Michael van Straten
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Cauli Brocci Cheese

The myth that cheese brings on nightmares just isn’t true. In fact, the truth is just the opposite. Tryptophan in cheese stimulates the brain’s productions of relaxing hormones and helps induce sleep.

The original story was spread by Victorian men when women were battling in The Temperance Society to stop men drinking. Husbands put the blame for their restless nights on the Stilton, when, in fact, their over-consumption of port was the real cause!

Ingredients
1 small cauliflower, cut into florets and blanched for 8 mins
1 medium head of broccoli cut into florets and blanched for 4 mins
25g/1oz unsalted butter
2 tbspns white flour
250ml/9 fl oz milk
1 beef tomato, finely sliced
140g/5 oz mature organic Cheddar cheese, grated
Handful of pumpkin seeds, husks removed

Method
1 Melt butter gently. Mix in flour and stir for 3 mins
2 Still stirring, add milk gradually until you have smooth cream
3 Add three-quarters of cheese and mix until melted
4 Arrange cauliflower and broccoli alternately in shallow oven-proof dish and scatter with pumpkin seeds. Arrange tomato slices on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake at 220C/425F/gas 7 for 15 mins until cheese bubbles

Cook's Note: start cooking the cauliflower first, after four minutes add the tenderer broccoli. Keep the saucepan covered, don't add salt and save the cooking water to add to soup or gravy – if you take grannie's advice, you'll drink it, it's full of minerals.

 

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