Purple Dinner

When a friend emails you a recipe with the subject line "OMG", you print it and vow to make it, right? Something that elicits that kind of enthusiasm at least deserves an attempt in the kitchen. So I gave it my best shot. My friend larissa emailed me a recipe for roasted cauliflower absolutely ages ago, but the cauliflower season had come and gone at that point, and I was desperate to see some of the good stuff at the farmer's market. Lo and behold, this past Saturday the market came up trumps with a PURPLE cauliflower. It was so beautiful I couldn't NOT buy one! And I knew exactly what to make with it. To accompany that beauty, I added some red onion. And this quickly became a themed dinner, because I also happened to have an eggplant and some black olives (okay, not purple, but similar). The roasted cauliflower and onion would make any meal that much more exciting - perhaps even as a side dish for the upcoming holidays? How festive to have such a colorful vegetable adorning your plate!

We had our majestic cauliflower with a quinoa salad, although I overcooked the quinoa and it was more of a gloopy mess than the light and fluffy dish we're used to. Soz, Phil. The quinoa salad had some eggplant, red chili, spring onions, and black olives with a sprinkling of parsley and some fresh basil leaves to mask its unfortunate gloopiness.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Red Onion

Serves two

The particulars:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (purple is prettiest, white will do just fine)
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  1. Heat your oven to 425F.
  2. Throw the cauliflower and onion in a roasting tin and toss together with the olive oil, dried rosemary, and plenty of salt and pepper.
  3. Roast for 40-45 minutes, stirring and turning over every 15 minutes or so, until the veggies are nicely browned in places.

I hope you make this delightful and EASY dish! Let me know what you think of it. And thank you, Larissa, for the idea!

Tonight, I'm heading back to sainsbury's for another freefrom dinner party with my fellow blogger friend pippa. Yes, I've been invited back! And this time it's a Christmas dinner. I'm really looking forward to getting some great ideas for the holiday season, chatting to fellow restricted-diet bloggers, and meeting kirsty henshaw, who has created a fabulous dairy-free ice cream! I'll let you know how that goes :)