mexican from the La Tortilleria Tortillas and spices – that’s where the similarities end. But the roasted, tender and caramelised cauli, the spicy kale, the cool, rich avocado cream and lashings of tahini… I won’t object if Mexico brings out the fanfare and claims this as their own.
One caveat: free tacos for life, please. Cause you can never have enough.
By Adele McConnell Published: June 22, 2016
I remember years ago, working in a nursing home, and one of the staff told me about this diet she was on. She could only eat 'white' …