Golden Cauliflower


It's not so often you go nuts for cauliflower. It's not the sexiest veggie, but it's quite versatile. I roast it this way at least twice a week. The roasting setting on the oven really caramelizes vegetables, giving us that perfect texture and taste. The turmeric used here gives a deep, middle eastern color and flavor. Turmeric is having a major moment right now, for its anti inflammatory properties. It's being used in tea, in supplements for joint pain, in dressings. I will sometimes put a few dashes in stews and on grilled chicken. This JESScipe is fast and easy, how we like our vegetable sides. Who has time to futz with a side dish on a hectic weeknight? Chop, spice, mix, oven, done.


  • Two heads cauliflower chopped into smallish florets.
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp coarse group or fine pepper
  • 1 tbsp Jerusalem spice
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano.
  • One lemon, half thinly sliced, the other half squeezed into the pan.

Feel free to toss in a couple of thinly sliced or minced fresh garlic, if you are like me and like it extra garlicky. It won't be too much, don't worry. Pass the breath mints!  Mix all very well. Adjust seasonings as needed. The cauliflower should be a bright yellow. Add more turmeric if needed.

Roast on 425 for at least 30 minutes. The cauliflower should be a deep golden brown when it's ready. I like it well done and slightly shriveled. The roasted lemons look and smell beautiful. The yellow 🍋 are a wonderful accompaniment to the yellow color. There's a nice visual theme. This look gorgeous on a white platter or bowl. For a real crowd pleasing side dish extravaganza, please revisit some past Lady Blaga veggie side dishes. Choose three of your faves, and make a large platter. Line them up each in a row. You'll serve a beautiful selection of fresh, delicious vegetables. All can be made a day in advance and brought to room temp. Garnish with fresh herbs. For an extra middle eastern crunch, toast some pine nuts and toss with the cauliflower right before serving. Enjoy! ❌⭕️❌⭕️, Lady B