Care For Some Cauliflower? Check This Cauli-Crazy Cooking Creations Collation.

Cauliflower has got to be the best and most versatile vegetable. So we thought we’d indulge our own love of it and pull together some great recipes to showcase its adaptability: roast, steak (cauli, not meat), curry, salad, rice, soup, fritters,(vegan) cheese.

Interesting facts about cauliflower

      1. In the US, one state – California –  produces more than 80% of the country’s cauliflower.  In Australia, 2 states – Queensland and Victoria – are the largest producers with approx 30% share each.  Big difference in national proportions! Perhaps no surprises that China is the greatest grower of cauliflowers in the world.
      2. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family.  They are named that way because they have flowers that consist of four petals which grow in the shape of Greek cross.  What I found interesting is that included in the family of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy are the root vegetables turnips and parsnips. Could explain why parsnips are a close second to cauliflower for this writer.
      3. Cauliflower originated in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor and arrived in France and England in the early 17th century. The British then did a wonderful thing and introduced it to India in 1822 – some of the best vegan/vegetarian Indian curries have cauliflower. It came to the USA and Australia in the early 20th century and for both countries growing it commercially appears to have started in the 1920s/30s.
      4. The global rise of cauliflower has clearly been relentless. This survey  has it ranked as the 17th most popular vegetable in the world. Interestingly, it is outranked by its sister vegetable broccoli which came in at number 3.
      5. There are hundreds of varieties of cauliflower available today. They differ in color, size, shape, taste and nutritional composition. One categorization is by size – size 6, 9, 12 or 16 with the size 16 being about 5″/10cm across.  Size is not related to quality.
      6. Cauliflower is replete with vitamins and minerals. Vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and Vitamin C.  Don’t under-estimate the power of Vitamin C in the cauliflower: it has been estimated that  one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
      7. We no doubt all know that Vitamin C is good for staving off colds. But there’s more! Studies have shown that foods which are rich in vitamin C like cauliflower have a ‘protective effective’ against gastric cancer and lower the risk of getting it.
      8. And there’s still even more health benefits from eating cauliflower. It has been shown to improve blood pressure, kidney function and brain health. It is anti-inflammatory and aids detoxification.
      9. To be sure you don’t wipe out the health benefits of cauliflower, don’t overcook it. Apparently cooking for 30 or more minutes (surely nobody does?) decreases health benefits of cauliflower by 75%. Another reason for not overcooking it is that it will produce the unpleasant sulfur-like smell.
      10. There are many ways to cook cauliflower and no overcooking needed or wanted in any of the ways. The following collation of cauliflower recipes reflects the talents of the great cooks who created them.

Source: Sam on Vegetables-All About Cauliflower Source: Cauliflower

Ever-so-good cauliflower culinary creations

Cauliflower Roast

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower.

Source: Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe – PureWow

Presents beautifully as well. The recipe calls for Greek yoghurt to be the base with the spices. Easily replaced with vegan soy yoghurt which are widely available. Or you could even make your own thanks to this information on vegan substitutes.

Cauliflower Steaks

By cutting a whole cauliflower into thick slices, you can brown and caramelize it like a meaty steak. Save any extra florets for crudités.

Source: Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce recipe | Epicurious.com

The tomato sauce is a delicious base for the steak and the olive relish complements them both.  I would be able to do this as real comfort food with the accompaniment of potato and parsnip mash. Makes even more sense now I know that parsnips and cauliflowers are related.

Cauliflower Curry

An easy but tasty vegetarian curry. Can also add canned tomatoes with the potatoes.

 

Source: Gobi Aloo: Potato and Cauliflower Curry recipe – All recipes Australia NZ

Gobi Aloo. An all-time favorite. And so easy to pull together.  The addition of a can of tomatoes adds moisture and enhances the flavors.

Cauliflower Salad

Jamie Oliver’s hearty salad is the perfect combination of warm, roasted veg and lentils.


Source: Jamie Oliver’s roasted brassica salad with lentils and haloumi- Recipes – delicious.com.au

The first thing that will jump out at vegans is that this delicious recipe has haloumi with honey in it. No problem. It’s a garnish not a core ingredient. I would substitute with almond feta which you can source from vegan and wholefood stores and is extremely yummy. The dish also includes the cauliflower’s higher-ranking sister broccoli – so maybe there’s a big audience for this recipe.

Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Source: Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup | Hummusapien

Great self-description: ‘This soup is the little black dress for the winter season. The turtleneck version of the little black dress with like…long sleeves. And mittens attached.’ And indeed it is. Added to cauliflower, celery and carrot are roasted onion and capsicums. And made creamy with blended cashews and veg stock. Heavenly combo.

