I was missing the real taste of of the real Punjabi style cauliflower for the last many years.
But that changed a couple of days ago when the first “flower” emerged from our little organic garden.
Rajubhai, the gardener, proudly showed off the “harvest” and suggested it be cooked immediately so that it doesn’t get stale.
We’ve always had some very white and rather good looking cauliflower to buy off the supermarket shelves here in Bahrain but have always lamented the fact it’s never the same as what we had back home. No matter what we did, the flowers kind of collapsed in a heap, making it a sort of cauliflower mash rather than pieces of the vegetable. That’s certainly not how it’s supposed to be.
But this specimen off our garden wasn’t exactly white as can be seen in the picture and it wasn’t as ‘close knit’ at the once we get here. But, even raw, it was sweet and had very large leaves.
Cooking it was, again, a revelation. It was the exact taste we’d been looking for. The pieces were intact (and not a mash) on the table and the mixture of potatoes was nicely done as well. Finally, we had the taste – after several years.
The only explanation: What we get, and have been eating all these years, is certainly not the real thing. Whether locally grown or imported, it certainly is artificially-fed with all kinds of chemicals and nutrition. That, perhaps, gives it the very white colour and the “packed” look, severely compromising on taste.
Needless to say, the entire flower went into the pan in one go, along with a generous helping of potatoes – and it lasted us three meals – we had only cauliflower and Indian flatbread!
There are still around half a dozen plants – too bad there’s only one flower per plant – awaiting ‘harvest’ and we are looking forward to that! The crop will last a month, maybe more, and that means we’ll have our fill of the real thing.
Too bad commercial agriculture uses chemical fertlizer and ruins everything. But I guess that’s the way it is now with the burgeoning population and less availability of land. I wish we could grow in the backyard what we need so there would be no need to shop, at least for vegetables.
Easier said than done, though! Might as well make cauliflower while the garden blooms.