English Cauliflower and Cheese

Almost similar in preparation and ingredients to the American Macaroni & Cheese, Cauliflower & Cheese on the other hand is actually a classic English dish, without the carbs of course. I especially loved the crunchy breadcrumbs on the top of the dish which I've conveniently made by breaking up frozen bread. By the way, that's the way I make breadcrumbs. Leftover breads are broken up in a processor or by hand and left in the freezer in an air tight bag. This is good to keep for up to 3 months, so I'll always have breadcrumbs when I need them.


1                     cauliflower, cut into small florets
2/3 cup            milk
2 tablespoons   flour
2 tablespoons   butter
1/2 cup            breadcrumbs
1                      bay leaf
1/2 cup            cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 teaspoon    nutmeg powder
1/2 tablespoon  mustard
                        salt & pepper


Boil cauliflower in boiling water for a minute. Strain and set aside.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on a pan and add in breadcrumbs. Toss evenly and set aside.

Heat a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of butter. When the butter has melted, add in 2 tablespoons of flour and mix well. Add in 1/2 cup of milk, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tablespoon of mustard and season with salt and pepper. Whisk evenly.

Add in the grated cheese, the prepared cauliflower and mix evenly. Pour the mixture onto a greased dish and top with breadcrumbs.

Bake in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 25 to 30 minutes.

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