Cauliflower Rice

This ‘rice’ is great served with a stir-fry or casserole.


Source: Easy cauliflower ‘rice’

You could leave out the chillies and green onions to get traditional cauliflower ‘rice’. But the additions give it that extra zest.

Cauliflower Fritters

These cauliflower fritters are made with chickpeas and spices and then pan-fried and topped with hummus. It’s an easy, healthy meal that is vegan friendly!


Source: Cauliflower Fritters with Hummus {Vegan} | Food Faith Fitness

Cauliflower, chickpeas, and roasted chickpea crumbs. That’s a powerful fritter base. The hummus is a tasty topping too. I’d probably like a bit more moisture with them and the avocado lime sauce you’ll find here would be perfect IMO.

Cauliflower Cheese

 

Yum!I’ve always been fond of cauliflower, and these days there is so much you can do with it. From cauli-rice to cauli-pizza bases, the possibilities are endless with this versatile cruciferous vegetable.


Source: Vegan Cauliflower Cheese – Wellness with Taryn
As with the cauliflower soup above, the creamy sauce for this dish is courtesy of cashews.  Staple in the vegan pantry. The recipe is also a good showcase for using nutritional yeast (not to be confused with baking yeast). It is also a vegan staple and gives deep flavor. Also a good substitute for parmesan cheese. When I was growing up, cauliflower in white cheese sauce was a regular with a baked roast dinner. This vegan cauliflower cheese would be great with a baked nut roast dinner and all the trimmings.

Love you to share you comments about and appreciation for the cruciferous cauliflower.

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Be A Vegan Outerwear Trendsetter

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At James&Co we specialise in womens crueltyfree outerwear.  And in this niche we see great opportunities for consumers to be leading trendsetters of animalskin-alternative jackets and coats:

  • there is already big move to describing leather-alternative jackets as ‘vegan’ leather and the development of ‘vegan fashion’ in response to calls for crueltyfree products.
  • technology developments particularly in the manufacture of the leather alternative polyurethane (or PU), which is essentially a plastic, are enabling great quality fabrics for the clothing designs. While also ensuring that PU continues to be adapted to all its current uses with health, safety and environmental to the forefront. This interesting European publication is worth a read.
  • developments in plant-based fabrics including pineapples and mushrooms are being adapted already to accessories and shoes. Not fine enough yet for clothing, but we’re watching!

But the truly big opportunity to be a vegan outerwear trendsetter is because most of the brands calling their jackets ‘vegan’ are not vegan brands. They also sell real leather jackets. See a comparison chart here.

Be a true vegan outerwear trendsetter by wearing the outerwear of the vegan brands. Not the brands who just call it vegan.  And not only will you get the great feeling of doing good while you look good. You will contributing to the message to those brands to ditch the animalskins and do only crueltyfree vegan.

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Veganize Your Lifestyle Beyond Your Diet

Vegan Lifestyle Store

James&Co is a follower and great fan of The Flaming Vegan blog. It is indeed as it describes itself – a Vegan and Vegetarian Blogging Extravaganza.

So we share with you the story from The Flaming Vegan about the entrepreneurial holistic vegan retail store The Imperative in Toronto. The title of the story ‘Vegan Your Lifestyle, Not Just Your Diet’ encapsulates our theory and the purpose of our blog too.

Source: Veganize Your Lifestyle, Not Just Your Diet 

image of The Imperative store Toronto

Crueltyfree Brands in Beauty & Makeup

The blog Cruelty-Free Kitty provides comprehensive lists of beauty and makeup brands, bloggers, and all.

A list of brands to be trusted is constantly updated. The latest list of March 2017 is here.

Source: The Absolute Best Cruelty-Free Beauty Products For 2017

list of crueltyfree brands

A Note About Crueltyfree Clothing

Living the vegan lifestyle in clothing means observing 4 basic principles: no wool, no silk, no leather, no fur.

James&Co is in the niche of womens vegan outerwear but as our blog develops we’ll be covering ranges of brands and styles that are crueltyfree, vegan, sustainable, ethical.

The vegan market is growing globally and one thing we’ve noticed in our sphere is increasing use of the term ‘vegan’ replacing ‘faux’. Vegan leather, vegan suede. It’s important to know that the term doesn’t actually indicate that the brand itself is vegan and only does cruelty-free clothing. So many of the large brands using it also do real leather and suede in the collections.

A call-out then to check behind a label of ‘vegan’ for whether the brand itself is vegan. You may want to re-consider buying a vegan-labelled item if the brand also sells non-vegan clothing.

In the outerwear market, James&Co is one of very few that are actually a vegan brand.

Please share any information you’d like us to share about living the vegan lifestyle!