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Breakfast's cauliflower recipes
Cauliflower recipes
Inspiring ideas for the humble cauliflower
It's one of the main winter vegetables grown by UK farmers, but now it's under threat.

The humble cauliflower can be grown in frost-free parts of Cornwall and Kent, but farmers say they are under pressure from supermarkets and cheaper imports.

Many UK farmers are could stop growing the vegetable because it's no longer profitable for them.

Some complain they can't now cover the costs of producing their crop.

  • Breakfast's Richard Westcott investigates, and meets top chef Shane Osborn from London restaurant Pied a Terre
  • On Thursday's programme... Shane will be demonstrating some cauliflower recipes - you can find them below

  • Pickled Cauliflower

    Prep Time: 20mins
    Cooking Time: 30mins

    1 cauliflower

    4 shallots /100g (thinly sliced)
    50ml olive oil
    10g rock salt
    5 white peppercorns
    10 coriander seeds
    300mls white wine vinegar
    10g thyme
    2 bay leaves
    600ml water
    3 garlic cloves

    Heat a medium sized pan and slowly sweat the sliced shallots, peppercorns, rock salt, coriander seeds, thyme, bay leaf, garlic in the olive oil on a low heat for 10 to 12 minutes stir occasionally.

    When the shallots are soft add the white wine vinegar and reduce until almost dry, add the water and bring back to boil, simmer for 15 minutes, add in cauliflower, gently simmer until tender, approx 10minutes, test with a small sharp knife - allow the vegetables to cool in the pickling juice.

    When cool the cauliflower is ready to serve. Strain and reserve the pickling liquid as it can be used to pickle another batch of cauliflower.

    Excellent as nibbles/accompaniments and garnishes to main courses and salads.
    Serve with sliced charcuterie and other cold meats.

  • Sauté of cauliflower with cumin
    Serves 2

    250 gr cauliflower (leaves removed)
    20 mls olive oil
    20 gr butter
    Half teaspoon cumin seeds
    Salt pepper

    Using a sharp knife or Japanese mandolin slice the cauliflower as thin as possible. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat then add the oil followed by the butter and cumin seeds. When the butter is golden brown, add the sliced cauliflower, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook until al dente. Serve warm.

    This is great as a side dish or a garnish for scallops or oysters.

  • Cauliflower puree with seared salmon

  • Serves 4

    4 100g salmon fillets, skinned and bones removed, (ask your fishmonger)
    500g cauliflower, roughly chopped into small pieces
    500ml milk
    150ml double Cream
    2 tbsp olive oil
    Salt and black pepper
    16 Sprigs picked chervil

    Put cauliflower, milk and double cream in a medium saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a simmer. Simmer slowly for 10-12 mins until very tender and the milk has reduced by half.

    Strain off the cauliflower, reserving the milk - put cauliflower in a blender with half the cooking liquor and blend, add more liquor as blending until pouring consistency. Press through a fine sieve with ladle or spoon.

    Adjust seasoning and keep warm. Season the salmon on both sides. Heat a non-stick pan over high heat, add the olive oil. When hot add the salmon and cook evenly on both sides until lightly caramelised around the edges about 4 to 6 minutes in total, set on to kitchen paper and finish with squeeze of lemon.

    To Serve:
    Spoon a generous portion of cauliflower purée in the middle of the plate, with the back of the spoon swirl it out in a circular fashion, top this with Salmon, garnish with picked Chervil and a twist of black pepper.

    Left over salmon can be used to make fishcakes. Increase the fish size, and add a few minutes to the cooking times, add a watercress salad and pickle some extra cauliflower to create a main course.

  • Recipes reproduced courtesy of Shane Osborn

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