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Cauliflower is readily available in local stores fresh and frozen, although the fresh ones tend to be small and very expensive during the off-season.

Unlike broccoli, I find that frozen cauliflower loses much of its taste compared to fresh ones.

Don't leave your cauliflower wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator too long. It tend to grow black fungus which can destroy much of the cauliflower head without much visible damage on the outside.

raw cauliflower

I like to eat cauliflower raw as a snack and I don't need any sauce with it. I always eat the central stem raw, even if I cook the cauliflower itself. 

steamed cauliflower

2017-05-04 a.o.

This is my preferred method for cooking fresh cauliflower. Almost all cauliflower heads fit in my 2-qt. saucepan, and even those can be made to fit without cutting much. A cup of water is all I need to make this.

This is how I cook cauliflower before doing anything else with it.  It is amazingly good for being so simple.

The cauliflower stem and greens are edible too, but I have never tried the greens.


This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • S&P
Pic1: raw cauliflower head



Pic2: add 1 cup water
Pic3: all done
Pic4: add cheese




b. béchamel cauliflower

2014-10-27 a.o.

Cauliflower is already delicious without any frills. Adding a sauce makes it smoother.

Béchamel is mild enough to not overpower the cauliflower taste. I have used cheddar (Pic4) but it is imo not the best choice for cauliflower.


This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 2 cups béchamel sauce
  • 1 cup melting cheese of your choice, grated
Pic5: cheesy béchamel cauliflower — 2017-05-04



Pic6: cauliflower with cheesy béchamel sauce — 2014-10-27
Pic7: roasted cauliflower with béchamel — internet picture
Pic8: béchamel cauliflower casserole — internet picture



c. béchamel cauliflower casserole


This is what you need for 2 servings:



Pic8-10: prepare béchamel sauce


Pic11-13: finishing up with nutmeg & cheese


Pic14: cooked cauliflower
Pic15: with cheese
Pic16: with cheesy béchamel sauce


Pic17: spices
Pic18: nacho cheese
Pic19: all done



Pic20-22: served


d. cauliflower casserole soup


Of course, I had leftovers. I turned them into soup.



Pic23-25: cauliflower potato soup