Squarepusher Essentials with Curry-Balsamic Roasted Cauliflower

Playlist: Squarepusher Essentials — Definitely not a cooking playlist for everybody, but if you wanna get weird with a whisk, here’s your jam.

A Journey to Reedham (7am Mix)” had me bouncing at the speed of light while cutting cauliflower, and I was slappin’ da serious bass to “Cooper’s World.” Things got a little maniacal during “Come On My Selector,” as I was transported to a 1992 warehouse.

As far as Activity earnings on my Apple Watch, I learned that I’ll need to start skipping slower songs to better benefit. I almost skipped “Dark Steering,” however, which amped up into a total vroom-vroom video game song. Unfortunately, nothing ruins a good time like getting so distracted that your hollandaise sauce breaks. End workout. Commence cry.

For dinner, I created a roasted cauliflower side based on a favorite from downtown Las Vegas’ Therapy (sadly no longer on the menu). Measurements are approximate. I served it with crispy-skin salmon topped with hollandaise. More on that another day.

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Curry-Balsamic Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar reduction
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp yellow curry powder (or more, to taste)
  • 1 oz grated parmesan (plus more to finish)
  • Kosher salt, ground pepper (to taste)
  1. Preheat convection oven to 450. Cut cauliflower into florets. In large mixing bowl, whisk together all other ingredients. Toss cauliflower into mixture to coat evenly.
  2. Roast on Convection Bake setting for 35-45 minutes. Occasionally toss cauliflower with tongs to expose unroasted sides. Roast until edges are a very dark brown.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh parmesan before serving.


Afterthoughts:

Again, I spent way more time prep-cooking than I normally would have, because I was listening to fun music. Apple Watch seems to be doing its job to get me moving more, and it’s really easy to add activity while cooking. A watched pot never boils, so do some knee-ups instead of just standing there. Also, whisking to Squarepusher is really fun.

Whenever something will fit, I use my convection oven instead of my conventional oven. It concentrates the heat onto the food so much better, and the Convection Bake setting circulates air to create a more even roast or bake. My favorite machine in the past was a DeLonghi Countertop Convection Oven, but my current sitch is an Oster Large Capacity Convection Toaster Oven with a much friendlier price tag. A regular oven, of course, can be used for this recipe.

As I mentioned in my intro, I got so distracted by the music that my hollandaise broke. On the bright side, I totally recovered it.  See How to: Fix a Broken Hollandaise.

I used both balsamic vinegar and reduction, because the original recipe included honey, which isn’t LCHF friendly. If you would rather use honey than balsamic reduction, maybe increase the balsamic vinegar a little. Always test your sauce and tweak ingredients to suit your tastes.

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