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By Rosemary Shrager

Serves 2


1 small cauliflower

Olive oil, for brushing

2 tsp Jasmine tea

4 California prunes

3 tomatoes

Salt & pepper

Fresh mint                                                                                                                                         


For the California prune & black bean salsa

1 can black beans, rinsed well under cold water

4 California prunes, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

½ red chilli finely chopped

1 tsp olive oil

Pinch cinnamon

2 level tsp cumin

1 tomato, skinned and finely chopped

2 tbsp chopped parsley

3 tbsp California prune juice


Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and cook the garlic and red chilli on a low heat for a few minutes. Add all the other ingredients except the parsley. Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes until nice and thick. Keep warm and serve in a bowl with a parsley garnish.


To cook the cauliflower, slice into four pieces. Lay the pieces on an oiled baking tray and season with salt. Put into the oven at 190oC for 12 minutes, then turn over and cook for a further 10-12 minutes until caramelising and cooked.


Add enough boiling water to the Jasmine tea so that when strained, it covers the prunes (this will be about a teacup). Leave the tea for 10 minutes, strain and pour over the prunes.


Skin the tomatoes, cut into 8, drain the prunes and cut into strips. Mix together and season well.


To serve the cauliflower, brush with a little olive oil, sprinkle the tomato and prunes over the top and serve with the black bean & prune salsa on the side.

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ALEXANDRA PALACE  26 August -28 August 2017


Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival returns to Alexandra Palace over the bank holiday weekend of 26th, 27th & 28th August

Watch New Judge of The Big Family Showdown Rosemary Shrager, Michelin starred chef at Benares Atul Kochhar, Michelin starred Chef and Great British Menu Winner Adam Simmonds, Great British Menu Winner 2017 at Oklava Selin Kiazim & Veneta’s Head Chef Jamie Thicket cooking their signature recipes in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre with MasterChef Finalists Steve Kielty, Lorna Robertson, Jack Lucas, Juanita Hennessey, Emma Spitzer & Tony Rodd.

Feast in the Street Food Avenue; learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre; enjoy free hourly yoga and meditation in the Healthy Living Zone; enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent; taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre; buy from local producers in the Artisan Market; kids enjoy the Childrens Cookery Theatre; live music on the Success Express Music Stage; enter the Chilli Eating Competition; refreshing cocktails from the Bar Bus, Pimms Teapot & The Evan Williams Bourbon Airstream and have a fun day out in the VIP experience.

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