[Cauli]flowers on my plate

If you read my post on Wednesday you know that I’ve been drowning in cauliflower lately, Yes, I can only blame myself – or maybe the alluring presentation at the market …?

Anyway, since the days of steamed, just lightly seasoned cauliflower have long been over for me [thank goodness!] I got a little creative in the kitchen. Do you ever get hit with non-creativity once you have an overflow of a certain ingredient on hand while you can’t even stop recipes coming up when you don’t have it on hand? Am I the only one??

Cauliflower snack

First up was what I’d call a non-recipe because it was so simple. The inspiration came through a sample of The Vegg which Rocky, the creator of this product, had kindly offered to any blogger interested in trying it a while ago. In case you haven’t heard of this product yet The Vegg is a vegan egg yolk replacement that you simply blend with some water and can use in both savoury and sweet dishes.

Vegg

The first idea that came to my mind were breaded vegetables that usually call for egg yolks to help the coating stick. Not having breadcrumbs at hand I came up with a strange but good idea: why not use cereal? I know cornflakes aren’t such an usual coating but what would you say if I told you I used puffed amaranth?? Yes. You’ll notice I use this a lot and rightly so: it’s both a great snack and a versatile ingredient in many dishes.

The Vegg

The best part of breading the cauliflower was letting my inner child out again messing around with yolk, dipping and dripping, finger licking … you get it ;). Though maybe actually not that much finger licking. The Vegg scents eerily similar to the “real deal” which turned me off a little because I’ve never been a fan of runny yolks [yes, I notice I just offened every #yolkporn enthusiast – sorry!]. Don’t worry, though: the taste – at least in this recipe – wasn’t as close.

breaded

As I said: it’s more of a non-recipe. I prepared one teaspoon of The Vegg according to package directions. My coating consisted of a´1/4 cup puffed amaranth, 1 tbsp peanut flour, dash of cayenne pepper and nutritional yeast. All nicely dipped and baked for about 25 minutes at 350 °F. A strange but good snack.

Strange but good

Disclaimer: While I received The Vegg for free to review I wasn’t compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

oat loli

Now onto the real recipe in this post which I’ll also link up with Kierston’s Recipe Friday.

Ginger fans: This one’s for you. I’m going back and forth between liking ginger and finding it too pungent. Yet – overbuyer alert – when it was on offer I just grabbed a knob of it without any plans in mind [note: not a good idea when trying to avoid overbuying]. Back to why this is for ginger people – no matter which hair colour 😉 -, though: I got a little overzealous when adding it so the curry turned out to have quite a bite. Lesson learned: use only half the amount if you prefer a milder dish.

Curry

Originally, I’d meant to prepare a pumpkin curry. But not only did I have an overabundance of cauliflower but carrots, too. And as carrots – at least to me – are an underrated vegetable I thought I’d switch it up and let them shine in this dish. You could always go the pumpkin route – especially if you’re lucky enough to have access to the canned variety! – but it’s worth giving carrots a try.

Gingery Carrot Cauliflower Curry

  • 2 cups of  cauliflower, chopped [200 g]
  • 1/2 cup of  chickpeas
  • 225 grams carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of soy milk [use coconut milk by all means if you have it on hand]
  • 1 knob of ginger [1/2 thumb in size], minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter [might omit if using coconut milk]
Start out by preparing your carrot puree: Add carrots to a pot and cover with water. Blanch until tender and blend.
Sauté the onion until lightly browned, then add the garlic and ginger and let cook for a little longer.
Sprinkle in the spices, shortly frying them – be careful to avoid burning them.
Stir in the carrot puree. Let the curry simmer on medium heat until the cauliflower is tender.
Add chickpeas and soy milk as well as maple syrup to taste. Season with salt and pepper.
Oat flatbread
Definitely serve with a side of Khushboo’s oat lolis as a great scooping vehicle – and because they taste awesome while being super simple to prepare. I added cumin seeds to mine. Maybe it’s odd but I really enjoy the burst of flavour when biting onto those seeds.
Happy Friday!
Happiness inducing today: My mum being there for me – on the phone at least – in a very unpleasant situation [think devillish toothache].

