Sticky BBQ Cauliflower Bites

A simple budget recipe that’s a great way to sneak vegetables into those who are somewhat reluctant to eat them, but also a real treat for everyone else.

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1-1.25 cups water
1 large head cauliflower, cut into evenly sized florets
1 cup barbecue sauce

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220C. Lay a silicone mat or parchment paper on a large baking sheet.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt and pepper together.
3.Whisk the water into the flour, starting with 1 cup and adding extra if needed. You should have a thick, pancake-like batter without lumps.
4. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter to coat evenly, before shaking off excess. Place the florets on baking tray. Reserve any remaining batter.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, and then flip. Cover any gaps in the batter with the reserved batter, and bake for another 10 minutes.
6. Remove cauliflower from oven, brush with barbecue sauce, flip and brush the other sides. Bake for 10 minutes more.
7. Serving suggestion: mashed potato and a suitable-for-vegan dip.

Apple, blueberry brown betty with ginger and cinnamon

A traditional, easy and rustic fall dessert that combines apples, blueberries and breadcrumbs.

Ingredients
1 gala apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup of blueberries
2T of white sugar*
2T of brown sugar*
1T of whole wheat flour
2t of lemon juice
1T of whole wheat flour
1t of fresh ginger, minced
1/4t of dried ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs (about 1 slice of bread)
2T of plant-only shortening, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375F.
Mix the fruit, lemon juice, sugar and spices with half of the breadcrumbs and shorting in a bowl until well-combined.
Transfer to to a 5″ baking dish.
Sprinkle the remaining breadcrumbs and shortening over the top of the fruit mixture.
Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove foil and bake another 10-15 until browned and the apples are soft. Ovens vary; use the colour as a guide.
When done, remove from the oven, let stand to cool 15 minutes to serve warm or chill for a few hours.

*A growing number of table sugars are produced without using animal bone charcoal. Brown sugar is not an unrefined sugar; it’s typically white sugar to which molasses has been added. Beet sugar, organic sugar and unrefined sugars are typically fine.