Two for One - A Secret Recipe

Dear Laura,

Last night I made cauliflower yackney, I think there might be about 10 people in this world who know what this dish is but all those people know how delicious it is. As you know my backgound is pretty mixed and in there there is a little bit of Lebanese. This means that there are all sorts of dishes that I grew up with that were fantastic mixes of Lebanese and English cuisine, this is one of my favourites. 

Recently when my mum and dad came to visit, mum supervised my creation of this dish and it was a pretty big hit, there were seconds consumed by most of the table and so I have the confidence to give you the recipe. It was one of the few dishes I ate as a child and although not as delicious as Peas Yackney (I will save that for another time) it is still one of my favs. Because this dish involves an entire cauliflower I have doubled up and have had it two nights in a row. It was well worth it!

Cauliflower Yackney
Serves 4

1 bunch of coriander (cilantro)
1/2 lb of beef mince
1 smallish cauliflower
1 lemon
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
3 cups of water
a teaspoon of Sumac
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups of rice (enough for 4)

Fry the mince in a heavy bottom casserole pan until browned. Whilst the mince is cooking cut the onion and crush the garlic. Once the mince is browned take it out of the pan and put it in a bowl to the side. Add the onions and garlic in the pan that cooked the mince, make sure not to clean it, fry until translucent. Whilst the onions are cooking cut the cauliflower up into florets (I might have just made up this word). Once the onions are translucent add in the beef and 1 and 1/2 cups of water, stir to make sure all the goodness that is stuck to the bottom of the pan is melted into the water, then add the cauliflower. 

Cut up the coriander and add to the dish add the sumac(although it is fine without this just makes it better) and season. Mix everything around throughly, put on the lid and simmer for 20 minutes until the cauliflower is soft, if it is not getting soft and the water is gone add more water to the stew. 

Cook the rice whilst the cauliflower yackney is stewing. Serve the cauliflower yackney with the rice and squeeze a quarter of a lemon on top of each dish.

Lots of Love


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