Romanesco cauliflower look like a flower bouquet a martian boyfriend might gift. You can’t help to stop and ask… What is that? The vibrant neon yellow green floret spirals twist and turn into wild inviting designs. When I bought my little prize at the Johnson’s Backyard Garden stand at the Farmers Market, I left puzzled. I had no idea what to do with my purchase let alone, what exactly is it?
Task 1 Identify the creature: Take snapshots on my Iphone and send out to my foodie friends. Identified: Romanesco Cauliflower.
Task 2 Research the origin: First originating historically in Italy, this veggie is prepared in most of the world like broccoli.
Task 3 Learn random detail: The number of spirals on the head is a fabonacci number sequence. Love Mother Nature!
Task 4 How to prepare: Seems like it is the perfect addition to a light veggie pasta. Thanks to a Happy Hemper suggestion.
Place a pot of water on the stove to boil.
Cut the romanesco head into bite size pieces.
Cut the bunch of asparagus into 1 inch pieces.
Blanch together until brilliant green.
Place veggies in an ice bath.
Place a skillet on medium low heat with 2 TBSP of olive oil.
Add in a clove of chopped garlic and dried veggies.
Add to mix 2 TBSP of fresh lemon zest and for some heat red pepper flakes.
Cook your wheat pasta and drain.
Toss all together.
Serve in a bowl sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Happy Hemp.
Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top.