Wednesday, July 14, 2010
On closer inspection, the Victoria Cauliflower looks an awful lot like Romaneso.
But the Romanesco I bought a few weeks ago from a different farmer was a deeper green, and it also was tinged with purple. But that could be from growing conditions, weather, or any number of reasons why two of the same variety of plant would turn out different.
Here, at the right, is the Victoria as it sat at the market.
Instead of chunking it up, I cut it in half through the core, then in quarters, and then into thin wedges.
The Victoria rested while I got other things ready for dinner.
Then it met the grill. I cooked it just long enough for it to pick up some grill marks and smokey flavor, and served it right away. It was sweet, smokey, and tender.
While I'm still not sure if it was really a different vegetable than Romanesco, this was a little more tender than what I served a few weeks ago. I'll be looking for both of them again at the market to make a side-by-side comparison.
And for my parting shot, here are a couple close views of the pretty fractals: