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Cauliflower is pleasingly versatile – boil it, roast it, steam it, stir-fry it, or eat it raw in one of these seasonal cauliflower recipes.
Cauliflower can be found at any time of the year and comes in a variety of different colours and textures too. For sceptics, the cauliflowers in this picture have not been dyed; they're known, imaginatively, as 'purple', 'yellow', 'orange' and 'green' cauliflowers:
Purple: the colour is caused by anthocyanins, the same antioxidant found in red wine. If you overcook it, it turns green, so set the colour by dousing it in lemon juice.
Yellow: milder than the white variety, but looks striking regardless.
Orange: sweeter than other types, and with more vitamins, including beta-carotene. Apparently, it tastes a bit like corn on the cob (if you can verify this, please leave a comment).
Green: has the texture of broccoli, hence its other name of 'broccoflower'.
Try sprucing up your cauliflower recipes with more than cheese.
This veggie pasta dish successfully fuses British and Italian cuisine and, at less than a £1 a head to make, it's affordable fare. A great family dish.
Cauliflower and coconut complement each other well in this speedy veggie supper that proves you don't have to sacrifice taste if you give up meat.
An easy vegetarian recipe that everyone will enjoy (even the kids!)
Inspired by the exotic flavours of Sicily, this cauliflower, currant and pine nut vegetarian pasta recipe is a tasty delight.
Creamy and cheesy, with a hint of mustard. This cauliflower gratin is the perfect side dish for any meal. Make it ahead and freeze for later.
This cauliflower cheese recipe has an Italian twist.
This is ideal as a light supper for two people or a hearty main course accompaniment for four. If you’re not a veggie, add chopped cooked bacon.
This cauliflower gratin takes only 10 minutes to make and provides the perfect accompaniment to roast beef
This quick vegetarian curry will taste better than your local takeaway’s version.
Cauliflower is quite an underrated vegetable, so you might be surprised at how fantastic these Parmesan cauliflower fritters really are.
A creamy coconut milk sauce adds a wealth of flavour to this vegetarian curry recipe with coconut and lentils.
These cauliflower and Pecorino fritters are delicious dunked generously in the herby yogurt sauce. A perfect informal snack or starter.
It's two great snacks in one with this easy recipe for cauliflower cheese on toast. A dark rye is the best bread, but the cheese is up to you - maybe a mature Cheddar, a crumbly Lancashire or a Stilton.
Cauliflower cheese can also be the basis for a delicious soup, as this lovely British soup recipe shows.
A Riminati means ‘in the style of Rimini’, although the influences in this recipe are more Sicilian and North African. This is a wonderful fragrant dish, which presents the vegetable in a whole new light.
Add a little ham to this old favourite of cauliflower cheese to give it some extra flavour.
Try this quick and easy alternative to cauliflower cheese.
This spicy picallili recipe will keep in a cool, dark place for up to a year and makes a great homemade gift. Serve with Cheddar or a pork pie.
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