Cauliflower gets a bad rap. Kinda like the B Sprout, people have veggie nightmares of overcooked limp veggies that emit a seriously unappetising pong. Why do you think someone invented Cauliflower Cheese? How else were you supposed to eat cauliflower back in the 70′s if the flavour wasn’t masked with drowning cheese. Cos we all know, cheese does make everything better…like bacon.
Ok so I’m going to kick on with the healthy summer salads theme I got going on here and give you a recipe for THE most delicious of delicious salads. Seriously, this salad has got it going on all up and down, left to right.
I’ve been eating a lot of vegetarian meals lately, my sister-in-law (a vegetarian), would be proud. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a carnivore through-and-through. I love a good rib eye steak or a slab of melt-in-your mouth pork belly but when you get vegetables at their peak of the season, it’s really hard to go past them.
Hands up in Melbourne if you are totally sick of our bipolar weather. This morning it was balmy and a touch humid and now…well let’s say I’m sitting here typing this still with my coat on looking out onto a depressing grey sky, trees swaying back and forth with the wind…sucks balls.
This year has been the year of new vegetable discovery for me. Before this year, I had never tasted kale, celeriac or kohlrabi…I’m sure you serious foodies are like shock horror! but I bet there are many of you out there who haven’t either and I don’t blame you, they’re ugly little buggers.
So you know we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day but did you know there is a day commerating the donut. In fact, I bet this is something you guys don’t know and I didn’t know until I joined twitter world. Did you know that practically every day of the year is assigned to commerating a different food.
I am totally going through a fashion slump right now and it’s bugging me. I have clothes, and I could wear these in cool combinations but I seem to keep going back to the same 3 or 4 outfits to get me through, and I can tell you they are not so cool that you’d find me gracing the pages of The Sartorialist, nope, not happening.
I have been thinking about this salad ever since I had it in Washington DC at the Mitsimam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian almost a year ago now. We were staying with family friends of the Dr’s while we were there and they suggested that while we were visiting the museums that we have lunch there. At first I was kinda skeptical, a recommendation to go to a cafe in a museum? hmmm, ok.
Over the Easter weekend, the Dr and I with a few friends, went to Hellenic Republic. I’m not sure why, but I had never been there until now (yeah, crazy, I know). Anyway, I’m not here to do a review and anyway I’m probably the last person in Melbourne who hasn’t eaten there so what’s the point right? The reason for me talking about Mr ‘I eat like a neanderthal’s’ establishment is that they had a salad there that was absolutely to die for and guess what…super healthy to boot. You really just felt the goodness as you were eating it, full of grains, nuts, and seeds it had such a killer flavour and texture. So, I’ve recreated the dish for you guys and I hope you enjoy it just as much as we did.