Whole roasted cauliflower recipes have been making the rounds on the Internet for quite a few years now and for good reason. A head of cauliflower is not only strangely beautiful, but it’s also oddly satisfying. And on top of that, it’s pretty much a blank canvas. Nothing absorbs flavor quite like a cauliflower. I know it’s easy to distrust the deliciousness of cauliflower. The vegetable has been enlisted to play roles it was never meant to play. Masquerading as rice and even bread products, which are “close” to the real deal at best and disappointing at worst. But I promise this Roasted Cauliflower Rarebit will not disappoint you.
And just like that, we’re on the doorstep of Canadian Thanksgiving. This holiday always sneaks up on me. One day I’m sipping rose on a patio and seemingly overnight I’m on the hunt for Brussels sprouts. But this year, Thanksgiving really took me by surprise. COVID has been messing with my sense of time all year, why would October be any different? I wish I could say this year’s Thanksgiving will be a holiday as usual. But it won’t. Our case counts are on the rise and we’re being told to limit our dining plans to our own households. No one will be traveling and there will be far fewer mouths to feed turkey to. Consequently, people are on the lookout for smaller festive meal ideas, so I’m happy to add to the din with this Spatchcock Cornish Hen Tray Bake.
When I was growing up, roast chicken was a Sunday night staple. Add a side of mashed potatoes and a roast carrot or two and you could call it a party. These days, I still find myself roasting a bird on the occasional Sunday, but the ol’ salt and pepper with a side of potatoes just doesn’t thrill me anymore. To be honest, I don’t think it thrilled me then, I sort of think that’s what I liked about it. And while the classic will always be a classic, I can’t help but mess with that all too familiar chicken dinner. This Gochujang Glazed Chicken is the latest installment in my poultry-related experiments.