I can’t stand cauliflower. What’s wrong with me? It’s not the texture, not so different from my beloved broccoli, nor the taste which is pretty neutral. It’s the smell. I can’t handle it. Shame on me, I’m just genetically predisposed to dislike the smell of one of the healthiest vegetable.
I know quite a few people with Cilantro aversion and at least one person who can’t stand cucumber. None of these foods – when cooked – smells as bad as cauliflower, though. Every time I cook this type of cabbage it feels like making a stinky sulfur bomb in the kitchen! The “cauliflower gene” is definitely faulty in me.
What can I cook with the vegetable I dislike the most? A cauliflower Alfredo Tagliatelle. This first course is pretty easy to make, quick (have you read my recipe?) and healthy: cauliflower is even recommended in herbal medicine to fight weakness and flu.
Unfortunately making Cauliflower Alfredo Tagliatelle still involves a cooking procedure that releases in the air as much as smell as any other other recipe in which cauliflower is boiled. I couldn’t avoid it, but opening the windows and spending some time on the balcony while cooking it, helped a lot. It was worth the effort.