Roasted cauliflower with tomatoes and capers couldn't be simpler to make, but it tastes like a dream. Caramelized, rich in flavour and glistening with sauce, roasted cauliflower with tomatoes is a perfect dish to welcome you home.
There are few things in life that are as enjoyable as coming home after a long time away and turning on the oven.
Be it to bake a cake, a vegetable-laden moussaka, or simply to make a mound of exquisite eggplant dip your partner won't stop demanding, the oven is the best way I know to make a home feel inviting and yours again.
But my favourite thing to make in an oven after a long absence is a giant tray of roasted vegetables.
Caramelized, rich in flavour and glistening with sauce, roasted cauliflower with tomatoes and capers is the embodiment of comfort food. Therefore, it was the perfect way to welcome myself back after nearly a month of travel.
The long road travelled
As you may know from the last post, I have been gone a lot lately. Work and travels have taken me to Colorado, New York, Poland and Israel.
In Colorado, I met old friends and new. Throughout Israel, I spent time with groups of well-dressed, brilliant leaders who give their time and money to their own community, and to those in need abroad.
While in Poland, I explored my roots in a book detailing the names of the dead. In Auschwitz, I wept in front of children's drawings on a wall. Staunchly refused to take photos in death camps. Laughed at inappropriate holocaust jokes, realizing all along that pain shows itself in different ways.
(I promise to talk more about my experiences in Israel and Poland in another post - one that is less food driven. There have been a lot of emotions and thoughts coursing through my body lately. Consequently, the best way I know how to process them is to put pen to paper. Just not right now. Not right as I'm back).
Reclaiming the familiar
But now that I'm back, I am craving the comfort of familiar things. Making a tray of beautifully roasted cauliflower with tomatoes, intermingled with a naturally broken-down sauce laced with capers, oregano and extra virgin olive oil.
Brewing tea in my old teapot, then sipping it with a spoon with lemon and honey on the side.
Getting a warm cuddle from a purring cat, his black and white coat the perfect antidote to a heart that is still a bit numb from the horrors it's seen.
Most importantly, spending a night in the arms of the man I love, who radiates so much heat I have to turn down the thermostat.
Because these are the things that make us feel at home, that remind us that we're loved. The things we do to stake our claim on our own homes after a long absence. Finally, the things we do to live, and not survive.
Roasted cauliflower with tomatoes, capers and olive oil. Good ingredients, heat, and love. Oh, and time - because it alone can truly nurse the soul.
These are the things that make me feel like I'm back.
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Roasted cauliflower with tomatoes and capers
- Cauliflower one head
- 2-3 large tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons capers
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning/ dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat an oven to 375F.
- Break a cauliflower down into florets. Chop tomatoes coarsely. Add capers. Mix together in a large casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
- Bake, covered, for 35 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until cauliflower has browned in spots and tomatoes have broken down into sauce.