People say you should never discuss politics, religion and money at dinner parties. So it being January I’m making my new year’s resolution never to make a dinner party again! Only joking! But hosting a dinner party and not discussing the above would be very dull indeed.
When it comes to dinner-party chat, there are three subjects that should definitely be off the menu. Showing off about your kinder is kinda boring, however many “A-stars” they received… even at the age of 10. New mums take note, baby bowel movements and Beaujolais don’t mix. A guest who is on a diet and spends the evening discussing what she or he can and can’t eat, and making everybody else feel guilty for putting anything in their mouths — well, I can’t wait for them to leave.
My third pet hate, once you get past the ‘hello’, is never getting past the ‘how are you?’. Does a dinner-party table really want to spend an evening examining a guest’s medical chart? You may call me unsympathetic, but listening to the ins and outs (especially the ins) of an illness while I am waiting for the soufflé to rise is sure to give me and everybody else that sinking feeling.
So this week the The Jewish Princess makes a cauliflower dish from The Jewish Princess Feasts and Festivals Cookbook (published by Quadrille), to spice up her new year and give it a kick.
1 cauliflower (roughly 600g), cut into small florets
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 onion finely diced
200g cherry tomatoes
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon garam masala
1 large pinch of caster sugar
Salt and black pepper to taste
Cook the cauliflower in boiling salty water until it is al dente.
Drain off the water and remove the cauliflower.
Fry the diced onion in the olive oil until it looks translucent.
Add the rest of the ingredients and the cauliflower and fry until soft.
Keep turning to prevent the cauliflower from catching.
Check the seasoning and adjust it if necessary before serving.
JP’s Notes: This dish can be served on the side or, if you have a veggie Prince or Princess for dinner, why not serve as a main with basmati rice?