Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, and it was abundant at the farmers’ market today. So, I picked up a big, beautiful head to whip up my mash for dinner. Cauliflower comes in white, green, and purple varieties, and works wonderfully processed into a mash. This is my version of mashed potatoes. Cauliflower has a kick to it, which I love.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that war is universal. For the whole of recorded history, humans have fought, even back when the only record of battle is the damage to ancient bones dug up by archeologists. For every tale of peace-loving tribes, there is a rider that at some point the tribe was overrun by a more warlike neighbor or by colonizers from far off. We share with crows, chickens and other social creatures the instinctual urge to pick on any member of a group who is weaker or even just ‘different,’ sometimes to the point of destroying them.
Up here in Alaska, August is full-on harvest time for gardeners. With our cool climate and short growing season, we do especially well with cole crops, also known as crucifers – kale, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, all of which can maximize the growth opportunity provided by the almost constant daylight between June and August. These vegetables are all wonderfully nutritious: the beneficial compounds they contain are only just beginning to be quantified, identified and recognized, but everybody’s grandmother knew they were ‘good for you. ‘