|Purple cauliflower. Beautiful photo by Anne DeLeon.|
Check out that incredible purple cauliflower! So beautiful! During their CSA off-season, Mariquita Farms offers their organic produce to customers as a part of their 'Lady Bug' delivery throughout the Bay Area. I look out for their email fliers that announce the latest delivery schedule and available produce. The other week I couldn't help myself. Some people can't resist and unintentionally spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on shoes or clothes on a whim. I buy cauliflower -- purple cauliflower! And apples. And greens. Ten pounds of cauliflower, twenty pounds of Braeburn apples and a mystery box of veggies. The result = a stuffed fridge with no room for milk (or beer!) and the need for lots of culinary inspiration, quickly.
Luckily Bill has been juicing mad amounts of apples (and pretty much any fruit or veggie that I bring into the house). And double lucky that and I was on my way to a pickling party (no joke). That still left LOTS of veggies. Happily, I recently discovered homemade Harissa. Harissa is a Moroccan chili sauce that takes lentil soup, black bean soup, hummus, eggs, and lots of other dishes to the next level. I originally made it to go with this recipe, a chickpea and butternut squash stew from Martha Stewart (which I really liked and have made twice in the past two weeks).
This week's recipe is similar to a black bean, sweet potato & kale dish I made a few weeks ago... but the Harissa makes it surprisingly unique. You can purchase Harissa already made, or make your own. It's surprisingly easy to make, and one batch will last for a couple weeks in the fridge, and the recipe below will make enough for several meals. Roasting the cauliflower and butternut squash also contributes to the awesome flavor in this dish -- much deeper flavor than if you simply sauteed everything (which you could also do, but it wouldn't necessarily be quicker). Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut Squash & Chickpeas with Harissa was great served over red Thai rice, but any grain would be tasty.