Spicy Roasted Cauliflower Sealed with a Kiss

by Pamela

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When Craig goes out of town, it’s time for me to clean up my diet (and that means a short clean detox week).  It’s not like he complains about what I cook, or don’t cook, but having a bowl of spicy cauliflower for dinner isn’t really his idea of DINNER.  His idea of dinner includes something hearty.  It doesn’t have to have meat in it, but a singular vegetable isn’t deemed substantial enough in his mind.

I, on the other hand, love the idea of turning a simple single vegetable into a meal.  It’s really a challenge when you think about it.  Eating a bowl of lettuce with some dressing doesn’t sound very appetizing, nor does a bag of carrots and hummus (good, but not meal worthy) though.  Right now, I’ve got plenty of eligible candidates hiding out in my fridge (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, fennel and the list goes on).  As many of you already know, if you’re loyal readers, I have a special love of cauliflower.  I put it in soups, make it into sauces and hide it in macaroni and cheese – yes, cauliflower is a versatile vegetable.

I got the idea for this spicy cauliflower recipe from reading about a similar dish that’s served at Cafe Juanita in Seattle, WA.  One of the things I really like about this recipe is that it’s got those great Indian food flavors without all of the fat and calories.  It’s a fantastic dish to fulfill any Indian food cravings that pop up.

Relationship Advice

What could be more simple than a kiss?  With that seemingly simple act you can tell someone: your boo boo will be all better, hello, you’re sweet, I love you or I totally want to get it on with you.

Since we have been kissed or been kissing for so long, maybe we tend to take the kiss for granted.  BIG MISTAKE.  A recent study showed that 59% of men and 66% of women reported that after feeling attracted to the person, they lost interest after the first kiss.  No pressure here…but that first kiss is really important.

While we may not all be proficient at reading someone’s eyes to determine what they’re thinking, we are able to look at someone’s mouth and determine how they’re feeling at the moment.  Just magnify that power when two mouths touch.  Now you’re  not seeing the emotion, you’re feeling it. When people are sad they frown, when they’re angry the lips are pursed, and when happy they smile.

Come in a little closer to the screen and I’ll tell you the secret to being a great kisser.  Relax!  This isn’t the Olympic decathalon, you’re not being timed.  Keep it simple and think sexy thoughts.    This is not the time to try and impress with your acrobatic tongue (if the kiss is done right, you’re tongue will be performing its acrobatics later 😉 ).  There are however some tried and true deal breaking kisses out there that should be avoided at all costs.  If any one of these kisses is in your repertoire, lose it fast.  If you have experienced one of these, you have my sympathy.  I have experienced a couple of these myself and I won’t reveal names or techniques, but you know who you are.  And since you are now married, bravo on finding someone who likes your technique.

The sloppy dog – the lips are all wet and the tongue slops in and out of your mouth like a dog lapping from its water bowl (do you offer towel service?)

The snake – the tongue darts in and out of the mouth like your partners mouth is hiding prey (if this is the way you operate in the bedroom there’s going to be a lot of disappointment there too)

The plumber – the tongue is jammed so far down your partners throat there’s no room for air and gagging ensues (word to the guys out there…most women don’t like to gag)

The resusci Anne – the mouth should not cover your partners mouth and nose with an air tight seal (its enough to make you feel sorry for that CPR dummy in health class)

Serves 2 side dish portions

Ingredients

  • 1 Small Head Cauliflower Cut into Florets (1 – 2 pounds before cleaning)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Curry Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ginger Powder
  • Pinch of Salt (to taste)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds (toasted)
  • 1 Lime Cut into Supremes (directions to follow)

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.

In a medium size bowl mix together the curry powder, cumin, garlic powder, ginger and salt.

Once the dry ingredients are mixed, stir in the olive oil and stir to thoroughly combine.

Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl of olive oil and spices.

Mix the cauliflower into the spice mixture to thoroughly cover all of the florets.

