Monday, 8 October 2012

Recipe - Cauliflower Cheese

It's time for some store cupboard living. Now that our house is a home complete with a coffee machine, decorations and prosecco, I've begun Living Normally and cooking normal food. Except that I can't remember what it is that I usually cook. It's OK because WE HAVE A FREEZER. A whole new world of ingredient storage has opened up. To celebrate, I went mad buying frozen vegetables. And then made some cauliflower cheese. Look!
Cauliflower cheese
500g cauliflower florets (I used frozen because I CAN)
50g butter
50g flour
200ml whole milk
2 cloves
1 bay leaf
1 peppercorn
100g cheddar cheese, grated
Half teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 slices bread, toasted
Handful of parsley

Boil the cauliflower in an ovenproof saucepan/casserole, in enough water to cover and half a teaspoon of salt for about 6 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, melt the butter on a medium heat.
Mix in the flour to form a golden paste.
Slowly add the milk constantly stirring until smooth.
Add the cloves, bay leaves and peppercorns then simmer for ten minutes.
Add the cheese, nutmeg and a good grinding of black pepper.
Pick out the aromatics and pour the cheese sauce over the cauliflower.
In a food processor, blend together the bread and parsley. Sprinkle this over the cauliflower cheese mixture.
Pop into the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for twenty minutes.

I served this with a bacon garlic mushroom fry thing. Nourishing and homely.

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