Romanesco Cauliflower Stew, Spicy Seitan on English Muffin
Whole Foods Market on the way home, where my daughter enjoyed vegan pizza. I was left to put a quick late meal together for my Dad, wife, and myself.
Among many other items, we picked up Romanesco cauliflower, an intriguing-looking vegetable that we don't often get. I remembered fondly some nice cauliflower dishes that I have made, such as a pressure-cooked one this past September that I modeled tonight's main course after.
Last night, after dropping off a pressure cooked tofu dish and Jade pearl rice for friends who just had a baby, we stopped at a favorite restaurant, Fiction Kitchen, for dinner. We had some leftover sautéed seitan, perfect for serving on an English muffin. Here is what I did:
- Head of Romanesco (or other kind of) cauliflower cut into florets with larger florets halved
- 1 carrot cut into 3/8" slices and then each slice quartered
- Leek; root removed and then about 1 1/2" or so of bottom cut into 1/8" strips (approx. 1/3 to 1/2 cup) and well washed
- 1T ginger
- Vegan bouillon cube
- 1 cup water
- (optional) 1T miso
- (optional) 1/4 t turmeric
- (optional) 1/4 t black sesame seed
- 1/4 t (or to taste) salt; I used "black salt" (kala namak)
- I put all of the ingredients except the turmeric, sesame seed, and salt into my Instant Pot and cooked on high pressure for 2 minutes (it's amazing how well one can cook in so little time when pressure cooking!).
- When I was ready to serve, I slowly let out remaining pressure and mixed in the remaining ingredients.
Ideas for the future
It would be fun to try cooking cauliflower in a waterless way, as well. It seems like pressure cooked cauliflower is a very tasty proposition, and I should try additional vegetable combinations, such as, perhaps, okra, green tomato, or just barely cooked potato.
Finally, I found an interesting sounding cauliflower and citrus salad recipe online. I can easily modify it to be vegan. I don't think that I would have thought of this flavor combination on my own, and should try this recipe.