Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates & Lentils

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Wiiiih, today we have started our own little video channel on youtube. We have been curious about food videos for quite a while. Some of you might remember a few early attempts that we have done (with a little help from our friends). It’s such a fun media because we can share a recipe and a story more visually than just describing it in text and stills. But since we are amateurs at this, it takes us forever to produce and edit even the shortest clip. So you can imagine that we were glad when FoodClub offered us some help to start our own youtube channel and produce a number of recipe videos.

We have already shot a few recipes and will release them regularly on the channel. Apparently they will pop up in your feed if you hit the subscribe button, so you might want to do that. Most of the recipes will actually be completely new ones, so if you think we have been a bit slow with updating the blog, this should hopefully be a great complement for more recipes. Not to worry though, we will still run the blog as usual.

Here is a short intro video that we did for the channel. 

We have tried to keep the videos short because we get bored by too long ones. There are some instructions in the recipes, but we wanted to keep them inspirational and get away from the traditional cooking shows. This is a chance for us to experiment with the media, learn about the trade and find our own way of doing videos, so we’d love to hear feedback from you!

Oh, we forgot to say that we actually talk in these videos, so you might want to switch on your speakers. We’re starting off with a Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates and Lentils. You’ll find the recipe and video here below. We have also done a video for the Turkish Yogurt & Blueberry Popsicles in the top picture. You can find that video on youtube.com/greenkitchenstories, with the full recipe below the video.

Anything else? Elsa will also be popping up in a few of them. Not speaking though, even if her english soon is better than ours.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Dates & Lentils
Serves 4

1 head raw cauliflower
4 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch ground cayenne or more to taste
1 cup / 240 ml uncooked beluga lentils (or green lentils)
1 large handful (about 4 oz) raw almonds
10 fresh or dried dates, pitted
1 small red onion
4 cups / 100 g loosely packed mache lettuce, rucola (rocket) or spinach leaves
sprouts, for garnish

Creamy Tahini Dressing
2 tbsp tahini
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp water to thin, or more to your desire

Preheat oven to 220°C / 420°F. Cut the cauliflower into smaller florets and chop the stem. Spread out in a roasting tin. Mix oil and spices in a glass, pour over the cauliflower and toss to cover all florets in the oil. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the cauliflower is golden brown. Meanwhile place lentils and 2 cups / 500 ml water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then lower the heat and cook gently for about 20 minutes or until soft. Drain any excess water and set aside to cool. Remove the cauliflower from the oven. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven heat to 350°F / 175°C and dry roast the almonds for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Prepare the dressing by whisking all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix gently with the cooled lentils. Chop the dates and slice the onion. Remove the almonds from the oven and coarsely chop. Add all ingredients to the mixing bowl and toss to combine. Garnish with sprouts and serve. Keeps for a couple of days in the fridge.

79 Comments

  • Awesome videos, really great idea. I agree with you about them being boring if they're too long and these are just right!
  • Nina
    I have been waiting for those videos ever since you posted a "behind-the-scenes" picture on Instagram, so excited to see them now! Can't wait to hear your voices hehe and the recipe for the salad already sounds amazing!
  • Jessica
    I was watching your cauliflower recipe video when something caught my eye - a photo posted on your wall that said "Keep Calm Fresh Fruit Juice Available" and thought, why does that look so familiar? It didn't take long for me to realize the photo had to have been taken in front of Lucky Fort, that charming family-run restuarant tucked away on a quiet street in Galle. It was the most memorable meal I ate in Sri Lanka. Did you have a chance to eat there? Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    • Ha, how amazing that you recognized the sign. Small world. Actually we never had dinner there :( I just walked by the sign and thought it was funny. Most of the photos on that wall will also appear in our new book. /David
  • Love this! Actually I love everything you two do. The salad looks delicious. Can't wait to try it!
  • Hi there! Have just discovered your blog and I am loving it! The videos are absolutely great. The story is much better said this way. Great job guys!
  • C
    I love what you both are doing. So inspiring. Thank you for sharing and continuing your path of joy.
  • Oana
    Wow! It`s so nice to actually hear you guys, you both have such cute accents. Now I can imagine a lot better David speaking Italian :) The videos are so beautifully styled and shot, congratulations and keep them coming!
  • This is great! The video was so lovely and meditative. It definitely made the dish "come alive." http://thatumamilife.wordpress.com - a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!
  • Eli
    Happy to be one of your followers! :)
  • Yay! I'm so excited about this! I love hearing your voice and feeling like I get to peek behind the scenes! xoxo Kerrie
    • Thank you! We are very glad to hear that, as it was exactly what we were reaching for. /David
  • Kristina
    I love the addition of the youtube channel! It was so fun hearing you talk and seeing you in action. And I can't wait for the weather to heat up so that I have a reason to try those popsicles. They look delicious!
  • Sarah
    Oh wow, something new! I must say, after having read so many of your posts with an imagenary voices in my head, it's kind of exciting to hear your real voices now. Love the videos and they do have the perfect length! Looking forward to new ones.
  • Gabriele
    This is really a wonderful idea! (the YouTube cooking and filming thing). I am reading many blogs - you are really the first to do so (I guess it is harder than taking photos ...). Best wishes and hugs from Middle Europe, Gabriele.
  • Erin
    Love it! So beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this. Such delicious work! (:
  • Liz B
    Love you guys <3 <3 xxxx Gorgeous work!! Kisses from Lisbon xxxxx
  • That is so great! Congratulations and I can't wait to watch your instructions on screen as well! The recipe looks delicious as usual!
  • Just discovered your blog, and I must say I love the theme, you are doing a great job. Love the recipes, keep at it ;)
    • Pongodhall
      I just love it all too. I spend so much time trawling through the learning, the recipes, the world, flora and fauna being of real concern, and I am glad to see plenty that are very committed too. It is my no.1 site and I put you on my Twitter feed ages ago, you must be shared you are too good to be a secret in the corner.

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