Monday, 16 April 2018

Rach Eats Lunch: Roasted Cauliflower Steak & Chips

Roast cauliflower vegetarian steak recipe

It's so good when things line up - like writing a Monday recipe on an actual Monday. I feel like this properly qualifies me to talk about what Mondays are like while actually going through a Monday. To be honest, this is very much a Monday for me. First one back to normal after a half term, and I had an absolutely cracking time - to be honest, it was a week of not one, but THREE celebration days: Pancake Day (it's the only time we buy crepes from the supermarket, darling, and delicious, too!), Valentine's Day (we three singletons had burritos and cheesecake and an impression of Debbie McGee from my brother... you had to be there, really), and Lunar New Year (I enjoyed watching all the dancing dragons on Instagram.) Sometimes, you've just got to get festive and celebrate. I'm shattered though, and a bit discombobulated. What do I do now?

I even did something completely crazy, given my CFS and the need for an afternoon lie down (#grandma) - I bundled up warm, grabbed my Mum and we went out on long walks at least four days in this last week. Technically five days, if you count a good old trot (walk, not... that...) around Sainsbury's. I can't claim that exercise has actually changed anything for my fatigue, it just makes me even more tired and prone to sleeping right through the night now. But going out and about is good for the soul really. Plus, I want to shift this spare tyre I've got going round my tummy. I appear to have even eaten healthily today, too... which leads me to this link into the recipe...

This is a vegetarian recipe - no brainer, really. It's made from the humble cauliflower, and it wasn't until I read an article featuring Mary Berry a few years ago that I realised you could roast a cauliflower. I've only ever had it boiled, steamed, or covered in cheesy sauce. It's surprisingly easy to do, too. Admittedly the worst bit is getting rid of all the leaves (thanks Mum - I owe you one) and knowing where to slice it without it breaking up. Other than that, it's a piece of steak...

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Roasted Cauliflower Steak & Chips
Yeah, I know I added wedges... but I'm a rebel.
  • 1 small small cauliflower, leaves removed, and washed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground salt and pepper
  • 1 large handful potato wedges
  • 1 bag microwave vegetables
Start off by removing all those leaves off your cauliflower and give it a good wash to get any dirt off. Dry it by wrapping it around a tea towel and turn it occasionally as water will randomly drip out at different angles. Ask how I know this.Next, turn the cauliflower over so that the stalk end is facing sideways. Grab a long bread knife and slice the stalk end off, then make an inch thick cut down the cauliflower - your knife will be portrait mode rather than landscape, which ensures that none of the cauliflower starts going all crumbly. Once you've cut one steak, repeat it if you're cooking for two.Lay out the steaks on a lined baking tray, and pour a tiny amount of olive oil on the steaks. Rub it with your finger, turn the steaks over and rub it in again as the oil will leak through. Finish off by sprinkling some salt and pepper on top of the steaks.Preheat the oven to... what's that magic number commonly heard in darts? 180℃! and add the potato wedges to the tray. Pop the whole thing in the oven for 30 minutes, turning the steaks halfway through. Be soooo careful turning those steaks over though because they will break up easily. I know this for sure.At the end, cook a bag of microwave veggies and add them to the plate, along with the steaks and wedges. Serve immediately, with your favourite steak accompaniments. I forgot the onion rings and tomato. Sorry. Enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 2

I truly, truly enjoyed this - roasting the cauliflower changes the flavour completely, making it bittersweet and nutty and really rather fabulous. This is a perfect Meat Free Monday recipe and I wholeheartedly recommend you try it now!

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