Pour the florets onto a baking sheet and make sure that there is space between the cauliflower so that they will roast evenly.

Roast cauliflower for 30 – 40 minutes.  Cauliflower should be brown on the edges and slightly softened.

While the cauliflower is roasting….

For the Toasted Almonds

Heat a pan over medium high heat and add almonds to the pan.

Toss the almonds until they start to turn golden in color.

Remove from heat and set aside.

For the Lime Supremes

To create the lime segments, lay the lime on its side and slice off both ends.

Set the lime up on one of the ends and slice off the peel and pith to expose the fruit.

Continue this around the entire lime.

Holding the peeled lime in the palm of your hand, slide the knife blade parallel to the inside of one of the lime sections and cut down to the center of the lime.  Place the blade parallel to the other side of the lime section and cut down to the center of the lime.  The segment (supreme) should lift out.  Place all of the supremes into a small dish.  If you wish, you can cut the supremes into smaller pieces.

Once the cauliflower is done roasting, transfer it to a bowl.

Stir in the lime segments into the roasted cauliflower.

Sprinkle the toasted almonds on top.

Serve

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13 comments

Cucee Sprouts September 14, 2010 at 11:48 am

What a vegetable this is. I love how versatile cauliflower is. I so tempted to try your recipe later this week (I have 3 heads of cauliflower waiting for me at home.) I will come back to your site and report on how your recipe turned out for sure! Would you like to take a look at my most recent cauliflower creation?

Mayo August 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for taking the Meatless Monday pledge and for sharing recipes (and relationship advice) to your readers! I love that this is a light, flavorful alternative to Indian curries which I find to be a little too heavy to eat all the time. I never thought of cauliflower as a versatile vegetable before, but I’ll be sure to pick some up the next time I do my groceries.

Skipping the meat once a week is a great way to take care of your health and the environment because it reduces your risk of chronic preventable conditions and saves precious natural resources. That’s why I work for Meatless Monday. Many of our bloggers like to show their support for Meatless Monday by posting pictures or videos of meatless meals that they’ve made. If you’re interested in doing weekly Meatless Monday posts, please contact me at MeatlessMondayBlogs@gmail.com. Thanks!

Mayo

Chef Dennis August 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I love roasted cauliflower, the seasoning sound wonderful! what a great way to prepare it!

Liz August 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm

The cauliflower looks good! I’ll give it a try. After just celebrating my 30th Anniversary, I will vouch for the importance of “the kiss”. Even after this many years, I STILL remember those guys I dated who, after the first kiss, were dubbed “the snake” and NEVER to be seen again! LOL

Lynn August 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

This looks delicious and is similar to a stuffed cauliflower recipe in Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking.

The presentation of the dish is vastly different and while yours offers great ease serving as a side dish, her presentation provides for a whole head presentation where you shove the spices in between the florets of a pre steamed head and then finish by baking and serve garnished with coriander and tomato sauce.

I only mention because the approach has a sensational visual appeal and allows the dish to become a main course attraction — even for guests.

kathy August 5, 2010 at 8:47 am

What a great way to jazz up cauliflower. Love your photography! I hope you will submit this (and more) to http://www.FindingVegan.com

~Kathy

Ivy @ My Simple Food August 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Hi! Love you blog with the relationship tips. Well done! Keep it up!!

Lentil Breakdown August 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Wow, I just saw a Sex and the City the other night when a guy licked Charlotte’s whole face as part of a kiss. I’m sure you could have named it for her. And speaking of names, I never knew Diana Ross and the other two liked co-habitating with roasted cauliflower! I’ve used those same spices when roasting cauliflower too (sans the lime).

Pamela August 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Spicy food combined with the right kiss can make for some strange bedfellows 😉

lisaiscooking August 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Cauliflower is an underappreciated vegetable, and it carries Indian flavors so well. The lime supremes sound so interesting here. Sounds like a great dinner to me!

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