i debated what kind of story to share with you here about this cumin roasted cauliflower. option 1 was make something up about this cauliflower, an option that would likely include opining on how much i love cumin seeds. because i do. i’d probably also mention that the recipe is easy and comes together quickly. because it does.
option 2 is talking about two totally unrelated but interesting articles i read in the ny times yesterday. those of you who have been around here for a hot minute probably know which option i went with…
so yesterday i read these 2 articles in the ny times…
on the surface, they don’t have much to do with each other and they certainly don’t have much to do with cumin roasted cauliflower. but they were interesting and they got me thinking, so here we go.
the first article was about how folks in houston whose houses were badly damaged by hurricane harvey are getting creative and making do to continue cooking food for their families and, in some cases, the volunteers who are ripping moldy drywall out of their houses. it’s a good read and the pictures are powerful so i’ll just let you go view it for yourself. reading the article gave me even more appreciation for our new oven and the fact that we have a safe, clean (relatively, anyway), intact kitchen to slot it into.
the second article was about how wildly popular cake mixes are in rural alaskan villages. noting that the popularity of cake mixes is waning in the contiguous 48 states, the article explained the economics as well as the culture and sense of community that surround cake mixes in an area where ingredients are scarce, expensive, and have to withstand a rough journey before they arrive in someone’s kitchen.
again, i won’t try to summarize the whole article but it was another thought provoking read and, as someone who fits squarely in the contiguous-48-waning-interest-in-cake-mixes demographic (see related: testing multiple homemade cake recipes to create my personal favorite), it encouraged me to consider other perspectives and think about how much my preferences are shaped by my environment and the opportunities available to me.
so anyway, as i sat thinking about both of these articles, i realized the underlying theme that ran through both of them was how people are resilient and creative and determined and you can get a lot done with that combination. as i said, it doesn’t have much of anything to do with cumin roasted cauliflower, but it’s what was on my mind and it’s food related, so we’re going with it.
pairs well with
this cumin roasted cauliflower would pair really nicely with a rotisserie chicken you picked up on the way home. any sort of indian inspired lentil/bean dish would also be a delicious pairing. i’m also picturing some super simple black-beans-over-rice-with-some-fresh-cilantro being a match made in heaven. (wait, i sort of already did that. so, yeah, that.)