Louisa’s spiced cauliflower

I always look forward to a spell at The Worm’s house in Northamptonshire as I know I will get a marvellous feed, cooked up by Louisa, his not-so-evil step mother.

Last weekend, we stayed there while The Worm and members of his extended family took part in the UK’s first Tough Mudder event – a 12 mile muddy assault course – held at Boughton House Estate, near Kettering.

Not being a fan of running through mud, getting electrocuted or diving into icy water, I passed on the Tough Mudder, but that didn’t stop me enjoying some of Louisa’s fabulous cakes, dishes and dips that she rustled up over the course of our stay; and with my food blogging hat firmly in place, I even managed to steal a couple of recipes.

Louisa’s spiced cauliflower

Spiced cauliflower recipe

On Sunday, while waiting for our sausages, pork and chicken to cook up on the barbecue, we enjoyed this delicious spiced cauliflower (a “very underrated vegetable,” according to Louisa), which we dunked into her magical home-made mayonnaise (recipe to follow).

Spicy, crunchy and satisfying, it was far from bland but had the advantage of feeling quite slimming, which was just as well considering the amount of date and coffee cake (recipe to be extracted) that I wolfed over the course of the weekend.

Indeed, it was with my waistline in mind that, on Tuesday, I made some of my own spiced cauliflower to serve as a healthy fridge snack this week. It wasn’t bad for a first attempt, though I overdid it on the cayenne (1/2 tsp is quite enough) and my larger florets were slightly too crunchy, so best to keep them small.

Spiced cauliflower recipe

My spiced cauliflower - not too bad!


1 cauliflower
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp tumeric

What to do with them

1. Cut the cauliflower into florets.

2. Place the florets into a bowl of water for around 20 minutes. This makes sure they go nice and crispy when you fry them later, according to Louisa.

3. Gently fry the cumin seeds in the olive oil

4. Add the cauliflower florets and let them brown a little

5. Add the spices and two tablespoons of water and continue to stir fry until the cauliflower is cooked but still crunchy.

6. If it looks like the cauliflower is burning, just add a little more water.

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