“Listen! the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.” ~Humbert Wolfe
There is a chill in the air….just the other day I began the seasonal cycle where I unpack sweaters from storage underneath my bed. Its getting to be that time of year for hats and scarves and mittens and boots.
Fall is here, and she’s wrapping us in her cool embrace.
Time to turn on the oven and fill the apartment with warmth and roasting! I love a good two for one- cozy up the house while cooking up some seasonal food! So get your cashmere on and get to it!
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan & Lemon Zest
1 head cauliflower
4 oregano sprigs- broken up a bit
4 unpeeled garlic cloves-cut in half
3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt & Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
Although available year-round, cauliflower is at its peak season in the fall. When selecting cauliflower look for a clean, creamy white and compact head- the more thick green leaves protecting the head, the better. Cauliflower will keep in the refridgerator for up to five days if stored in perforated plastic.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Cut cauliflower into florets; toss on a baking sheet with sliced shallots, oregano, garlic cloves, and olive oil; season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, about 35 minutes. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and lemon zest. Toss to coat, and roast 10 minutes longer. I like my cauliflower al dente!
Everything in the pan carmelizes to perfection! Browned cauliflower, crispy parmesean, candied zest, and oh so sweet garlic. Can you say yum? Have fun with this easy dish swapping out herbs and additions……thyme and currants? raisins and walnuts? pumpkin seeds and olives? Do I smell a new Thanksgiving side?
“Autumn, that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which has drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling. “~Jane Austen