Selma’s romanesco, feta and za’atar cakes..


Another of Selma’s recipes that has stuck in my mind are her romanesco, feta and za’atar cakes…this week I made my version..


I haven’t been able to find romanesco so, as Selma suggests cauliflower as an alternative, that’s what I used. I also used a crumbly goats cheese instead of feta as that is a staple in my fridge (and I confess I’m not a huge feta fan…sorry…too salty for me!). I also roasted the cauliflower instead of steaming it as my oven was on anyway and it worked well. 

The week after Selma died I confess I did a lot of ‘consolation shopping’; I don’t eat cakes or chocolate or anything sweet, and I don’t drink alcohol, or have any of those typical consoling foods in my diet, so shopping became my emotional tool, including buying these new measuring cups and little plates…I thought that maybe Selma would like the plates, so I used them to serve these cakes..I quite like the idea that they might represent the tree of life..


The cakes are lovely and everything I knew they would be, and simple to make. I enjoyed them with some of my homemade homous into which I stirred through some of the chemoula spice mix I made for one of Selma’s other recipes

Visit Selma’s wonderful blog for the recipe and check out all of her lovely other offerings whilst you’re there 🙂 




The Fiesta Friday Tribute page to Selma remains open so this is where I shall be sharing this post. Later I will be back with a whole mezze including these savoury cakes for this week’s Fiesta Friday party. 


26 thoughts on “Selma’s romanesco, feta and za’atar cakes..

  1. Anita Kushwaha

    Another beautiful tribute to Selma. I love how her recipes and spirit have inspired you. The “tree of life” plate is lovely too. No doubt all of this would make her smile. 🙂

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  5. Jhuls

    What a beautiful plate. I am sure Selma would have approved this. And so lovely to make her recipe, Elaine. I am sure you have gathered more than 26 recipes like the one you told me before. 😀 These sound amazing.

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  7. Angie

    This one caught my eye, too. I think I shared it on FB as well. I remember I was going to make them but unfortunately I couldn’t find romanesco. I thought I did, but it turned out what I bought was green cauliflower. Seems like they’re interchangeable. They look really good, Elaine!

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