Seasonal Food Blog is Back
The Locally Delicious organization is happy to announce the return of our local and seasonal food blog. With the addition of a monthly blog, we hope to present new recipes and ideas for preparing the foods we find here on the North Coast. Occasionally we will be looking at foods discovered during our travels to areas outside of our county, but featuring something we would also find at home. Sometimes we’ll introduce ways to use specific foods and answer questions about how to tell when fruit or vegetables are ready to be eaten, or which type of a specific food should be used for a particular recipe. We have heard from people in the community who tell us they know how to cook, but they don’t know how to choose certain foods. Hopefully we’ll be able to shed some light so folks can get in the kitchen and explore the wonder of creating delicious meals.
So what’s available in the garden and the local section of our markets in the early spring? Brassicas! Those lovely deep green broccolis, rocket broccolini and the ever delightful colored cauliflowers which can be found in abundance right now. While I was traveling in Spain last May I ordered a main course of cauliflower and potatoes. Expecting some elaborate, spicy Spanish dish, I in fact was served a simple bowl of boiled potatoes and a bit of overdone cauliflower. The waitress saw the disappointed expression on my face and she quickly came to the table carrying olive oil, a jug of white vinegar, salt and pepper.
Before my eyes she transformed the bowl of boiled vegetables into one of the most delicious and exciting bowls of vegetables I’ve ever eaten. I hope you find this as locally delicious as I did.
Extremely Simple & Delicious Cauliflower and Potatoes
20 minutes feeds 4
1 small head of cauliflower
2 large baking potatoes or 8 small red, white or purple potatoes cut into cubes
1 Tablespoon olive oil, more if needed
2 teaspoons white vinegar
Salt and pepper
Steam or boil potatoes and cauliflower.
Pour cooked veggies into a serving bowl and liberally sprinkle olive oil, vinegar and a few grinds of salt and pepper over the vegetables and stir up the whole thing. You can add some fresh or dried herbs, but really you don’t need to since your mouth will be celebrating all evening with the simplicity of this meal.