Friday, August 20, 2010

An abundance of spring vegetables and Speaker of the House...

Our cauliflowers are ready, most of them now.....   Anyway, they are pretty much part of our daily fare. Delicious accompaniment to the New York steaks we came across at the supermarket, roast chicken dinners and stir fry.

So it's cauliflower cheese for a light meal tonight. Here is a quick and easy recipe:



1 large cauliflower
300ml milk
110g cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp Plain flour
50g butter
½ tsp mustard
salt & black pepper

Trim the cauliflower, boil in salted water for 10-15 minutes or until just tender.  Drain and place in a flameproof dish.  Add the milk, flour and butter to a saucepan. Heat, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth. Allow to simmer for a further 2 minutes.  Add three-quarters of the grated cheese, mustard, a pinch of nutmeg and seasoning.  Cook for further minute stirring well.  Pour the sauce over the cauliflower.

Grate the remaining cheese over the top and garnish with chopped parsley and place under a hot grill until golden brown.

Of course, it's not only cauliflowers we're inundated with. Several cabbages are ready as well.

On another note, something strange has happened here.  It's our budgie, Tweety-bird. No — he's not strange, it's just that he has learned to say something new. Of late, he has been saying, "Hello, it's me Tweets speaking."  Where he picked this up is a mystery, but it is amusing all the same. We now call him  'Speaker of the House.'  I reckon he does a pretty good job of it too.

His tail has grown back since this photo. A close encounter with a couple of cats resulting in shock moult, but was back to his old self in no time.