Quinoa and cauliflower patties

Autumn saw an obsession of mine with chestnuts. Winter however brought along a new one – cauliflower. Perhaps it is the snowy white colour? Or its creamy texture associated with hearty soups and purées? Whatever the endless possibilities of cooking with cauliflower are, this recipe will blow your mind away!

I stumbled across this delightful blog Dish by dish when searching for a recipe, and I have to say the result was super delicious!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
– 2 cups of water
– 1 and a half cups of cauliflower florets
– 4 eggs
– 6 spring onions, roughly chopped both white and green parts
– 3/4 cups of oats
– salt and pepper
– zest of one large lemon
– 1/2 cup of roughly chopped parsley

I didn’t exactly follow the recipe as I didn’t have oats at home. I also had to add an extra egg and some flour to bind the mixture together, as it was crumbling apart in the pan.

Instructions:
Rinse the quinoa until the water runs clear, then add 2 cups of water to the quinoa in a small pot, and bring it to a boil. Once the water starts boiling, reduce heat to a minimum and let it cook, covered for around 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes is over, switch off the fire, allowing the quinoa to stand for 5 minutes (still covered). After standing, uncover and fluff the quinoa with a fork to let it cool.

Process the raw cauliflower florets in a food processor until it resembles couscous.

Beat 4 eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add in the cauliflower and cooked quinoa.

Roughly process the spring onions and oats together then pour it to the bowl with the egg mixture. Mix all the ingredients well until they achieve a homogeneous mixture. Add chopped parsley and lemon zest and mix some more. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir well.

Chill the quinoa mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. For cooking, heat up about two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook each patty for around 4 minutes on each side until brown and crispy.

I had it for dinner as a pita roll with grilled zucchini, a bed of rocket, mustard and ketchup dressing and chilli flakes. Delish!

After that, winter isn’t so cold anymore 🙂

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