Marinated cauliflower ‘nirvana’ for Fiesta Friday #23

20140704-141344-51224159.jpgNirvana because it’s pure heaven on a plate! Well, that’s what I think anyway.

20140704-141608-51368701.jpgSo for this weeks Fiesta Friday blog party, I bring you my taste of heaven; I hope you will join me, and this week’s wonderful co hosts, Margy from La Petite Casserole and Sylvia from Superfoodista, and enjoy the fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to my dish, one of my absolutely favourite things to eat…

It’s derived from some of my past dishes my roasted chickpeas and potatoes dish and my cauliflower and chickpea magic.

1 cauliflower
3-5 lemons
16 cloves garlic, peeled
150ml olive oil
1.5 tsp soft light brown sugar
3 tsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Harissa paste
1 tbsp tomato purรฉe
Salt and pepper

Separate the cauliflower florets and cut them into similar sized pieces.

Mix all of the other ingredients together in a large oven proof dish, I use a large Pyrex dish that I can put into the oven, then add the cauliflower florets and mix it all together well.

Put a lid on it and put it in the fridge for 24 hours.

The next day, preheat the oven to 200C fan.. Cover the dish with foil and cook for 45 then remove the foil and cook until the cauliflower is roasted, with some crunchy edges and cooked through.

Eat on it’s own straight from the pan…or with salad leaves or as a side dish with whatever you’re eating.


20140704-142056-51656702.jpgEven better topped with pine nuts..

20140704-142142-51702722.jpgWith the leftovers (I forced myself NOT to eat the whole lot in one go!) try throwing it in your blender with all of the remaining marinade and some tahini and create a gorgeous dip.


I hope you like it!

Have a wonderful weekend and a fab 4th July to all of my US friends ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

82 thoughts on “Marinated cauliflower ‘nirvana’ for Fiesta Friday #23

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  2. Sue

    Double yum! This is EXACTLY the food I really pig out on . . . savory mushy delicious spreads/dips, etc. Please keep up with the recipes! I am making right now an eggplant based bowl of mushy deliciousness based on one of your recipes for baba . . . but adding some roasted red and yellow peppers.


  3. Jhuls

    I’ve been thinking to make your roasted chickpeas, Elaine. I also saw it on Selma’s blog. I have my chickpeas ready, but I want to know if Sriracha would work instead of harissa paste? ๐Ÿ™‚

    And this indeed nirvana on a plate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy FF23!


  4. M-R

    My little old gas oven just couldn’t get it right, dullink; sat there determinedly limp and never developed scorched edges. Then suddenly turned into a burnt mess. Sighh … I have ordered a thermal cooker, btw – as the solution for the increased gas prices. ๐Ÿ™‚ X !


      1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

        If you look at my posts from a couple of days ago (look for the one tiled ‘Introducing….me…) you’ll see the artists details, it’s lovely isn’t it??


  5. chefjulianna

    Hi Elaine! Well, too bad that WP doesn’t have live voice yet, because all you would hear from me right now is Mmmm, yum, mmm, yum! This just looks too wonderful for words! ๐Ÿ˜€


  6. Sylvia

    Oh yum Elaine, how delicious is this creation! Love the touch with the harissa paste! Thanks for bringing this to the Fiesta, I am sure it was a success! Hope you had fun partying too! It was great to see you, big hug, Sylvia


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  12. Michelle

    Hi there, I am hoping to make the marinated roast cauliflower. Just a question, the 16 cloves of garlic do you leave them whole or do you crush them? Thanks michelle x

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