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2010 May 26

Around two weeks ago I had a knee reconstruction. It hurt. A lot. Pictures here. Nothing too gory and includes hospital food.

Because of that I’ve been restricted to my homebase, mostly on my backside.

Luckily for me,  the lovely Katie & Beau from The Farmgate and Nashdale Fruit Company, dropped round some fruit and veg for me yesterday. One of the goodies in the box was a big beautiful cauliflower. I’ve never really eaten cauliflower. I’ve always tended to avoid it. Wasn’t keen on the smell when my mum or others cooked it. So I was kinda stumped about what to do with it.

Fried Spiced Cauliflower

So, of course, I put it out to the twitterverse and got an avalanche of responses. But it was @hannah_is who tweeted me a recipe that I didn’t have to leave the house to collect ingredients for. The other big deal with this, apart from not being a cauli fan, is the fact that I DO NOT FRY THINGS. Always been scared of it. Completely irrational, of course. So I did it. I fried them in about 2cm of oil, drained them then sprinkled them liberally with a mix of coriander, cumin, pepper, salt and fennel which I had bashed in the mortar. I then squeezed some lime over it, and gobbled it down. It literally ZING’d in the mouth. Thank god I’ve got the rest of the head of cauli to devour!

Brandied Prune and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I also had some left over Lindt 70% cooking chocolate, which we had already got into to make Chocolate Mug cakes. I wanted to use it up and remove the temptation from the household, when I remembered that I also had prunes and Brandy. I love the combination of prunes and Armagnac and will order a dessert with these ingredients, the last being a prune and Armagnac crème brûlée from La Grande Bouffe. So I got to googling and found another recipe I didn’t need to leave the house for.

By the time I finished making the dough, I knew it was a winner. Rich, alcoholic and chocolatey, these are very grown up biscuits.

They just take about 10-12 minutes in the oven and they’re done!

This recipe is a real winner, get to it.

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  1. May 26, 2010

    The deep-fried cauliflower sounds fantastic and now I’m thinking of buying some prunes just so I can make those biscuits. Hoping you’re resting up well. Am sure you’ll be up on your feet in no time 🙂
    .-= Helen (grabyourfork)´s last blog ..Malaysian street food, stingray and durian – Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur =-.

  2. May 26, 2010

    Good to hear that you’re back on your feet (sort of). The cauliflower sounds really good, though personally, I’d leave out the coriander!
    .-= OohLookBel´s last blog ..New Contender for favourite restaurant – Sepia =-.

  3. May 26, 2010

    Good to hear you’re on the mend enough to be cooking!
    .-= mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog ..Epicure Recipe Card #23: Roast Lamb Rump with Anchovy Cream Sauce =-.

  4. May 27, 2010

    Glad to hear you on your way to recovery! Combination of fried cauliflower and chunky cookies (with brandy of course) sounds like a great way to go hee hee
    .-= FFichiban´s last blog ..Boozeday Toozeday #10 – Baileys and not-so-flourless chocolate cake =-.

  5. May 27, 2010

    glad to hear you’re on the mend reem. I’m a little afraid of frying as well but have been thinking it’s time to get over it. your cauliflower sounds bloody brilliant.
    .-= jules´s last blog ..how to stock a minimalist pantry =-.

  6. May 27, 2010

    Hope you’re feeling better soon Reem and I’m sure you’ll be dancing in no time! 😉 Hehe so glad that you’re working the Chocolate Mug Cake too-the biscuits sound great!
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Garden Tea Party Cupcakes =-.

  7. May 27, 2010

    Great to see you are feeling better and upbeat! Also great to see it hasn’t impacted your appetite. If anything, I remember the down time I had during the recovery was that I could eat anything I liked 😀

    If you need any tips about recovery and exercise etc let me know!
    .-= Howard´s last blog ..Black Forest Cake, MasterChef recipe =-.

  8. May 27, 2010

    Bought half a cauliflower on a whim from Katie at Marrickville Markets last weekend. Now I know what to do with it!
    .-= Kitty´s last blog ..Spicy Golden Beetroot and Carrot Soup =-.

  9. May 27, 2010

    You’ll be good as new in no time!

    I LURVE roasted cauliflower, actually any cauliflower. Next time try it as a soup with chickpeas and fried chorizo – nom nom
    .-= Joanne @ secondhelping´s last blog ..Thanh Ha 2 ~ nice for noodle soup =-.

  10. May 28, 2010

    im sorry to hear about your operation i hope you are well and get back on track some time soon, by the way those cauliflowers look delicious!
    .-= betty´s last blog ..Spinach, rocket, roast pumpkin & pan fried haloumi salad with a honey & basalmic vinegar dressing =-.

  11. June 1, 2010

    Hope the recovery is going well.
    Eww, the hospital Lamb pasticcio looks like a culinary abomination. You need another batch of brandied prune & choc cookies to wash away the taste & memory 🙂

  12. June 3, 2010

    Eating well is a sure fire way to recovery! The prune and chocolate cookies look like they’d do the trick for any injury. Hope you’re on the mend now 🙂
    .-= Forager´s last blog ..Rabbit borscht =-.

  13. June 4, 2010

    I don’t know how it was cooked in your house, but in mine caulifower was boiled to death – along with the other veg – and the smell was similar to dirty dishwater, so it is hardly surprising that you didn’t like it! It is not a vegetable that I ever buy and I’ve never even tried to feed it to my kids so maybe I should give this recipe a whirl!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Slow food =-.

  14. June 9, 2010

    I adore cauliflower, and after having that awesome cauliflower dish at Bodega, I’ve been craving fried cauliflower ever since.
    .-= Y´s last blog ..When life gives you quinces.. =-.

  15. Anne permalink
    June 9, 2010

    i like the fried spice cauliflower 🙂 yum!

  16. pommiefoodie permalink
    June 11, 2010

    Y’know what – from the looks of your pic you may have slightly over fried poor Mr Cauli!
    I sympathise as I hate frying stuff too. Him indoors usually tackles this.

  17. June 22, 2010

    I totally know what you mean about frying! I hate doing it too! My husband used to work at a fish and chip shop so if it needs to be done I make him take care of it. ;p

    How did you deal with the spitting? That is my main concern…

    Also cookies = yes!

    Glad you had ingredients stashed away!

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