Here’s another food for our #DoodlewashDinner that I would never have considered when I was young, but absolutely love today. You can pretty much do anything with cauliflower from having it as a quick snack with a dip, roasting it or using it as a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. We like to cut it into cauliflower steaks, add some onions and roast it for a little bit with olive oil. It’s delicious and super filling combined with a ton of various health benefits, as long as you don’t cook it too long, so it’s earns the title of an amazing food I think. At least, I’m always amazed when something I really enjoy eating is actually good for me.

When I was a kid, the thought of eating cauliflower kind of grossed me out. It looked like a brain and it seemed super odd to go chowing down on a brain like some kind of zombie. It was really just the color, as I loved broccoli and it looked very similar on top. But broccoli looked like what I called “little trees” which is kind of neat, particularly when the rain on those trees came in the form of melted cheese. All the adults around me at the time seemed to love cauliflower so I just wrote it off as old people food. Like salted cantaloupe or how my parents would always choose black walnut ice cream over mint chocolate chip.

Sadly, as I grew up, things reversed for my favorite broccoli dish. As an adult, I prefer it plain and that once loved cheese sauce now sort of grosses me out. It’s funny how much our tastes can change over the years, but I’m definitely a cauliflower lover now. Perhaps it’s just my body taking care of me, silently nudging me toward better options, like a loving parent. Or maybe it’s the kid in me who always wanted to try eating those brains. Or, more likely, it’s just that aging adult in me who’s lived a very happy life and finally understands what it’s like to enjoy old people food.

You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month! 

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M. Graham watercolors: Permanent Pale Green, Gamboge, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Teal, Sap Green and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

54 replies on “The Amazing Cauliflower

  1. I LOVE Cauliflower – especially roasted. We used to always drench every vegetable with cheese sauce too – and I much prefer it roasted and lightly seasoned now. And by the way – I think I need better glasses – I almost thought your cauliflower had legs and was some strange creature when it first popped on my screen! OH JOOOODIII!! LOL! Cauliflower Rocks and so do YOU Charlie O!

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  2. Besutiful drawing. The color is pefect. We eat little trees here as well, howevrr only i adore cauliflower, raw, roasted with olive oil, garlic, salt. And sometimes curry powder. Ive even slabbed it and put it right on the BBQ. Must day mashed is always nice as well. However nomayter how i cook it, donuts beats it out everytime.

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  3. Stunning painting of a delicious vegetable. Never tried it roasted, must remember to do that. I do remember as a kid being a bit phased by the looks, until I saw a sliced section that made me think of little white trees, that and the ranch dressing helped. lol. Delightful post as always.

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  4. Your cauliflower is outstanding! Your roasting technique sounds delicious. We were thinking of the same thing today. I found a great cauliflower recipe on the food network to try later this week.

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  5. I recently found some orange colored cauliflower in the organic section of the grocery store and fell in love with it! I wasn’t much of a fan before but this tasted sooo good! And it didn’t hurt that it was my favorite color – orange! 😉 I like how you fixed it and will have to give that a try! Awesome doodlewash, Charlie!! 💖🎨✨

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  6. Wonderful doodlewash! We’ve cut out so much of white carbs from our diet and cauliflower has become my favorite substitute. I love cauliflower fried rice and I’ve even made pizza crust with cauliflower! Unfortunately, my family is not too crazy about it.

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  7. Now I don’t know why, but your cauliflower reminds me of the little shop of horrors, it looks like he is going the start walking, stand up and burst into song….feed me! Gosh my brain is in a funny place this morning…cauliflower brain! Love it


  8. I thought exactly the same about the brain and the trees! A brain with tentacles, as your (awesome!) doodlewash suggests to me. Creepy😉 But I used to get so excited when picking the ‘trees’ up in the supermarket – less so when they turned up on my plate, admittedly, but they were fun. I can now tolerate both cauliflower and broccoli (emphasis on ‘tolerate’; I mean, they are vegetables😉 but it’s progress nonetheless!)

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    1. Wow… I’m surprised you’re even able to tolerate them, Jacob! hehe… that’s awesome! And yeah… as a kid those trees did look pretty cool but I really didn’t love them by themselves. I did go a little Sci-Fi on this one… I had brains on the brain when I drew it, so it’s not surprising how it came out! Lol

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  9. Beautiful job, Charlie, and not an easy one! I love the idea of cauliflower steaks!! Never heard of this before. Cauli-rice is really good, have you and P ever tried? I need that cauli-steak recipe lol. (I’m down with a bug and not really blogging but wanted to see what you’ve been up to over here buddy. Keep making wp beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much Laura… you’re so sweet! 😃💕Yeah… it was way more difficult to doodlewash this than I thought when I started! But oh no… you poor thing… I’m so sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. Bro is sending major healing vibes your way…….. 💜💜That better do the trick! We need you back!

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