CFH during WFH
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CFH during WFH

Roasted Flowerets 🥦

^ Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower are probably the most hated vegetables in my household. And by my household, I mean my wife. But in an effort to grow up and eat our vegetables more often — you know, so that our aging bodies do not collapse in our 50's — I devised an easy-to-make, appetizing dish out of cauliflower and broccoli🥦.

This happened round about the time I was learning how to make pizzas (more on that later). More importantly I grew really comfortable with ovens. To my surprise, I learnt that setting an oven to 400°F will essentially roast its contents ♨️.

All right then! I wore my mad scientist’s hat and gambled on a batch of broccoli and cauliflower flowerets. The idea was simple: process the flowerets in three steps:

  • wash 🚰
  • spice 🌶
  • roast ♨️

💡tip: might be a good idea to pre-heat the oven at 410°F early in this 3-step process.

🚰 The washing step is pretty obvious: you do not want any sand or worms creeping in along side those flowerets. And its just a matter of good hygine.

🌶 The spice step is pretty simple, and hopefully obvious. Here’s what I do:

  • I take a couple of baking trays and line them with baking paper (this ensures that washing the baking tray is less cumbersome later on).
  • Next, I splash the baking paper with some olive oil. 🫒
  • I then lay out the broccoli and cauliflower flowerets on the oiled baking paper. And splash some olive oil over the flowerets themselves.
  • Once this is done, I sprinkle a generous amount of spices on the flowerets. I hit the spice rack for turmeric, red chili powder, salt, and ground black pepper — my basic set. If I am feeling particularly adventurous, I add some coriander, oregano or even freshly chopped thyme.

The result should start looking something like this:

🥦 Broccoli and cauliflower flowerets, in a baking tray, in the process of being spiced 🌶

♨️ Next up is roasting! Once spiced to your heart’s content, preheat the oven to 410 degrees (something you can do while preparing the flowerets — I usually forget this step). Once the oven is ready, put the tray(s) of flowerets in the oven for about 20 mins. They do not take a lot of time to roast. Let it stew in that heat for 30 mins if you want the floweret to come out crispy — just remember, the longer you keep them in the oven, the smaller and crispier they tend to get.

Essentially, you are looking for a nice golden bake on the cauliflowers and a partial browning of the broccoli.

The 30 minute, crispy version.

To mix things up you can throw in a bunch of bell peppers in with the flowerets, just to make the whole thing look more ‘colorful’.

A version with bell peppers. Notice the lack of a baking sheet: cleaning the trays was a pain.

And the whole process is effortless from a cooking stand-point. No standing near the stove, no over engineering with multi-step processes, no fine-tuned measurements. The whole thing is easy.

Between my wife and I, we usually roast about two tray-fulls if we plan on having it as a stand-alone dish. Sometimes we may eat it with bread — one tray is usually good for such occasions.

If you do happen to try this out, let me know how it goes!

Happy healthy, delicious eating!




“Cooking from home during WFH” is a series of adventures with cooking when it could no longer be avoided during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooking as a course of last resort, if you will.

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Vijay Krishna Palepu

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