This savory Cauliflower Cake is and isn’t from Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest cookbook, Plenty More.
I say it is and isn’t, not because it isn’t. Because it is. It’s in the book. It really is. But it isn’t from the book. Meaning I’d come across this beautiful, though unusual, bit of masterful cookery (as Mr. Ottolenghi might say) before I’d ever heard of superstar Chef Yotam Ottolenghi. It’s quite a memorable recipe. One I’m sure I will never forget.
When I first got my hands on the cookbook Plenty More I naturally began to flip through it. When I came to this recipe for Cauliflower Cake– I just had to stop in my tracks. Not just because the photo of this cake is so beautiful (though it is!) but because I had the strangest feeling of deja vu. I was certain I’d come across this Cauliflower Cake somewhere before.
So I turned to Google for the answer. It turns out quite a few bloggers have recently had great success with Yotam Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Cake and it seems they were all introduced to it through the recent publication of Plenty More, including a beautiful version from the blog She Paused for Thought (a site I visit regularly). However my deja vu seemed too eerie to have had its genesis just a few weeks ago. No, I’m sure I’d come across this Cauliflower Cake long before it appeared in Plenty More. Is that possible, I wondered…
So back to the search engines I went, where I soon found that Smitten Kitchen made this Cauliflower Cake way back in 2010!
Egads, I thought to myself. Have I discovered a bit of online intrigue? Is there scuttlebutt in the making? Will it become my responsibility to expose this caper and all of its nefarious players?
However, I should not have let the conspiracy theorist that lives in my head get the best of me. Upon closer inspection I saw that Smitten Kitchen got the recipe from a chap named Yotam, who supplied the recipe (way back in 2010) to The Guardian (a British national daily newspaper that also has an online edition). Which makes sense because I make The Guardian a regular read. Especially the food section.
Scandal averted. GREG