My mom had a few predictable and necessary things she’d have to repeat ad-nauseam to my sister and me at our family dinner table night after night. There was the inevitable ‘sit still and someone please say grace’ followed by something like ‘do NOT kick your sister under the table’ or ‘stop staring at your sister when you know it bothers her and eat your fish sticks, thank you’.
My favorite/least favorite was ‘eat your vegetables, they’ll make you beautiful’. The vegetables she was referring to were usually barely steamed broccoli or cauliflower served nearly raw (and yes, full of nutrients… which is entirely unimpressive to an eight year old). If the (basically raw) vegetables weren’t eaten within three minutes of leaving the steamer they devolved into sometime entirely inedible to a child that wanted nothing more than a Happy Meal for dinner. Eat your vegetables. They’ll make you beautiful. Eat them. Eat them. No seriously. Eat them.
We ate them.
What my mom didn’t have in mind is that I’d grow up to simmer my dinner vegetables in butter and olive oil and serve them in a homemade Cheddar Beer Sauce. I mean… Eat your vegetables! (roasted and toasted and awesome!) They’ll make you beautiful. (and so will the cheese sauce?) Oh man. Thanks mom / Sorry mom.
Here’s how this happens. Here’s what you’ll need: a big head of cauliflower, a big pot to boil it in, butter, olive oil, lemon, and spice.
For the cheese sauce, all good things which include: milk, butter, beer, mustard, and Worcestershire.