Roasted purple cauliflower and sprouted lentil salad w/ yoghurt lime dressing + a little look around our garden…

I have moments of really missing Perth. Mostly it's my friends that I miss (like crazy, everyday) but I also miss my old local farmers market. We tried so hard to grow veggies in Perth, but found it pretty hard going in the hot and sandy soils of the West. The farmers markets were my saviour and I looked forward to picking up supplies every Saturday morning, knowing that it was all super fresh and locally grown. These feelings are generally short lived though. Thanks to our beautiful fertile soils and wet weather here in NZ, we're back to growing loads of our own food! And it feels good, real good.

I thought it was about time I showed you our little garden here in Raglan. It's nowhere near as big as we would like, but we only live on a small urban property so we make do with what we have. Si built our raised beds when we first bought the house 10 years ago and a ton of vegetables have been grown in there since. We've currently got celery, silverbeet (chard), broccoli, minzuna, tatsoi and kale ready for eating, there's also leeks almost ready to go and our garlic, broad beans and peas are coming along nicely. We also grew purple cauliflower, which is what I've used in today's recipe. 
Directly in front of my kitchen window, we have another much smaller garden bed, which is mostly filled with herbs (lemongrass, flat leaf parsley, mint, peppermint + lemon balm), but we've also snuck some more leeks in there, have radishes just popping up and at the very end we also have our rhubarb patch. Oh and my sorrel, which I planted 10 years ago and it's still going strong!

When we moved onto this property there was already a huge, well established grapefruit tree which hangs right next to our deck (for easy picking!), but we've since planted feijoa trees, a persimmon (which Si grew from seed many moons ago), grapevines, lemon and plums. I've just ordered some heirloom tomato seeds, which I'll be sowing in the coming weeks in preparation for mid-October planting. I can't wait. It may not be enough to sustain us completely, but damn it feels good to have my hands in the soil again and to be able to pick and eat directly from the earth.

Just a little heads up to those of you in Auckland, I'm cooking in the Whirlpool Cooking Theatre at The Food Show this coming Friday/Saturday/Sunday. To find out more about my demos + the times, click here. For tickets and venue info, click here. You can listen to a little radio interview I did about the show here.

Lastly, I've finally bit the bullet and am now on Snapchat @mydarlinglt. If you want to see a little more 'behind-the-scenes' stuff, check it out. I'll try and post some cool stuff from backstage at the show too! 

Roasted purple cauliflower + sprouted lentil salad with yoghurt lime dressing
I used the last of the purple cauliflower which we had growing in our garden a few weeks back, but regular cauliflower or even broccoli would work in it's place instead. This made enough for one generous serving, however you could easily double the recipe to feed more. Use coconut yoghurt for a vegan/dairy-free version.
Serves 1, or more as a side

1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
Olive oil, fine sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
Handful salad greens (I used tatsoi + minzuna from the garden)
Handful of sprouted lentils*

yoghurt lime dressing
2 tablespoons thick natural yoghurt
the juice 1/2 lime
1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Small handful of coriander/chives/parsley

Preheat oven to 200C (400F). Spread the cauliflower florets out on an oven tray in a single layer. Drizzle with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast for 15-20 minutes, turning once or twice during cooking, until lovely and tender and golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool a little.

Whisk dressing ingredients together to combine.

To serve, arrange roasted cauliflower onto a plate, along with a handful of salad greens and sprouted lentils. Drizzle generously with dressing and serve.

* To sprout lentils, soak overnight in plenty of water. The following day drain the water off and either place into a large glass jar with a piece of muslin cloth secured over the top, or place into a seive set over a large bowl, then top with a glass pot lid. Set aside in a bright spot in the kitchen away from direct sunlight. Rinse 2-3 times a day and eat when the little sprout is the same size as the lentil, or longer, approx 2-4 days. They'll then store in the fridge for 4-5 days.

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  • valentina | sweet kabocha
    July 24, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Omg, your garden's photos make me dream!!
    I love this dish too, so beautiful!

  • Trio for Blythe
    July 25, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Yeah, Perth really sucks for growing stuff to eat!! It's so hard! Your garden looks so pretty and yum too. Just a teensy bit jealous!

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      πŸ™‚ It's SO easy to grow veggies here in NZ compared to Perth! xx

  • Nicola Galloway
    July 25, 2016 at 3:10 am

    So lovely to see your abundant garden Emma. Our garden slows right down over the winter months due to low sun hours in our valley, although we are picking lots of tender greens from the glasshouse most days. Good luck with the food show!

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you!

  • Anya
    July 25, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Your garden looks amazing and just the perfect size, Emma! Having your own persimmon tree sounds magical πŸ™‚

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks Anya xx

  • Jacquie
    July 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Yeah garden pictures!!Ours is just kicking into high gear on the prairies,feels good don't it(:I haven't figured out Instagram yet lol but will see what a tech boob I am with snapchat

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm


  • Jodi Kay
    July 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Emma – your garden is glorious! That chard is beautiful and so much kale! We've planted a little plot at our new home too – nothing big but with august just around the corner we're starting to see the fruits of our labor (literally!). It always feels good to connect with whats going on with the soil and the plants. It's meditative in a way for me. Here's hoping for tomatoes! xx

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      It's the best isn't it? xx

  • feetinourshoes
    July 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Emma, your garden looks very nurtured! Our chooks love our cauliflower and broccoli so we have to be careful to keep them covered.
    I just made your chocolate coconut cupcakes today and wow! Your recipes are just so easy and fail safe – thankyou!!

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Oh that's so awesome to hear you loved the cupcakes! xx

  • superfitbabe
    July 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    The garden looks absolutely exquisite! I love how you really captured the essence of the beautiful colors and organic feel of the post. I also have to try this recipe too!

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks so much! xx

  • Chelsey
    July 27, 2016 at 1:39 am

    That is the garden of my dreams! πŸ™‚

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs
    July 31, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Your garden is just too pretty. <3

  • hadley
    August 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Love love love your veg garden and you must be stoked to be growing in NZ again! I'm new to Snapchat too and I still have no clue what is going on. I'll see you there πŸ™‚

    • emma
      August 7, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      SO stoked alright! xx

  • Mimi Swaby
    August 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! Love how we can see the process: garden to plate! xxx

  • Josh Koller
    August 8, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Beautiful pictures. It looks perfect for a breakfast to be honest, even though it's great for lunch as well. You can really count yourself lucky having such a garden, I'm sitting in my flat without balcony and I'm pretty jealous!
    Hope you continue bringing out recipes like this.
    Wish you a great day,
    Josh from PurpleToaster

  • Tonya
    September 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    That is the garden of my dreams!

  • Melissa Green
    October 31, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Your vegetable garden looks great! I think cauliflower is the perfect alternative to rice. Unfortunately growing cauliflower successfully in the London area is slightly more difficult compared to most other vegetables.