On Ryan’s Plate: A Surprising Pair
Hi friends! Hope you’ve had a good Tuesday! Tuesdays and Thursdays are late for me—I usually don’t get home from class until about 7:15. Because Ryan has Tuesday and Thursday afternoons/evenings open, we’re going to tentatively start a new blog segment: Tuesdays (and/or Thursdays) with Ryan! He’ll be blogging, hopefully somewhat regularly, about his adventures as a husband in the kitchen! And don’t worry—I’ve already told him to take it easy on the Batman jokes. Easier said that done though, right big guy?
Without further ado…here’s the chef!
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Everyone can think of pairs that shouldn’t go together but do.
Like salt and chocolate:
Or those mismatched, racially diverse cops who can’t see eye to eye until they bond while solving the big case:
Or that 51 year old dude from Lost and that 16 year old “country singer”/inappropriate tweeter who just got married (those two will go the distance):
But how about this crazy duo?
I’ve never thought of putting cauliflower and pasta together. Honestly, I’ve always considered cauliflower a little boring, even for a vegetable. If all the foods were together at a party – pizza doing flips off the diving board, peanut butter and chocolate making out in the corner – cauliflower would be the food who stays at home memorizing the peroidic table because the knowledge might come in handy some day. Then, cauliflower would go to bed at 8:30, because his sinus medication makes him so drowsy.
But when I found a recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Pasta in Cooking Light, it seemed inspired. I thought, maybe I can give cauliflower some sex appeal by pairing it with some alluring, enticing penne, kind of like surrounding Alan Greenspan with the cast of Gossip Girl. The recipe is simple but creative – cauliflower roasted with butter, oil, shallots, and garlic, blending with penne, and sprinkled with parmesan.
Plus, this recipe comes with a surprise cameo: Spanish olives!
And just like the high school football star and the artsy, mousy ugly duckling who turns into a swan when she lets her hair down, these mismatched ingredients ended up being a perfect match.
Cauliflower’s not so nerdy anymore:
Looks like cauliflower is the life of the party.
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Hello again! What Ryan didn’t say about this meal was that it was so, SO good. The cauliflower got all crispy and delicious with the shallots, and the olives added a perfect amount of salty bite. Seriously—I would never have thought to pair these ingredients together, but this was a major keeper of a recipe.
That’s it from our end—hope you have a good night!