Strange but good question [at least coming from a non-egg eater]: What are your favourite uses for egg yolks? Though I might not get to try a lot more before moving I want to make the most of my sample of The Vegg.

What are some of the strangest substitutions you’ve made to recipes before?

Are you a fan of cumin and do you like using whole seeds? I could seriously put it into [almost] every savoury dish.

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24 thoughts on “[Cauli]flowers on my plate

  1. swissfitchick says:

    Breaded cauliflower?? Sounds so good! Hey, and we must have THAT connection today – I just whipped up a batch of Khushboos Oat-Flatbread when my BF came home and handed me…YOUR LETTER!!! No words. So happy. Reply coming soon, but one thing – I’ll be in Berlin in January!!!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Eeee! I was worried it wouldn’t arrive because that damn envelope didn’t want to stick together as you’ll have noticed. I’d hoped for it to be there when you returned so yay!
      We have to meet! Do you already know when exactly you’ll be there?

  2. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m right there with ya on the million and one ideas when I don’t have something but then a lack of motivation when I have a bunch of it! Actually, I’ve had a lot of lack of motivation this week…I think it’s the cold. I just don’t want to do anything unless I have to! Guess it’s a good thing I had a ton of pumpkin chili leftovers this week, huh?

    I wonder if you could use the Vegg stuff for custard? This http://www.thenondairyqueen.com/2013/09/roasted-kabocha-custard.html has been on my “to make” list for WEEKS!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Blaming the cold for lack of motivation?! Genius. I might have to borrow that to excuse my own lack of cooking inspiration.
      I’m not sure about the custard because Sarena doesn’t use any egg yolk in the original recipe. I’d also worry that the taste of the Vegg might come through in it. But the custard looks awesome nonetheless and if kabocha was more readily available still I’d try to veganize it.

  3. Amy @ The Little Honey Bee says:

    No you are not the only one 🙂 that was me this summer with zucchini! I was alllll about zucc. I do hope your toothache is feeling better but glad mum was there for you. I am so curious about this egg yolk replacement. I am also not a yolk porn enthusiast! I have since been turned off… weird.

  4. Ashley says:

    I get in ruts with cauliflower and a lot of other veggies, and then end up not being able to eat them for awhile because I overdid them. I’m finally back to loving cauliflower, and the curry looks perfect for fall and winter! If you need any more recipes for cauliflower, I found one the other day that I’m planning on trying for ‘pulled’ BBQ style cauli! The link to the recipe is here: http://www.beardandbonnet.com/pulled-cauliflower-bbq-sandwich-vegan-gluten-free/ and I love that it’s GF and vegan but it’s so similar to a typical BBQ sandwich!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Oh yes, I hear you on overdoing it. Been there, done that – many times. I’m glad it’s never been for too long because it’d be a pity to miss out on a certain food for weeks or even months on end.
      That BBQ cauliflower looks impressive. Can’t wait to hear what you think once you’ve tried it.

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Actually, I’m ambivalent about garam masala. There’s a spice or two in the mix that doesn’t go too well with me. But I’m still using it every now and then to hopefully get used to it one day :).

  5. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. says:

    I am so intrigued by this crispy cauliflower! It sort of looks like popcorn. Was it tasty? You said, “strange but good,” but would you make it again?

  6. Emily says:

    Breaded, crispy cauliflower doesn’t sound strange to me at all- it sounds amazing!
    My favorite way to eat cauliflower is roasted in the oven with brussels sprouts. I just drizzle both with olive oil and sprinkle on salt & pepper. So simple and delicious!
    I still really want to try cauliflower ‘rice’ though. It’s on my list!

    • Miss Polkadot says:

      Combining roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts? Why haven’t I tried that before – onto the ever-growing list it goes :).
      And yes, yes, yes: try cauliflower rice [or ‘couscous’ as I call it]!

  7. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets says:

    Cauliflower is my jam. I love to roast it and then sprinkle it with cheese (sorry, but it’s true). I can’t help myself, and the crispy bits are the best part. I keep waiting to get one in my CSA, but sadly that day hasn’t come yet. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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