Food Stories ~ Cauliflower Cheese

Did you know: you wouldn't be ordering Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower) in an Indian restaurant if it hadn't been for the British introducing cauliflower to India at the beginning of the 19th century? And that we got it from Cyprus... with their extensively used white or bechamel type sauce translating into cheese sauce at some point?

Mrs Beeton published a Cauliflower Cheese recipe in her Book of Household Management in 1861 ~

From Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management 1912 edition

 ~ a popular accompaniement to the Sunday Roast even back then, although it wasn't an ingredient of my childhood in South Wales in the 1960s/70s. I think I first heard of it after moving to Jersey in 1978.

And here's a bang up-to-date one from 2018, waiting for the oven. With a kick of Dijon mustard in the cheese sauce and a sprinkling of Paprika.


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