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Friends, Romanescos, Countrymen

January 10, 2012 - 7:59am
Julie S. R.


It has probably caught your eye at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, that pale green kaleidoscopic vegetable that looks like a cauliflower gone wild at the Suzie’s Farm stand. It’s called broccoli by some (due to the flavor) and cauliflower by others, and no, it’s not some crazy, hybrid, new millennium veggie, it’s all natural, Baby.

No matter what you cauli it, rich in vitamin C and K, it’s more tender than most cauliflower, making it perfect for crudites dipped in Baba Food’s Baba Ganoush or Majestic Garlic's sprouted hummus. (We love that veg on veg action.) A quick trim and steam or slow roast is all it takes to cook this slightly nutty cauliflower variant. For an incredibly eye-catching side, steam for around 15 minutes and serve it whole, with the slightest drizzle of Springhill Farm's fresh butter.

Not ready to make the leap? Classic recognizable cauliflower is available at the PB Tuesday market as well. Grab some at Kawano Farms or Maciel Family Farms and make a gratin that is as easy and comforting as it is pretty. Add it to a simple veggie stir fry with carrots and sugar snap peas from JR Organics and peppers, onions, and garlic from Poiros Farms. Going back to basics  doesn't need to be too basic.