So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

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So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 9th, 2018, 1:31 pm

I bought a smallish cauli for Sunday's curry fest, but almost half the weight/bulk was the thick stems and leaves surrounding the curd ... I think Zosh gives these to her chickens, so what do others do ? I tried them in veg stock few weeks ago and was very disappointed as they made the stock quite bitter and nasty :(

Any ideas ?

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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Gruney » January 9th, 2018, 1:42 pm

Delia Smith's recipe for Cauliflower and Roquefort soup uses the stalks and green stems for the stock - simply add to some water, season and add one or two bay leaves; bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 mins with a lid. Absolutely superb.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby scullion » January 9th, 2018, 1:42 pm

if they're in good condition we cook and eat them, along with the curd, like any other cabbage. they're just as good in cheese sauce, etc, as the cauliflower is.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 9th, 2018, 1:54 pm

OK, thanks ... I will try Gruney's suggestion I think .. not so fattening ;)
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby smitch » January 9th, 2018, 1:54 pm

I feed mine to the rats and guinea pigs :lol:
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Pepper Pig » January 9th, 2018, 1:58 pm

I usually cook and eat them too but otherwise the dogs like them.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Ratatouille » January 9th, 2018, 2:00 pm

We too usually give them to the hens or, if a very big cally, use them in a soup or a puree with some of the florets. I always cook cauliflower with a bay leaf. It makes a nicer smell in the kitchen. The soup can be thickened with a little cream and a raw egg with some hot soup beaten in then returned to the pan and heated on a low heat.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby suffolk » January 9th, 2018, 2:03 pm

I do the same as Scully ... all except the toughest leaves get cooked along with the curd (we both love the leaves in a cauliflower cheese) and I pare the tougher outside from the stem and then slice it into coins and cook with the rest (if I don't crunch on it as I'm cooking ... Cook's perks and healthy too :D )

And it may be apocryphal but I was given to understand that the unidentifiable white cubes in a jar of Branston Pickle were cauliflower stalk.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby suffolk » January 9th, 2018, 2:04 pm

Ratatouille wrote:I always cook cauliflower with a bay leaf. It makes a nicer smell in the kitchen.


I was just going to say that Rats :D :tu:
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby scullion » January 9th, 2018, 2:19 pm

suffolk wrote: I pare the tougher outside from the stem and then slice it into coins and cook with the rest (if I don't crunch on it as I'm cooking ... Cook's perks and healthy too )


exactly the same here.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Catherine » January 9th, 2018, 2:25 pm

I never throw the stalk of cabbage or stems of cauliflower and broccoli away. I simply chop up and cook with the florets and eat with them.. I actually prefer the stalk. The kids are also happy to eat it. The only thing that doesn't get used is about an inch slice off the bottom, but even then the dog eats it
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby suffolk » January 9th, 2018, 2:41 pm

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/08/marks-and ... 2-7212733/

A slice of raw cauliflower and some herby stuff in a sachet wrapped in plastic and sold for twice what a whole cauliflower costs???

:shock: :shock: :shock: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Has anyone been insane enough to buy one?
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Meganthemog » January 9th, 2018, 3:29 pm

My mother used to pare off the outer edge of the stalks and give it to us kids to gnaw on - she said it was a poor man's asparagus. I always use it in my cauliflower cheese as once it is cooked it is just the same as the floret stalks.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby StokeySue » January 9th, 2018, 3:40 pm

Ed Smith in On the Side has a very good recipe for roast florets and stalks which are combined after cooking with the leaves cut into similar sized pieces and blanched, then dressed with a tahini dressing, but I looked and it's not on his blog

Last night I made cauli mash from all the white parts, and steamed the shredded leaves over the whites while they were cooking, served bith mash and greens
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby aero280 » January 9th, 2018, 4:40 pm

I throw out the coarsest its of leaf.

The rest is thinly sliced and cooked with the rest.

But I must admit that the stalk often gets chopped more like carrot sticks and eaten raw. Delicious! :) A bit peppery, but not fierce.
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby MariaKK » January 9th, 2018, 5:09 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote: I will try Gruney's suggestion I think .


Do Patsy - it's delicious. I've made it quite a few times and found that:

i) it really must ne Roquefort, I once tried with another blue cheese and not a great success

ii) only add Roquefort to the part that will be eaten at once. The flavour is not as good if reheated once the cheese has been added
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 9th, 2018, 5:30 pm

Thanks everyone ... some good ideas here. I must clarify though that it's not the white stalks as I too enjoy them raw, but the chunky leaves round the outside ... I will certainly give them a go with a bay leaf :tu:

Note to self: Buy some Roquefort cheese at the first opportunity ;)
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 9th, 2018, 7:55 pm

I have never thought to do anything with the stalks and leaves except bin them. I have always felt a bit bad about that, but only trim off the tough outer bits. The stump though is the best bit of the cauli or broccoli. That bit never gets to reach the bin!
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby StokeySue » January 9th, 2018, 8:00 pm

suffolk wrote:And it may be apocryphal but I was given to understand that the unidentifiable white cubes in a jar of Branston Pickle were cauliflower stalk

I always thought those were the marrow, but could be either or both

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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby earthmaiden » January 9th, 2018, 8:07 pm

We have always eaten all but the tough outer leaves, including the stalk. My grandmother always cooked and served cauliflowers whole. Only the tough outer leaves were removed and a small amount of the thick stem below. It came to the table covered in white sauce and a sprinkling of nutmeg. We ate all of it. At home they were cut into pieces but with leaf and stalk, even for cauliflower cheese. It is only in more recent years that I have noticed that people cut it into small florets and don't eat the leaves or stem. What a waste!
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Grasshopper » January 9th, 2018, 9:03 pm

We put all our outer bits in the compost - at least they get recycled ;)
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Zosherooney » January 9th, 2018, 10:53 pm

The stems I have and occasionally do so........ cut into matchsticks and involve in a stir fry. He would never know the difference, If he knew he would act up..... ;) :lol:

The chickens do love cauli stalks and leaves. :tu:
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Catherine » January 10th, 2018, 12:02 am

Grasshopper wrote:We put all our outer bits in the compost - at least they get recycled


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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Pepper Pig » January 10th, 2018, 6:42 pm

I saw this and thought of you Patsy. ;)

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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby Ratatouille » January 10th, 2018, 7:32 pm

I hear M&S have withdrwn said steaks today, saying they were one of their few mistakes :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby StokeySue » January 10th, 2018, 7:33 pm

Cauliflower steak can be quite nice, but usually undercooked in trendy caffs round here
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Re: So what do you do with cauliflower stems and leaves?

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 10th, 2018, 7:33 pm

:lol:

I love the white bits, it was only the green outside stems ... which I must now try sliced, steamed and included in some sort of dish as I have received so many suggestions ;)
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