Roasted Cauliflower

I love cauliflower but it can be, how do I say this politely, boring! Certainly a vegetable that looks better served with things with a bit of colour. Served on a white plate you could miss it altogether. During a recent holiday I found this recipe that met with the enthusiastic approval of my Official Taster.

Ingredients - serves 4

1 head of cauliflower broken into florets Pinch of Sea Salt
2 teaspoons of coriander seeds Olive oil
1 - 2 dried red chillies Knob of butter
Handful of ground almonds 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
Zest and juice of 1 lemon  


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas mark 6.
  2. Blanch the cauliflower in boiling salted water for 2 mins.
  3. Drain and allow to dry in the steam.
  4. Toss the cauliflower in the butter and olive oil.
  5. In a pestle grind together the spices and chillies with the salt.
  6. Add the ground almonds to the spice mixture and mix well.
  7. Using an overproof skillet, toast the spice mixture on the hob until golden brown.
  8. Add the cauliflower and brown.
  9. Add the lemon zest and juice and stir for a minute.
  10. Cook in the oven for 15 mins.


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