Romanesco Cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower Romanesco

Romanesco Cauliflower

Romanesco looks like a cauliflower, but coloured more like broccoli – and not surprisingly because they’re both from the Brassica family. That’s why the flavour is a little in between cauliflower and broccoli.

The most striking aspect of Romanesco is the fractal shape: the bud is ‘self-similar’ in character: the whole has the same shape as one or more of the parts, similar to crystals in a snow flake. Each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. This self-similar pattern continues at several smaller levels. The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco is a Fibonacci number that describes the ‘golden ratio’ apparent in many natural observations. But don’t get us started …As a vegetable, Romanesco is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and
carotenoids.

 

 

Roasted Romanesco with lemon zest
 
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Recipe type: Roasted
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 4 gloves garlic,
  • crushed salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 180C.
  2. Line a tray with baking paper and place florets on paper. In a bowl pre-mix the oil, lemon zest and crushed garlic. Then either use a brush or just drizzle olive oil and garlic over the top of the florets.
  3. Roast in oven for 20 minutes.

 
Pasta Romanesco
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 romanesco cauliflower florets
  • Stalk, finely sliced
  • 350gm pasta of choice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 redeye chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100g nuts, either almonds, walnuts, pinenuts (give them a dry roast)
  • 1 lemon zest
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • coriander, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish
Instructions
  1. Lightly steam the cauliflower , still crisp so about 3 minutes over boiling water.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a fry pan heat oil, add garlic and chilli. Then add steamed cauliflower turning until
  4. Add in remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve in a bowl with pasta. garnish with parmesan.

 


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