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Mark Twain said a cauliflower was nothing but a cabbage with a college education. Not quite sure what he meant by that but you should eat up your greens anyway.

I like cauliflower cheese with all the works, tomatoes, sultanas, boiled egg - you have a feast of a meal there to be sure and I don't waste the green bits either. So how about you: what do you put in cauliflower cheese?

Incidentally 'cauliflower cheese' is a far more useful expression to say when you are having your photo taken if you want to smile as the photographer has more time to compose the picture. If you don't want to smile then according to Alan Clark you should say 'Brush' to yourself silently. Apparently this composes the features. Make of that what you will.

Posted at 8th Mar 2012 - 06:24PM   Posted by Fennie   Cauliflower Cheese Comments: 16

Mountainear's Avatar Tomatoes? Sultanas? Boiled egg? What sort of cauliflower cheese is that?

Recipe please.

Posted by: Mountainear on 8th Mar 2012 at 07:24PM

Faith's Avatar Tomatoes? Sultanas? Boiled egg? What sort of cauliflower cheese is that?

Recipe please.


Posted by: Faith on 8th Mar 2012 at 07:31PM

Irish Eyes's Avatar The sultanas and tomatoes are a new one on me, Shocked
I usually make a white sauce [gluten free, one of the few things that haven't changed] and add grated cheese. Kilmeaden is an Irish cheese that makes a particularly tasty sauce. I steam the cauli with leaves included and pour over the sauce. Sprinkle some more loose cheese over it and zap it under the grill until cheese melts. Delicious and there is, as far as I am aware, nothing that doesn't go with cauli/cheese! Yummmmmmmmmmm!Smile

Posted by: Irish Eyes on 8th Mar 2012 at 08:12PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I put chopped peppers in mine - but not sultanas as Jim doesn't like that. I also put plenty of string mustard in the sauce.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 8th Mar 2012 at 08:25PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Make that strong mustard - we have arrived safely in Antwrp and I have been at the vino afer a long drive.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 8th Mar 2012 at 08:26PM

Fennie's Avatar Plse brng bock string mustad frim AntwrpVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Mar 2012 at 09:57PM

Camilla's Avatar I love Cauliflower, love Cheese, but not together.Smile

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Mar 2012 at 12:52AM

Ivy's Avatar Like Mountaineer IE and Faith I never heard of cauliflower cheese with sultanas and tomatoes! (neither seems the BBC, my all time favourite for British recipes) to be honest cauliflower cheese is not exactly my favourite dish anyway but with sultanas and tomatoes? I fear even the dog would frown at me...Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Ivy on 9th Mar 2012 at 08:23AM

Fennie's Avatar No, Ivy, you should try it. Maybe you can make the sauce with a mixture of grated parmesan and half fat creme fraiche. That might suit better. You can also mix pasta with the cauliflower (producing in effect a bland of macaroni and cauliflower) cheese. This works well. As to the recipe for using eggs, tomatoes, sultanas - there isn't one - it's all according to taste. Obviously you don't use many sultanas in a savoury dish - just a few, here and there, to give a hint of sweetness every other mouthful. The eggs you hardboil, shell and then pop in at the end. Ditto the tomatoes which you slice and lay on top. Then you can grate breadcrumbs all over the dish and sprinkle with cheese again to give a gratin finish.

Far too good for the fog ivy. But don't overdo the sauce and the cheese. Good luck.

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Mar 2012 at 08:43AM

CalicoKate's Avatar Hmmm interesting one Fennie. I love sultanas in savory food - casseroles, curries, bolognase sauce even but Cauliflower cheese??Shocked Don't think B would have that he doesn't sultanas in his dinner Rolling Eyes Not sure about the eggs either though I put them in fish pie. It sounds like you've a couple of recipes all mixed together? Rather like Rachel from From friends and her minced beef trifle!Very Happy

Posted by: CalicoKate on 9th Mar 2012 at 10:07AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar I've no idea what goes in mine...HO makes itVery Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Mar 2012 at 10:26AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Ooooo food for thought here Very Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Mar 2012 at 10:42AM

Milla's Avatar sultanas and tomatoes sound quite disgusting. I fear you've been chomping away at your dog food muesli again and gone a little mad.
BTW I can always tell which are your posts from just the first sentence without even scrolling down!

Posted by: Milla on 9th Mar 2012 at 01:31PM

Fennie's Avatar Only as flavourings, Milla. Not by themselves. But now that I came to think of it, why not? Slices of beefsteak tomatoes, walnut oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic, some feta cheese, seasoning, maybe a strand or two of peppery rocket and a few sultanas to give a summer sweetness.

I don't think this is in anyway mad - although when (as I hope you will) you get to my ripe old age you will realise that madness is a good way of staying alive. Fifty or sixty years is a long time to live life according to the conventional rules - so why not change a few things? Even sultana and tomatoey things. Childhood can thus be regained. Or a semblance of it.
Keep hope alive!

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Mar 2012 at 05:37PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Ha! Ditto, Milla - to your second sentence.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 10th Mar 2012 at 08:38AM

Fennie's Avatar I can see I shall have to make such a grand emperor of a cauliflower cheese and invite you all to partake. Oh ye of little faith!

Posted by: Fennie on 10th Mar 2012 at 09:45AM

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