Just a quick one to share tonight! This is a sort of warm autumnal salad, with a hearty base of rice, a spiking of beautiful middle Eastern za’atar, fresh thyme and a tahini-yoghurt dressing – plus toasted hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds. It was utterly delicious and a great way to use this more unusual variety of cauliflower – it’s so pretty isn’t it!
I stumbled upon this little beauty in a specialist (read – expensive) little grocery store round the corner from my office called, originally, The Grocery. I was so excited upon finding it that I proudly scurried back to work – I think my colleagues maybe think I’m a little weird for getting so excited by a cauliflower!
I almost didn’t want to cut it up at all. When I did I tossed it in za’atar, a spice blend I’ve been meaning to make for a while, but gave in and ordered some online having repeatedly failed to come across fresh thyme in the local shops. Typically, I managed to find some tonight and threw it in as well. I’m glad I did.
This recipe will serve 2 people.
You will need:
1 large romanesco cauliflower, cut into small florets
150g white basmati rice, washed
1 heaped tspn za’atar
Small handful of hazelnuts, toasted
Small handful of pumpkin seeds, toasted
Around 10 sprigs of thyme
1 tbspn tahini
3-4 tbspns natural yoghurt
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 small clove of garlic, crushed
1 – Preheat your oven to 190 degrees
2 – Put your cauliflower in a roasting tin and toss in most of the thyme sprigs, the za’atar, some olive oil and seasoning; roast for 30 minutes until tender and crisp
3 – Meanwhile make your rice in a small saucepan by just covering it with water and leaving to gently simmer/steam with a lid on until cooked; leave to cool slightly
4 – Now make your dressing by mixing the tahini, yoghurt, lemon juice and seasoning with a little water to loosen
5 – Once the cauliflower is ready, discard the thyme stalks and tip in the rice, nuts and seeds; mix well and add seasoning and olive oil to taste; dish up with the extra thyme leaves and the tahini sauce drizzled on top