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The Dark Trophy
Serves 4

  • Ingredients
  • 1 purple cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black lava salt
  • or rock salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Bunch of fresh sage

What could be more majestic than a sage-smoked and roasted triumphal cauliflower? This simple recipe has its roots in ancient mysticism as sage smoke is one of the oldest methods of purifying people and interior places. Sage, when burned, is also believed to impart spiritual wisdom and clarity which is why we refer to wise people as ‘sage’. The potency of sage combined with the element of fire combine in this recipe to transform flower buds into flourishing delicacies.

For the cauliflower
Light a fire on an outside, open fireplace. Drizzle the whole head of cauliflower with the olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Put the sage sprigs into the fire and smoke/roast the cauliflower over the open fire on a roasting spit, until tender. Serve dressed with the lemon juice and sprinkled with lava salt.

Alternatively
Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the whole head of cauliflower on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Rub the cauliflower with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Arrange the sage sprigs around the cauliflower. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Lower the temperature to 150°C and roast for an additional 30 minutes. Test with a skewer – the cauliflower is ready when tender but not soft. Serve dressed with the lemon juice and sprinkled with the salt.